Do I need a GP referral to see a Myotherapist?
Myotherapists & Remedial Massage Therapists assess muscular dysfuctions and soft tissue-related injuries with assessment and hands-on treatment. Soft tissue techniques used include: trigger point therapy, myofascial release, dry-needling, contract/relax stretching , taping and strengthening exercises
A few common issues Myotherapists deal with include:
Non-specific Low Back Pain.
Unfortunately a lot of us will experience some sort of back pain during our lifetimes. Our busy lifestyles, moving less and viewing our health as a secondary priority can all contribute to back pain. Luckily, many back pain issues will not require imaging to determine the cause. After thorough assessment your Myotherapist can determine whether your pain is skeletal, neural or muscular. Myotherapy will treat the cause of your pain, by manually releasing tight, overactive muscles and determine which muscles can be strengthened for stability and prevention of re-injury.
There are certain muscles in our bodies which, when overworked (or tight), can place pressure on the Neural Pathways. Your Myotherapist will assess your movements, posture and nerves to find which nerves are feeling trapped. Using soft tissue treatment will release the surrounding muscles and set them free. Useful movements and exercises which you can do at home will also be provided to help keep them from getting stuck again.
To relieve the sharp “catching” sensation experienced by certain, or all, movements your Myotherapist can manually release muscle tension. Freeing tension around the chest and shoulder will encourage the shoulder blade to rotate more smoothly. After improving the range of movement through the shoulder, a Myotherapist will provide home exercises to encourage strengthening of the muscles and pain-free movement.
So Do I Need a Referral?
At Boost, our practitioners and the medical community want to help our patients get back to their fully functional capacity. GP’s know from past experience that Myotherapy has proven a great source of pain relief for their patients. They will often recommend their patients receive Myotherapy treatment to decrease or alleviate muscular and joint pain or discomfort. Our practitioners keep the GP’s up-to-date with their patient’s well-being and progress to ensure the best outcomes all round. So no, you don’t need a GP referral to see a Myotherapist. Call us at the clinic and book in today.