What is the difference between massage, myotherapy and physiotherapy? This is a question that we get asked a lot, and one of our favourite questions to answer!
Remedial Massage therapists have training in manual techniques to reduce protective muscle guarding, pain and improve well being. Some have additional training in things like Lymphoedema massage, Bowen therapy and other alternative therapies.
For conditions that are either already diagnosed or non-specific injuries (tightness, soreness) massage is perfect for relief and semi-regular maintenance.
Myotherapy is Advanced Remedial massage, with higher level training in management of the pain-ridden client.
While therapists are not trained in diagnosis of specific injury or movement disorders, their higher level training and advanced techniques (cupping, needling, stretching and exercise, along with massage techniques) allow them to effectively manage a more complex client, either hand in hand with a physiotherapist, or can be autonomous.
For acute neck or back pain, recovery following a diagnosed sports injury, or assistance with exercise programs, Myotherapy is fantastic.
Physiotherapy involves expert diagnosis of injury, movement disorders or painful conditions, along with a range of manual techniques and electrotherapeutic modalities to reduce pain and improve movement quality.
We are highly trained in prescribing sophisticated and progressive exercise regimes to return the injured patient to normal strength and range of movement. the emphasis is on swift return to normal function, and reduced reliance on the therapist.
For conditions that benefit from some ongoing soft tissue therapy or pain management, often your physiotherapist will work in tandem with Myotherapy or Remedial Massage to deliver effective and excellent value health care.