How Does Myotherapy differ from Massage?

Do You Know the Difference between Myotherapy and Massage?

At Osteopathy on Canterbury, we provide both Myotherapy and Massage Therapy to assist you in reaching your healthcare goals. There are similarities between the two modalities, however there are also some important differences, which set them apart.

Myotherapy

  • Manual (hands-on) therapy that involves the assessment and treatment of soft tissue injury, including muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia of the body
  • Techniques include: soft tissue manipulation, stretching, myofascial release, trigger point therapy and thermal therapy
  • Myotherapists use massage in their treatments where warranted (but not as much massage as remedial massage therapists use in their treatment)
  • Myotherapists also use dry needling and joint mobilization in their treatments (whereas most remedial massage therapists will not, as they are not qualified to perform these techniques).
  • The Myotherapy course includes extensive dry needling and joint mobilization training, whereas remedial massage therapy courses do not offer this. If a remedial massage therapist wishes to learn dry needling, they must complete separate training, which is not as extensive as the Myotherapy dry needling training offered
  • Myotherapists incorporate advanced injury prevention, health and fitness advice and exercise prescription into their sessions
  • Myotherapists do not offer relaxation treatments (whereas remedial massage therapists do)
  • Myotherapy has its own separate qualifications, including a Bachelor of Health Science (‘Clinical Myotherapy’ or ‘Myotherapy’) or an ‘Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy’. This enables Myotherapists to have a greater understanding of the human body, anatomy and physiology over remedial massage therapists
  • Myotherapists are more consultative, educational and holistic in developing their treatment plan: they aim to trace any pain, complaint or discomfort as far as possible back to the original cause, with the goal of healing both the cause of the concern, as well as the symptoms in which they are presenting with
  • A Myotherapist has a broader scope of practice than a remedial massage therapist: they carry out a full postural analysis, medical history, range of motion testing and special tests for your presenting complaint in order to help diagnose your condition and formulate treatments plans

Massage

  • Manual (hands-on) therapy that involves the assessment and treatment of soft tissue injury, including muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia of the body
  • Techniques include: soft tissue manipulation, stretching, myofascial release and trigger point therapy
  • Apply more massage in their treatments, as they are not qualified to perform dry needling and joint mobilization techniques (unless they have completed further training)
  • 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 be a chronic pain complaint, postural related muscle tightness or simply for those patients that want to relax. Some therapists have additional training in things like Lymphoedema massage, Bowen therapy, dry needling (basic) and other alternative therapies
  • Separate qualification to Myotherapy and is not a University degree, whereas Clinical Myotherapy is a University degree
  • Remedial massage is designed to balance muscle/soft tissue length, tension and tone, which will, in turn, promote the return to normal joint/capsular/bone position
  • Increases the flow of blood and lymph, particularly in the injured areas, thus removing blockages, damaged cells, scar tissue and adhesions resulting from injury
  • Remedial massage therapists offer relaxation massage, as well as remedial, sports and pregnancy massage
  • Remedial massage therapists incorporate basic injury prevention, health and fitness advice and exercise prescription into their sessions
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