Myotherapy: What It Is & How It Differs From Massage Therapy

Most weeks, at least one client will ask me the difference between Myotherapy and Remedial Massage Therapy. Myotherapists and Clinical Myotherapists are highly trained individuals who graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree after the completion of four 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 back as possible to the original cause. The goal is to heal both the cause of the concern, as well as the presenting symptoms.

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 with other health professionals such as Physiotherapists, Osteopaths, 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 is a chronic pain complaint, postural related muscle tightness or simply relaxation.

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

About the Author:

Mick has also spent the past three years working in a busy private practice in Melbourne.

A skilful practitioner, Mick’s passion is in the treatment of all sporting injuries from the elite level through to the every day athlete.

Outside of work, Mick enjoys playing basketball, going to the gym and chasing his two young sons.

Mick works from our Launceston, Devonport, Shearwater and Ulverstone clinics.

Michael Brotja is a Myotherapist at Physiotas