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Friday, 20 November 2015 06:47

What is Remedial Massage?

What is Remedial Massage?

REMEDIAL massage is a rehabilitation process that has two ultimate goals – reducing pain and increasing range of motion - resulting from long term dysfunctional movement or holding patterns.

Who needs Remedial Massage?

Many debilitating conditions can be successfully treated: Neck pain, Jaw pain, Whiplash, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Tennis Elbow, Rotator Cuff tear, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Shoulder impingement or injuries, Frozen Shoulder, Groin Strain, Pubic Symphysis Dysfunction, Sacroiliac Joint Pain, Piriformis Syndrome, Sciatica, Hamstring Injuries, Achilles Tendon, Shin Splints, Plantar Fasciitis, Postoperative Scar tissue, Adhesions, and other Repetitive Strain Injuries.

How can Remedial Massage help?

An example common to breastfeeding mummas, or people who sit at computers or drive in cars for long periods of time is a condition called Upper Cross Syndrome. It is evident by rounded shoulders, a neck pushing or poking forward, and a pain in between the shoulder blades. Over time, the pecs (pectorial muscles of the chest above the breast tissue) shorten and tighten as you hunch over or round your shoulders, the neck’s range of motion becomes more limited or restricted due to constantly pushing forward, while the upper back muscles (specifically the rhomboids between the shoulder blades) lengthen and weaken causing pain.

Repetitive positioning or movements can take years to result in structural changes to the spine. For example the cervical vertebrae in the neck can straighten over the years due to a neck constantly poking forward, losing its natural curvature. Remedial Massage helps stop this from happening by keeping the muscles involved supple and moving freely.

What does a postural assessment involve?

Effective Remedial treatment involves a postural assessment to see what is out of physical alignment (e.g. one shoulder higher than the other or a rotated pelvis) and what movements are restricted or painful or tight (e.g. flexing the neck forward). The limited range of motion of a particular area will allow a therapist to determine what special tests to do. Special tests indicate whether the cause is muscular, a tendon, a ligament, or joint.

How does it differ from other massage modalities?

Where previously I would have discovered tightness or restriction through feeling the muscle throughout the massage, Remedial Massage is about identifying this through a quick postural assessment and performing range of motion tests before you hop on the table. It’s a quick way to narrow down the specific muscles needing treatment.

What does a Remedial therapist do?

Remedial Massage does not set out to relax the client; the intention is to fix a mechanical problem. That’s not to say you forego Mother Earth Massage’s signature style of relaxation massage, for I believe the body responds better when it is in a deep state of relaxation, but a Mother Earth Massage with a Remedial focus will generally start and/or end with specific techniques which require you to actively participate, e.g. by resisting a movement I am performing to achieve an outcome, e.g. to restore length to a muscle.

A remedial therapist uses techniques such as Positional Release Therapy (PRT), Muscle Energy Techniques (MET), Myofascial Release (MFR) or Mobilisations (Mobs).

How many remedial massages do I need?

Remedial treatments should result in immediate improvements in how far you can move the dysfunctional part of the body by the end of the first treatment. After ongoing treatments, and with more postural consciousness, you should see the muscular issues that are causing the pain or limited range of motion corrected to varying degrees, depending on whether it’s degenerative or from overuse.

What’s the benefit?

Remedial Massage saves you money by being able to claim a percentage back through your Health Fund. You will be able to claim refunds on the spot so that you only pay the difference.

Because Remedial Massage is recognised by health funds within Australia as a rehabilitation treatment, Mother Earth Massage works alongside Medical health professionals as an allied health professional, providing massage as part of the holistic treatment plan. Expect professionalism, ethical integrity and continuous knowledge and skill enhancement through ongoing training and association membership.

After a Remedial Massage you should experience reduced pain and greater mobility as well as the relaxation-associated benefits like better sleep, a greater sense of wellbeing, more mental and emotional balance, and an increase in energy and vitality.

How does Mother Earth Massage differ from others?

With a background in Personal Training, Mother Earth Massage understands that it is necessary to use specific massage techniques to activate weak muscles and encourage them to start firing again before introducing strengthening exercises. Otherwise, you are just overworking an already fatigued muscle. This is why massage is so complimentary to effective functional training. The outcome for you is enhanced performance.