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What's the difference?

Difference between Myotherapy and Remedial massage & Acupuncture and Dry needling.

So, you need some TLC but unsure which therapy to have. We've got you! Here’s the unbiased (i promise) low down on myotherapy vs remedial massage and acupuncture vs dry needling.

Just want the facts? Here’s a quick summary:

  • Remedial Massage is a massage-based therapy primarily used to relieve muscular tension such as knots, stiffness, or tension. Beneficial for anyone suffering from stress and musculoskeletal pain.

  • Myotherapy is an extension of remedial massage. A qualified myo will have additional training that allows for in-depth treatment. They offer a holistic approach through a range of modalities. Effective in treating acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain and disorders, sports injury, and rehabilitation.

  • Acupuncture is a pillar of Chinese Medicine where needles are inserted into various points along the channel system in the body. The points enable the body's innate healing response by influencing blood flow and modulating the immune and nervous systems. Acupuncture can only be performed by acupuncturists

  • Dry needling is a modern therapy where needles are inserted into specific myofascial trigger points. It is effective in treating musculoskeletal pain. Dry needling can be performed by various therapists.

What is Myotherapy?

Myotherapy is soft tissue therapy backed by science. Built on the foundation of remedial massage, it incorporates a deeper understanding of anatomy, biomechanics, injury rehabilitation, and physiology. An initial examination may include an assessment of posture, range of motion, and nervous and cardiovascular systems.

How is myotherapy different from remedial massage?

Myotherapists are equipped with a comprehensive tool kit and use various techniques during treatment. This includes muscle energy technique, myotherapy massage, dry needling, cupping, taping, joint mobilization, and rehabilitative exercises. Lifestyle and environment are also key components when formulating treatment methods.

In contrast, a remedial massage session relies on the simplicity of massage. The therapist identifies dysfunction by palpating the tendons, ligaments, and muscles. Treatment methods include deep tissue massage and stretch therapy.

What is the difference between acupuncture and dry needling?

Although both therapies center on the use of fine filiform needles. The theory and application of dry needling and acupuncture are two different stories.

Acupuncture is a Chinese Medicine practice where needles are inserted into various points along meridians/channels in the body. Manipulation of the needles is minimal, creating subtle sensations. The points gently correct and restore proper qi flow, enabling the body's innate healing system. Balance is restored to the immune and nervous system, influencing blood flow to organs, muscles, and tissues. Positive effects are seen through the whole body, so it benefits many condition like:

- pain

- infertility

- digestive disorders

- period issues

- insomnia

Dry needling is a modern technique where needles are inserted into trigger points. These points can be manipulated to create an intramuscular twitch and cause a strong release. Dry needling is great for anything muscular like

- musculoskeletal pain

- sports injury

- rehabilitation.

Still unsure? Don’t you stress my friend. We have a fabulous team that has training in all the therapies listed above. So don’t be afraid to reach out and we’ll make sure you get the right care.


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