Remedial massage therapy is a massage based application used to treat a number of conditions affecting the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the body. Remedial massage is a key component of sports medicine, but is beneficial for anyone suffering from pain or injury in a particular area of the body.
A Remedial massage therapist uses systematic assessment and treatment of the muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues of the body, to assist in pain, injury and rehabilitation. To understand how to treat patients, a remedial therapist must know anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology.
What is remedial massage good for?
Remedial massage therapy has a number of proven health benefits.
1. Improves joint mobility
By using joint mobilisation techniques, a remedial massage therapist can make a joint more mobile, and help to reduce stiffness, pain, and a quicker recovery from injury.
2. Improves recovery
When we damage our body tissue, collagen fibres are used to repair the injured area, which creates scarring. This collagen scarring is critical for repair, but tough in texture, and can create painful, restricted movement. Remedial massage helps to soften and mobilise the collagen fibres, which relieves tightness and pain.
3. Reduces depression and anxiety
Single sessions of massage therapy have been shown to significantly reduce anxiety, dampening emotions such as apprehension, worry, and tension in both adults and children. This evidence is well-supported by scientific research. Anxiety and depression create other detrimental health problems, making massage therapy a highly effective health-booster.
4. Pain relief
Your skin is full of nerve endings (up to 10,000 per square metre), which can make the touch of a massage therapist a rich sensory experience that helps to relieve pain. During every moment of a massage, the cutaneous sensory nerve endings are sending thousands of impulses to the brain, creating pleasant, calming sensations, slowing the breath, and shifting into the "rest and digest" parasympathetic state. Massage works by affecting the nervous system directly, and dampening any pain that you’re feeling.
5. Improved heart rate regulation
Remedial massage can include gentle stretching, which for people with low flexibility, has shown to improve the balance between their sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems (vagal modulation and sympathovagal balance), and resulted in better heart rate regulation.
6. Promotes relaxation
Remedial massage isn’t considered as relaxing as other types of massage, but can still create a relaxing state that lowers blood pressure, increases blood flow to major muscles, improves digestion, balances blood sugar levels, and dampens chronic pain.
(Full postural exam, Remedial massage, therapeutic deep tissue, deactivation/facilitation trigger point therapy, Sports therapy, Myofascial release therapy and cupping)