Remedial massage is a deep massage carried out by a trained massage therapist, to help the body to return to normal health and following an injury or a muscular-skeletal disorder/s such as pain relief, tension and rehabilitation.
It can be used to treat chronic muscular-skeletal disorders including but not limited to; strains, sprains and bruising. A variety of techniques are used to influence/treat muscles; deep and surface help the body to remove damaged cells, scar tissue and adhesions following an injury thereby speeding up recovery and encouraging a more complete healing.
Caution: remedial massage should not be performed on an open wound
Remedial massage promotes blood and lymph flow to remove blockages and adhesions particularly at the injured site and can be used for conditions created by lifestyle e.g.;
- repetitive strain injury
- back pain
- pain from over exertion
Remedial massage does not necessarily relax the client, the intention is to repair mechanical problems and improve health. However clients often report improvement in sleep, increased vitality, performance and mobility.
All are advised to seek an accredited remedial massage therapist who has the appropriate qualifications and training to belong to a professional association who, therefore, is bound by professional standards and practise.
- is directed by the initial client assessment, then planned to suit the needs of the individual
- relevant techniques are used including lubricants and movements according to each client’s needs. This leads to the healing process, which begins at the cellular level aiding the body to repair and restore function.
- during the treatment the client often feels tenderness in the areas being treated. The therapist uses the client’s feedback to pinpoint the muscles and tendons in need of treatment
- the application of adequate and appropriate pressure is regulated according to this client feedback
- most patients feel a difference after one (1) session and certainly within three (3) sessions
- recent injuries will respond quicker than a long-term injury, however most patients will experience improvement with treatment for either
Remedial massage is often successful where other forms of treatment have failed. The remedial massage therapist must have an in-depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology to determine how and where to treat each patient. Remedial massage is currently an unregistered profession in this country with no set requirement of study required to practise the ‘profession’. Therefore you should seek an accredited remedial massage therapist who has the appropriate qualifications and training who belongs to a professional association which only accredits practitioners with the appropriate professional codes of ethics and standards of practise.
A remedial therapist with many years of experience gains a clear understanding of treating sports, traumatic injuries and everyday type conditions. The remedial therapist will work with patients while they increase their activity levels back to normal.
Whilst many athletes use remedial massage many people also include regular maintenance type remedial massage to enhance their health and for attending to small problems before they become bigger.
Common conditions treated with remedial massage are;
- achilles tendon
- shin splints
- cartilage damage
- tennis elbow
- hamstring injuries
- scar tissue
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- repetitive strain injury
Comments or questions are welcome.