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.
What is Remedial Massage Good For?
- Alleviating Muscle Tension: Remedial massage is particularly effective in targeting and releasing tension in muscles caused by stress, bad posture, or injury.
- Injury Rehabilitation: Remedial massage can aid in the rehabilitation process if you’re recovering from a sports injury, accident, or surgery. It helps reduce inflammation, improves circulation, and assists in restoring normal function.
- Pain Relief: Whether you suffer from chronic pain conditions like sciatica or lower back pain, or you experience discomfort from daily activities, remedial massage can significantly reduce pain and improve your quality of life.
- Correcting Postural Imbalances: Poor posture is a common issue, especially in the modern lifestyle. Remedial massage focuses on realigning your body to improve posture and prevent future issues.
- Stress and Anxiety Reduction: Beyond physical benefits, remedial massage also offers mental relaxation. It lowers stress hormones and encourages the release of endorphins, promoting an overall sense of calm and well-being.
What Can We Treat?
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 and pain associated with poor posture
- Sporting and occupational injuries
- Frozen Shoulder
- Associated joint and vertebral dysfunction & pain
- Acute and 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
Is There a Difference Between Remedial Massage and Standard Massage?
Yes there is a difference. 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. While standard massage can still offer some therapeutic benefits, it may not specifically target deep-seated muscular problems or injuries like a remedial massage does.
What Should I Expect in the Session?
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.
When Will I Feel the Benefits of Remedial Massage?
Remedial massage offers many benefits, and the timing of when you’ll feel those benefits can vary from person to person. Some will experience immediate relief and relaxation, while others may notice gradual improvements over the course of multiple sessions.
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Yes you can. Pregnancy is a beautiful and transformative time in a woman’s life, but it can also come with its share of physical challenges. Our safe and soothing remedial massage for expecting mothers in Melbourne aims to provide relief and relaxation.
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.
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.