What is a remedial massage? - Heather Baker

Let’s start with the formal definition of remedial massage; it is the systematic assessment and treatment of the muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues of the body to assist in rehabilitation, pain and injury management.  Still lost?  Don’t worry you are not alone!

The old school way of thinking will tell you that a remedial massage is “just a really firm massage that involves a lot of pain and elbows being dug into your body” or the old saying “no pain, no gain”.  I am here to tell you that this is a complete myth! Yes, there may be some discomfort when there is muscle tension or other aliments, but you should never be in pain during a treatment.  A well-trained Remedial Therapist has a very full tool bag of knowledge and techniques that they can use to help your body heal itself, and to reduce pain and tension, without inflicting any unnecessary pain.

Now, does this mean that your remedial massage won’t include deep tissue massage? Absolutely not! Deep tissue massage is just one of the many techniques used in a remedial massage, and as such it is generally used in combination with several other techniques to achieve your musculoskeletal and health goals.  

Your remedial massage therapist will assess where you need treatment and what may be causing your pain. They’ll perform some tests to see exactly which muscles are giving you trouble and will tailor a treatment plan to suit. The treatment itself may involve deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, muscle energy techniques, a range of different stretches, and/or myofascial release.  The therapist may also send you home with some “homework” to help you continue treating your aliments in between appointments.  This could include stretches, exercises, increasing your water intake, a referral to another type of practitioner, or simply to have an epsom salt bath.

Some of the physical benefits of regular remedial massage include, but are not limited to:

▪    Reduced muscle tension

▪    Improved circulation

▪    Stimulation of the lymphatic system

▪    Increased joint mobility and flexibility

▪    Improved skin tone

▪    Improved recovery of soft tissue injuries

▪    Heightened mental alertness

Remedial massage doesn’t only have musculoskeletal benefits; it also has a positive effect on your hormones.  It has been proven that remedial massage can promote a decrease in cortisol, which is produced when we experience pain and stress. Massage also promotes an increased level of serotonin and dopamine, which improves your mood, relaxation, and assists in relieving pain. This can also have a follow-on effect by reducing anxiety while enhancing sleep, concentration and energy levels.

Remedial massage is effective in treating a wide range of conditions and ailments, such as, but not limited to:

▪    Neck pain

▪    Back pain

▪    Tension headache

▪    Jaw pain

▪    Frozen shoulder

▪    Arthritis

▪    Sciatica

▪    Tennis elbow

▪    Plantar fasciitis

▪    Stress

▪    Muscular spasms

▪    Muscle cramps

▪    DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness)

Regular remedial massages are so beneficial for your health and wellbeing, why not book in for one today?