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What is Myopractic Muscle Therapy?

By Ken Black
Updated Mar 03, 2024
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Myopractic ® Muscle Therapy is a type of massage using deep muscle therapy and structural integration together in a fashion designed to achieve certain results, especially in relieving chronic pain. The technique was developed by Robert Petteway after three decades of working with those dealing with chronic pains. Myopractic ® Muscle Therapy has registered since the mid 1980s.

Myopractic ® Muscle Therapy works by making sure there is integration with both the muscles and body structure. In fact, this integration is key to making sure the entire body functions in its desired way. Relieving the pain in certain areas can only help achieve the desired results much faster.

Myopractic ® Muscle Therapy works by focusing on three areas: compression stretching, clearing and separating. The compression stretching works to bring deep relaxation to the patient, as well as to relieve tension, spasms and other common muscular issues. The clearing works to rid any obstacles that may be present which interfere with the soft tissue, such as scar tissue. Separating achieves balanced muscles.

If done correctly, Myopractic ® Muscle Therapy will help bring the entire body back into balance. This can be done in several different ways, which is why the technique is so valuable. It has the flexibility to be used as a full bodywork, helping achieve a Myopractic ® posture correction, or a spot therapy focusing on an area that causes particular problems for an individual.

One of the truly unique things about Myopractic ® Muscle Therapy is its use of ordinary tools not normally meant for human applications. For example, one of the primary tools used is an automobile buffer, used by those who wax vehicles. This tool can also be used effectively by those wishing to receive Myopractic ® Muscle Therapy.

There are a number of practitioners licensed in the first, second or third levels of Myopractic ® Muscle Therapy. Though it is not quite as common as some other forms of therapy, most people of those in the United States will find a practitioner within a day's drive. Feedback from those who have undergone a session, or multiple sessions, is generally positive, according to the founder's Web site.

Those who wish to practice Myopractic ® Muscle Therapy must do so by taking lessons from a person who is authorized to teach the technique. The only school offering Myopractic ® Muscle Therapy training at advanced levels for those wishing to become teachers is located in Austin, Texas. The school is licensed by the state.

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Discussion Comments
By anon1005599 — On Oct 03, 2021

My wife was told she had arthritis in her lower back, and was sent to a surgeon, who did an MRI. He told her he could only give maybe 50 percent relief and didn't want to do surgery. She went to "Jim" in Austin Texas, had two treatments and was cured He told her to get deep muscle massages and she hasn't had pain since. He told her she didn't have arthritis. Charles G.

By anon991101 — On May 27, 2015

Myo this and myo-that. They all merge together and sound alike.

What David Ayer does is not massage therapy. He practices the manual manipulation from the old school osteopathy (a la Dr Huls and Dr A.T. Stills), but unlike osteopaths, he does not have the MD behind his name.

What's important is the training. He is more than a massage therapist, in other words, but because of how the healthy industry regulates it's naming/classifications, what he does falls under 'massage'.

Also, I've noticed that the 'myopractic massage' realm is freely using 'myopractic' technique, etc. but it's a totally different training method.

Know before you go.

By anon261665 — On Apr 16, 2012

After having several herniated discs, chronic back pain, David Ayer, an Austin, Tx myopractor gave me several treatments. After several different treatments, there was one in particular that I walked out afterward pain free, and still six months later, I'm still pain free. Incredible!

By anon236581 — On Dec 24, 2011

I have had this treatment for chronic low back pain and sciatica. I had a herniated disk and was told by doctors that I needed surgery and then they just gave me an rx and sent me on my way. I too needed a better solution. From my first visit I was very impressed. I left with immediate pain relief and stayed pain free for months.

The only reason I had to go back was because I carry my 2 year old around a lot and that's hard on my posture. My myopractor told me from the beginning that if he doesn't see me very often then that's great because it means that he has done his job. And he was right!

It is worth noting that he is a master level myopractor and did mostly manipulation with my joints and some with muscles.

By bear78 — On Sep 03, 2011

This therapy really does sound great and so do the testimonials from the official site. I haven't been able to find any objective disassociated testimonials about it though, which worries me a little.

I'm thinking about going for Myopractic Muscle Therapy because I have chronic ankle pain. I have injured my ankle tendons before and have weak muscles in general. The pain in my ankles have been ongoing for several years and the doctors say that everything looks fine and just prescribe me pain killers.

I don't want to keep taking pain killers, I really need a permanent treatment. This therapy sounds like it could help me. I just wish I could talk to people who have gotten the treatment and ask about their experience. I don't want to pay for this just based on the information and testimonies that the company provides.

Has anyone tried this therapy and can share about it? Did it work for you, would you recommend it for me?

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