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What is Myotherapy? What is the difference between Remedial Massage?

Our Remedial Massage Therapist, Alana, recently completed her Advanced Diploma in Myotherapy and will now be offering both Remedial Massage and Myotherapy treatments. She regularly gets asked ‘what is myotherapy?’ and ‘what is the difference between Remedial Massage?’, so we thought this blog might help!

What is Myotherapy?

According to Massage and Myotherapy Australia, Myotherapy is: “The assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal pain” which can be used to treat an array of acute and chronic conditions as well as prevention.

Myo = Muscle in latin and therefore the title Myotherapist means Muscle Therapist. But what exactly do they do? A Myotherapist will draw from a variety of hands-on treatment techniques to help your body achieve the best possible outcome. They work towards increasing functionality and strength of muscles, increasing range of movement of joints, decreasing pain and improving general function of the body. Our aim is to find the cause of your symptoms to help you and your body be able to better manage the stresses of everyday life, whatever that may be for you!

What to expect in a treatment?

Initial treatment begins with a detailed history and assessment, which will involve some movements and a postural analysis. We then use this information to determine a possible cause of your pain or discomfort and put together a treatment plan.

Myotherapists are known to have a strong focus and excellent use of hands on treatment styles and will combine this with movement and strength. Some styles that you might receive during a treatment are:

  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Myofascial Dry Needling
  • Cupping
  • Muscle Energy Technique
  • Joint Mobilisation (not manipulation)
  • Electrotherapies (TENS)
  • Muscle Stretching
  • Movement and Strength Exercises

You may notice sometimes that the benefit from treatment will only last a few days or weeks and the symptoms slowly start to return. This is because passive treatment is not permanent, and we need to make change at home or work to improve how your body moves on a daily basis. This will give your body the best possible chance at healing and preventing symptom return.

Where appropriate, we may provide an at home rehabilitation program to maximise the treatment results and begin to increase your ability to perform your day to day activities without causing stress and strain on the body. These exercises are designed to increase movement and strength and are prescribed at the right level for your situation – whether that be desk work, housework, laborer, professional sports person or a casual gym goer!

How is this different to Remedial Massage?

Confusion between Remedial Massage and Myotherapy is understandable given that both modalities treat a range of non-specific soft-tissue pain and ailments. The main point of difference is that a Myotherapist has a higher understanding and clinical assessment of injuries and degenerative (age-related) conditions and with this are able to better diagnosis the cause of your pain and discomfort. They also draw from a much broader range of treatment styles as explained above where as a Remedial Massage Therapist will primarily focus on soft and deep tissue massage techniques to eliminate muscular tension and aid in relaxation.

Appointments and Rebates

Myotherapy Initial Consultation– 60 minutes ($90)

Myotherapy Standard Consultation – 60 minutes ($90)

Myotherapy Standard Consultation – 45 minutes ($75)


Remedial Massage Initial Appointment – 60 minutes ($85)

Remedial Massage Standard 60 minutes ($85)

Remedial Massage Standard 45 minutes ($70)

Remedial Massage Standard 30 minutes ($60)


Health fund rebates are available, however cover can differ from fund to fund. Some funds offer Remedial Massage and Myotherapy as a combined level of cover and some provide separate categories. Please check with your provider regarding your level of cover.

Please note: Some for health funds with separate categories, Remedial Massage treatments will be required to be paid in full and claimed after, as we are unable to differentiate through HICAPS.


If you would like more information or schedule an appointment for Myotherapy or Remedial Massage, book online or contact the clinic on 9570 3388