Myotherapy as a treatment for Fibromyalgia

By: Balanced Bodies Port Melbourne  12-Nov-2012
Keywords: Back Pain, Remedial Massage, Massage Therapist

Myotherapy is a treatment that relieves pain; it involves applying pressure at trigger points that are situated all over the body. Trigger points are hypersensitive locations that are responsible for pain when the individual is under undue stress; emotional stress, physical stress, disease, or injuries caused by accidents. Trigger points are generally located away from the location of the pain however rarely they may be located at the pain site. Myotherapy is based on the principle that the release of tension in the muscle followed by restoring new vigor to the muscle by exercise and stretching helps healing and reduces the tendency of the concerned muscle and nerve to cause pain. Pressure is applied on trigger points or nerve locations to eliminate pain and swelling. The patient is given no injectables or oral medicine. Myotherapy is the only technique to relieve muscle spasms without administration of internal or topical medication. Myotherapy treatment involves a two-step process. The therapist first locates the trigger point of pain and relieves pain by applying pressure. The pressure applied relieves the pain and relaxes the muscles, if the muscles are in a spasm, the spasm is relieved. While the therapy is going on, the patient is instructed to undergo a series of exercises to stretch the relaxed muscles. It takes about ten sessions for a patient to realize the full benefits of myotherapy. The patient's age is considered in determining the pressure points; as a person gets older a number of trigger points accumulate resulting in increased number of trigger points in older patients. Patients suffering from fibromyalgia are benefited immensely after undergoing myotherapy. Tender spots are formed in various parts of the body in fibromyalgia. These are hypersensitive to touch, and cause pain. A myotherapist will identify the roots of muscular pain. Half the battle is won if the root that is responsible for the pain and limited muscle movement is identified. Pressure is then applied on the trigger points to relieve the pain. The patient is instructed to perform certain exercises to stretch and stimulate the muscle. Exercises produce certain chemicals in our muscle fibers that increase our pain threshold. The myotherapist passively stretches the affected muscles. The muscles are re-educated to return to their normal state. The exercises are patient specific. Myotherapy is a non-invasive technique that reduces or eliminates pain totally in patients suffering fibromyalgia.

Keywords: Back Pain, Balanced Bodies, Body Massage, Connective Tissue, Connective Tissue Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Dry Needling, Massage & Therapy, Massage Clinic, Massage Therapist, Massage Therapists, Myofascial Release, Myotherapy, Point Therapy, Pregnancy Massage, Reflexology Massage, Remedial Massage, Remedial Therapies, Sports Injury Therapy, Sports Massage, Swedish Massage, Therapeutic Massage, Trigger Point Therapy,

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