Remedial massage is often used in the treatment of specific injuries or ailments. Such injuries may have occurred due to activity, lack of activity, overuse or misuse. Some medical conditions can also lead to changes to 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 related symptoms and pain. Normal function also affects movement throughout the human body and leads to other changes.
Unlike other forms of massage such as holistic massage, remedial massage is more specific. This means that more of the treatment time focuses on the main problem areas. That said the root cause of a problem may not actually be the area of pain and just the result or symptom. Hence, it is vital to complete a thorough patient history and assessment before treating. Terry takes an holistic view and looks at the whole body when treating, due to the affect of one area on another. He has also found that if one does not take an holistic view symptoms often return in the short term. An holistic view helps find the root cause and thus reduce the number and cost of treatments for the patient. Techniques from Sports Massage are often used with Remedial Massage during treatments.
Remedial massage does not actually have to be painful, though some discomfort is normal. More experienced masseurs' are likely to have a wider knowledge base and use less painful techniques. Remedial massage is not usually viewed as relaxing, but can be due to pain and tension relief. Almost anybody can find remedial massage of benefit, from office workers to sports people. Many sports people get treated pre and post event with sports and remedial massage. Office workers tend to seek treatment for neck, shoulder and back pain. Some people also look to get treated to prevent injuries or for maintenance purposes.
Terry has learnt many advanced remedial massage techniques as part of his training. All treatments involve the use of multiple massage and soft tissue techniques. One has to pick the best 'tool' for the job based on knowledge, training and experience. Some techniques can cause pain when others may just cause discomfort. For example stripping an ITB is never fun for the patient and not necessary. Please see Terry's article on self-massage with a foam roller, which discusses stripping the ITB in more detail.
Terry completed a BTEC Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Clinical Sports and Remedial Massage in the UK. The training provider was the BlueChip Massage CPD School. The school operated CPD/CPE courses for the London School of Sports Massage (L.S.S.M.). Hence, the final practical exam had the world renowned Mel Cash supervising. Terry has also completed Soft Tissue Release (STR) training with Mary Sanderson. Mary also has to rate as a world authority on Soft Tissue Release (STR). Besides STR other CPD/CPE has included MET and PRT. The UK Osteopath John Gibbons, provided advanced training in MET and PRT as part of CPD/CPE. Whilst in Australia, Terry worked as senior course coach teaching sports massage and remedial massage techniques at Certificate through too Advanced Diploma level.
Other Remedial Massage techniques Terry has be trained in and taught include:-
- Neuromuscular Technique (NMT)
- Position Release Technique (PRT)
- Muscle Energy Technique's (MET's)
- Soft Tissue Release (STR) both active and passive.
- Myofascial Release (MFR)
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.