What is remedial massage?
Remedial massage focuses on a specific area of the body that is producing pain or not performing correctly and treats the muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissue with the aim to regain full range of motion and decrease pain.
In remedial massage there are multiple techniques used including, deep tissue, myofascial tensioning, cupping, trigger point, application of heat and stretching. All of these techniques are designed to increase blood flow, remove toxins and reduce muscle tension and spasm.
When to have a remedial massage
· If you are experiencing pain in a specific area of the body including sharp shooting pain, dull aches or headaches.
· If you spend hours a day with the body in one position, for example hunched over a computer or with legs crossed, this over lengthens or shortens areas of the body which may cause postural abnormalities.
· If stretching causes intense shooting pain or a tingling sensation, your nerves may be irritated by tight muscles.
what to expect with remedial massage
Your treatment will begin with some questions about why you have made the appointment. Your therapist needs as much information as possible about the type of pain or restrictions you are experiencing to best determine the origin of your pain and the best method of treatment.
There will also be a physical examination of the area to be treated. Your posture will be observed, along with some range of motion tests on the relevant joints. Depending on the findings a few specialised tests may also be performed. The results will be recorded and used as a benchmark to check against after treatment.
Each treatment is unique and based on your needs. Techniques may be performed on areas of the body which are completely relaxed, under some tension and stretch, or during active movements. Your therapist may also ask you to get up and retest an area during treatment to assess how your body is responding.
At the end of your treatment your therapist will reassess your range of motion tests to check for improvements in your movement and pain levels. Your therapist may then choose to show you some stretches or simple mobilising exercises to continue at home.