What is Remedial Massage? – Oakleigh Massage therapist Alana delves in deep!
To finalise our ‘what is’ series, today’s blog is all about Remedial Massage! Our experienced therapist Alana Shaw delves a little deeper!
What is Remedial Massage?
Remedial Massage therapy is exactly that, massage! Its main practice is the kneading or manipulating of a person’s muscles and other soft-tissue in order to promote relaxation and healing to improve their wellbeing and general health. It is a form of manual therapy that includes holding, moving, and applying pressure to the muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia.
How do you become a Remedial Massage Therapist?
To become a Remedial Massage Therapist you have to complete a Diploma of Remedial Massage and be registered with a governing body such as Massage Myotherapy Australia (MMA), Massage Therapy Australia (MTA) and The Australian Natural Therapies Association (ANTA).
What is the aim of Remedial Massage?
The main aim of soft tissue massage is to reduce tension, increase flexibility and range of motion.
Other major benefits of Massage are that it can;
- assist in recovery from soft tissue injuries
- increase circulation
- stimulate lymphatic system
- reduce stress.
What to expect in the treatment?
Firstly, your experienced therapist will ask you a few questions about your injury or area of tightness so they know where to focus the treatment.
Next, your therapist with conduct a screen to assess your range of movement and limitations of specific muscles and joints. Once your therapist has developed a picture of your condition or injury, you will be asked to undress down to your underwear to expose the areas your therapist will need to work on.
The massage treatment will then focus on;
- connective tissues of your body.
What can a Remedial Massage Therapist help with?
- Sports Recovery
- Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)
- Low back pain
- Upper back & Neck pain
- Soft tissue injuries
They can also be effectively used to support people with:
- chronic disease
- life-threatening illness such as cancer
- Pregnancy related pain and discomfort
Your Massage Therapist can also work closely alongside other healthcare practitioners including your Osteopath, Physiotherapist, Chiropractor, Strength Coach, Sports Doctor and GP in order to achieve the best possible outcome.