Myotherapy was developed by Bonnie Prudden, who took her cue from trigger point injection therapy and therapeutic exercise and immediate mobilisation. If you’re not sure what all of that means, here it is in a nutshell:
Myotherapists use their hands and elbows to apply pressure to muscles, which releases tension, alleviates pain, and helps treat various ailments, such as headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, and arthritis. In some cases alternative methods, such as dry needling and electro-mechanical stimulation, are also used.
Myotherapy around the world
The International Myotherapy Association helps regulate the profession by listing Certified Bonnie Prudden Myotherapists and Exercise Therapists in the US, Canada, Mexico, Switzerland and the Philippines. It also ensures that members comply with the code of ethics, which requires practitioners to participate in ongoing education and peer review processes. In this way it ensures that patients are assured of effective and professional treatment.
In Australia, professionals are encouraged to join the Institute of Registered Myotherapists of Australia (IRMA). Members are expected to abide by the code of ethics and the code of practice, which are designed to protect myotherapists, as well as patients.
Do you want to become a myotherapist?
Bear in mind that the job requires specialist knowledge of anatomy, human biology, bioscience, and acupressure. All of which means that it’s not a Mickey Mouse field of study. Myotherapy courses in Australia range from diplomas to bachelor degrees.
- Southern School of Natural Therapies offers a Bachelor of Health Science – Clinical Myotherapy, which it claims is the only dedicated Myotherapy degree programme in Australia. It is approved by the Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA) and IRMA.
- The Health Arts College offers an Advanced Diploma of Remedial Massage (Myotherapy), which is available throughout Australia and which is nationally recognised.
- The Melbourne Institute of Massage Therapy also offers an Advanced Diploma of Remedial Massage (Myotherapy), which is recognised by ANTA, and is also nationally recognised.
- RMIT offers Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice, which is the foundation which allows students to specialise in myotherapy.
If you quite like the idea of helping people deal with pain associated with sports injuries, scoliosis, sprains, chronic fatigue, and stress and tension, then perhaps you should register for a myotherapy course.
Once you work your way up from entry-level positions, you’ll find it as financially rewarding as it is personally rewarding. PayScale puts the average high-end salary at AU$98,000. But if you’re exceptionally good at releasing trigger points, there is no reason why you can’t crack six figures.