Remedial Massage is commonly used to:-
- Treat Sports injuries.
- Treat Work-related injuries.
- Treat scar tissue or adhesions. (see article on tissue healing and scars
- For injury prevention purposes.
- Reduce muscular tension
- Reduce the frequency of headaches with myofascial component
- Relieve aches, pains or stiffness.
- Increase circulation.
- Increase flexibility.
- Increase mobility.
- Improve posture.
- Aid recovery.
- Aid relaxation.
- Treat Myofascial pain
Remedial Massage Therapy
Soft Tissue Therapy and advanced Remedial Massage tends to be more focused than other forms of Massage therapy and treats specific injuries, such as sports injuries or work-related 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 or near normal functional movement by treating dysfunctional tissues. The massage technique involve 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 treatments are more focussed on resolving specific problems. More general forms of massage therapy involve routines and so are not focussed on resolving specific issues. Full body type massage can be better for general relaxation, though is not particularly good at addressing specific problems. Remedial massage therapists also learn some diagnostic testing techniques and which are not taught on base level massage therapy course. Diagnostic testing has relevance when treating, as the cause of a problem might not relate to where one feels pain. A classic example of people treating the symptom rather than the cause is a tight ITB (see article on iliotibial band syndrome). 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 consumer.
Treatment sessions typically involve a combination of Sports Massage therapy and Advanced Remedial Massage techniques. In brief, the practitioner will choose the most appropriate type of therapy intervention based on the specific consumer history, the condition being treated and the consumer's desired outcome. Although scar tissue or adhesions can often be treated well with Remedial Massage, Gua Sha or IASTM can work exceptionally well with such ailments. Equally, other very specific techniques such as Myofascial Dry Needling can produce Myofascial pain relief, though this is not for everybody.
Does Massage have to be Painful?
Massage techniques do not have to be painful, though some discomfort is normal. Experienced therapists 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 benefit from this form of massage, from office workers to elite athletes. Soft-tissue therapy is a vital part of most top-level athletes training routine and not just pre and post-event. Our practitioners have gained a large amount of experience treating office workers, emergency service personnel, military personnel, and amateur and elite level athletes. 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 and myofascial release (MFR) 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 consumer and not necessary. Our principal Musculoskeletal therapist has written an article on foam roller myofascial release, which discusses stripping the ITB in further detail. Many of the more Advanced Remedial Massage therapy techniques have their origins in Osteopathic Medicine or Osteopathy, and our practitioners are trained in and or have also taught these. Such modalities include:-
Advanced Remedial and Myofascial Release Techniques
Massage and Myotherapy Registrations
Terry brings over 15 years of experience working in the MSK Therapy field back to Brisbane from the UK. He is highly qualified with training and experience covering many assessment methods, treatment types and soft tissue therapy (STT) skills. Terry's sporting activities, experiences and interests have naturally led to him specialising in the treatment of trauma and myofascial pain relief. He also taught as a senior course coach over seven years ago on one of the first myotherapy courses in Brisbane. His skills are now available at the Morningside clinic, where he works as a Myotherapist.