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Myotherapy vs Remedial Massage

24 May 2017

Most weeks, at least one client will ask me what the difference is between Myotherapy and Remedial Massage. Myotherapists and Clinical Myotherapists are highly trained individuals who graduate with a Bachelor's Degree after the completion of 4 years study at University. This enables Myotherapists to have a greater understanding of the human body, anatomy and physiology when compared to a Remedial Massage Therapist.

Myotherapists have extensive knowledge of the musculoskeletal system. The aim when treating and assessing an individual is to trace any pain, complaint or discomfort as far as possible back to the original cause, with the goal of healing both the cause of the concern, as well as the symptoms in which they are presenting with.

Myotherapists have the skills and qualifications to assess and treat muscles, joints and nerves using a variety of treatment modalities including:

  • Soft tissue manipulation
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Myofascial stretching
  • Dry needling
  • Cupping
  • Kinesiology taping
  • Rehabilitative exercises

Myotherapists are highly sort after therapists within the world of professional sport for their knowledge and superior hands-on experience and ability. They often work closely alongside other health professionals such as Osteopaths, Physiotherapists, Podiatrists and Sports Doctors to ensure better outcomes for rehabilitating athletes as well as a higher level of treatment on a weekly basis for athletes as they recover from games and training loads.

Myotherapists must be registered with a nationally recognised association such as Myotherapy Association Australia or Australian Natural Therapists Association.

Remedial Massage Therapists work exclusively on manipulating both the superficial and deeper layers of muscle as well as connective tissue to enhance function, release muscular tension, aid in the healing process, and promote relaxation and wellbeing.

Remedial Massage is more commonly performed on conditions that are either already diagnosed, or non-specific injuries (such as soreness or tightness) to provide some form of relief, whether it be a chronic pain complaint, postural related muscle tightness or simply want to relax.

Sports Massage is a combination of Remedial Massage techniques that aim to enhance performance and help overworked muscles recover quickly. This type of massage relaxes and tones the muscles and is also a helpful modality for injury prevention among sporting athletes.

Massage Therapy provides a number of benefits to improve your overall wellbeing. In addition to providing relief from pain, massage can also help to:

• Relax muscles
• Encourage relaxation
• Improve sleep
• Enhance sporting performance
• Reduce recovery time & increase rate of healing
• Increase range of motion
• Facilitate lymphatic drainage

Recover Sports Medicine has a team of highly experienced and skilled Myotherapists who have been practicing at the top level for many years and would be happy to discuss which type of treatment may be right for you.

Mick Brotja
Recover Sports Medicine


If you would like to make an appointment to see any of our highly trained Myotherapists, please call 1300 858 774 or email contact@recoversportsmed.com.au

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