Remedial Massage vs Physiotherapy

What are the major differences between Remedial Massage and Physiotherapy?

A Remedial Massage Therapist holds a Diploma in Remedial Massage which generally takes between 12-18 months of full time study to complete. Most TAFES and some universities in Australia offer the Diploma of Remedial Massage. Once completed the Diploma enables one to join a professional body such as an association to be come affiliated and eligible for Private Health Fund rebates.
A Remedial Massage cannot diagnose, but can recommend best practices and courses of action. They do take a clinical approach and conduct a thorough history taking and assessment of each and every client with the goal of designing a treatment plan specific to the client’s situation and goals.

Physio or Remedial?

With regard to a Physiotherapist, they hold a Bachelor Degree and typically study from 4-5 years at University level. There are many different pathways available to Physiotherapists, from Hospitals, rehab, private practice, sports and others.

The main differences between a Physiotherapist and a Remedial Massage Therapist are:
One holds a Degree
The other holds a Diploma
One can diagnose, the other can recommend
Physio’s typically can work in a wide range of industries, more so than Remedial Massage Therapists.

From a hands on perspective however Remedial Massage Therapists and Physiotherapists are relatively similar, they both use very similar hands on techniques, such as Myofascial Release Techniques, Muscle Energy Techniques, Active Release Technique, Corrective Exercises, Dry Needling and so on.

In many cases Physiotherapists and Remedial Massage Therapists work very closely together as part of health care plan for the client.