About Balance Health Remedial Massage
'Myo' refers to muscle, and 'myotherapy' is an extension of remedial massage therapy, emerging specifically in order to treat more complex conditions than remedial therapists are trained to address. A myotherapist is expected to bring a wide range of knowledge, assessment and treatment skills to utilise in the preventative, corrective and rehabilitation phases of musculoskeletal care. They aim to promote wellness and offer early intervention for myofascial pain and dysfunction. Myotherapists are also trained to refer on to other practitioners, when clients’ presenting conditions are beyond their scope of practice or training, requiring other approaches.
All myotherapists initially complete the Certificate IV in Massage and a Diploma in Remedial Massage before specialising to focus on treating specific myofascial pain and dysfunction. Qualifications are via the Advanced Diploma in Remedial Massage (Myotherapy) or a Bachelor of Health Science (Clinical Myotherapy).
At Balance Health, treatment options within myotherapy may include massage, trigger point therapy, joint mobilisation, dry needling, cupping, stretching, exercises, and pain management recommendations.
What should I bring/wear to my first appointment?Bring any relevant scans, X-rays, CT's or MRI, or any other Medical information that you think may be important. Make sure you wear loose comfortable clothes that will allow you to move around easily.
Do I need a referral to see a Physiotherapist?No. You can make an appointment directly without a referral. A referral is generally not required to see an physiotherapist as a private patient. All WorkSafe and TAC clients can make an appointment without a referral, however, they must have an approved claim number for entitlement to physiotherapy services. The only time you will need a referral is if you wish to consult a physiotherapist under Medicare’s Enhanced Primary Care program or through Veterans' Affairs. A GP must assess your eligibility and complete a specific referral for Medicare or DVA funded Physiotherapy.
Do you do dry needling?Kristine & Casey are both qualified in dry needling. Wondering what dry needling is? Read all about it here in our educational article.
Is Physiotherapy covered by Private Health Insurance?Yes. Private health funds provide varying levels of cover for Physiotherapy. Please contact your health fund for details of your entitled benefits.
Is Physiotherapy covered by Medicare?If you have had pain for longer than expected you can visit your doctor and request a Medicare plan referral. If you doctor deems you eligible they may print and fill out the Medicare Care Plan Referral form. For more information about eligability you can download this PDF. Please keep in mind that medicare rebates do NOT cover the full costs of treatment. You will be required to pay for the appointment in full. We complete the Medicare claim on your behalf and you will receive the rebate for your appointment within 48 hours.
Does Balance Health accept TAC, Workcover and DVA patients?Yes! Additionally, TAC & DVA patients are bulk-billed, Worksafe patients may be required to pay a gap fee.