What's involved in a Myotherapy consultation?
Once being greeted an assessment is performed by the Myotherapist to establish factors associated with initial onset and signs and symptoms of the condition being presented. The clinician will also establish how long they have been present for and the how severe the problem is. The clinician will gain information about whether pain is associated with muscles, ligament, tendons, bones, joints, connective tissue or other tissue. the clinician will also aim to determine if the complaint is related to a direct injury or overuse, instability or due to compensation. The clinician will also gain in information about the 24-hour pain pattern e.g., morning pain from Arthritis or fatigue strain after period of use in the muscles associated. The clinician will also ask questions about previous medical history and other areas of health and lifestyle that may affect the presenting problem
Once obtaining a history and consent to continue the clinician will aim to get some objective information via Palpation (feeling) the associated tissue. The clinician will also observe posture, alignment and range of movement of necessary regions of the body contribute. The clinician will also perform other physical assessments depending on the problem such as, strength and coordination. Specific orthopedic tests may also be used to gather more information. Once a clinical impression has been determined about the presenting complaint the clinician will develop a treatment plan and explain what is involved and how many treatment sessions could be required. In some cases a patient may need to be referred for further assessment by other health or medical practitioners prior to commencing Myotherapy Treatment.
The aim of treatment is to identify and address causative factors of the complaint or injury, treat any muscle imbalances using Soft tissue Massage, Cupping, Myofascial Dry Needling, Neuromuscular techniques, stretching and taping. The Myotherapist will provide the client with corrective exercises to improve posture, range of motion and strength. In majority of cases conservative treatment is effective however, Myotherapist will aim to work collaboratively with other health professionals to improve and maintain treatment outcomes. During more acute stages of injury treatment aims are to reduce pain and inflammation. In more sub-acute stage’s treatment can be progressed to include more treatment modalities such as, advanced Soft tissue therapy to reduce muscle pain or referral patterns from trigger points and promote elongation of restricted muscle and connective tissue. In addition to manual treatment the Myotherapist will prescribe graduated corrective exercises. such as stretching as well as assisted and resisted strength exercises to improve stability and coordination. In addition to exercise the Myotherapist will provide the client with effective advice to best improve their condition and to promote effective movement patterns and daily activates in the aim of changing causative factors for the injury or problem. On follow up consultations the Myotherapist will aim to determine progress by reassessing initial findings.