Remedial Massage is commonly used to:-
- Treat injuries.
- Reduce the chance of injury.
- Relieve aches, pains or stiffness.
- Increase circulation.
- Increase flexibility.
- Increase mobility.
- Improve posture.
- Aid recovery.
- Aid relaxation.
Advanced Remedial Massage therapy is available as part of TotalMSK's Mobile Musculoskeletal (MSK) Therapy Service, based in Reading, Berkshire. The private patient mobile service operates up to 20 miles from Caversham in Reading and 20 miles from Cambridge. TotalMSK also operates a mobile Corporate Wellbeing Clinic Service throughout Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire. Soft Tissue Therapy and advanced Remedial Massage tends to be more focused than other forms of Massage therapy and treats specific injuries or ailments. Such injuries may have occurred due to activity, or more commonly lack thereof, overuse or misuse. Some medical conditions may also lead to changes in the tissues and thus function. The main aim of remedial massage is to restore normal function by treating dysfunctional tissues. Remedial massage involves applying both deep and superficial massage strokes to dysfunctional tissues. Restoring normal tissue function usually relieves Musculoskeletal (MSK) related symptoms and pain, which is a "stressor". Any "stressor" has a reasonably immediate effect on the human body, as is explained in the article on the Stress Response. Movements are affected by the function of various structures within the body, which can lead to changes far from the problem source.
Unlike other forms of massage such as holistic massage, remedial massage is more specific. Meaning, that there is additional time to focus on the main problem areas. That said the cause of a problem might not relate to where one feels pain and is often just the symptom. A classic example of people treating the symptom rather than the cause is a tight ITB. Our practitioners take a holistic view and look at the whole body when treating, due to the effect of one area on another. If one fails to consider the entire picture, then symptoms often return in the short term. A holistic view helps find the cause and thus reduce the number and cost of visits for the patient. Treatment sessions typically involve a combination of Sports Massage and Remedial Massage therapy techniques.
Remedial massage does not have to be painful, though some discomfort is normal. Experienced masseurs tend to have a broader knowledge base when it comes to applying techniques. Increased, knowledge and experience usually makes the difference between pain and discomfort during treatment. Remedial massage is often very relaxing, due to the relief gained by relieving pain associated with muscle tension. Almost anybody can find remedial massage of benefit, from office workers to elite athletes. Many top-level athletes get treated pre and post event with sports and remedial massage as part of their training routine. Office workers tend to seek treatment for neck, shoulder and back pain. Some people get treated to prevent injuries or for maintenance purposes.
Our practitioners have learnt many advanced remedial massage techniques as part of their training. Hence, treatments involve the use of multiple soft tissue and massage techniques. One has to pick the best 'tool' for the job based on knowledge, training and experience. Some methods can cause pain when others may just cause discomfort. For example, stripping an ITB is never fun for the patient and not necessary. Our principal practitioner has written an article on self-massage with a foam roller, which discusses stripping the ITB in further detail.
Other Remedial Massage techniques our practitioners are trained in and or have taught include:-
- Neuromuscular Technique (NMT)
- Position Release Technique (PRT)
- Muscle Energy Technique (MET)
- Soft Tissue Release (STR) both active and passive.
- Myofascial Release (MFR)