Myotherapists assess and treat the connective tissue (muscle, tendons, ligaments, joint capsules, tissue coverings) using mostly direct ‘hands-on’ techniques and are also trained in the use of TENS machines, cold lasers, ultrasound, rehabilitation aids, taping, dry needling and exercise prescription for rehabilitation.
Myotherapy treatments incorporate the following:
- a thorough patient history,
- observations of tissues, movement, and gait,
- postural assessment,
- palpation of spine, peripheral joints, musculature, connective tissue and associated viscera,
- clinical orthopaedic and neurological tests.
Myotherapy plays a role in manual medicine as a single mode of treatment, or is used in conjunction with treatment provided by both medical and other allied-health practitioners such as podiatry, chiropractic, osteopathy, clinical Pilates and Yoga.