Remedial Massage Therapy
Remedial Massage Therapy is a complementary treatment which aims to assess and investigate muscular dysfunction, aches and pains. A remedial massage treatment will assist to mobilise and release muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascial tissue and joints of the body.
Remedial massage is useful in the repair of injuries and can assist the body’s own healing processes by increasing blood flow to the muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons. The pressure applied during these healing treatments may be firm or gentle, depending upon the client’s requirements.
Inflamed, injured or irritated muscles can radiate pain to many other areas of the body. Remedial massage aims to assess and target the source of the pain, tackling both the cause and symptoms. Different techniques are used in the massage process such as trigger point therapy, kneading, rolling, sliding or shuffling. Using a combination of these techniques allows for the whole body to be rewarded and released as part of a treatment session, not only the area of pain or discomfort.
Remedial massage can have many different benefits, such as:
- Reduce pain due to muscle restriction, tension or injury
- Increase circulation, which speeds up the body’s healing process
- Improve joint mobility
- Relieve stress
- Reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression
- Stimulate the movement of lymphatic fluid reducing fluid retention
- Boost the immune system
- Improve sleep quality
- The therapist aims to balance the length, tone and tension of muscles & tendons, which assists to re-align and re-balance the body.
Our in-house Remedial Massage Therapist utilises heated basalt stones, which are great for promoting relaxation, lengthening and releasing muscular tension, as well as boosting the immune system. The heated stones are used along with targeted techniques to create a release for the client that works both the fascial tissue as well as the muscles.
Musculoskeletal Therapy is a therapy designed to treat the muscles and skeletal system using various soft tissue and mobilisation (not manipulation) techniques.
Used in the treatment and the rehabilitation of back pain, neck pain, joint pain, muscular dysfunction and/or injuries, musculoskeletal techniques incorporate a varied amount of ‘hands on’ remedial and mobilisation techniques as well as home stretching and strengthening exercises. This assists in maintaining functional alignment of the skeletal system.
A musculoskeletal therapist is hands on like a remedial massage therapist but also has exercise and rehabilitation knowledge. A musculoskeletal treatment might be any combination of the following:
- Deep tissue
- Myofascial release
- Trigger pointing
- Muscle energy techniques
- Joint mobilisation
- Posture and/or gait assessment
- Strengthening exercises
- Musculoskeletal therapists specialise in movement and function so they are not just looking at injuries. A large part of a musculoskeletal therapist’s program is directed at preventing injury, loss of movement and surgery. In addition to hands-on care, there is a big emphasis on educating clients to take care of themselves outside of their treatment.