Myotherapy can help improve the integrity of the soft tissue structures of your body (muscles, fascia, ligaments and tendons), which is important in the prevention of injury and dysfunction. Your soft tissues can be damaged or irritated in accidents, sporting activities, by having incorrect posture, from over-use (repetitive activities) or under-use, disease, or by physical and emotional stress. This damage sometimes presents as a trigger point (lump or knot) in the muscle.
Correct treatment and maintenance of trigger points, helps to reduce pain, soreness, tightness, and restriction of movement and muscle tension. Myotherapy can also help you restore maximum mobility by correcting and rehabilitating injuries and preventing recurrence.
When you feel pain, you may have the following symptoms:
Deep and constant aching
Sore spots in the muscle (myofascial trigger points) Stiff joints
Numbness Reduced joint mobility or restricted range of motion
Recurrent tingling, prickling or ‘pins and needles’ sensation
Does this sound like you?
How Does Myotherapy Work?
You are more than likely aware that your body is made up of soft tissue structure. One of the major reasons why we have muscle aches and pains is that we develop trigger points. According to Travell and Simons (1992) a trigger point is, “A hyper-irritable spot, usually within a taut band of skeletal muscles or in the muscle’s fascia. The spot is painful on compression and can give rise to characteristic referred pain, tenderness and autonomic behaviour.”
One of the roles of your Myotherapist is to locate these trigger points by using different tools and techniques. These trigger points tend to refer pain to another area of your body and is sometimes that cause of your problem/s. There are two main trigger points to be aware of:
Active Trigger Points
Active trigger points are the most common and what you’ll usually first notice as a complaint. It is the pain you fell when you’re resting that intensifies when the muscle is used. These trigger points often refer pain elsewhere, and cause numbness, tingling or burning to other areas of the body.
Latent Trigger Points
Most people don’t even know they have a latent trigger point until their Myotherapist locates it for them! The longer you leave a latent trigger point, the more likely it is to become an active trigger point. They cause weakness and restriction of motion and they can persist for years after a pre-existing problem / condition or an injury. If left untreated while the muscle is shortened (tight), overused or injured, it can develop into an active trigger point.
Having regular Myotherapy treatment can prevent these latent trigger points from becoming active as your therapist will find them before they become a major problem.
Developing bodily awareness and gaining an appreciation for your body
Providing insight into the cause of the problem you came in with
Creating a plan to achieve the results you want
Giving you tools and techniques that will support your health
Educating and providing you with solutions to manage your own health
So How Can We Help You?
ReMed’s myotherapists provide people with real results through recognising each client’s unique needs, and creating individualised sessions. This holistic approach to treatment reflects our desire to give you a better quality of life, as well as:
We aspire to effectively and efficiently treat our clients, so that we can get them to a place of bodily maintenance. Then, you can choose to come in for your treatment when you want to, or you can take on your practitioner’s recommendation.
The effects of Myotherapy vary from person to person. Although we’d love to be able to offer you instant results (that some people actually do achieve), we know from experience that change and improvement usually occurs over time.