What is Remedial Massage?
When muscles become knotted and tense or damaged, remedial massage provides a healing treatment that can be gentle or strong, deep or shallow. Remedial massage holistically treats the body. The massage therapist endeavours to identify the original bio-mechanical dysfunction, thus healing the cause of the disorder, as well as the symptoms.
Remedial massage uses several specialised techniques to locate and repair damage to muscles, tendons and joints. Massage therapy supports and speeds up the body’s own repair mechanisms.
A lubricating medium (usually oil) is applied directly on the skin. This ensures that the muscles associated with the disorder are deeply penetrated. Passive joint stretching moves are also used.
Benefits of Remedial Massage
The key benefits of remedial massage include the stimulation to the blood supply allowing toxins in the muscles to be removed; the calming of the peripheral nervous system to ease pain and discomfort; and the toning and relaxing of muscles to improve joint mobility.
Muscular and skeletal dysfunctions often addressed with remedial massage include:
- muscle tightness and pain
- frozen shoulder
- tennis elbow
- neck and back pain
- headaches; and
- sports injuries
Who Can’t Be Treated?
Most of the time, a remedial massage can benefit all but in some circumstances, us as therapists may come across a contra-indication to the treatment that may have to wait until the illness has subdued or a doctor’s clearance may be required before we recommend treating again.
Contra-indications to look out for would be anyone who has or experiences any of the following:
- Connective Tissue Disease
- Varicose Veins
- Diabetes (depends upon the severity – be careful with the loss of sensation)
- Extreme high blood pressure
- Inflammation or infectious areas
- Recent scar tissue
- If a client experiences headaches during or recently after a remedial massage
All of our Remedial Massage Therapists except for Jacob Chain, are claimable via health rebates.