Remedial Massage vs Myotherapy
What’s the difference between a myotherapist and a remedial massage therapist and who to see when?
A remedial massage therapist is highly trained in treating muscle tension from sport or work, as well as general aches and pains using their hands-on massage skills. They usually have a very good knowledge of the muscles. Remedial massage therapists would usually refer patients on to a Physio, Myotherapist, Osteopath or Chiropratcor for the more ‘tricky’ conditions that require an assessment or further investigation. There are some amazing remedial massage therapists out there with exceptional knowledge.
When would I see a Remedial Massage Therapist?
You would generally see a remedial massage therapist if you required an all over remedial massage for tension, tightness or sport event preparation or recovery. You may also see one if they have been referred to you by a physio, myo, or osteo for a specific issue that needs their hands-on skills.
BEWARE: Make sure your remedial massage therapist is qualified, there is too many pop up massage shops that have staff that are not qualified and this is NOT remedial massage. I hear too many stories from people who come out of these places worse than they went in. If you have an existing condition or injury, you would be well advised to ensure you are seeing a qualified therapist.
A myotherapist uses remedial massage as one of their ‘tools’. It is an invaluable skill and one that people seek us out for. A myotherapist is also highly qualified in assessing, treating and rehabilitating a range of musculoskeletal conditions including muscle, tendon, nerve and ligament issues. They have a thorough knowledge of anatomy and are highly skilled when it comes to their knowledge of the muscles in particular. A myotherapist has been trained to treat using a variety of techniques, which are dependent on the condition they are treating. They may utilise remedial massage, dry needling, rehabilitative or specific exercises and/or education. Not every consultation is hands-on; most are but there are situations and conditions where hands-on treatment would not be beneficial, at least initially (acute muscle tears and disc injuries, for example). There are also conditions where strength training or specific rehabilitation exercises are a more appropriate approach, such as for a tendinopathy condition.
When would I see a Myotherapist?
You would see a myotherapist is you have a specific injury or condition you need assessed, treated and managed. You would also see a myotherapist if you have a chronic condition or injury that you have not been able to manage.