What is Myotherapy?

A recurring conversation I notice happening in the consultation room of late goes something like this*…..

Client: What are you?

Me: Aside from awesome you mean?  I’m a Myotherapist.

Client: Well, the first one was already pretty clear but what’s a myotherapist?

*Client response may not always be positive to my intended joke 🙂 

It has become clear to me over the last few months, that maybe I’ve never fully or clearly explained what I do here at The Musculoskeletal Co. or what I’m actually qualified to do to you.

So, what is Myotherapy?

Myotherapy is a system of health care primarily focusing on assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal pain. Myotherapy is used in the treatment of acute and chronic conditions as well as preventive management.

Myotherapist’s draw from a large range of treatment techniques to achieve the desired outcome for clients. A lot of the treatment you receive with me at The Musculoskeletal Co. comes from training and study obtained outside of my specific qualification, however it is underpinned with deep foundations via a Bachelor of Health Science (Clinical Myotherapy).

The techniques utilised by myotherapist’s have a lot in common with ones that you’ll see used variously in physiotherapy, osteopathy, chiropractic, exercise physiology and remedial massage therapy. While the distinction between myotherapy and exercise physiology (an intervention focussing primarily on exercise), remedial massage (an intervention oriented primarily around massage) and chiropractic (an intervention focussing primarily on the spine) are fairly easy to spot, the distinction between myotherapy, physiotherapy and osteopathy can be harder to fathom.  While all involve assessment, treatment and rehabilitation, myotherapy predominantly focuses on musculoskeletal pain, physiotherapy on movement and osteopathy on structure.*

*Most musculoskeletal condition have a component of all three and therefore there’s considerable overlap in what we all do and it’s quite possible to see a physiotherapist, a myotherapist or an osteopath and receive exactly the same assessment, treatment and outcome. In fact, if your therapist bases their treatment on the latest available evidence it should be difficult to tell exactly what sort of practitioner they are! 

I prefer to think of it like looking into a room through different windows, one labelled myotherapy, one labelled physiotherapy and one labelled osteopathy.  Each window has a slightly different view, but the conclusion drawn about what’s inside is very similar.


Read on here… including more about specific techniques employed by myotherapist’s and specific conditions that myotherapy can be used to treat.