- Massage Therapist
Enhance your career in massage therapy and remedial massage, and extend your knowledge of movement patterns and how to treat how to treat problematic musculoskeletal stresses, pain, and injuries, through the application of these Myotherapy Courses.
Not only will students of Myotherapy Courses will gain a greater understanding of human biology, musculoskeletal anatomy and function, but they will also potentially explore a range of topics in depth, such as leadership and counselling, myotherapy practice and treatments (including dry needling), clinical assessment, functional movement analysis, refined movement assessment tests and palpation.
What do myotherapy graduates do?
Myotherapy graduates work as myotherapists, and treat clients to relieve pain, tension and muscle spasms using a variety of non-invasive techniques. Working as a myotherapist, you can expect to:
- Consult with clients, ask questions, and record client histories;
- Perform diagnostic tests and trigger point examinations on patients, to evaluate pain, tension and muscle spasms;
- Treat clients using a range of muscle-revitalisation techniques, including manual therapy, dry-needling, and thermo and electro-therapeutic techniques;
- Advise clients on diet, exercise and lifestyle routines;
- Write pain management plans for patients; and
- Evaluate and assess treatments
You’ll work with a range of massage techniques to manipulate the soft tissue of the body, including muscles, tendons and ligaments, in order to ease pain and tension and promote healing in your clients. You’ll draw on a broad range of professional massage and circulatory techniques, and advise clients on rehabilitation.
Skilled myotherapists will have a comprehensive understanding of each muscle type and the way they respond to treatment, and will be able to perform similar activities to a massage therapist, but leaving more permanent healing in the client.
You’ll find myotherapy satisfying and enjoyable if you:
- Love working with people
- Are seeking practical, people-focused work
- Have strong communication and interpersonal skills
- Have strong time management and organisation skills
- Are a good listener
- Can pay attention to detail
- Have an interest in non-invasive medial healing
- Have an interest in health and well-being
While the massage industry in Australia is relatively small, with the Australian Government’s Job Outlook reporting approximately 12,000 people employed in the industry, it is expected to open more than 10,000 new roles within the next decade and predicted growth is strong. While the industry’s growth has stagnated over the past decade, Job Outlook reports consistent growth over the last two years, and predicts further expansion in job opportunities in the next decade.
PayScale reports that a myotherapist may expect to earn between $49,000 and $115,000 per year, at an annual average salary of approximately $83,000, or an average hourly rate of approximately $40. Entry-level myotherapists will enjoy the opportunity to earn a competitive salary, as PayScale notes that the majority of practitioners – 44 per cent – have less than four years’ experience in the industry.
The Myotherapy Association of Australia notes that practitioners may have to complete unpaid internships after completing a myotherapy course and before starting work.
- Myotherapy Association Australia
- Allied Health Professions Australia