Regardless of if you are experiencing muscle tightness, aches or pains or you just want to iron out those back-to-work knots, a good massage session can offer you the much-needed relief from stress and pain. However some people find it confusing to choose from the many different types of massage on offer these days. Clients that are involved in physical activities or play professional sports are often familiar with the terms remedial massage and deep tissue massage, both of which assist with muscle recovery and soreness. Deep tissue massage and remedial massage are often confused or thought to be the same, but in reality, they can be very different. Understand the difference between the two can help people choose the one that is right for them. So, what’s the difference and do you need a remedial or deep tissue massage?
Remedial massage is a form of complementary therapy that focuses on treating a specific problem area often caused by postural imbalance, muscle tension, and/or soft tissue injury. This type of therapy often starts with a detailed assessment of the problematic muscles, ligaments, tendons, and posture.
Remedial massage can bring relief from a wide range of muscle and joint conditions. On one hand, it can be used as a general relaxation treatment, while on the other hand it is regarded as an effective treatment option for specific musculoskeletal disorders/complaints.
Remedial massage is also an accepted treatment by all the major health funds and clients with extras cover are able to receive a rebate.
As the name suggests, this type of massage is aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscles and fascia. Although it relies on many of the same movements and techniques used in swedish massage, the amount of pressure applied is generally more intense as the therapist works to release the chronic muscle tension or knots. At times this added pressure may feel uncomfortable but is often described as a “good pain” by clients as it enhances the therapeutic benefits of the massage and helps patients recover from chronic pain and injury.
Deep tissue massage is often a general treatment that is not focused on a specific issue but addresses the whole body. Deep tissue massage is not accepted by health funds and clients are not able to receive a rebate.
In conclusion, deep tissue massage is ideal for those who are looking for a whole-body massage and the therapeutic benefits of firm pressure. On the other hand, remedial massage is a targeted treatment and is ideal for those with chronic pain and injuries that require proper diagnosis and specific treatment. Remedial massage is also covered under most peoples private health extras cover in Australia whereas deep tissue massage is not.