The role of a Myotherapist

Myotherapy is a form of physical therapy which focuses on the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of soft tissue dysfunction, injury and disorders affecting activity and mobility. There is an emphasis on treating the bodies soft tissue framework which includes muscle, tendons, ligaments and fascia.

About Luca

Luca is a passionate Myotherapist whom joined the Deepdene clinic in early 2020. He completed the RMIT Advanced Diploma in Myotherapy course in 2019. He arrives with experience having worked as a clinical massage therapist and providing great results for his patients.

Luca has a personal interest in playing sports such as Australian rules football, cricket and basketball, and subsequently has a passion for assisting those involved in these sports. To advance his knowledge base in the area of sports injury management, Luca is currently studying an Exercise and Sports Science Diploma at Deakin University.

Luca truly enjoys assisting his patients with achieving their health care goals. The nobility of making a positive impact to their lives, is what attracted him to being part of the healing arts.

Symptoms associated with Soft Tissue Dysfunction

Pain that is located within muscle tissue or muscle fascia is called myofascial pain.

Symptoms can include:

  • Deep and constant aching
  • Muscle tightness
  • Sore spots in the muscle (myofascial trigger points)
  • Reduced joint mobility
  • Stiff joints
  • Numbness
  • Recurrent tingling, prickling or ‘pins and needles’ sensation.

Techniques Utilised

Luca strives to find the most comfortable yet effective treatment method for the individual.

  • Massage techniques
  • Dry Needling
  • Functional Cupping
  • Stretching
  • Rock Taping
  • Education regarding exercise therapy, postural advice and pain management

Myotherapy can treat a range of disorders

  • Headache / Migraine
  • Neck pain & stiffness
  • Back pain & stiffness
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Elbow Pain
  • Hand / Wrist pain
  • Hip Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Shin Splints
  • Calf or Achilles Tendon pain
  • Foot Pain
  • Sports Injuries
  • Occupational Injuries

What to expect on your first myotherapy appointment?

You’ll be greeted with a warm welcome, then asked to fill out the customary ‘patient information form’, that comprises of your personal details, your health history, followed by information related to why you are visiting e.g. headache, neck pain or low back pain etc.

Once completed, Luca will take you through to his treatment room. He can then review your information. A physical examination is performed combining palpatory, range of motion and orthopedic procedures.

Luca can provide to you an explanation and diagnosis regarding your specific complaint / problem. A customized treatment & management plan can then be presented. Information regarding treatment techniques, frequency of visits, your specific health goals and treatment alternatives are also discussed.

If it appears that myotherapy care is a good option, then treatment can be provided immediately. All treatments vary, but a typical treatment will incorporate some form of massage technique, stretching, dry needling or cupping. Home based advice is provided that considers postural, exercise or ergonomic considerations. If myotherapy is not recommended, then Luca will certainly suggest some alternative recommendation.