What is Myotherapy and what’s involved?

Myotherapy is a noninvasive hands on therapy used to treat or prevent soft tissue injuries and restricted joint movement caused by muscle or myofascial dysfunction. Myo-fascia is the connective tissue that helps bind us together. Myotherapy treatment extends beyond just ‘hands on’ massage, to offer a broader scope of therapies used to treat complex muscle and musculoskeletal conditions. Myotherapists may do a postural assessment and client history to tailor a specific treatment plan to best suit your healing and health goal.

These therapies can help treat different conditions such as:

  • Chronic neck pain and Migraines 
  • Stress and anxiety 
  • Pain and stiffness 
  • Poor or weak posture 
  • Pregnancy (during and post)
  • Sports injuries and recovery
  • Muscle spasms

Pregnancy – Myotherapy and Massage

Women can begin having Myotherapy treatment at any point of their pregnancy- during the first, second or third trimester. Nicole, our highly qualified and skilled myotherapist, is extremely passionate about helping relieve and relax the muscles in your back, hips and shoulders. As a mum of 2, Nicole understands the discomforts of growing a child and would love to be a part of making your individual trimester journeys easier. We have a pregnancy table available to help make your myotherapy session as comfortable as possible.

Cupping therapy

Cupping therapy is a soft tissue treatment using negative pressure. Cupping, unlike massage, is referred to as a negative pressure, it’s performed through suction cups increasing blood flow. Myotherapy and Massage is a positive pressure using downward force and techniques to help relieve muscle tension.

Benefits of cupping can include local pain relief and muscle relaxation.

The negative force is designed to promote circulation – blood and lymph circulation and help decrease toxins in the body. Cupping therapy is an alternative treatment for those that prefer a more gentle approach.

Dry Needling

Dry needling, using a fine filament needle which is designed to pierce the skin targeting a trigger point or knot. This is an invasive treatment looking to stimulate a twitch response in a muscle, this twitch response sends a message via the muscles tendons to the brain increasing blood flow to the specific area. Dry needling is a much quicker and more specific treatment for those stubborn deep knotted muscles. Dry needling is referred to as dry because there is nothing being injected.

Therapies that may be involved include:

  • Deep tissue/soft tissue massage 
  • Dry needling 
  • Cupping therapy
  • MET (muscle energy technique)
  • Myofascial/Kinesio Taping
  • Trigger point release
  • PNF stretching 
  • Muscle and pain management
Our Myotherapy Team
About Nicole Nilsson | Myotherapist
Nicole graduated from RMIT with an Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy in 2004. She discovered Myotherapy after using allied health practices in her youth, and loved the hands on approach that Myotherapy offers to help relieve people of their acute and chronic muscular conditions.

Nicole uses a range of modalities to treat common muscular conditions, including Trigger Point Therapy and Dry needling. She has a keen interest in pre and post natal (Pregnancy) care and loves to help the everyday person achieve better functional muscular health.

Nicole has always lived in the Yarra Valley and looks forward to helping her local community with muscular, soft tissue and myo-fascial aches and pains.

In her spare time, Nicole enjoys spending time with her young family, their crazy dog, and planning their next camping adventure. She has also started training her daughters in massage so that she doesn’t miss out on some hands-on love.

Nicole looks forward to meeting the patients and clients of BDHH and the local community.
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