the difference between physiotherapy and myotherapyWhat’s the difference between physiotherapy and myotherapy? This is one of the most common questions that we here from patients looking for a non-invasive, drug-free, manual therapy for various musculoskeletal issues.

Although both therapies focus on treating the same issues, i.e. alleviate musculoskeletal pain, reduce discomfort, and improve range of motion, the distinction between the two can be quite confusing. Without having a thorough understanding of the difference between the two, it may seem like both a physiotherapist and a myotherapist practice much the same thing. Let’s have a closer look at each profession and try to understand the difference between physiotherapy and myotherapy.

Physiotherapy | the difference between physiotherapy and myotherapy

Physiotherapy focuses on rehabilitating and improving a person’s ability to move and function. Physiotherapists use their knowledge and expertise of human anatomy and physiology to access and treat a number of musculoskeletal dysfunctions. Since physiotherapists undergo extensive training in rehabilitation, they are best suited to treat injuries or conditions where surgery has been performed, such as shoulder or knee surgery. Physiotherapists use a combination of hands-on treatment techniques such as joint manipulation and mobilisation, manual resistance training, stretching, posture re-training, muscle strengthening, TENS, laser therapy, and ultrasound.

the difference between physiotherapy and myotherapyMyotherapy | the difference between physiotherapy and myotherapy

Unlike physiotherapy, myotherapy focuses on maintaining and/or improving the integrity of the soft tissues structures i.e. muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia. The tools and techniques used by myotherapists are somewhat the same as used by a physiotherapist but the way they implement those techniques is what makes the difference. Myotherapy does not generally require active participation from the patient during the sessions. Some of the common treatment modalities used in Myotherapy are as under:

  • Soft and deep tissue massage
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Muscle energy technique
  • Dry needling and cupping
  • Stretching and rehabilitation exercises


Despite the difference between physiotherapy and myotherapy, both are aimed at helping patients enjoy a better quality of life.

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