Myotherapy is a branch of manual medicine that helps clients to manage and relieve pain and decrease movement restriction. Myotherapy involves an extensive physical evaluation and an integrated approach to treating affected muscles, connective tissue, joints and nerves. It uses standard methods of assessment such as neurological and functional testing to determine the particular cause of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction.
Myotherapists work with holistic, long-term goals in mind and provide rehabilitation plans for clients to help prevent reoccurrence.
Employment prospects for complementary health professionals grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to continue growing with 8,000 jobs predicted by 2023 (Federal Government Job Outlook, 2018)
As a Myotherapist some of your responsibilities may include:
Your income will depend on factors such as the price you charge per hour, the number of hours you work and the number of patients you attract as well as your running costs and overhead.
In Australia the average Myotherapist:
Source: Steel et al., (2018). The Australian Complementary Medicine Workforce: A Profile of 1,306 Practitioners from the PRACI Study.
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Myotherapists can practice independently or within a multi-disciplinary setting and are able to confidently treat a wide range of clients within their scope of practice without referral. Practitioners may choose to work with specialised groups such as athletes and sporting teams, pre and postnatal care, aged care, rehabilitation and palliative care.
Niches for Myotherapists include:
Being employed by a sports team to manage pre and post-game manual therapy.
Teach and nurture the next generation of Myotherapists by: