myotherapy vs physiotherapyMyotherapy vs Physiotherapy

Although Myotherapy and Physiotherapy can be used to treat the same issues, i.e. pain, discomfort and range of motion, there are some fundamental differences between the two when it comes to using various tools/techniques to treat these dysfunctions. Let’s examine both fields more closely to figure out the differences and similarities between the two so that you as a patient/client can understand the difference between the two.

A very general difference between myotherapy and physiotherapy is that in myotherapy generally the patient/client plays a passive role during the treatment sessions spending the majority of the session on the table receiving treatment, whereas physiotherapy sessions often require a more active role from the clients/patients in performing stretches and exercises that can be done at home to rectify the issue.

The Definition | Myotherapy vs Physiotherapy


“Myotherapy is a type of therapeutic treatment that focuses on the treatment and management of musculoskeletal dysfunctions. These dysfunctions may include but are not limited to myofascial pain, articular pain, and neuropathic pain.”

Conditions Commonly Treated with Myotherapy
  • Back and neck pain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Sports Injuries
  • Occupational Injuries
Treatment Modalities Used in Myotherapy
  • myofascial dry needling
  • trigger point therapy
  • cupping
  • remedial massage
  • electrical stimulation
  • stretching & joint mobilisation exercises



“Physiotherapy is an evidence-based manual therapeutic approach that focuses on the proper diagnosis of the underlying musculoskeletal dysfunctions and uses a range of hands-on and electrotherapeutic modalities to alleviate pain and improve movement.”

Conditions Commonly Treated with Physiotherapy
  • Arthritis and Joint Pain
  • Sports Injuries
  • Back Pain
  • Tension Headaches
  • Whiplash and Neck Pain
Treatment Modalities Used in Physiotherapy
  • Muscle Stretching
  • Muscle Energy Technique (MET)
  • Joint Mobilisation
  • Physiotherapy Instrument Mobilisation (PIM)
  • Neurodynamics
  • Soft Tissue Massage


Summing Up | Myotherapy vs Physiotherapy

As I’m sure you can see by now physiotherapy and myotherapy possibly have more similarities than differences. At Melbourne Natural Therapies we encourage clients to try difference modalities and practitioners and decide for themselves which treatments and/or practitioners work for them.

If you would like a chat about any issues you are experiencing and some advice on what sort of treatment may help feel free to give us a call 03 9645 9923

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