Myotherapy is a manual therapy with a focus on assessing and treating muscle origin pain and stiffness and other associated problems. The term Myotherapy was devised in the 1970s to describe trigger point therapy based on research done into the cause and treatment of pain arising from myofascial trigger points.
Myotherapy has evolved since the 1970s and now includes not just trigger point therapy but also a wide range of soft tissue massage and manipulation as well as postural advice and education. Myotherapy is now practiced in many countries across the world as people continue to become aware of its benefits.
The aim of myotherapy is to:
- Alleviate/eliminate pain arising from tight muscles and stiff joints
- Alleviate/eliminate presence of trigger points
- Increase flexibility of muscles, joints and nerves
- Restore functional movement to problem areas
- Manual therapy (massage)
- Joint mobilization
- Dry needling
- Remedial massage
- Hot & cold therapy
- Assisted muscle stretching
- Corrective exercises
- Home based treatment programs