What Is Remedial Massage Therapy?

Remedial massage is useful for treating a range of physical problems that affect the muscles, bones, ligaments and tendons. When muscles are damaged, fatigued, tense, cramping or numb, hands-on remedial massage can assess and treat muscles that have been under duress. Remedial massage includes both diagnostic and treatment components that work in tandem to identify the cause of the problem and work on the affected area to reduce pain, increase flexibility and stimulate repair.

A remedial therapy session usually takes between thirty minutes and an hour to complete. Various techniques will be implemented to locate the area of the body which has sustained damage. The practitioner will then apply deep pressure on the soft tissue surrounding the problem. Stretching out different body parts may occur too. The therapy will take place on a specialised table and you will be wearing shorts covered with a towel.

What Are Remedial Massage Techniques?

The most frequently practised remedial diagnostic techniques are: trigger point therapy, petrissage movements and passive movements. Trigger point therapy is designed to triangulate the point of origin of any musculo skeletal pain. Petrissage movements work to figure out the maximum range of motion of a limb or socket joint. Passive movements factor in as segues between the former two techniques. These will all be used in tandem before the real massage work begins. Once a physiotherapist or massage therapist has identified the source of concern, they will begin to apply pressure to relieve the pain.

What Are The Benefits of Remedial Massage Therapy

Remedial massage has several key benefits which include:

  • Stimulation of blood supply and removal of toxins from muscles
  • Calming the peripheral nervous system to ease pain and discomfort
  • Improving joint mobility by toning and relaxing the muscles
  • Improving the cells’ health
  • Reparation of damaged tissues
  • Easing muscle stiffness and tension
  • Relaxation and stress reduction
  • Restoration of correct bone position
  • Increased and improved blood flow
  • Faster healing time for injuries
  • Boosted immunity
  • Heightened mental alertness
  • Posture improvements
  • Skin tone improvements

Additionally, remedial massage helps in addressing common problems such as:

  • headaches
  • abdominal pain
  • back pain
  • sciatic pain

How Do Remedial and Sports Massage Differ?

A remedial massage involves a hands-on diagnosis of the area that is experiencing pain. In contrast, before a sports massage, a physiotherapist will ask you detailed questions about your health, lifestyle and exercise regimen to help assist in diagnosis of the problem. While remedial massage may be recommended by your physio following some sports injuries, a sports massage is generally figured to be the most effective way to treat these problems.

Remedial Massage Darlinghurst

If you have recently pulled a muscle or are experiencing regular pain in your back shoulders, arms or legs, don’t hesitate to contact a professional. You should contact us at Therapy Services Physio for a telephone consultation and appointment with one of our physios or remedial massage therapist. We are located in the St Vincents Clinic, Darlinghurst and are open between 8:00AM and 4:30PM Monday to Friday. Our massage services are available on Thursdays.