Myotherapy vs. Remedial Massage
Confusion between remedial massage therapy and myotherapy 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 range of massage techniques. They primarily focus 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 useful 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 massage techniques to eliminate muscular tension and aid relaxation. Practitioners generally only make use of their hands, sometimes with the aid of massage oils.
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 completing the Certificate IV of Massage Therapy Practice, then the Diploma of Remedial Massage.
Diploma students can then choose to specialise in myotherapy via the Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy.
In terms of qualifications for either type of therapist, anyone who has completed a course from a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) ensures they will be accredited by the relevant industry association such as the Australian Association of Massage Therapists (AAMT). This also ensures that health funds will recognise the practitioner and process any rebates claimed – provided you have coverage with your health fund for Remedial Massage or Myotherapy treatment.Leave a reply →