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  • Writer's pictureJo Goh

Myotherapy vs Remedial Massage: What’s the Difference?

Updated: Nov 9, 2023

Are there any differences between myotherapy and remedial massage? What is remedial massage? What is myotherapy treatment? Those are just some of the questions frequently being asked to both myotherapists and remedial therapists. Though it can be confusing for some people, there are still certain differences between those two. In this blog, you will not just know their differences, but also learn which type of therapist to visit so you can take the right massage treatment for your body.


myotherapy and remedial massage

In myotherapy, one of the techniques being used is remedial massage. Myotherapy may also include treatment, assessment, and rehabilitation of some possible musculoskeletal issues in the tendons, nerves, muscles, and ligaments. The definition of myotherapy can be explained from its etymology which means “muscle pain” (Myo) and therapy. A myotherapist also has good background knowledge about anatomy, especially about the body muscles.

Also, they are not just limited to one technique, they can perform other techniques aside from remedial massage depending on the condition of their client. Some examples of their other techniques are rehabilitative exercises and dry needling. In fact, in some cases, it is more sensible to give rehabilitative exercises.

When Should You Visit a Myotherapist?

The best time for taking myotherapy is when you have experienced a certain issue or injury that you want to be evaluated and treated. Moreover, if you are experiencing chronic pain that you cannot manage, then you can also choose to see a myotherapist.

The purpose of undergoing myotherapy is to regulate and maintain the structural integrity of your soft tissues and to treat the symptoms of various conditions. Those things may be caused by the trigger points or abnormal muscle contraction in your fascia or muscles. Those are also the pain that feels like there is a tightness or knots in your muscles.

Remedial Massage

So what is remedial massage? It usually treats muscle tensions that are caused by your work or from playing sports. In addition, it is also a treatment for common body aches which will be treated through hands-on massage therapy. If there are some more complex cases that require further assessment, remedial therapists are the ones who will refer the client to visit a myotherapist, chiropractor, osteopath, and so on. Other than treating sports injuries, other benefits of remedial massage include injury management and prevention, ease muscle tension and tightness, increase oxygen and blood flow, alleviate chronic pains, faster recovery time from injuries, and many more.

When Should You Visit a Remedial Massage Therapist?

The best situation to visit a remedial therapist if you need an overall massage for your muscle tension or tightness. You can also take remedial massage therapy if you are recovering from a sports injury. And lastly, you can visit one if it was recommended by your myotherapist.

The most important thing to remember when planning to visit a remedial therapist is to ensure that the person is qualified in terms of skills in being a remedial therapist. There are many advertisements, even online, about this kind of service which doesn’t have qualified staff for this treatment. It might only harm your body even more if your remedial therapist is not qualified so make sure to check it before going into treatment.

What about Mojotherapy's Remedial Massage Therapist?

However at Mojotherapy, fret not, for we have multiple qualifications including the remedial and sports massage certifications, as well as dry needling, myofascial cupping, kinesiology taping, stretch therapy teaching as well as many years of experience working with physios, osteos, and personal trainers for the best outcome for clients.

With the extra modalities certificates, it can be confusing as to whether best to see a myotherapist or remedial massage therapist, choosing your therapist is a personal choice and finding what works best for you. If the results don't speak for themselves, we are happy to refer on to more specific health care professionals to help you out.

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