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Myotherapy vs. Remedial Massage

Myotherapy vs. Remedial Massage
Are you confused by the difference between all the various physical therapies available? At first glance some modalities may appear to be very similar in terms of the techniques they use and the conditions they treat. However this is rarely the case if you take the time to investigate them more fully.

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.

Practitioner Qualifications

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
or
  • Diploma in Remedial Massage.
Diploma students can then choose to specialise in myotherapy via the:
  • Advanced Diploma of Remedial Massage (Myotherapy)
In terms of qualifications for either type of therapist, anyone who has completed a course from a Registered Training Organization (RTO) ensures they will be accredited by the relevant industry association. This also ensures that health funds will recognise the practitioner and process any rebates claimed – provided they cover the modality in question.
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