Massage, Remedial Massage, and Myotherapy – what’s the difference?
Massage – This qualification is generally a Certificate 4 in Massage Therapy. A massage therapist has learnt relaxation massage, some therapeutic massage techniques and has basic anatomy and physiology knowledge. Generally a certificate 4 massage therapist would not treat a specific injury or issue.
Remedial Massage – This is the Diploma continuation of a Certificate 4 qualification. Remedial massage therapists learn how to assess your injury and pain and come to a conclusion on what may be the cause. They learn more specific treatment options and know what to look and feel for in the muscles and other tissue structures. A remedial treatment usually starts with an assessment of movement, some testing of muscles and joints, and then a treatment. After a treatment the therapist would reassess to see if it has helped your pain/discomfort. Often remedial massage therapists have done further courses and have different treatment options to help you such as cupping and dry needling. A Remedial Massage session can include a range of treatment modalities, such as: trigger point therapy, deep tissue, lymphatic drainage, and myofascial release.
Myotherapy – Myotherapy is fairly new to Australia and is used widely in sporting communities. It can be studied in 2 ways; as a Bachelor of Health Science (Clinical Myotherapy) at University or as an Advanced Diploma (continuing on from a Diploma in Remedial Massage).
A Myotherapist has more training in assessment and treatment, as well as a more diverse range of techniques in their skill set. These include: dry needling, cupping, exercise rehabilitation, fascial taping, and TENS application.
Whichever you choose, all therapies work with the soft tissues of the body, including muscles, tendons and ligaments and even gentle joint work. Each massage therapist works differently and it is important to find the right therapist for you.
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