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WHAT IS 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.

MYOTHERAPY DESCRIPTION

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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A MENTAL HEALTH SOLUTION

Mental Health Matters

As of 2017 nearly 1 in 8 American adults was taking an antidepressant, and the class of medication ranks among the three most prescribed drugs in the U.S. Women are twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with depression, and likelihood of antidepressant* use increases with age. 


Physical symptoms like joint pain, limb pain, and back pain can all be signs of major depression -- and a study found that patients with more physical symptoms were significantly more likely to also suffer from a mood disorder*. The idea that muscular ache can actually be a referred pain from mental conditions like depression or anxiety is not new. Physical relief from pain through myotherapy can in turn improve mental health.

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MIGRAINE PAIN RELIEF

Migraines? Not On the Menu

Myotherapy can be an effective treatment for migraines and other types of headache, whether chronic or sudden. With the painful condition often tied to muscular dysfunction, these headaches can be treated via trigger point therapy -- wherein Annie identifies and targets the pain’s point of origin. 


Noninvasive and customized to each patient’s symptoms, trigger point therapy for migraine helps release muscle tension and treat the causes of head pain without further stress to the muscle. Studies found preliminary support for muscle therapy as a medication-free treatment for migraines, and that myotherapy could even reduce the intensity of headache when administered during an acute migraine*.

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SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN

It’s All About the Science

Myotherapy treatments are scientifically proven to be capable of boosting your levels of serotonin and dopamine, which promote better mood, while driving down levels of cortisol, the “stress hormone.”


From releasing lactic acid by stimulating trigger points, to enhancing serotonin secretion and promoting emotional regulation, releasing endorphins and triggering dopamine, myotherapy can be a powerful treatment. It has even been found to reduce symptoms of anxiety* and treat prehypertensive blood pressure* -- highlighting the impressive way that myotherapy can change our biochemistry, one treatment at a time.

PREVENTIVE CARE: LONGTERM

It Takes Muscle To Protect The Joint

Preventive myotherapy can be used as a method of joint protection, preparing muscles to know how to behave to support the body against injury. And, committing the proper movements to muscle memory may be as simple as going for a myotherapy tune-up. 

 

Particularly for athletes, prevention is key; avoiding an injury involves understanding where muscle imbalances lie, and how to correct them. Through methods such as sports taping, tailored to each patient’s physical condition, muscle support is provided to prevent injury and promote faster recovery from workouts. Plans are tailored to each client for peak prevention.

 
 
 
 

2 The Link Between Depression and Physical Symptoms,

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC486942/

3 A randomized, controlled trial of massage therapy as a treatment for migraine,

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16827629/

4 Massage Therapy for Psychiatric Disorders,

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6519566/

5 The effect of massage therapy on blood pressure of women with pre-hypertension,

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3203301