Remedial massage is the systematic assessment and treatment of the muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues of the body to assist in rehabilitation, pain and injury management. It is used for a specific problem rather than a general therapeutic effect.
It involves an initial interview, range of motion testing, muscle length and strength tests and other special tests to ascertain problem areas. Advanced techniques such as myofascial (connective tissue) release, trigger point therapy, lymphatic drainage, cross fibre and transverse friction techniques, soft tissue release, PNF and MET stretching are applied on top of the Swedish massage techniques.
Individual treatment plans are designed which may include referrals to other health care practitioners, at home care ie, stretches, heat packs etc and follow up treatments with your massage therapist.
Who benefits from Remedial Massage?
Different remedial massage techniques are used to treat a wide range of conditions including chronic conditions or chronic pain, sports injuries and maintenance programs, cancer patients, aged and palliative care patients, people who have undergone surgery or have had an injury, postural and alignment problems and those who just generally suffer pain.
Remedial massage can help relieve tension in muscles, release trigger points, lengthen adaptive shortened muscles, break apart fused connective tissue and lesions in muscles, align muscle fibres and scar tissue and drain excess lymphatic fluid.