What is Remedial Massage Therapy?
Remedial massage 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. It’s performed to create favourable conditions for the body to return to normal health after injury and is defined by the premise that the treatment can reasonably reverse certain physical effects a patient may be presenting. If a patient has suffered a moderate injury resulting in structural pain and/or loss of function, then remediation is required to reduce or eliminate pain and restore that function
A remedial massage therapist is a practitioner who deals with specific issues or dysfunctions, and who will formulate a plan especially for you and your health concerns (as opposed to a massage therapist, who may give you a massage to relax and rejuvenate your tired muscles and mind). A remedial therapist has the knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology to determine where and how to treat patients.
A remedial massage therapist works to find the actual cause of discomfort, and their therapy aims to eliminate the root cause, not just the symptoms. They will use several different techniques to locate and repair damaged areas of the body. These include:
- Deep tissue massage
- Passive Stretching
- Taping / Strapping
- Longitudinal Gliding. Longitudinal gliding is a basic but effective massage technique administered in the direction of the blood flow.
- Trigger Point Therapy.
- Deep Transverse Frictions.
.A remedial massage therapist can work with you to treat some of the more common pain-causing conditions:
- Sports / Dance injuries
- Arthritis (including ankylosing spondylitis) / bursitis
- Injuries resulting from a car accident like whiplash
- Frozen shoulder
- Carpal tunnel
- Stiff neck/back pain
For more information about Remedial Massage and how it could benefit you, contact us.
*All initial appointments at SEMM are 60min sessions. This allows adequate time required for your intake forms and a detailed assessment with your therapist to be completed.