What is Therapeutic (Remedial) Massage?
Therapeutic (Remedial) Massage is a method of treatment with its foundation in swedish massage, that uses additional relevant bodywork techniques for a specific therapeutic effect. This may include Soft Tissue Release, Deep Tissue Massage, Trigger Point, Neuromuscular Techniques and Muscle Energy Techniques to name a few.
Massage can work alongside other therapies like Physiotherapy, Osteopathy and Chiropractic as part of a recovery and rehabilitation programme. If you are undergoing treatment, always make sure you check with your doctor and therapist first.
Massage treatments are about looking at the whole of the person. Assessment prior to each treatment and client responses during treatment guide the massage. Every treatment is different and will be guided by you, your condition and how you feel at the time of the massage.
Injury can jar the body so that not only the muscles around the area of injury become tight and painful but also those muscles compensating while the injury heals can become affected. The injury can heal but the body now holds itself differently so we continue to experience pain and discomfort.
Overuse and repetition can also stress the body causing muscles to tighten, restricting movement and becoming painful.
Remedial massage looks at the whole body and works with the client to assess the problem, work on the affected muscle areas and provide aftercare suggestions so that the work continues between sessions.
Long-term health conditions
Many conditions experienced over time can become debilitating.
Remedial Massage is not a cure for long-term health conditions but may help your sense of wellbeing, the connection you have with your body, and some of the muscular effects your condition has on your body.
Massage does not help everyone so it may be a case of trying it for yourself and see if it helps you.
Surgery can be a traumatic experience for not only the body but also the mind and emotions. The area where surgery is performed can often feel disassociated from the rest of the body. Protection mechanisms can kick in which create tension in muscles and you can experience a knock on effect around the rest of the body as it adjusts and compensates.
As with injury, remedial massage looks at the whole body and works with the client to assess the problem, work on the affected muscle areas and provide aftercare suggestions so that the work continues between sessions.