Myotherapy vs. Remedial Massage
In this respect we need to clarify the distinction between two popular physical therapies: myotherapy and remedial massage. Confusion here is understandable given that both modalities treat a range of non-specific soft tissue pain and ailments.
The primary distinction between the two is the fact that myotherapists use a much broader palette of tools. This is primarily focused on trigger point therapy but may also draw on other techniques such as dry needling, musculoskeletal alignment, deep tissue massage, cupping, muscle stretching and a range of rehabilitative exercises. It is also instructive to know that the prefix ‘myo’ in myotherapy refers to muscle – hence the name.
Remedial massage therapists on the other hand work exclusively with a variety of manipulative techniques to eliminate muscular tension and aid relaxation. Practitioners generally only make use of their hands, sometimes with the aid of oils or powders.
There is however a lot of common ground between the two therapies. To become a myotherapist you must first qualify in remedial massage, typically via a:
- Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice
- Diploma in Remedial Massage.
- Advanced Diploma of Remedial Massage (Myotherapy)