What is Remedial Massage Therapy

What is Remedial Massage Therapy


As one of the oldest forms of natural therapy, remedial massage has been used for centuries to help treat people from all walks of life. Whether for general relief, or for specific attention, massages provide improved abilities for those with problems.

From superstar athletes to people recovering from workplace injuries, remedial massage has become one of the most popular treatments for people seeking a pain-free and healthy lifestyle because it is both enjoyable to receive, and is highly effective in assisting the soft tissues of the body to function and perform at their best.

What is Remedial Massage?

There are many kinds of massages available for people, including general relaxing sessions, but a deep-tissue massage can help to alleviate existing and current injuries, and bring the body back to normal conditions.

When a strain or injury is identified in the patient’s soft tissues, the Remedial Therapist works first to reduce the clients’ pain, enabling a quick return to comfortable daily activities.

It’s typically used for the following kinds of problems:

–          Muscle strains

–          Sprains

–          Bruising

–          Broken bones

–          RSI (repetitive strain injury)

Some of the more common examples that can be treated include:

–          Shin splints

–          Hamstrings

–          Carpal tunnel syndrome

–          Tendinitis

–          Groin problems

To treat tough problems, a Remedial Massage Therapist can use a range of advanced techniques.

Trigger point therapy is the deactivation of hyper-tense “trigger points” which have the characteristic nature of referring pain to neighbouring regions of the body. These points are often the cause of pain and range of motion restrictions.

Myofascial Release focuses on the connective tissues of the body, aiming to lengthen restricted fascia to allow for greater movement of muscles, tendons and joints.

Transverse Friction Massage is a deep tissue technique which aims to reduce the build of of scar tissue following a strain or tear.

Muscle Energy Technique uses the patient’s own muscle activation to engage restrictive barriers to motion, and is frequently used to aid in the return to optimal postural alignment.

What do Massage Therapists Require?

Having a working knowledge of the body’s physiology and anatomy goes a long way towards understanding where to treat a client’s pressures. This knowledge allows for the Massage Therapist to pinpoint where the pain is originating from, and what kind of pressure should be applied to help relieve the stress of an injury or strain.

Therapists also have to be understanding of their clients’ needs, and use their feedback during treatment to an injury.

How Fast does Massage Therapy Work?

Remedial massage usually achieves excellent results in 3 – 6 treatments, with a reduction in pain and increased range of motion found after each session. Minor injuries will usually be healed within 6 treatments, with one to two sessions being attended each week.

Major injuries will frequently need the help of other health professionals, such as a Physiotherapist or Orthopaedic Surgeon. In this case the Remedial Massage Therapist will work in close conjunction with these therapists, to offer the best possible outcomes for the client.

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