What is Remedial Massage?

Remedial Massage is a hands-on therapy that deals with the systematic assessment and treatment of muscles, connective tissue, ligaments, nerves, joints and tendons.

Remedial Massage is useful in assisting in the recovery of many injuries and musculoskeletal conditions.

A remedial massage therapist is trained to a minimum standard of a Diploma Remedial Massage and has knowledge of anatomy and physiology.

A Remedial Massage Therapist must increase their training annually to remain health fund accredited and is trained to prescribe corrective exercises, stretches and ergonomics advice.

What is Remedial Massage good for?

Remedial massage primarily focusses on reducing irritation in muscles that are tense, immobile or damaged.

It is used mainly to address problems that affect the muscles, tendons and bones.

What are the benefits of Remedial Massage?

  • Improves movement
  • stimulates the immune system
  • it feels good
  • Enhance exercise performance
  • increases blood flow
  • Relieves stress
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Eases osteoarthritis pain
  • Decrease muscle tension
  • Improves the ease of sleep and quality of sleep
  • May ease the symptoms of depression
  • Assists to lower blood pressure
  • Reduce chemotherapy-related nausea

What can I expect from a Remedial Massage?

The purpose of Remedial Massage is to identify the cause of an issue and then encourage the nervous system to correct or down regulate pain.  This involves muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and fascia. Usually we will see:

  • an improvement in mobility
  • lessened pain
  • less tension
  • reduction in stress

health fund compliant Remedial Massage treatment should be focussed and may require participation by the client.

Whether this is in the assessment phase, during the treatment or post treatment.

Remedial Massage is not always a passive treatment - but should have active elements and require some feedback for your therapist.

What conditions can a Remedial Massage improve?

  • Neck tension
  • Tension headaches
  • Calf pain
  • Low back pain
  • Tight muscles – hips, glutes, hamstrings, shoulders
  • Knee cap pain (Patellofemoral pain)
  • sciatica
  • assist injury recovery
  • reduce muscle and joint pain
  • improve movement
  • reduce stress, anxiety and depression
  • stimulate and move swelling through the lymphatic system
  • boost the immune system

Massage is so profound because often its benefits are apparent straight away.  Studies have shown that massage is useful in the reduction of blood pressure as well as the management of diabetes.

What does a Remedial Massage therapist do?

Each Remedial Massage is unique and tailored to your needs and pain state.

techniques used during a treatment include:

  • Trigger Point therapy: for relaxing trigger point pain
  • Direct Myofascial Release: for improving flexibility and mobility
  • Muscle Energy Technique (MET): an activated stretch which involves the nervous system actively in the relaxation process.
  • Corrective exercise – empowering you to take your pain away
  • Lymphatic drainage - movement of lymph fluid through the body
  • Kinesio Tape – to encourage joint and muscle position that does not irritate your symptoms.
  • Dry Needling – to down regulate the nervous system and improve muscle function and irritable spots in the tissue.
  • Relaxation massage – to down regulate your nervous system and your stress

Does Remedial Massage hurt or is Remedial Massage painful?

The point of a remedial massage is not to cause endless pain.  Throughout the massage there may be moments of discomfort and pain.  Before the treatment your therapist will communicate with you and establish what your ground rules are.

There is often a recovery time after a deep remedial massage – it should reduce within 1-2 days.

Can I have a combination of Remedial and Deep Tissue or Remedial and Relaxation?

Absolutely! This is an effective ways to treat.

Adding elements of relaxation to a thorough Remedial Massage assists the nervous system to down regulate and facilitates a longer lasting benefit.

Techniques are often blended into a massage depending on what you present with. It is important to keep realistic expectations of what can be achieved in a treatment.

For example you could not expect to come in with a sore shoulder and have a remedial assessment, remedial shoulder work and then a general all over body massage in 30 minutes.

What to wear Remedial Massage?

Your therapist is trained to use professional draping standards.  Unless you are expecting a treatment with a lot of active stretching and or corrective exercise it’s not that important what you wear.

For assessment purposes shorts and a t-shirt are helpful – but not essential.

What to do after Remedial Massage?

Most massage therapists encourage drinking 1-2 glasses of water to help dilute any waste products. If possible avoid caffeine and alcohol immediately after a treatment – as they can cause dehydration.

Studies are inconclusive about the benefits of an Epsom salts bath – however I recover from super deep treatments much more quickly when I have one as soon as possible after a treatment.  Is it the heat or the magnesium?  The science is unclear.

It is important to follow any advice your therapist gives you regarding stretching or exercise.  It is not a good idea to vigorously exercise after a deep treatment for approximately 24 hours – it’s best to allow your body time to recover from any heavy work you may have had performed.

How often should you get a Remedial Massage?

There is no concrete answer to this.  Some people enjoy the experience and attend regularly for maintenance.  Other people have a specific problem that they want to improve.  It depends on the situation.  Many people enjoy maintenance treatments every 4-6 weeks.

The expert Remedial Massage Therapists at Knead Massage Brisbane will assess your problems and your expectations.

Knead Massage therapists are trained to develop a plan that will give you the best results in the fewest possible visits.

Variables that affect how many treatments you will need:

  • how long standing is an injury
  • the strength and condition of surrounding muscles
  • the types of things you do regularly with your body etc
  • if you follow through on the advice your therapist provides you with (stretches and/or strengthening exercises, ergonomics advice)

Can you claim Remedial Massage on tax?

The net medical expenses tax offset has been phased out.

Is Remedial Massage physiotherapy?

No it is not.

A physiotherapist is a degree qualified health professional trained to deal with complex conditions such as stroke rehabilitation, cerebral palsy and women’s health.  They may include manual therapy in their treatments.

A Remedial Massage Therapist is trained from 1 year for a diploma and 2-3 years if they are a Myotherapist.  These modalities are designed to assess and treat conditions that are not life threatening and occur to the general populace at work or in sport.  A remedial Massage therapist is useful if you get relief from extended one on one manual therapy.

Who are your Remedial Therapists?

All of our Remedial Massage Therapists are health fund accredited and provide rebates to all Australian funds.

Our Remedial Therapists are listed on the side and you can click on their name to read more about them or go directly to the Book Now button to book a Remedial Treatment Online.

Only 1 hour bookings can be made online so please call us to book other session lengths. 

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Who are your Remedial Therapists?

Jo Lynagh

Roger Morelli

Dan Cullinan

Anna Dawson

Liza Markova

Gregor Hribar

Claire Stasse

Nicole Jackson

Can I claim on Hicaps?

Yes all Remedial therapists can cover all health funds.