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What's Myotherapy? Is it the same as massage?

Its the million dollar question I get asked all the time. As you know Sue Mickleborough has been practicing with us here at Well By Design Chiropractic for well over 9 months, Previously before joining us Sue had been practicing here in the Greythorn shopping centre for more than 6 years. So what is Myotherapy?

Myotherapy is the evidence based assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal pain and associated conditions. Myotherapy is an excellent complement to Chiropractic care when some extra soft tissue work is require to get you functioning at your best.

Myotherapy and Massage – What’s the difference?

Myotherapy and massage are two distinct professions, with different aims and objectives, different health fund rebates, and very different educational pathways.

In common with physiotherapists, osteopaths and chiropractors, myotherapists may use massage in their treatments, when warranted, but they also call upon a wide range of other evidence-based treatment approaches and skill-sets which in addition to manual therapy, dry needling, and thermo and electro-therapeutic.

Techniques may include; exercise prescription and/or education about pain management, load management, activity modification and/or lifestyle modification.

In common with the aforementioned allied health professions, myotherapy has it's own separate qualifications, specifically the BHSc (Clinical Myotherapy), BHSc (Myotherapy) and AdvDip (Myotherapy), which qualify practitioners to undertake evidence-based assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of patients experiencing musculoskeletal pain and associated conditions.

What do Myotherapists Treat?

Myotherapists provide evidence-based assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for a wide range of musculoskeletal pain and associated conditions, for example:

  1. Back pain

  2. Neck and shoulder pain

  3. Headache

  4. Sports injuries

  5. Rotator cuff problems

  6. Occupational injuries

  7. Achilles tendinopathy and other ankle injuries

  8. Jaw pain and clicking

  9. Fibromyalgia and other chronic pain presentations

  10. Tennis elbow

You don’t need to be in pain to visit a Myotherapist. Once symptoms have settled treatment may focus on restoring optimal activity (rehabilitation), reducing the likelihood of further injury and keeping you moving and performing at your best.


As always, please get in touch with us if you're not sure whether Myotherapy is suited to treat any symptoms you may feel.

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