Myotherapist & Myotherapy in Healesville & Seville
Holleigh, one of Rapid Recovery’s myotherapists treating a neck complaint.

Healesville Myotherapy & Seville Myotherapy

What is Myotherapy? 

Myotherapy (or “myo” for short) is a form of physical therapy used to treat or prevent soft tissue pain and restricted joint movement. 

In short, it uses clinical reasoning, manual hands-on therapy, problem solving and planning skills to create and implement the correct treatment and management programs clearly defined for you! 

For example, myotherapy treatment modalities may include things like, Dry Needling, Myofascial Cupping, Taping, Muscle Energy Technique (MET), corrective exercise and rehabilitation, prescriptive advice on muscle and pain management, massage therapy and joint mobilization.  

What do Myotherapists treat? 

Myotherapists provide a vast range of assessments, treatment techniques and rehabilitation for a large range of muscular pain and other issues. 

Examples being: 

What benefits does Myotherapy give? 

We have talked about what it can do, but how does it do it? For example, here is a list of some benefits: 

  • Reduces pain- chronic or acute 
  • Injury rehabilitation  
  • Improve sporting and exercise performance  
  • Increase mobility 
  • Injury prevention

A myotherapist will work with you to identify the factors that may be making your condition worse (such as poor posture, overtraining, working environment) and help you find ways to avoid or decrease these aggravating factors. 

What is the difference between Myotherapy and Remedial Massage? 

So, there is a lot of confusion as to what the difference between Myotherapy and remedial massage is.  

The main difference is that Myotherapists use a broader range of techniques, such as the ones stated above and many others.

Whereas remedial massage therapists work exclusively with massage techniques, to eliminate muscle tension and aid relaxation – unless they have done up skilling courses like those at Rapid Recovery. 

What is the difference between Myotherapy and Physiotherapy? 

According to ANTA (Australian Natural Therapies Association), the difference between Myotherapy vs Physiotherapy states below: 

“Myotherapy and Physiotherapy share many techniques, including soft tissue techniques, exercise and mobilisation. However, there are a few crucial differences.  
Physiotherapists often work in the hospital setting and their training has a large focus on physical rehabilitation, pre- and post- surgical management and exercise prescription. Myotherapists do not typically work in hospitals. Instead, they work primarily in private practice and have more of a hands-on approach to treating pain presentations.” 

Can I claim my private health insurance with Myotherapy? 

Yes! You most certainly can! It can be done on the spot in the clinic after your treatment.