UNDERSTANDING THE SCIENCE BEHIND RELIEVING PAIN WITH MYOTHERAPY
Pain originates in the trigger points, but can quickly spread. To combat muscle tightness, pain or strain that can radiate out from one small spot. Myotherapy is a form of therapy that helps muscles relearn how to behave.
The two-part technique begins by identifying, then releasing, trigger points. The next step lies in reteaching the muscles to correctly function. Corrective exercises which take them through the range of motion are practiced at home in between sessions, with the patient able to take an active role and participate in the healing process. The practice prepares muscle for movement, and considers all the factors contributing to dysfunction -- not only the area of injury.
Muscles are dependable: they will do everything they can to protect the body’s structures. Yet when a muscle is injured, it enters into sustained contracture, producing high levels of lactic acid and causing the body to overcompensate. In effect: muscle is trying to do a job for which it’s unqualified. The affected muscle must now “relearn” how to prepare for movement.
In the majority of pain cases, removing the muscular component will reveal a deeper understanding of possible pathological contributors to a patient’s pain. Thus, myotherapy can also help in the diagnosis of non-muscular problems. Myotherapy is also an excellent way to prepare the body for further rehabilitation, and it should be undertaken first so that physical therapy can be effective.
BENEFITS OF MYOTHERAPY
4 MAIN BENEFITS TO CONSIDER WHEN LOOKING AT MYOTHERAPY
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