Myotherapy is an advanced treatment modality that manipulates the soft tissues of the body with the aim of reducing pain and increasing symmetry, mobility and strength. Treatments for the most part are very relaxing however sometimes there may be a relieving type pain experienced. When there is a lesion or injury to the body, the nervous system will often compensate by creating tightness or bracing not only at the sight of the lesion but it can also compensate into seemingly unrelated body regions. The nervous system will do this to either avoid the pain or to adjust other areas or joints to create stability, balance or function.
The challenge for the myotherapist is to discover the primary cause of the presenting pain or imbalance and not be misdirected by the location of the pain or the secondary compensation patterns. In my experience I have sometimes found that the client with a chronic or long standing complaint will return to my clinic a few days after a treatment with different presenting signs and symptoms from the original consultation and the treatment progresses in this way over 3 or 4 visits. It’s as if I have had to peel back the layers in order to resolve the primary or original source that the client presented with.
At our Coffs Harbour clinic I have had clients present with lower back pain and I was convinced the source was coming from the rotated sacrum but I could not get any lasting resolution of the sacrum until I treated the neck. Was the neck the primary cause or the sacrum? Well I don’t know but I don’t think it matters because either way I had to resolve both the sacrum and the neck in order to have a happy client and give me a sense of satisfaction that I have provided a great service. Anyway it is not always that difficult but I do like a challenge and I’m always amazed at each persons intelligent nervous system.
A Coffs Harbour Myotherapy treatment will use a range of relevant techniques according to the clients needs and responses. For the most part we use gentle neuromuscular techniques, some deep tissue massage and myofascial stretching. Most of the time we get best clinical results with these techniques however we will often incorporate various other modalities to compliment and enhance the effectiveness of the treatment. For example, we may also use dry needling, muscle energy techniques, positional release, trigger point therapy, lymphatic drainage, cupping and joint mobilisation etc.
When to Seek a Myotherapist?
There are many reasons why one may seek out a fully qualified and experienced Myotherpist whilst in Coffs. It may be for injury rehab; body maintenance or athletic performance. It could be simple relaxation and unwinding or perhaps for facial Dry Needling, which is a great way to create an immune response and turn back the clock. It could simply be that you happen to be in the Coffs Harbour for some holiday time and want to take the opportunity whilst you are here for a tune up.
Various muscular and skeletal dysfunctions are often addressed with Myotherapy for example; Sacral and Lower Back Pain, Fibrositis, Spondylitis, Arthritis, frozen shoulder, muscular cramps, Whiplash, muscular atrophy and sports and dancing injuries etc.
Key benefits of Myotherapy and Remedial Massage can include: the stimulation to the blood supply allowing toxins in the muscles to be removed; the calming of the peripheral nervous system to ease pain and discomfort; correcting myofacial tone to improve joint mobility and functional symmetry. An improvement to the health of the cells, the repairing of tissues, and the easing of stiffness and tension can also be experienced through therapeutic relaxation.