Tecoma Myotherapy was first established in 2003, in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges, and shares medical rooms with Tecoma Dental at the Tecoma Health Care Clinic.
History and progression of Myotherapy
The term Myotherapy was derived from the Latin word for muscle, “Myo”, and was developed here in Melbourne in the 1980’s. Myotherapy was developed to fill a niche in the allied heath field where there was limited specific soft tissue treatment options. Myotherapy was developed to provide specialist muscle and soft tissue care. However, the practice of Myotherapy has progressed extensively since it’s muscle focus in the 80’s and is now a multifaceted, holistic treatment approach used to manage pain and dysfunction caused by conditions of many structures within the body, including muscle, joint, nerve and bone.
What is Myotherapy?
Myotherapy involves the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management of musculoskeletal conditions that cause pain and/or dysfunction, thus affecting normal movement and mobility. Musculoskeletal dysfunction can be caused by trauma, overload, overuse or the natural degeneration process arising from occupational, sporting or recreational activities and also from general wear and tear.
Myotherapists utilise a range of treatment techniques to restore and maintain the normal integrity of soft tissue structures (muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, nerve, bone, etc), which improves physical function, overall wellbeing and quality of life.
What does a Myotherapist do?
A Myotherapy consultation will typically commence with thorough history taking followed by various muscle, joint and neurological tests to identify the structures causing pain or dysfunction. Combined with manual palpation of muscles and joints, a Myotherapist aims to identify the cause of one’s pain to ensure treatment is specific to provide quick, effective and long lasting results.
The skills of a Myotherapist include: Dry Needling, Myofascial Cupping, Joint Mobilisation, Myofascial Release, Soft Tissue Massage, Trigger Point Release, Neural Flossing, Pain Desensitisation, Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS), Rehabilitative Exercise, Patient Education, Injury/Pain Management Advice.
When should I see a Myotherapist?
Most people seek Myotherapy treatment when suffering from aches and pains though many receive treatment to prevent injury. You should see a Myotherapist when your pain lasts longer than a few days or when you’re suffering from restricted movement. Many people also seek Myotherapy treatment in the rehabilitative phase of care to help strengthen the affected areas. A referral letter is not required.
Techniques and Definitions
Muscle Energy Techniques (MET)
Myofascial Release (MFR)