By Pam O’Connor, Remedial Massage Therapist
What is Remedial Massage?
A Remedial Massage involves a comprehensive assessment and treatment of muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues to help the body with rehabilitation and management of pain and injuries.
It can focus on a specific area or problem such as headaches or back pain, or can be more general to help reduce stress and ease tension.
Remedial treatment typically involves asking you questions relating to your presenting condition, a postural analysis and functional testing to help plan your treatment and adapt massage techniques accordingly.
We also take your full medical history into account to effectively deliver a treatment backed by evidence-based research suited to your individual needs.
Our holistic approach also factors in your mental and social factors, and includes post-treatment assessment and self-care such as stretches and exercises to maximise and maintain the effectiveness of treatments in-between visits to help you to achieve your goals quicker.
Remedial techniques can include soft and deep tissue, myofascial release, trigger points and stretching.
Top 5 conditions that would benefit from remedial massage:
- Headaches – Headaches are common and it can be difficult to pinpoint the cause. Taking medication only masks the pain without addressing the source of the problem. Often headaches are caused by stress leading to muscle tension, or poor posture. A remedial massage therapist will assess the cause, plan a treatment to address muscle imbalances and work to reduce your headaches and their reoccurrence – naturally, of course.
- Back pain– This condition is very common and can be caused by a variety of reasons, but our sedentary lifestyles or poor postural habits can often lead to back pain. Remedial massage can help to reduce pain by easing tension in muscle groups surrounding the spine, improve muscle tone and ease pressure on nerves. Remedial massage can also improve posture and flexibility to help make your back stronger.
- Poor sleep– A good night’s sleep is vital to feeling good and performing at our best. People often feel sleepy after a massage – or even fall asleep during the massage! That’s because massage increases serotonin, the feel-good hormone that makes us feel happy and relaxed during the day. In turn, this helps with our melatonin levels which regulate our body’s circadian cycle to ensure restful sleep at night.
- Anxiety and depression – Many studies have shown massage can lowerlevels of the stress hormone cortisol, whichcan drive up blood pressure and blood sugar levels, and lower the immune system.The soothing touch of massage stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system that helps our bodies to rest, digest and recover. This helps to lower the sympathetic nervous system (or our fight or flight response) that makes our hearts race and cause stressand muscle tension in our modern day-to-day lifestyles.
- Frozen shoulder – Also known as adhesive capsulitis, it presents as a painful and stiff shoulder resulting from inflammation in the shoulder capsule and fibrotic adhesions that limit movement. This can lead to trigger points developing in the rotator cuff and deltoid muscles in the shoulder. Massage can help to alleviate the pain in these muscles in conjunction with Physiotherapy to maintain movement in the shoulder joint. Frozen shoulder is more common in women over the age of 40.
It may take a few treatments to address specific problems, especially if they are long-standing. Regular massages are recommended to help maintain muscles in good, healthy and toned condition and to stay on top of problem areas.