Myotherapy is an advanced form of remedial massage. It is a relatively new discipline developed to treat more complex conditions than remedial therapists are trained to address.
Myotherapists usually qualify as remedial massage therapists first, before taking their education and training to an advanced level with a specific focus on the treatment of myofascial pain and dysfunction. Many pain specialists are now using myofascial pain syndrome as a diagnosis, and within Australia Myotherapy is the only manual therapy healthcare discipline that makes the treatment and care of myofascial pain its primary focus.
“Myo” (Greek) means muscle, and “fascia” (Latin) is a type of connective tissue which is woven in and around our muscles, joints and organs, and is interconnected through different layers, eventually creating a continuous web beneath the skin. Scientific research has shown that myofascial pain and fascial connections to our central nervous system can impact far more than just muscle function alone. Myofascial problems in one area can also produce pain in another seemingly completely unrelated area.
Myotherapists possess advanced assessment and treatment skills that can assist in the correction and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal dysfunctions, and early intervention can often prevent conditions worsening.