What Is Remedial Massage?
Remedial Massage can assess and physically treat myofascial pain, injury and dysfunction affecting movement and mobility. It is applied in the preventative, corrective and rehabilitative phases of therapy to restore and maintain the normal integrity of the soft tissue structure (muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia) of the human body.
Pain or symptoms caused by muscle (myo) or fascia is described as myofascial pain. Myofascial pain is usually not specific and is often described by the patient as a ‘deep ache’, ‘tightness’ or ‘tenderness’ in an area. It can vary in intensity and radiate to other areas. Other symptoms can include reduced range of motion of muscles and joints, stiffness, fatigue, weakness, numbness or a tingling sensation. There are many other symptoms depending on the condition and patients can have one or many symptoms.
Assessment – Clinical assessment is reliant on history taking, examination routines of particular joints or regions, assisted by highly developed tactile, palpatory skills and a thorough understanding of joint and muscular assessment procedures. These skills distinguish Remedial & Myotherapy from other physical therapies. Assessment of potential causes of dysfunction is also important, as is a detailed postural examination.
Treatment – Soft tissue manipulation, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial dry needling, Myofascial release, Cupping, Thermal therapy / Cryotherapy, TENS machines, Postural assessment and correction, Corrective exercises (stretches, strength), Core stability exercises and workshops, Diet and nutritional advice.
Certified and well-experienced therapists are able to address a number of musculoskeletal issues using the treatment modalities mentioned above. Here is a list of some common musculoskeletal imbalances and injuries that can be effectively treated using remedial massage:
- Neck and Back Pain
- Stiffness & pain associated with poor posture
- Sporting & occupational injuries
- Frozen Shoulder
- Associated joint & vertebral dysfunction & pain
- Acute & chronic conditions affecting function & mobility
- Scoliosis / Kyphosis
- Headaches / migraines
- Acute and chronic stiff and painful neck
- Chronic overuse syndromes – tendonitis, RSI, tennis/golfer’s elbow, carpal tunnel
- Acute & chronic back pain / ‘sciatica’
- Shoulder pain, impingement syndrome, frozen shoulder
- Hand & finger numbness / tingling – thoracic outlet syndrome
- Knee, leg & foot pain – shin splints, patella tracking dysfunction, runners knee, ankle sprains
- Arthritis / Multiple Sclerosis
- Pregnancy – pre/post natal complaints
- Chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia
- Pain & dysfunction associated with stress & tension
- Rehabilitative stage of an injury or illness
Yes! Remedial massage therapists are highly skilled and can treat a wide range of physical issues and injuries. Remedial massage uses many different techniques to achieve reduction in pain and symptoms.
Absolutely! We have many clients that come in for maintenance treatment or just a relaxation massage on occasion.
Remedial massage can cause discomfort at times, however we will always work within your comfort level so just let us know if you need a little less pressure.
YES WE DO!! All our remedial massage therapists are registered with industry associations and all the major health funds. We offer HICAPS at both our clinics in Melbourne CBD.
Many clients feel better straight away, however some clients including those with chronic issue take a few sessions to respond.
It is common to be a little sore the day after massage. The soreness often only last a day and many clients that have regular massage don’t experience this anymore.
We have 2 clinics in the Melbourne CBD:
3 Southgate Avenue, Southbank
313 Little Collins Street, Melbourne CBD