Myotherapy Vs Remedial Massage

Have you ever wondered if you should see a Remedial Massage therapist or a Myotherapist to help your condition? You may not have even heard of Myotherapy before! Well let’s compare the two…

 

Remedial Massage

A hands-on therapy which aims to treat muscles that are damaged, knotted, tense or immobile. It is useful for a number of problems that affect the muscles, tendons and bones.

Remedial massage is used to locate and repair damaged areas of the body and speed up the body’s own healing processes. The pressure applied in this healing treatment can either be strong and deep or gentle and shallow, depending on the problem.

Remedial massage can stimulate the blood supply, make joints more mobile, and help to repair damaged tissues. The therapist will aim to balance the length, tone and tension of muscles and tendons, which restores the correct position of the bones, increases blood flow and helps heal injuries.

 

How is this different to Myotherapy?

The primary distinction between remedial massage and myotherapy is that myotherapists use a much broader range of massage techniques. They primarily focus on trigger point therapy but may also draw on other techniques such as dry needling, musculoskeletal alignment, deep tissue massage, cupping and a range of rehabilitative exercises and diet recommendations.

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, and myofascial stretching. Problems with the muscles can trigger or radiate pain to other parts of the body.

Myotherapy massage aims to trace the original reason for the pain, tackling both the cause of the problem and the symptoms.

Here at Inline Physio, Samford, we have our very own SLM Bodywork Myotherapist – Peter Thompson. Peter’s massage style and approach is different to others in that it treats the whole body in each session and focuses very much on the underlying cause or reason for a person’s pain, not just their symptoms.

Peter treats the tissue with a variety of bodywork and acupressure techniques, balancing and connecting each part of the body with the others as he goes. This is particularly effective for conditions such as sciatic nerve pain.

Simply defined, SLM Bodywork uses a combination of massage, trigger-point and acupressure techniques that put the body into a balanced state so its own natural healing potential can work the way it was designed to.

Does this sound like exactly what you need? Book your appointment with Peter today and feel the difference.

 

Peter Thompson

SLM Myotherapist

Inline Physio.

 

Sources:  Steve Lockhart slmmyotherapy.com.au; Healthdirect.gov.au