The philosophy of myotherapy is based on Western medical concepts, including anatomy, physiology and biomechanics. It is a type of physiotherapy used to treat or prevent soft tissue problems and restricted joint mobility brought on by muscle or myofascia problems. Myofascia are the thin, fibrous sheets of tissue that surround and separate muscle tissues. Ligaments and tendons consist of bundled myofascia.
Soreness or symptoms due to muscle or fascia is referred to as myofascial pain. Myofascial pain is generally not really specific and is typically explained by the patient as a ‘deep ache’, ‘tightness’ or ‘tenderness’ in a region. It could vary in intensity and radiate to some other locations. Some other symptoms may include reduced mobility of joints and muscles, tightness, low energy, weakness, pins and needles sensation. There are several other symptoms depending on the situation, and patients may have one or several symptoms.
Myotherapists evaluate and treat myofascial discomfort, injuries and dysfunction affecting motion and flexibility. Myotherapy is used in the preventative, restorative and rehabilitative stages of treatment to restore and maintain the normal workings of the soft tissue composition (muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia).
Characteristics of Myotherapy
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