Myotherapy & Myofascial Release

Myotherapists assess and physically treat myofascial pain, injury and dysfunction affecting movement and mobility. Myotherapy is applied in the preventative, corrective and rehabilitative phases of therapy to restore and maintain the normal integrity of the soft tissue structure (muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia) of the human body.

Pain or symptoms caused by muscle (myo) or fascia is described as myofascial. Myofascial pain is usually not specific and is often described by the patient as a 'deep ache', 'tightness' or 'tenderness' in an area. It can vary in intensity and radiate to other areas. Other symptoms can include reduced range of motion of muscles and joints, stiffness, fatigue, weakness, numbness or a tingling sensation. There are many other symptoms depending on the condition and patients can have one or many symptoms.

Common conditions that Myotherapists can treat include:
  1. Sporting & occupational injuries
  2. Stiffness & pain associated with poor posture
  3. Associated joint & vertebral dysfunction & pain
  4. Acute & chronic conditions affecting function & mobility
  5. Scoliosis / Kyphosis
  6. Headaches / migraines
  7. Acute and chronic stiff and painful neck
  8. Chronic overuse syndromes - tendonitis, RSI, tennis/golfer's elbow, carpal tunnel
  9. Acute & chronic back pain / 'sciatica'
  10. Shoulder pain, impingement syndrome, frozen shoulder
  11. Hand & finger numbness / tingling – thoracic outlet syndrome
  12. Knee, leg & foot pain – shin splints, patella tracking dysfunction, runners knee, ankle sprains
  13. Arthritis / Multiple Sclerosis
  14. Pregnancy – pre/post natal complaints
  15. Chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia
  16. Pain & dysfunction associated with stress & tension
  17. Rehabilitative stage of an injury or illness
What to expect from a myotherapy consultation
Assessment - Clinical assessment is reliant on history taking, examination routines of particular joints or regions, assisted by highly developed tactile, palpatory skills and a thorough understanding of joint and muscular assessment procedures. These skills distinguish Myotherapy from other physical therapies. Assessment of potential causes of dysfunction is also important, as is a detailed postural examination.

Treatment - Soft tissue manipulation, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial dry needling, Myofascial release, Cupping, Thermal therapy / Cryotherapy, TENS machines, Postural assessment and correction, Corrective exercises (stretches, strength), Core stability exercises and workshops, Diet and nutritional advice.

What is Myofascial Release?
A gentle blend of stretching and massage, Myofascial Release Therapy uses hands-on manipulation of the entire body to promote healing, release and pain relief. The therapy is based on the idea that poor posture, physical injury, illness and emotional stress can throw the body out of alignment and cause its intricate web of fascia to become tight and constricted.
The skillful use of the hands in Myofascial Release Therapy is said to release disruptions in this fascial network that links every organ and tissue in the body with every other part. Pressure on the bones, muscles, joints and nerves is relieved in the process, and balance is restored. The release of tension once the body has responded to the therapy allows more functional flexibility and mobility of the muscles, fascia and associated structures. Release may also facilitate the emergence of negative or repetitive emotional patterns, which have interfered with the healing process.

Myofascial Release Therapy may be helpful for many physical problems, including:
  • Back strain and general chronic or acute back pain
  • Lumbar and thoracic pain
  • Chronic cervical pain
  • Dizziness, vertigo
  • Carpel tunnel syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fibrositis
  • Headaches
  • Myofascial pain dysfunction
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Post-polio symptoms
  • TMJ dysfunction
  • Whiplash
  • Chronic pain syndromes
Myofascial Release treatments usually take one hour and will include a physical evaluation before the treatment itself, for which the patient will be unclothed. A series of treatments may be necessary, although relief may be obtained in one session and it is generally suitable for people of all ages.

Upper North Island

A Positive Massage
Mount Eden, North Island
CONTACT NAME: Barry Vautier
We provide massage and body therapy services to the Auckland region. Massage and Fascial Kinetics (a Bowen Therapy) instructors. 
Phone: 09 630 6295    Mobile: 021 706 488  

Advanced Body Mind Therapies
Bethells, West Auckland.
09 810 7131 - 021 0232 5558

Advanced Massage Specialist
West Auckland, North Island
CONTACT NAME: Advanced Massage Specialist
Doreen Seagar (BHS,CNMT,RMT) is a Certified Integrated Neuromuscular, Soft-tissue and Massage Therapist. 
Phone: 09 817 4550   Mobile: 021 288 3931  

Body Matters
Freemans Bay, North Island
Phone: 09 948 4300    Mobile: 021 661 775  

Body Mechanics Massage Therapy
Wairau Park, North Shore, North Island
CONTACT NAME: Liz Morrison
Phone: 027 6112 455  

Constructive Techniques
Ponsonby, North Island
Acupuncture, Lymphatic Drainage, Massage - Connective Tissue, Massage - Corporate / Workplace, Massage - Deep Tissue
Phone: 092 156 160    Mobile: 021 841 661  

Elemental Body Therapies
Howick , 
Phone: 09 534 5686    Mobile: 021 369 869  

Evolutionary You
Silverdale, Auckland, North Island
Helen McAuley-Grant. Over 10 years experience. Body Work for People & Pets
Phone: +64 9 4284891    Mobile: +64 21 499 824  

Global Health Clinics
Takapuna, North Island
Specialists in Natural Health Care Global Health Clinics is a new integrated natural health clinic in central Takapuna.
Phone: 09 488 0208  

Harvest Natural Health Centre
Grey Lynn, North Island
CONTACT NAME: Angela Haldane
Phone: 09 376 0174  

Health Link
Dip Naturopathy, Med. Micrbiology Tech., Med Herbalist, Nutritionist (Eastern / Western)
Phone: 09 522 8181    Mobile: 021 253 7474  

Holistic Alignment Ltd
Epsom, North Island
CONTACT NAME: Chrissy Diamond
Mobile: 021 577 137  

House of Health Ltd
Auckland Central, North Island
If you are looking for a combination of tradtional and innovative, research-orientated health care without the pharmaceuticals
Phone: 09 377 7070  

Lifestyles Neuromuscular & Massage Therapy
New Lynn, North Island
CONTACT NAME: Lifestyles Neuromuscular & Massage Therapy Limited
Welcome to Lifestyles Neuromuscular & Massage Therapy, Auckland’s leading Soft-tissue and Massage Therapy Specialists
Phone: 09 826 5516    Mobile: 021 543 302  

Auckland city, North Island
Neuromuscular Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy, Sports, Remedial, Therapeutic, Scar tissue release, Myofascial, Relaxation, Pregnancy Massage...
Phone: 09 9626912    Mobile: 021 274 8890  

Muscle Rehab
Pukekohe, North Island
Sports Injury and Rehabilitative Massage Specialist
Mobile: 022 1626 863  

Auckland Central, North Island
Phone: 09 826 1122   Mobile: 0273 20 20 20  

New Lynn Sports Clinic
New Lynn, North Island
Therapeutic, Remedial and Sports Massage, Deep Tissue, Lymphatic Drainage, Cranio-sacral or Cupping with Yoka Hermanides. Children Massagin...
Phone: 09 827 6205    Mobile: yoka on 021 217 9474  

Neuromuscular Massage Therapy Centre
Warkworth, North Island
CONTACT NAME: Madhu Chandra
Warkworth & Ellerslie clinics. Massage, neuromuscular therapy, for muscular chronic pain and tension. Also specialising in jaw pain (TMJ), ...
Phone: 021 418068    Mobile: 021 418068  

Oasis Body Therapy
Mount Eden, North Island
Oasis Body Therapy is located in Mt Eden on Auckland's Dominion Rd, offering unique therapeutic & relaxing massage treatments 
Phone: 09 300 7275  

Pause & Unwind Massage
Birkenhead, North Island
CONTACT NAME: Debbie Rohlandt
Helping you stay balanced and stress free
Mobile: 022 648 7280  

Pure-Pro Health
66 Carr Street, Kamo, Whangarei 0112 
CONTACT NAME: Johan Redelinghuys
Pure-Pro Health will focus your mind and body on health enhancing protocols rather than your demoralizing known or named conditions
Phone: 09 962 8149  

Revival Massage Therapy
Grey Lynn, North Island
Phone: 09 213 9557   Mobile: 021 816 338  

Sandra Haydock
Remuera, North Island
The importance of Massage as a means of keeping your body working to its full potential is significant.
Phone: (+64) 09 5200455    Mobile: (+64) 0211838282  

Sharon Wood
West Harbour, West Auckland, North Island
Sharon Wood (PG Dip MindBody, BHltSt, CNMT, DipTm) is a MindBody orientated Massage and Bodywork therapist
Phone: 09 416 7373    Mobile: 0276661567  

Tracey Wheeler
Mission Bay, 
Your Health is everything Massage Therapist * Nutritionist * Medical Herbalist 
Mobile: 021 630 068  

Central North Island

as Well as Nutrition & Wellness Centre - Health Specialists
Hamilton East, North Island
CONTACT NAME: Rahn Lawrence
Become as well as you can be
Phone: 07 83 83 83 2    Mobile: 0274 83 83 82  

Blossom Massage
Napier Central, North Island
I provide high quality massage therapy. Whether your goals are less aches and pain or increased balance in daily life. Remedial Massage, ...
Mobile: 021 1183355  

Day Spa Natural Detox Centre
Bay of Plenty, Te Puke, North Island
UNFORGETTABLE... share your Unique Day Spa therapies with a friend. Divinely Relaxing, Rejuvenating Skin Texture, Tone & Body Regeneration. ...
Phone: 07 573 5487  

Debs Chase-Paterson 
NZ Chartered Natural Medicine Practitioner; Dr Vodders Lymph Drainage Therapist
Te Puke & Whakatane Bay of Plenty, North Island
TOTALLY IMMERSED in natural health for over 25 yrs. Deb offers you an immense choice of natural therapy options i.e. Detox therapies...
Phone: Te Puke 07 5735489    Mobile: Whakatane clinic 07 3071468  

Health-Performance Chiropractic in Hamilton
East Hamilton, North Island
Phone: 07 856 0205  

Healthwise Body Worx
Tauranga, North Island
Healthwise Bodyworx are a team of remedial massage therapists who specialise in a variety of massage techniques including relaxation, sports...
Phone: 07 571 8966    Mobile: 027 448 6904  

Judith Danks Naturopathy
Matamata, North Island
Naturopathy, Herbal medicine, Nutrition, Natural Fertility Programmes, Iridology Analysis, Lymphatic Drainage, Sinus Drainage, Reflexology...
Phone: 07 880 9700    Mobile: 0211454067  
Natural Therapies
Te Puke, North Island
Clinic - Shop - OPC - Day Spa - Kiwikitz™ Herbals - Lymphasizer - Electro Acupressure - Invertex - Colon Hydrotherapy - Chiropractor DONZ N...
Phone: 07 573 5533    Mobile: 0274 517 947  

Pelvic Health Physio
Hamilton, North Island
CONTACT NAME: Pelvic Health Physiotherapy
Helping you on the road to pelvic health Linley is a specialist New Zealand trained physiotherapist with over 25 years experience 
Phone: 07 829 7939    Mobile: 021 152 2350  

Tairua Natural Therapy Clinic
Tairua, North Island
Phone: 07 864 7799   Mobile: 027 733 4765  

The Essentials Massage & Natural Beauty
Coopers Beach, North Island
Sports, deep tissue, relaxation, post surgery, pregnancy, aromatherapy, rehabilitation and oncology massage. Non toxic beauty Therapy. 
Phone: 0-9-406 2081    Mobile: 021 509 086  
Willow Therapeutic
Tauranga, North Island
We do: Therapeutic Massage, Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, Relaxation Massage, Hotstone Massage Therapy, Neuromuscular Therapy, Pregnancy ....
Phone: 072130725   Mobile: 0211629692  

Lower North Island

Baybody Therapy
Titahi Bay, North Island
Phone: 04 236 7921    Mobile: 021 135 1692  

Bella Vita Day Spa
Palmerston North, North Island
Phone: 0-6-355 2667  

Body Therapeutics
Wellington , North Island
Phone: (04) 4733 466    Mobile: 027 2489 359  

Julie Willbond
Newlands, North Island
Aromatherapy, Lymphatic Drainage, Massage - Corporate / Workplace, Massage - Deep Tissue, Massage - Pregnancy, Massage - Remedial, Massage -...
Phone: 04 938 3873  

KORU Massage and Healing
Lower Hutt, North Island
Nourish your Mind Body and Soul with KORU MASSAGE AND HEALING through the profound effects of therapeutic massage and energy work. ...
Phone: 4563 7011    Mobile: 21266 4181  

Mark Coombes Massage
Waterloo, Lower Hutt, Wellington, North Island
Mark Coombes is a fully qualified massage therapist with 12 yrs experience
Phone: 045861637    Mobile: 0273636650  

McAndrew Natural Therapy
Johnsonville, Wellington, North Island
CONTACT NAME: Ann Marie McAndrew
Phone: 04 977 9331    Mobile: 021 234 0430  

Nicola Spiers , Massage Therapist & Personal Trainer
Petone, North Island
CONTACT NAME: Nicola Spiers
Energy Healing, Lymphatic Drainage, Massage - Connective Tissue, Massage - Deep Tissue, Massage - Mobile Service, Massage - Pregnancy, Massa...
Phone: 04 586 2979    Mobile: 021 506 554  

Pukeko Therapy
Upper Hut, North Island
Remedial massage- Sport Therapy - Myofascial release & cupping - Accupressure - Dry ...
Phone: 04 527 3293 (leave a message)    Mobile: 022 123 4989 (book on website)  
Studio 7
Palmerston North, North Island
CONTACT NAME: Christine Lough
Phone: 06 357 7705  

The Natural Health Centre
Acupressure, Acupuncture, Alexander Technique, Allergy Testing / Treatments, Aromatherapy, Bowen Therapy, Counselling, Ear Candling, Energy ...
Phone: 04 385 4342  

Your Essential Wellbeing
Palmerston North, North Island
CONTACT NAME: Astarte and David
Astarte and David offer a range of massage styles that include Deep Tissue, Sports and Remedial Massage. Phone: 06 357 1139   Mobile: 027 253 1139  

Upper South Island

Accent On NouVeau
Upper Riccarton, South Island
CONTACT NAME: Accent on NouVeau
Phone: 03 348 8910    Mobile: 021 755 946  

Bodyly Massage
Blenheim, South Island
CONTACT NAME: Lydie Tournier
~ Remedial Massage ~ Pressure Points ~ Alignment ~ Bodywork ~ Relaxation ~ 
Phone: Picton : Please Enquire by Ph    Mobile: 021 232 7496  

Healing Hands - Therapeutic Massage
South Island
CONTACT NAME: Riddy Hillier
Phone: 03 5446076    Mobile: 0275446076  

Judy Barnard
Nelson, South Island
CONTACT NAME: Judy Barnard
Massage, Aromatherapy, Reflexology 
Phone: 03 539 4901   Mobile: 027 331 4694  

Karen McLeod Massage therapy
Canterbury, South Island
Phone: 03 3436 224    Mobile: 027 200 4161  

Massage, Healing and Courses
Tahunanui, Nelson, South Island
CONTACT NAME: Massage in Nelson with Elayne Lane
Elayne Lane provides: Massage in Nelson, Natural Healing, Reiki, BodyTalk, Courses on Massage...
Mobile: 0212211949  


Lower South Island

Gardens Physiotherapy
North Dunedin, South Island
Get Active, Get Well!
Phone: 03 473 0144  

Hands On Health - Latta Massage Therapy
Dunedin, South Island
CONTACT NAME: Yvette Latta
Sports massage, deep tissue, pregnancy massage, myofascial release, Trigger point Therapy, Swedish, relaxation, corporate onsite massage.
Phone: 03 477 2853  

KeepinTouch Massage Therapy
Winton, South Island
CONTACT NAME: Wendy Paterson
Lymphatic Drainage, Massage - Deep Tissue, Massage - Mobile Service, Massage - Pregnancy, Massage - Remedial, Massage - Sports, Massage...
Mobile: 027 426 7153  

Lynne Brown & Mark Hunter
Frankton, Queenstown, South Island
Lynne and Mark are Remedial Therapists & Bowen Therapy instructors. They have been practicing for 15 years...
Phone: 03 441 1378  

Richard Parkinson
Dunedin, South Island
Aromatherapy, Lymphatic Drainage, Massage - Deep Tissue, Massage - Hawaiian, Massage - Remedial, Massage - Sports, Massage - Swedish / Relax...
Phone: 03 464 0262    Mobile: 021 144 8067  

Serena Matthews
CONTACT NAME: Serena Matthews
Phone: 03 3242657   Mobile: 021 911 781  

The Massage Room Clinic
Invercargill, South Island
CONTACT NAME: Lisa Patterson
Phone: 03 217 7613  

The Mobile Massage Company
Queenstown, South Island
CONTACT NAME: Chris MacKenzie
The Mobile Massage Company has been operating in the Queenstown Lakes District since 2002. 
Phone: 0800 426 161   Mobile: 027 442 6161