What Is Remedial Massage?

Remedial Massage can assess and physically treat myofascial pain, injury and dysfunction affecting movement and mobility. Remedial massage is applied in the preventative, corrective and rehabilitative phases of therapy to restore and maintain the normal integrity of the soft tissue structure (muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia) of the human body.

Pain or symptoms caused by muscle (myo) or fascia is described as myofascial pain. Myofascial pain is usually not specific and is often described by the patient as a ‘deep ache’, ‘tightness’ or ‘tenderness’ in an area. It can vary in intensity and radiate to other areas. Other symptoms can include reduced range of motion of muscles and joints, stiffness, fatigue, weakness, numbness or a tingling sensation. There are many other symptoms depending on the condition and patients can have one or many symptoms.

Why Remedial Massage?

Common conditions that remedial massage therapists can treat include:

    • Sporting & occupational injuries
    • Stiffness & pain associated with poor posture
    • Associated joint & vertebral dysfunction & pain
    • Acute & chronic conditions affecting function & mobility
    • Scoliosis / Kyphosis
    • Headaches / migraines
    • Acute and chronic stiff and painful neck
    • Chronic overuse syndromes – tendonitis, RSI, tennis/golfer’s elbow, carpal tunnel
    • Acute & chronic back pain / ‘sciatica’
    • Shoulder pain, impingement syndrome, frozen shoulder
    • Hand & finger numbness / tingling – thoracic outlet syndrome
    • Knee, leg & foot pain – shin splints, patella tracking dysfunction, runners knee, ankle sprains
    • Arthritis / Multiple Sclerosis
    • Pregnancy – pre/post natal complaints
    • Chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia
    • Pain & dysfunction associated with stress & tension
    • Rehabilitative stage of an injury or illness

What To Expect From A Remedial Massage:

Assessment – Clinical assessment is reliant on history taking, examination routines of particular joints or regions, assisted by highly developed tactile, palpatory skills and a thorough understanding of joint and muscular assessment procedures. These skills distinguish Remedial from other physical therapies. Assessment of potential causes of dysfunction is also important, as is a detailed postural examination.

Treatment – Soft tissue manipulation, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial release, Postural assessment and correction, Corrective exercises (stretches, strength), Core stability exercises and workshops, Diet and nutritional advice.

What Can We Treat

Qualified and well-experienced remedial massage therapists are able to address a number of musculoskeletal issues using the treatment modalities mentioned above. Here is a list of some common musculoskeletal imbalances and injuries that can be effectively treated using remedial massage:

  • Muscle Tightness and Pain
  • Neck and Back Pain
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Arthritis
  • Scoliosis
  • Headaches
  • Whiplash
  • Sports Injuries
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Golfer’s Elbow

The Assessment

In order to come up with an effective treatment plan, your therapist at Brisbane Massage Therapists will take a detailed history with you in order to access your situation and also brief you on the benefits of the remedial massage and what to expect during and after the treatment. As a patient, it is your responsibility to provide all the information needed by your massage therapist. The more your massage therapist knows about you, your ailment, your medical history, and your health goals, the better treatment plan he/she will be able to suggest for you. Don’t be shy and try to ask as many questions as you can. Our therapists will be happy to answer all your questions and address all your concerns.

Depending on the outcomes of a detailed physical examination and thorough discussion, the therapist may utilise any one or multiple massage techniques during the treatment session:

What Is Remedial Massage?

For centuries, massage has been used as a form of medical treatment to help the body and the mind. It is still being used in many cultures as an integral part of healthcare. Over the years, people have perfected the art of massage and now we see many different forms or specialisations being used for different purposes. Remedial massage is one form of massage that deals with the specific musculoskeletal conditions of the body.

What to Expect from a Session

Remedial massage is a specialised type of massage that is designed for patients suffering from injured muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissues. It is different than a simple relaxation massage, so you can expect a lot more than just a sit or lie down rub during your remedial massage session. Here is an overview of what to expect during a session at remedial massage Brisbane.

The Definition

“Remedial massage is a specialised form of therapeutic massage which deals with the identification of problem areas in soft tissues, including not only muscles, but also joints, tendons, fascia, and ligaments and choosing the best treatment plan aimed at restoring the body to a pain-free state.”

Remedial massage is a natural approach that starts with a comprehensive assessment of the potential root cause of the pain/injury/dysfunction and ends at supporting the body’s own repair mechanism to alleviate the pain and address the root cause of the musculoskeletal dysfunction.

In addition to effectively treating the musculoskeletal dysfunctions, remedial massage also plays an important role in preventing further injury thereby maintaining optimal performance and health. It is the safest treatment option for most presenting pain conditions.

Whether the underlying cause of your pain/injury/dysfunction is poor posture, pregnancy, sports, a demanding lifestyle or job, or a medical condition, remedial massage offers a range of highly effective, proven and holistic techniques to relieve pain, restore movement, rehabilitate an injury and release stress.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 1
    Is there a difference between remedial massage and a standard massage?

    Yes! Remedial massage therapists are highly skilled and can treat a wide range of physical issues and injuries. Remedial massage uses many different techniques to achieve reduction in pain and symptoms.

  2. 2
    Can I come even if I don't have a specific issue?

    Absolutely! We have many clients that come in for maintenance treatment or just a relaxation massage on occasion.

  3. 3
    Will it be painful?

    It doesn’t need to be. Our therapists will work within your comfort level. Many muscular issues require some deep tissue work which can be uncomfortable, however we don’t like our clients to be in pain and protecting the area we are working on be tensing.

  4. 4
    Do you offer health fund rebates?

    Yes we do! All our remedial massage therapists are registered with industry associations. Not all health funds are covered so it's best to contact us beforehand to check if your health fund is covered

  5. 5
    When will I feel the benefits?

    Many clients feel better straight away, however some clients including those with chronic issue take a few sessions to respond.

  6. 6
    Will I be sore the next day?

    It is common to be a little sore the day after massage. The soreness often only last a day and many clients that have regular massage don’t experience this anymore.