Learn about the natural health benefits of Myotherapy & find an Myotherapy practitioner/clinic in Auckland, Hamilton, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin to assist you further within New Zealand.
Fact: Most pain people experience is a result of ‘trigger points’ in the muscle.
Founded By: American health and fitness practitioner Bonnie Prudden in the 1970s.
Therapy Type: Bodywork
Myotherapy, developed from ‘Trigger Point Therapy’, is a form of physical therapy, which focuses on relieving pain through the application of pressure at trigger points throughout the body. There can be varying reasons as to why a trigger point arise from, poor posture, stress, injury, trauma, motions which are repetitive and overuse. A trigger point, or ‘myofascial trigger point’ as commonly termed by people in the medical field, feels like a knot in the muscle and can vary in size considerably. A trigger point located in the upper or lower body can weaken an individual’s posture through the application of more pressure and tension, upon the neck and shoulders. Through the application of pressure, on these trigger points, through a wide range of techniques, gentle stretching exercises can then be carried out, to promote improved range of motion, alongside aiding the circulation of the area, with further relief from pain.
The associated risks with Myotherapy are minimal, usually only causing minor short-term muscle soreness, whereas in comparison to the pain relieving medications which are easily accessible in supermarkets and pharmacies and their related risks. In addition Myotherapy is unique as it is the only treatment, which is not supported by internal or topical medication, but has the ability to relieve muscle spasms.
Myotherapy may benefit the following physical and mental conditions:
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM MYOTHERAPY SESSIONS
Sessions typically last between 30 minutes and 1 hour although you should expect the first session to be longer as your therapist will ask you about your medical history along with other relevant health and lifestyle details.
The knowledge that a therapist holds is wide ranging and skilled, as by utilizing their clinical and anatomical knowledge, alongside their tactile skills, a therapist can locate, recognize and treat with appropriate techniques muscular and connective tissue abnormalities. The variety of techniques which can be used by the therapist, vary depending upon the treatment required, they range from; thermal therapy, corrective exercises, manipulation of soft tissue, electrical nerve stimulation, myofascial stretching to myofascial massage and needling. The dry needling technique can be utilized to aid treatment in conditions ranging from; migraines, tendonitis, joint pain, osteoarthritis, to chronic and acute trigger point pain. This is performed by placing into the active pressure points, acupuncture needles, this in turn alleviates pain and aids the relief and supports movement in certain points linked to the musculoskeletal pain patterns. The therapist aim is to continue alleviating pain and aid relaxation within the muscles that are directly related to your particular area of distress.
In this way, they will strategically locate and diffuse the pain causing trigger points by applying sufficient pressure to that area. A series of corrective exercises are then often used to gradually stretch the muscles, which have been treated by the pressure therapy. To gain the full advantages from your Myotherapy sessions needs full dedication and a positive mind-set towards your self-healing process, to create relief within the body.
After treatment you can expect to feel more mobility, flexibility and comfort in your movements. Most clients will experience pain relief within one to three sessions.
Most people find Myotherapy deeply relaxing and enjoy the tension it releases throughout the body. It is also extremely safe when carried out by a qualified therapist. It is wise to carry out some research and select a therapist who is either a member of, or accredited by, an association or professional body such as the Massage Association of New Zealand (MNZ). Myotherapists are obligated to a code of ethics and procedure that determines the therapy is carried out in a suitable and safe environment. These regulations also guarantee a specialist who has undergone certifiable training and receives professional upskilling.
The Wellness Directory provides a ready-made referral list of certified Practitioners within your region. We fully encourage you to do some independent research by checking out individual credentials, i.e. experience, training, qualifications, relevant client feedback and so forth.
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