What is the difference between them?
Many individuals who could benefit from treatment are often confused by the difference between myotherapy and remedial massage. Both are effective at treating a number of similar conditions, but there are some important differences between them.
What is Remedial Massage?
All Remedial massage therapists have completed their Diploma of Remedial Massage which generally takes 18 – 24 months. They have a general understanding of anatomy, diagnosis, pathology, therapeutic massage, deep tissue and sports massage.
Remedial massage therapists are trained to diagnose various muscular complaints and treat them with the appropriate soft tissue massage techniques. They aim to reduce or eliminate pain in the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue and restore normal function of muscles and joints. They can increase joint mobility and flexibility and stimulate blood flow to the injured area. They may also prescribe strengthening exercises if required.
You should always look for Remedial massage therapists that are accredited with a bona fide register.
What is Myotherapy?
All Myotherapists have completed their Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy. The Advanced Diploma is a 12 month course and is completed after successful completion of the Diploma of Remedial Massage.
Typically, to treat existing problems and aid in the prevention of future injuries, a Myotherapist have and extra 12 months training than Remedial massage therapists and are able to incorporate a number of tecnhiques including massage, specific exercises, cupping, dry needling, Kinesiology taping, acupuncture and even rehabilitative exercises. Depending upon the patient and the nature of the problem, strength training or highly specific techniques may also be used.
Myotherapists must be registered with a nationally recognised association such as Myotherapy Association Australia or Australian Natural Therapists Association. Myotherapists often work closely with other health care practitioners to assess and treat muscles, joints and nerves; whereas remedial massage works on relieving muscular tension using hands-on treatment.
Should you see a Remedial Massage Therapist or Myotherapist?
It depends on what you are looking for from your treatment. Remedial massage is more commonly used to treat general, non-specific injuries such as muscle tightness, soreness or stiffness. They employ full body, therapeutic massage techniques to ease the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. Whereas Myotherapy may identify the underlying cause of the injury and provide more specific attention to the problematic area using a much broader spectrum of techniques.
Regardless of which modality you choose, you should always ensure that your practitioner is accredited with the appropriate national registers.
To book your next Remedial massage appointment, call Relinque Sports and Spinal Group on 03 9499 9644