Remedial massage is a complementary therapy that aims to treat muscles that are damaged, knotted, tense or immobile.
It is the scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body (i.e. muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia) for therapeutic or relaxation purposes. Remedial massage is intended as a more targeted treatment for pain and injury.
Depending on the injury or desired outcome, the pressure can be of deep intensity, or it can be more soft and shallow.
The Role of a Qualified Remedial Massage Therapist
Your remedial massage therapist will go through an assessment and examination by identifying, locating and palpating the areas that are relevant to your pain and tightness. Once your remedial massage therapist has determined which tissues are the problem area, they will use the appropriate massage techniques as treatment.
While deep tissue massage is a whole-body treatment, remedial massage focuses on parts of the body that requires rehabilitation. Using a variety of techniques, massage therapists knead, rub or tap areas of the body to improve circulation, relieve pain and tenderness, reduce stress, increase flexibility and relax the whole body by targeting the skeletal, circulatory, muscular, fascial, lymphatic, and nervous systems.
Health Benefits of Remedial Massage
Remedial Massage can increase blood flow within your body to stimulate efficient blood supply to help to heal and repair the specific injury area that has been damaged due to sport activities, daily life activities, working and many more.
The benefits of remedial massage include:
- Improved blood circulation
- Relieves muscle spasms, tightness, soreness and aching
- Reduces scar tissue
- Calms the nervous system
- Reduces stress
- Improving joint range of motion
Remedial Massage FAQs
Can massaging be painful?
Post treatment soreness is common to occur and last several days after receiving a massage therapy session. Your massage therapist will be able to give you advice on how to take care of your body after treatment.
How many sessions will I need?
Every client experience is different and depending on the severity of the condition some may experience relief within the first treatment, whilst others may take a few extra sessions. If you're ever unsure you can ask your massage therapist for more specific advice on expected number of sessions required.