Physiotherapy Industry – which job is right for you?


With modern ailments come modern treatment techniques. The healthcare industry has grown and changed in recent years to incorporate the best of western and eastern medicine when treating physical problems in the body. If you’re interested in healthcare but you aren’t sure which career is right for you, TAFE Gippsland is comparing remedial massage, myotherapy, kinesiology, physiotherapy and osteopathy.


Myotherapy is the assessment, treatment and management of musculoskeletal conditions, focusing on massage as the main tool. Patients with muscular dysfunction and pain that affects their mobility can benefit from this therapy style as massage helps to release the problem areas. Myotherapy also utilises techniques such as dry needling, trigger point therapy and myofascial release.

In order to work as a myotherapist in private practice, you must have an Advanced Diploma of Remedial Massage or a Bachelor of Health Science degree, majoring in Myotherapy.


Osteopathy recognises the important link between the structure of the body and how well it can function. Osteopaths focus on how the skeleton, joints, nerves, circulation, tissues and organs work together as a holistic unit. As an osteopath, you learn to identify the source of dysfunction in the body using skilled evaluation and diagnosis techniques.

Osteopathic treatment includes stretching, massage and mobilisation of specific joints and soft tissues. Osteopaths require a university degree and ongoing professional development to maintain registration each year.


Physiotherapists treat patients who suffer from physical ailments caused by injury, disease, illness and ageing. These professionals aim to improve their patients’ quality of life by alleviating pain and restoring function to the body. Treatments include joint mobilisation and manipulation, soft tissue work, electrotherapy, laser therapy, ultrasound, exercise and education.

To become a physiotherapist, you will need a 4-year undergraduate degree with further study into areas of specialisation. Like osteopathy, physiotherapists are required to continue their professional development each year.


Kinesiology is another holistic approach to improving the function of the body through muscle monitoring. Kinesiology combines western and eastern medicine to promote physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. This non-invasive technique focuses on the body’s ability to heal itself and restore balance through the flow of energy.

To become a kinesiologist, you will need a bachelor’s degree or a masters in Kinesiology or a related field, including human kinetics, exercise science of exercise physiology.

Remedial Massage

Remedial massage focuses exclusively on manipulating the superficial and deeper layers of muscle and the connective tissues. The goal of remedial massage is to enhance the function of the body, release muscular tension, promote relaxation and aid in the healing process.

Remedial massage can help to:

  • Relax the muscles
  • Encourage overall relaxation
  • Improve sleep
  • Enhance performance in sport
  • Reduce recovery times
  • Increase the range of motion
  • Facilitate lymphatic drainage

A Diploma of Remedial Massage gives students the knowledge and skills required to work in this industry. It can also work as a steppingstone into physiotherapy, kinesiology, myotherapy and osteopathy, making it a great place to begin when you aren’t sure which aspect of the healthcare industry is calling to you.

Choose TAFE Degrees that Will Get You There

If you aren’t certain about your future career and the concept of a 4-year university degree is daunting, a TAFE degree will open pathways you never imagined. Find out more about the Diploma of Remedial Massage at TAFE Gippsland by calling 1300 475 146 or contacting us online.

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As your local TAFE, we’re passionate about giving everyone in the Gippsland region the opportunity to undertake quality and reliable pre-vocational training. We have campuses throughout eastern Victoria, from Warragul to Lakes Entrance, and we offer a diverse range of programs.

Our teaching methods and learning environments are specially designed to give students the chance to get hands-on, develop real skills and gain the experience they need to transform their future.

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Whatever stage of life you’re at, TAFE Gippsland has a variety of courses to help you achieve your goals – from preapprenticeships and accredited short courses to certificates and advanced diplomas.

Our courses are developed to give you the qualifications, skills and experience you need to work within your industry of choice and thrive in the modern workplace.

Best of all, our flexible study options mean you can complete your course in a way that suits your lifestyle – whether that’s full time, part time or online. And throughout your time with TAFE, the Student Support Services Team will be there to assist you with any study challenges, issues or questions you might have.

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TAFE Gippsland offers tailored workplace training to help Gippsland businesses upskill their staff and succeed in achieving their goals. So far, we’ve partnered with community, business and government organisations, delivering training in everything from first aid and customer service to automotive and aviation.

Whether you’re a large organisation or a small local business, we can provide your team with bespoke, high-quality and cost-effective education and training – delivered on-the job, in our purpose-built facilities or online.

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For 85 years, we have been helping Gippsland communities thrive by empowering local students and supporting local businesses. But our influence in the region goes beyond our programs. It extends to a wide range of social initiatives that underpin an integral part of our mission as an educational institute – to participate in the social and cultural development of Gippsland.

Through projects including our Community Cafés, Pamper Days and Community Forums – where we invite anyone to share ideas on TAFE’s role in shaping the region – we’re continually enhancing our contribution to the wider community.

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