Myotherapy is the treatment of muscle dysfunction, which can be caused through injury,
overuse or other medical conditions. Myotherapy differs from Remedial Massage due to the fact that it uses a lot more Modalities, which can include Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release, Dry Needling, Deep Tissue Massage, Myofascial Cupping and traditional Cupping, Corrective Exercises and Maintenance Programs.
Remedial massage is a 1 year course and Myotherapy is a 4 year course.
Myotherapists treat a broad range of ailments e.g. Sciatic Pain, Lower back and Thoracic Pain, Neck Pain, Headaches and migraines, Frozen Shoulders/Rotator Cuff Injuries, Plantar Fasciitis, Shin Splints (compartment Syndrome), Tennis or Golfers Elbow (Medial or Lateral Epicondylitis), Temporal Mandibular Joint Dysfunction and Muscle Referred Pain.
Remedial massage is the systematic assessment and treatment of the muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues of the body to assist in rehabilitation, pain and injury management. It’s performed to create favourable conditions for the body to return to normal health after injury and is defined by the premise that the treatment can reasonably reverse certain physical effects a patient may be presenting. If a patient has suffered a moderate injury resulting in structural pain and/or loss of function, then remediation is required to reduce or eliminate pain and restore that function. Remedial massage is designed to balance muscle/soft tissue length, tension, tone which will in turn promote the return to normal joint/capsular/bone position; increase the flow of blood and lymph, particularly in the injured areas, thus removing blockages, damaged cells, scar tissue and adhesions resulting from injury.
A remedial therapist must have knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology to determine where to treat patients. Their services must be based on best practice principles and before any remedial massage treatment begins, a thorough patient consultation and assessment is to be performed to ascertain the patient’s current health status. If the patient is suitable for remedial massage and relying on the patient’s feedback to identify the areas that require attention, the therapist can then apply the relevant and appropriate treatment.