What is Myotherapy?

Myotherapy is a form of physical therapy that involves the assessment and physical treatment of myofascial pain, injury and dysfunction affecting movement and mobility. It is applied in the preventative, corrective and rehabilitative phases of therapy and is intended to restore and maintain the normal integrity of the soft tissue structure.

You do not need to be in pain to visit a myotherapist. Once symptoms have settled, treatment may focus on restoring optimal activity (rehabilitation), reducing the likelihood of further injury and keeping you moving and performing at your best.

What to expect in a typical session

As a new customer, you must first complete a Patient History Form.

The assessment procedure of a myotherapy session is more extensive and rigorous compared to that of Remedial Massage.

A typical myotherapy session concentrates on a specific part of the body. A treatment form is created for the specific condition to be treated. Before you can be treated, you are required to provide written consent on the form. In certain cases, informed consent is required from a parent, legal guardian or caregiver, who is also required to be present.

As part of the protocol for administering myofascial dry needling, the therapist will inform you of the risks and benefits associated with the technique and require you to sign a Myofascial Dry Needling Consent Form.

The strategy for sports & trauma rehabilitation involves follow-up sessions, to assess, treat and re-assess the same condition for improvement of mobility and/or reduction of pain.

Treating another condition may require booking another initial consultation.

What to wear

Wear loose clothing to allow range of motion tests. The therapist may need to examine the back of your shoulder blades (i.e. scapulae) and the angle of your collar bones (i.e. clavicles) to assess your neck and shoulders. The area to be treated must be exposed for particular treatment modalities. Please review the draping policy and understand your rights to decline treatment based on the draping and positioning methods used.


A vital part of sports & trauma rehabilitation is the development of a corrective exercise plan that is appropriate for your body type, and the current pain level. The current scientific research supports the prescription of corrective exercise for conditions such as lateral epicondylalgia and Achilles tendinopathy.


Simple breathing practices from the Yoga Tradition can help you manage stress, anxiety, depression, headache, hormonal imbalance, thoracic and lower back pain.


Based upon years of clinical use, Kinesiology tape is specifically applied to the patient based upon their needs after evaluation. Kinesiology tape that can benefit a wide variety of musculoskeletal and sports injuries, plus inflammatory conditions. Kinesiology tape is latex-free, hypoallergenic and wearable for days at a time.


Conditions that involve tonic contraction of muscles benefit from stretching and assisted stretching (using proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation techniques).


Myofascial release therapy aims to treat skeletal muscle immobility and pain, encourage blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulate the stretch relax in muscles. It can be applied using vacuum cupping.


Myofascial dry needling seeks to relieve the pain caused by musculoskeletal dysfunction through relaxing muscle trigger points, which are taut bands that develop within a muscle that can occur in cases of both acute and chronic pain.

Trigger points may develop in a muscle as a result of stresses such as poor posture, repetitive actions, or emotional trauma, and can refer pain and create dysfunction in other parts of the body, including severe headaches.

As part of the protocol for administering myofascial dry needling, the therapist will inform you of the risks and benefits associated with the technique and require you to sign a Myofascial Dry Needling Consent Form.

The possible risks and adverse reactions to myofascial dry needling therapy include but are not limited to temporary pain, bleeding, bruising, infection, dizziness, nerve injury, pneumothorax, pregnancy termination, changes to blood pressure, rash, fainting, muscle soreness and fatigue.

The process of myofascial dry needling involves a solid filament needle being gently inserted into the painful part of the muscle (the trigger point) so as to relax or release it, with the aim of reducing the associated pain & discomfort and restoring the imbalances caused by the muscle feeling taut and contracted.

In myofascial dry needling, the needles are removed after 10 minutes.

Post treatment soreness normally lasts 24-48 hours. Use heat or ice as preferred.


Dermatome needling is used to treat neural pain sensitization (hyperalgesia, neuralgia) due to radiculopathy.

The autonomic nervous system is affected by nerve impingement with increased muscle contraction.

Due to muscle contraction, the flow of proteins, hormones, enzymes, neurotransmitters and electrical input along nerve fibres is blocked, which results in abnormal sensitivity and dysfunction.

The myotherapist may recommend the use of a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) device to manage ongoing hyperalgesia.

Other electromechnical stimulation techniques within the scope of myotherapy practice include interferential technique (IFT), therapeutic ultrasound and low level laser therapy (LLLT).


The myotherapist will work with you to identify factors that may be making your condition worse (such as poor posture, scoliosis or overtraining) and help you find ways to avoid or reduce these aggravating factors.

If something cannot be changed (for example, arthritis or age-related changes to spinal discs), the myotherapist will develop a pain management program. This may involve referral to other healthcare professionals.

For acute or persistent joint pain, always see your doctor.