Discover the range of techniques used in myotherapy and massage therapy, including deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, and dry needling. Learn how these techniques can alleviate pain and promote healing.
BPain can be anything from a little niggle to debilitating. In fact for many years I suffered with lower back pain, something that gave me great relief was regular massage. As a myotherapist at Mornington Peninsula Myotherapy, my goal is to help my clients achieve optimal health and wellness by identifying and treating pain and dysfunction in the musculoskeletal system. One of the ways I do this is through myotherapy, which involves a range of manual therapy techniques and modalities.
Manual therapy techniques used in myotherapy include deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, cupping, dry needling, and stretching. These techniques are designed to release tension and reduce pain in the muscles and other soft tissues. Deep tissue massage is a popular technique that involves applying firm pressure to the deeper layers of muscle tissue, breaking up scar tissue and muscle adhesions. Trigger point therapy involves applying pressure to specific points on the body to release tension and alleviate pain. Myofascial release is a technique that involves applying sustained pressure to the connective tissue surrounding the muscles.
Cupping is a technique that involves placing cups on the skin to create suction, which can help to increase blood flow, induce relaxation and reduce muscle tension. Dry needling involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body to release tension and alleviate pain.
The small punctures in the muscle fibres promote extra blood flow to the ‘injured’ site, resulting in faster healing. Stretching is a technique that involves lengthening the muscles to increase flexibility and reduce pain. In addition to manual therapy techniques, myotherapy practitioners may also use heat or cold therapy, electrotherapy, and exercise prescription to aid in the recovery process and assist in long term health goals.
If you're experiencing pain or dysfunction in your musculoskeletal system, myotherapy and massage therapy may be a good option for you. Reach out to us at Mornington Peninsula Myotherapy, to learn more about the techniques and modalities used in this form of therapy.