What is the difference between myotherapy and remedial massage?

February 2, 2015

 

 

There is often some confusion about the difference between myotherapy and remedial massage.

They do tend to overlap in a number of areas – both therapies are used to treat musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction using a variety of manipulation techniques. However, there are still distinct differences between the two.

 

Myotherapists draw on a broader range of tools and techniques

 

The main difference between myotherapy and remedial massage is that myotherapists use a broader variety of tools and techniques to treat musculoskeletal issues.

Remedial massage therapists generally stick to using their hands to treat muscle pain and injury, with the assistance of oils or creams.

 

Myotherapists are a lot broader with the techniques they use, drawing on areas such as:

  • Trigger point therapy

  • Musculoskeletal alignment

  • Deep tissue massage

  • Cupping

  • Stretching and rehabilitative exercises

 

Having access to a greater variety of techniques is particularly beneficial if your body doesn’t respond to one particular treatment. This gives you a lot greater likelihood of success of muscle repair and recovery.

 

Myotherapy helps develop a more holistic and consultative treatment plan

 

While remedial massage usually focuses in on treating the area where you are experiencing pain, myotherapy is much more consultative and educational. 

Although treatment of the soft muscle tissue is certainly an important part of the sessions, myotherapists will usually conduct a much more holistic examination to develop an ongoing treatment plan. This helps clients take control of their own pain and injury management which provides much greater results in the long run.

The myotherapist will usually undertake a detailed review of medical history, functional capacity and postural testing. They may then incorporate advice about health and fitness, rehabilitation and exercise techniques. 

Both therapies are effect and provide unique experiences and opportunities and choice usually comes down to personal preference.

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