Physiotherapy And Myotherapy, The Difference…

myotherapy melbourneA Common question we get asked is “what is the difference between physiotherapy and myotherapy? If you google this you will find many different answers, trust me I’ve tried.

A friendly warning before I go on, I am going to use many generalisations about these modalities and am talking specifically about them in Melbourne, Australia. Titles can vary a lot in different locations.

Having worked in the physical health industry for over 20 years I have personally received treatment from countless myotherapists and physiotherapists. Some of them work almost exactly the same, however there are some overall differences you may experience.

The most important thing to understand is that Myotherapy (from an education standpoint) is an advanced diploma of remedial massage. This generally means myotherapists are more hands on than physiotherapists, as most of their education and experience is based in massage and manual therapies. During their education myotherapists also study ultrasound, tens machine & dry needling, as do physiotherapists, but often myotherapists use these as additions to remedial massage and not as standalone treatments.

With Physiotherapy the therapists tend to spend more time on assessing the client, and home or gym exercises/stretches they can do to help with the issue (many physiotherapists study pilates also).

An article I found on Yahoo Answers suggested during a myotherapy consultation “The patient/client does NO active work during the session” while a physiotherapy session “requires ACTIVE PARTICIPATION from the patient/client”. In my experience this is a reasonable generalisation as many physiotherapists I have seen actively do the exercises and stretches with you during the session while many myotherapists advise you of stretches/exercises to do at home, and are more likely to spend the entire session using massage and other treatment techniques.

Low Level Laser Therapy MelbourneThe treatment techniques that physiotherapists and myotherapists study and use are very similar. I believe it’s more about how each individual therapist implements their training that differentiates practitioners. The most important thing as a client is finding a therapist that you are comfortable with on a personal level and working out what treatments and stretch/exercise program suits you as an individual.

Titles in our industry can cause a lot of confusion, but ultimately most therapists (regardless of title) are treating the same issues, pain, discomfort and decreased range of motion. I have tried many different modalities for my own issues and I stick with the ones that work for me, however just as each therapist works differently each client will respond to different types of treatment. The physical health industry uses very safe and non-invasive treatment options, so there is no harm in trying multiple modalities to discover which ones work for you.

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