Physiotherapy Vs Remedial Massage

Physiotherapy Vs Remedial Massage

We often get asked what the differences are between physiotherapy and remedial massage. The two professions can be similar, so which one is more appropriate for you at the moment?

Both remedial massage therapists and physiotherapists assess and treat musculoskeletal conditions. Both can treat using soft tissue massage, and may prescribe a home program involving stretches, strength work, postural correction and balance exercises.

Some key differences are listed below;

Massage tends to focus on: 

  • Releasing muscular tension 
  • Increasing blood flow to speed up healing
  • Manage stress 


Physiotherapy tends to focus on: 

  • Assessment, diagnosis and treatment of specific conditions 
  • Pain relief 
  • Activity modification 
  • Postural correction 
  • Exercise based rehabilitation 


So, which one is best for you? Maybe both!

If you have a new injury or specific condition, you may want to check in with physiotherapy first. If you are looking to ease muscle tension, why not book a remedial massage. 

All of our team members work closely together, and will ensure you end up seeing the right professional for your issue. 

We are also happy to answer any questions about which profession would be better for your condition.