What is remedial massage and how can it help with pain and injury?

Remedial massage therapy is a treatment oriented therapy which deals with the assessment and treatment of injuries and musculo-skeletal conditions. It involves the treatment of the muscles, fascia (connective tissue), ligaments and tendons which are prone to overuse, overloading, shortening or lengthening and this can produce all kinds of aches, pains and injuries


A client's complaint is assessed via the most appropriate tests according to the person's situation. This may include posture, bio-mechanical, range of movement, and neural tests. These tests help identify the most likely cause of pain or injury.

If the assessment is consistent with pain or injury that is better dealt with by another health professional (musculo-skeletal therapist, osteopaths, podiatrists etc) then we will refer you to the most appropriate person. Otherwise we will treat accordingly.

Treatment Modalities

Depending on the pain or injury a number of techniques or treatment modalities may be used during a treatment. Most commonly the techniques will be hands on massage type techniques such as

  • Trigger Point therapy: for alleviation of trigger points
  • Direct Myofascial Release: for improving flexibility and mobility
  • Muscle Energy Technique (MET): is now a common technique used by a number of therapies. Osteopaths designed the technique around 100 years ago. MET is the use of light contractions by the client in very specific directions to alter joint restrictions and range.
  • What can I expect in a treatment?

    The purpose of Remedial massage is to attempt to identify the cause of an issue and then work specifically on the muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia that are affected to achieve a change. The change may be in improved mobility, lessened pain, less tension or a combination.

    A remedial treatment will therefore be focussed and require participation by the client. Whether this be in the testing phase, during the treatment or in post treatment advice or all 3. It is therefore not a passive treatment but rather an active one where you will need to do as the therapist requests and provide feedback. Remedial work can at times be quite slow as techniques such as myofascial release need to be done slowly to achieve the best result. Trigger points can also take time to release down to the level needed to be effective. For clients used to receiving a general all over massage this can be a unexpected change.

    Sometimes they may leave the treatment feeling as though they did not "get their full massage" and so it is important to understand that remedial is a treatment designed to focus on a few areas at a time.

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

    Absolutely and this is the more common way therapists will treat. We don't necessarily need remedial massage everywhere and you may still want the nice elements of relaxation included. Techniques are often blended into a massage depending on what you present with. However you need to have 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 1 hour.

    I have an injury, how many Remedial treatments will I need to have?

    The therapist would need to assess the situation and it would be influenced by how old the injury was, the strength and condition of surrounding muscles, the types of things you do regularly with your body etc, and how prepared you are to follow through on the stretches and/or strengthening exercises provided.

    However as a rule of thumb if you have had a condition for a while or an injury then expect to have 3 treatments one week apart, then to drop back to fortnightly for a few more with an assessment by the therapist to check progress. The aim is to decrease or eliminate pain, improve mobility and get you to a maintenance massage stage.

    What is maintenance massage?

    A regularly scheduled massage usually monthly to stop the build up of tension, improve muscle function and health, release stress and keep you in good shape. Really this is what everyone in the modern world should be having for their health and wellbeing! The stress placed on bodies from sitting for long periods or repetitive work needs to be addressed regularly.

    Think of maintenance massage as your monthly physical, mental and emotional tuneup.

    Where to from here, who are your Remedial therapists?

    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 on 3003 0801 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.