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What is Myotherapy? What is the Difference Between Myotherapy and Remedial Massage Therapy?

What is Myotherapy? What is the Difference Between Myotherapy and Remedial Massage Therapy?

Written by Jessica Mazurek - Myotherapist | 2nd August 2021

What is a Myotherapist?

During almost every initial consultation at the clinic, patients ask me the same 2 questions: “So Jess, what exactly is a Myotherapist?” and “I’ve had remedial massage before, but what is the difference between that and Myotherapy?”

And the answer is…

The technical answer is that Myotherapy is the evidence-based assessment and treatment of both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions. The simple answer and the way I like to explain it most, is that we utilise a lot of tools in our toolbox to treat not only the presenting pain you come to see us for, but to also assess and determine the root cause of your pain, to prevent it from returning.

What tools (techniques) do Myotherapists use?

Some of the tools we use in treatments include hands-on soft tissue massage, joint mobilisations, cupping, dry needling, pain education and exercise prescription. We may use one or a combination of these tools, depending on your pain complaint, to help get you feeling better again and improving your overall health and wellbeing.

Our primary goals are to reduce pain levels, increase movement and strength and provide you with home management advice to help maintain these improvements. We know that not all patients are the same and each person’s recovery from pain and injuries are different. That is why we specifically tailor our treatment to your individual needs.

Dry needling

How long is the Clinical Myotherapy degree and what do we study?

There are two qualification pathways – Myotherapists complete a one-year Diploma of Remedial Massage and then a further one-year Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy, and Clinical Myotherapists complete a three-year bachelor’s degree of Health Science (Clinical Myotherapy). All Myotherapists study various topics throughout their education, including anatomy, physiology and various hands-on treatment techniques whilst Clinical Myotherapists further their knowledge in clinical assessment skills, the neuroscience of pain, as well as exercise prescription and injury rehabilitation.

What conditions do Myotherapists treat?

Myotherapy is a safe and holistic approach to pain management that is suitable for everyone. Some of the common conditions that we treat often include back pain, neck and shoulder pain, running and sports related soft tissue injuries, hip and knee pain, headaches and migraines, tennis elbow and other repetitive use injuries, plantar fasciitis (pain through the bottom of your foot) as well as pregnancy related aches and pains.

So, if you are wanting a slightly different approach to the treatment of your musculoskeletal complaints, then Myotherapy might be the answer for you!

The Myotherapists at CHH look forward to treating you at the clinic as the need arises.

Jessica Mazurek is a Clinical Myotherapist that works at The Canterbury Health Hub. She is available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Click here to learn more about Jessica. Book online or call (03) 9836 3688 for an appointment with Jessica.