Myotherapy VS Remedial Massage

“What’s the difference between Myotherapy and Remedial Massage?” It’s a common question asked by clients on weekly base if not on daily base. Fair enough given that most clients aren’t even aware of the difference of relaxation massage and remedial massage. Please click the linkage to see our related blog.


Myotherapists and Clinical Myotherapists are highly trained individuals who graduate with either Advanced Diploma or Bachelor’s Degree after the completion of 2-4 years of 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 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.


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 provide evidence-based assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation for a wide range of musculoskeletal pain and associated conditions, for example:

  • Back pain
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Headache/migraine
  • Sports injuries
  • Rotator cuff problems
  • Occupational injuries
  • Achilles tendinopathy and other ankle injuries
  • Jaw pain and clicking
  • Fibromyalgia and other chronic pain presentations
  • Tennis elbow


You don’t need to be in pain to visit a Myotherapist. Prevention is always better than cure.  There’s famous Chinese saying “上医医未病之病,中医医欲病之病,下医医已病之病。” Translation:“The best doctor treat unfound disease, the better  treat occurring disease, the inferior treat occurred disease.”


When you feel stiff in some parts of the body, it’s signal of an upcoming problem such as too much tension built up, affecting the flexibility, reducing the range of motion, followed by pain if not treated in time.


Once symptoms have settled treatment may focus on restoring optimal activity (rehabilitation), reducing the likelihood of further injury and keeping you moving and performing at your best.


Myotherapists must be registered with a nationally recognized association such as ANTA (Australian Natural Therapists Association) or MAA(Myotherapy Association Australia).


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 well-being.


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 want to relax.


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