Remedial massage utilises techniques to treat deep and superficial soft tissue and is designed to prevent and treat muscle injuries, pain and discomfort. A skilled massage therapist will assess a client’s postural alignment and from their findings design a treatment plan with reliable outcomes. Massage may be used for the treatment of problems in the musculo-skeletal systems that have led to pain, discomfort and immobility. Progress from regular massage treatments may be measured by increased range of joint movement, increased strength and flexibility, reduced inflammation and reduction of pain and discomfort.
There are many different forms of massage therapy and some of the more common include:
Swedish Massage: It is suitable for all ages and is a good introduction to massage. It incorporates many techniques to help relieve stress and improve general health.
Remedial Massage: Is a treatment that incorporates relaxation and soft tissue techniques to alleviate muscle tension. It is best suited for those with general muscle tension and can be used on any part of the body.
Deep Tissue Massage: This technique focuses on specific body parts that are causing distress, for example neck, shoulder or back pain. When there is chronic muscle tensions or injury, there are usually adhesions in the muscle to prevent further damage from occurring. However, these adhesions can block circulation, cause pain, limit movement and even cause inflammation. Deep Tissue Massage focuses on manually breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and improve movement.
Sports Massage: Sports Massage focuses on optimising performance before and after exercise by improving blood circulation and reducing lactic acid build-up to assist with recovery. It incorporates a combination of both Remedial and Deep Tissue Massaging techniques to improve muscle mobility and to ensure that no scar tissue is formed post workout.
Trigger Point Therapy: Trigger points are small hypersensitive areas located in body tissues such as muscles and fascia. Trigger points are released through direct pressure just like acupressure techniques and is most effective in management of chronic musculoskeletal pain.
Lymphatic Drainage: A technique used to improve circulation of the lymphatic system, which is essential for immune function. It can also help with swelling, body detox, and improving overall health immunity. Lymphatic Drainage is a whole body massage that aims to relax the nervous system and improve the body’s immune system. These techniques stimulate circulation through the lymph vessels which is a major part of the immune system.
A remedial massage therapist aims to incorporate a variety of techniques to suit the patients needs. During the first visit, a full initial assessment will be done to target problematic areas and to determine if massage is appropriate for you.
The following cautions should be considered before undergoing massage therapy:
- Avoid vigorous massage if you have bleeding disorders or low blood platelet counts and if you are taking blood thinning medications
- Do not have massage on an open wound or in any area of the body with blood clots, fractures, skin infections or weakened bones or at the site of a recent surgery
- If you have a chronic condition such as cancer talk with your doctor before having massage therapy.
- If you are pregnant, inform your massage therapist