In Australia, in recent years, there seems to be more of a push in education from a Diploma of Remedial Massage to a degree or advanced diploma in Musculoskeletal Therapy or Myotherapy.
At Sydney Remedial Massage, we are please be able to offer our clients a variety of treatments, and we would like to introduce Samuel Minkin to our team.
Samuel is a qualified Strength and Conditioning coach and has completed his Diploma of Fitness and Bachelor of Health Science in Musculoskeletal Therapy.
In his sessions, he offers a variety of specialised treatment techniques such as nerve manipulation and joint manipulation. He is also qualified in dry needling and electro dry needling. Additional treatments may include transcutaneous Vagus Nerve stimulation, Photobiomodulation and Shockwave therapy in addition to manual soft tissue work.
The article below, by Samuel Minkin explains a little more about the Difference Between Remedial Massage and Musculoskeletal Therapy.
What is Remedial Massage?
Remedial massage is an area of manual therapy which assesses and treats the body, primarily using soft tissue techniques such as
- deep tissue massage
- stretching and
- exercise advice to improve range of motion and pain.
Testing is usually performed before treatment to identify a target area where manual therapy techniques may be useful. This type of treatment suits tight painful muscles or exercise related injury or dysfunction.
Remedial massage requires the therapist to complete a Diploma of Remedial massage which gives them knowledge of anatomy and basic physiology. This assists them in the treating conditions without diagnosing or the use of medical imaging.
Where there is complex or multi-faceted issues or the presenting issue is out of the therapists scope of practised these people should be referred to a Musculoskeletal Therapist where they can get a more in-depth approach.
How Does Musculoskeletal Therapy Differ?
Musculoskeletal Therapy is a comprehensive field which specialises in the area of assessment and management of pain and movement dysfunction. It helps in treating a wide range of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions.
Treatments take a holistic approach assessing and treating joints, muscles, nerves, brain and ranges of motion for short and long-term pain and injury. Treatments may also be used in the rehabilitation of neurological conditions.
Musculoskeletal Therapy aims to treat the underlying cause and identify and eliminate contributing factors and is a branch of Functional Medicine.
Functional Medicine uses evidence based and modern medicine techniques to achieve the best results in the least amount of time. Treatment can involve techniques including:
- nerve manipulation
- joint manipulation
- dry needling
- electro dry needling
- transcutaneous Vagus nerve stimulation
- Photobiomodulation and
- Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy.
Soft tissue work is also utilised when needed and may involve myofascial cupping.
Musculoskeletal Therapists have extensive knowledge in the area of anatomy and physiology particularly relating to the musculoskeletal system and pathologies.
Practitioners are not only able to diagnose but also have experience using medical imaging and interpreting pathology reports to identify root causes of clinical presentations.This often assesses and treats the body’s internal chemistry and takes into consideration emotional and nutritional health which can also influence presenting issues.
Musculoskeletal therapy prescribes and delivers exercise rehabilitation to correct or restore the bodies biomechanical necessities for pain free range of movement for the optimum performance.
Article by Samuel Minkin.
Still Confused About The Difference Between Remedial Massage and Musculoskeletal Therapy?
In short – while both remedial massage and musculoskeletal therapists are trained in anatomy and physiology, Samuel is qualified and trained to offer other treatments in addition to remedial massage.
This can involved techniques and the use of specialised equipment that a remedial massage therapist is not qualified in.
Because of his experience and results, Samuel is particularly interested in working with clients who have been suffering from
- chronic pain
- sports injury
- overuse / repetitive strain injuries and
- neck or back pain.
Please note that you can still claim a rebate from your private health fund for musculoskeletal therapy sessions as it is covered under Myotherapy.