What is Myotherapy?
Myotherapy is the assessment, treatment and pain management of muscular pain and dysfunction. Your Myotherapist’s aim is to restore the integrity of the muscular system. On your consultation, your Myotherapist will start by asking you about your problem. They will then conduct a number of tests including, but not limited to:
- Full postural analysis
- Range of motion testing
- Special orthopaedic tests
- Palpation of muscles, joints and ligaments.
About Tom Perkins
Tom has been with Chiropractic Solutions since 2011 as a Myotherapist/Remedial Massage therapist.
He completed his Certificate 3&4 in Massage, Certificate 3&4 in Fitness, Remedial Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy at Kangan Institute in 2007, and begun doing clinical work in mid-2006 whilst finishing his studies. Working in a range of different work environments over the years from 5 star day spas, sports clubs (both elite and amateur), mobile massage and clinical work, has given Tom a broad range of experience.
Tom has in interest in working with active people of all ages. He completed a level 1 Sports Trainers certificate and has worked at various sports clubs over the years, most recently Collingwood Football Club from 2012-2014.
Growing up, Tom has always led an active life, playing Basketball, Baseball, Football as well as skateboarding, rollerblading, wakeboarding, water skiing, snowboarding, surfing and motorbike riding.
He utilizes a number of techniques including massage, dry needling, cupping, TENS, stretching and rehabilitative exercises. Tom has most recently completed the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) to complement his skills in assessing human movement dysfunction – LINK TO SFMA
He is a member of AAMT (Australian Association of Massage Therapists) and SMA (Sports Medicine Australia).
What does Myotherapy treatment involve?
Myotherapists have undergone additional training in order to detect and treat the CAUSE of your problems. In addition to massage techniques, Myotherapists also use a variety of therapies including:
- Corrective exercise prescription
- Dry needling
- Muscle energy techniques (MET)
- Muscle stretching
- Pain management
- Passive stretching
- Heat and Cold application
- Advice on daily living activities
- Manual soft tissue therapies
After they have arrived at a physical diagnosis, your Myotherapist will then administer the appropriate treatment modality.
How will Myotherapy benefit you?
A thorough assessment means the CAUSE of the problem can be located and corrected, thereby reducing your symptoms and preventing recurrences.
A common condition treated by Myotherapists is trigger points. Trigger points are areas of tight muscle fibres. They can cause local or referred pain and can be caused by injury, emotional stress, physical stress or disease. Elimination of trigger points through Myotherapy can help reduce chronic and acute pain.
Other types of conditions that respond to Myotherapy treatments include:
- Low Back Pain
- Neck Pain & Headaches
- ‘Tennis/Golfer’s’ Elbow
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- ‘Shin Splints’
- Acute Conditions
- Muscle Strains
- Wry Neck
- Frozen Shoulder
- Muscle Spasms
- Plantar Fasciitis