What Conditions can Myotherapy Treatment Help With?
Headaches and migraines
Neck and shoulder pain
Back Pain (including ‘Sciatica’ and 'Chronic')
Sports injuries (Achilles Tendinopathy/Knee Pain)
Chronic Overuse Syndrome
Lateral Epicondylopathy (Tennis Elbow)
Shoulder Pain (Impingement Syndrome)
Chronic Knee Pain
Hand & Finger Numbness and Tingling
Foot Pain (Plantar Fasciopathy/Ankle Sprain)
What is Myotherapy?
Myotherapy is a branch of physical therapy which focuses on the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. It is the therapeutic process of relieving pain through the manipulation of muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons.
Myotherapists are specifically trained in the location and treatment of “trigger points” (or knots). Which are irritable points within, muscle tissue. When these points are active they can be painful, restrict range of movement and refer pain elsewhere in the body. Trigger points can arise when a muscle has been overworked or injured.
Myotherapists recognise that myofascial pain may be experienced locally or it may radiate to areas away from the original source. Other symptoms may also be experienced as a result of trigger points within the muscles such as decreased range of motion, stiffness, fatigue, weakness and tingling or numbness. These may be the result of a number of factors including poor posture, overuse of muscles and stress. The aim of Myotherapy is to treat the cause as well as the symptoms of a wide range of conditions.
What are the most common Myotherapy techniques used?
Trigger Point Therapy: for alleviation of abnormal muscle contraction (‘tightness’) called trigger points (‘knots’).
Myofascial Therapy: for decreasing pain and improving flexibility and mobility of the muscle and fascial unit.
Frictions: to reduce adhesions between fascial layers and muscles. Frictions also promote healing in tendon pathologies as well as decreasing pain perception.
Muscle Energy Techniques (METs): to increase joint range due to muscle dysfunction through the use of light contractions by the client in very specific directions. Our Myotherapist may also employ a number of treatment modalities to compliment the soft tissue massage, such as:
Myofascial Dry Needling: Dry Needling is a form of therapy adapted from Acupuncture where fine needles are placed in selected myofascial trigger points to promote healing and desensitize pain referral.
Cupping Therapy: Cupping, originated from China and Egypt involving the use of suction cups to stimulate blood flow to particular areas of soft tissue that dramatically reduces pain.
Joint Mobilisation: Joint Mobilisation is a manual technique that focuses on decreasing pain and/or stiffness in a particular joint. This mobilisation is performed by passively moving a spinal joint or joint of a limb through a range of motion to elicit a therapeutic effect.
Do I Need A Referral To See A Myotherapist?
No. Most Myotherapists will see patients without a referral from a Doctor, however for WorkCover claims it is necessary. If our Myotherapist decides there is a need for further assessment or specialised treatment they will refer you to the appropriate health professional such as Chiropractor, Naturopath, GP and others.
What Conditions Do Myotherapists Treat?
Myotherapists treat the cause as well as the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain in many conditions. It may originate from overactive muscle contraction (‘tightness’), underactive muscle contraction (‘weakness’), trigger points (‘knots’) in muscle or a particular joint. Trigger points are tender, irritable areas in muscle which often refer pain and other symptoms such as numbness or tingling to areas. Trigger points can be caused by many factors such as poor posture, overuse of muscles, stress, incorrect lifting and lack of sleep.
Is Myotherapy recognised in Australia?
Myotherapists are tertiary trained in biophysical science and are recognised professionally through the Institute of Registered Myotherapists of Australia Inc. They have course accreditation by the Victorian Post Secondary Education Board (VPSEAB). Eligible patients may recover fees through WorkCover and some private health insurance companies.
Meet Our Myotherapists
Travis Robertson is a Clinical Myotherapists (BHSc), graduated in 2016 from the Southern School of Natural Therapies, was a professional ballet dancer between 2011 and 2013, and is therefore very results orientated.
Tue: 11:00am - 2:30pm; 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Wed: 9:00am - 2:45pm
Thu: 9:00am - 1:30pm
Fri: 11:00am - 2:30pm; 3:30pm - 7:00pm
Sat: 8:00am - 12:30pm
Myotherapist, Acupuncturist & Chinese Medicine
As a Myotherpaist, Bryan has a particular interest in the assessment, treatment and management of muscular conditions that cause pain, discomfort and affect movement. Since 2005, Bryan has been working as a Myotherapist at Somatic Healthcare Clinic, treating and managing muscular problems for many patients. Bryan has worked with Victorian Premier League soccer clubs, Women’s NBL, Australian Ballet, Richmond Rowing Club.
Mon: 2:00pm - 7:30pm
Wed: 11:00am - 7:30pm
Thu: 2:00pm - 7:30pm
Sat: 8:00am - 1:00pm