You would benefit from remedial massage treatment if you present with painful regular movement or chronic muscular pain, such as.
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Tension headache
- Suffer repetitive strain injury also known as occupational overuse syndrome
- Shoulder pain
- Joint pain
- Sciatic nerve pain
- Elbow pain (tennis elbow?; golfer elbow?)
- Heel pain
- Muscular spasms and cramps
- All of the above usually cause impaired range of motion.
Remedial massage techniques are used to locate and address damaged areas of the body’s muscular system and aims to speed up the body’s own healing processes.
Pressure applied during this treatment is generally strong and reaches deeper muscles and tendons. The term deep-tissue massage is often used to describe remedial massage. Softer relaxation strokes may still be applied to relax and soften the superficial muscle layers to allow access to the deeper muscle layers.
What to expect
All sessions start with a general understanding of your health and daily activities. Once we understand your physical life style, i.e. how you generally move throughout the day, we continue with three key questions:
- “where is the pain?”
- “which movement is painful?”, and
- “does it hurt without any movement?”
A few simple motion tests follow to establish which muscles are giving you trouble and we will tailor your treatment plan to suit.
Note that problems with muscles can trigger or radiate pain to other parts of the body. Treatment will be applied to the problem area that causes the pain; not necessarily where the pain presents. By tackling the cause of the problem we also treat the symptom.
Treatment may consist of any or all of the following techniques, just to name a few:
- Trigger point treatment – a technique that involves the applying of pressure to muscular ‘knots’ i.e. micro-tearing of muscle tissue, which creates scar tissue.
- Deep transverse friction – a technique used mainly on tendon or ligament injuries to help break down thickened, pain-producing scar tissue.
- Compression massage – a rhythmic compression muscle technique to stimulate blood flow at a deeper muscular level
- Cross-fibre friction – this technique is applied to create a stretching and broadening effect in large muscle groups to reduce adhesions and to encourage muscle repair during the healing process
- Facilitated stretches – or proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) is a technique that targets nerve receptors in the muscles to extend the muscle length resulting in increased range of motion.
Remedial massage aims to make you move more freely with reduced or no pain.