We all know that massage is an amazing way of improving circulation, reducing pain and stress, and bringing about a sense of well-being, however many of our clients are confused about the difference between Therapeutic Massage and Remedial Massage and what issues Remedial Massage treatments are best suited to – so I hope to shed some light on this for you.
What is Remedial Massage?
“Remedial Massage” has become a major buzz phrase and now with more people than ever with health insurance it seems everyone is booking in for one so they can claim their rebates.
However, when it comes time to booking in, what most clients are really looking for is Therapeutic Massage to help with general tension, pain, stress and so on, usually with a slow, deep flow to the session.
This is not necessarily a “Relaxation” massage as Therapeutic Massage does incorporate pressure point and other techniques, however it is not specifically a Remedial Massage.
Whereas Remedial Massage employs specific techniques to address injuries, postural dysfunction or joint and mobility restrictions, all of which cause pain and hinder your ability to perform tasks normally.
How do Treatments Differ?
Remedial Massage Therapists are trained to assess your body with a more clinical approach then traditional massage modalities and design individual treatment plans for each client which should be followed over time to correct ongoing issues.
The sessions are usually shorter and straight to the point. After a short warm up of the afflicting area, the treatment then focuses on the specific treatment protocol to ease any immediate pain, break up and lengthen hypertonic muscle tissue – aiming to improve the condition.
This is actually a requirement of all the major health funds as they want to see proper documentation of the clients health and the treatment plan along with the progression over successive treatments.
Methodology & Techniques
Another aspect of Remedial Massage is looking at causative factors of an ongoing issue. This may include actually working on the Glutes or the Psoas muscles for example when dealing with lower back pain, as opposed to simply working on the back muscles themselves, and this insight comes from the extensive assessment procedures.
Some of the techniques used in a Remedial treatment session include Trigger Point Therapy which is applying pressure in a specific way to particular points that relieve painful and “knotted” muscles.
Transverse Frictions, which is fast cross friction applied to a muscle or tendon (or even scar tissue) that has become fibrous, damaged and seized up.
Stretch release techniques and other advanced stretching methods to release and lengthen muscles to enhance range of motion.
What does this all amount to?
So as you can see, although Therapeutic Massage is generally perceived as a luxury to help you get through your aches and pains and re-balance the body – Remedial Massage is a targeted treatment with a set plan to achieve a range of outcomes for those who are suffering with injuries, joints or aching muscles due to ongoing postural issues, overuse and strains etc.
Some of the most common ailments that Remedial Massage is effective in treating and reducing the severity of are chronic issues like sciatica, carpal tunnel, shoulder or elbow tendinopathy, neck pain and headaches, lower back, hip knee and ankle complaints and more.
There are numerous proven benefits of Remedial Massage and it is recommended that treatments should be performed consistently to promote healing and allow for improved mobility and function of the affected area, preventing problematic chronic conditions in future.
I hope we can help you with your specific issues through Remedial Massage treatments..
All the best.