Offering help for back pain and muscle tension, Lifehouse Spa and Hotel’s Reiki Master, Michael Barthaud, explains what Myotherapy is all about …
What exactly is myotherapy?
Myotherapy is a form of deep pressure point muscle release. What makes it unique is that it utilises a simple yet thorough kinesiology or muscle testing technique to locate abnormal muscle tension or trigger points in the body. The therapist will start the session with a kinesiology scan of all the muscle groups in the body. With the results of the scan obtained, the therapist then treats the affected area with deep pressure point massage. A precise amount of pressure is applied to the points for a specific time. These points might not necessarily be associated with the area where the client may be experiencing the physical pain or tension. However, the treatment of the area revealed through the muscle testing, can often lead to an immediate release of the tension or physical pain that the client is experiencing. The testing scan is repeated again and the next area revealed and then these muscle groups are released as before. Normally each session lasts for approximately 30 minutes and a number of different muscle groups can be treated during each session. As the technique uses deep pressure to specific points to facilitate the release of tension, the client may experience some discomfort or some intense pressure in places for a few seconds. Some areas of the body can be more tender than others. However, most people refer to this as good pain, as they can often feel the muscle release as it takes place and notice an immediate change. An individual may require several sessions to completely release all of the abnormally tight muscles in their system.
Where does it come from?
The system was devised by Dr Waverley Chin, a chiropractor based in Hong Kong. Dr Chin concluded, based on over 20 years of clinical experience and research, that 90% of all back pain is caused by the presence of both active and latent myofascial trigger points throughout the body. Myotherapy is thought to be the first system in the world to be able to accurately diagnose and treat both the active and latent myofascial trigger points.
What is it supposed to do?
The client will normally experience a feeling of release from soreness, pain, tight muscles or tension, which often affects the skeletal system, causing physical pain and discomfort. Often, within the initial session, there is an immediate release from the symptoms that the guest presents with. However, further sessions may be required to treat all the necessary area’s of the body.
Is there anything you do to enhance the effectiveness of the treatment?
During the introduction and also during the consultation, the practitioner will often prescribe a combination of Australian Bush Flower remedies, to help to balance and heal the underlying emotional and mental imbalance which may help to heal the deeper cause of the problem. The session can be performed whilst wearing loose fitting clothing, whilst lying on a massage couch.
Is there anything you recommend clients to do pre or post-treatment to get the most out of it?
It’s recommended that the client rests well following the treatment and refrain from all but the most moderate exercise or very gentle stretching. Its best to avoid hot baths the same day and it is strongly recommended to drink lots of fresh water to help aid any cellular release of toxins.
Is there anyone you particularly recommend the treatment for?
About 7.6 million working days were lost due to work-related back pain and other musculoskeletal disorders between 2010 to 2011. It is estimated that at some point in their lives, four out of every five adults in the UK (80%) will experience some form of back pain. In fact, back pain is the second most common cause of long-term sickness in the UK after stress. There are so many people who would benefit from this treatment. Almost all of us know someone (and often several people) who are suffering with some form of back, neck or shoulder pain and who could benefit from such a treatment.
Is there anyone who shouldn’t have this treatment and why?
The session is not advisable for pregnant women or very young children and caution must be shown with diabetics. Generally the treatment is safe and effective for most, as it works at releasing the muscle tension, which leads to the physical pain. The following gives a guideline for contraindications:
Areas of inflammation
Cold or flu symptoms
Areas over lymph nodes, major arteries, veins, and nerves – especially varicose veins
Open wounds, sores, burns, bruises, rashes, undiagnosed lumps, etc.
Intoxication or heavy pain medication
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