Remedial Massage vs Physio: Which do I see?

Are you in pain, recently injured, or feeling stiff and tight? Not sure who to see out of a physio and massage therapist? Today we'll be answering just that! So if you're unsure and thinking about going to see one or the other, read on below.

First, first let's talk about what Physiotherapy and Remedial Massage Therapy (RMT) is, as both disciplines work to restore the body to its optimal health and function.


A physiotherapist

Typically offered as a treatment for injury or serious ailments. This treatment utilizes a variety of modalities, and programs are individualized based on the medical history of the client.

A physio provides treatment for people suffering from physical problems arising from injury, disease, illness and aging.

They are university qualified and equipped to diagnose conditions and to treat more serious issues. This could include working with people following surgery to help them learn to walk again and gain strength, helping a person adjust to using a walking frame or wheelchair, manage disc herniation or bulges, bursitis, tendonitis, or sports-related injuries.

Some common conditions they can help you with:

· Post-surgery rehabilitation (shoulder, hip, knee reconstruction, etc).

· Low back pain, e.g., sciatica

· Whiplash & neck pain

· Muscle or ligament injuries

· Elbow injuries, e.g., 'tennis elbow'

· Hip injuries, e.g., hip impingement

· Knee injuries, e.g., patellofemoral pain syndrome

· Ankle/foot injuries, e.g., ankle sprains & plantarfasciitis


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A remedial massage therapist

Remedial massage involves assessment and treatment of muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues of the body with the aim to assist in pain reduction, injury management and rehabilitation. Remedial massage can also be used for muscle relaxation purposes, accentuating the effects of physiotherapy as well as promoting recovery.

They have completed a diploma at a tertiary level institution, and specialise in therapeutic hands-on treatment to manipulate muscles and ligaments in order to relieve pain, prevent injury and improve athletic performance, among other benefits.

Some common reasons to see a RMT:

· Reduction of chronic pain conditions

· Reduction of muscle and joint pain caused by occupational stresses or intense workouts

· Muscle massages for everyday discomfort, pain and tightness

· Reduction of anxiety and depression symptoms by increasing levels of serotonin and dopamine

· Improvement of sleep

· Headache relief

· Circulation improvement

· Enhancing sports recovery

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Do you want the very best healthcare?

If you've been suffering from pain, an injury, ongoing tightness, are frustrated with your results and not achieving your goals, feel free to pop in to see one of our expert physiotherapists or remedial massage therapists.

We have 4 clinics in Sydney conveniently located for you to choose from - Sydney CBD, North Sydney, Chatswood & Mosman.


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