Many people are already seeing a manual therapist such as a myotherapist or a chiropractor. But what you might not know is that you can see both! There are several benefits that come with seeing both a myotherapist and a chiropractor as part of your health strategy.
Myotherapy Vs Chiropractic – What’s The Difference?
The main difference between myotherapy and chiropractic is their focus. Myotherapy focuses on muscle health, although it does include some supportive work for the joints. On the other hand, chiropractic has a strong focus on the spine and its impact on the whole nervous system, as well as treating other joints throughout the body.
How Myotherapy And Chiropractic Can Work Together
Chiropractors can adjust structural issues
As a myotherapist, I am your go-to for muscle issues. And while myotherapy can include mobilising joints, sometimes it’s not enough to address a structural issue. Manipulating joints is a specialised skill and is out of a myotherapist’s scope of practice.
That’s where a trusted chiropractor comes in. If your myotherapist thinks there is a structural issue that needs to be addressed, teaming up with a chiropractor can get you sorted.
Soft tissue work can extend the results of an adjustment
Maybe you’re already seeing a chiropractor regularly. Adjustments from your chiropractor can be great at the time. But many people feel like they slip back into the same uncomfortable position in no time.
This is where working with a myotherapist can extend those results. We can have a look at any muscles that are encouraging your problematic positioning and help rebalance them. This can lead to longer-lasting results from your chiropractic sessions.
Myotherapy can make it easier for your chiropractor to effectively adjust you
If you have very tight muscles and connective tissue surrounding your spinal joints, it can sometimes be difficult to get those areas adjusted. By seeing me before an adjustment (either same day, or the day prior) a lot of my patients find their chiropractic treatment is more effective and less uncomfortable. Its definitely a satisfying feeling getting an adjustment that moves easily without feeling like muscle tension is stopping you getting the full benefit of your chiropractic session.
Adjustments and home exercise can work together
Another reason to combine myotherapy with your chiropractic care plan is including corrective exercises for the muscles. As a myotherapist, I can prescribe a personalised exercise plan that can strengthen a weak muscle, correct muscular imbalances and relieve pain over the long-term.
Why is this a great approach? It means that instead of just treating the problem, you can work towards healing it.
A combination can do wonders for spinal issues
People who have spinal issues such as nerve impingement get more bang for their buck by working with a myotherapist and chiropractor. Myotherapy can reduce pain levels and muscle sensitivity using techniques such as massage therapy, cupping and muscle energy techniques. On the other hand, chiropractic can help with repositioning the vertebrae, which can reduce compression on the impinged nerve.
Don't have a chiropractor you love? Let me make a recommendation!
Dr Nadine Toussaint at Resonate Wellbeing in Ringwood is an amazing, gentle and caring chiropractor.
To book in a myotherapy session, head to my booking page.
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Mel is a Myotherapist based in Ferntree Gully. She has a special interest in chronic pain conditions, like fibromyalgia, degenerative disc disease, and more.