Heal your body with the help of a Myotherapist
Myotherapy (muscular therapy) uses a combination of techniques to firstly treat pain, and secondly rehabilitate your body for stronger, healthier living.
Techniques include Cupping, Dry Needling, Myofascial Release and various soft tissue therapies.
It is particularly powerful for injuries or conditions connected with repetitive strain and chronic dysfunction or pain. These include:
You may be experiencing a range of symptoms from stiffness or inflexibility through to acute pain. Please contact with any issue or query.
- Chronic back, shoulder, neck or knee pain
- Overuse or repetitive strain (from computer or other repetitive use activities)
- Tennis elbow
- Frozen shoulder
- Sprained ankle
- Shin splints
- Numbness and tingling
How we work with you
Natasha ZahariasYour Myotherapy consultation will involve a number of different processes. On your first consultation the Myotherapist will ask for a brief medical history and details about the injury of condition that has brought you here. There may be a range of testing, including postural assessment, range of movement, mobility, muscular strength and neurological testing.
Each session will involve hands on treatment, which can include deep tissue massage, muscle stretching and trigger point therapy. The Myotherapist may also give you some stretches and exercises to do at home so your condition improves quickly and you establish good long term habits that promote strength and flexibility.
Cupping is an ancient Chinese therapy in which a cup is applied to the skin and the pressure in the cup is reduced (either by heat or suction) in order to draw and hold skin and superficial muscles inside the cup. Sometimes, while the suction is active, the cup is moved, causing the skin and muscle to be pulled. This is called gliding cupping.
Cupping is applied to certain acupuncture points as well as to parts of the body that have been affected by pain, where the pain is deeper than the tissues to be pulled. Cupping has greater emphasis on the back acupuncture due to the ease with which it can be performed on the back. Most practitioners use the back shu points or bladder meridian and the dazhui. It is frequently used after acupuncture, blood letting, or plum blossom treatment.
Cupping is based on the meridian theory of the body. On one hand, cupping removes any stagnation in the body and opens the meridians so that qi can flow freely. On the other, it also helps to rejuvenate certain meridians and organs that are not functioning at their best. From a scientific standpoint, cupping is known to help activate the lymphatic system, promote blood circulation, and is good for deep tissue repair.
Dry needling is a broad term used to differentiate “non-injection” needling from the practice of “injection needling” which utilises a hyper-dermic syringe and usually involves the injection of an agent such as saline, local anaesthetic or corticosteroid into the tissue or specific anatomical structures .In contrast to this, dry needling utilises a solid, filament needle, as is used in the practice of acupuncture, and relies on the stimulation of specific reactions in the target tissue for its therapeutic effect.
The term dry needling is also used to differentiate the use of needling in a western physiological paradigm from the use of needling in an oriental paradigm which is referred to as acupuncture.
There are several popular, well established schools of dry needling practice and they commonly involve the needling of myofascial trigger points using acupuncture needles to deactivate and help resolve trigger points.
There are many limitations to this approach however and practitioners using such an approach are unlikely to achieve reliable results with the majority of the clients they see. This partly due to the limited variety in needle technique used and the reliance on the presence of trigger points. Consequently many practioners, after an initial burst of enthusiasm post studying dry needling, apply it less and less in the clinic until it it is barely being used by them at all.
The dry needling plus approach addresses many of the limitations of established dry needling practice by differentiating between a variety of needling techniques and applying them to specific changes identified in the tissue by means of skilled palpation and logical, range based physical assessment .
The dry needling plus approach demands a higher skill level of the practitioner than other approaches,however the rewards of investing time in attaining excellent assessment skills and needle technique are many.
In the hands of a skilled practitioner, dry needling can be used in most cases the majority of the time and with less energy expenditure on behalf of the practitioner and equal or better effect than other manual techniques currently being used.If practiced well there is also a remarkable absence of the “post treatment tissue soreness” often experienced by the subject following other manual therapy interventions.
Since seeing Natasha Zaharias, for myotherapy, there has been a major improvement in managing my issues. I have been to many massage therapists and have found Natasha to be one of the best to get improvements with my back and neck. I now feel my problems can be fixed and not merely band- aided.
Narre Warren South
“Many Remedial Massage Therapists have furthered their studies to become Myotherapists.”