Remedial massage therapy is the treatment and assessment of pain and dysfunction. It involves the treatment of 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 and these may include posture, biomechanical, 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 (myotherapist, osteopaths, podiatrists etc) then we will refer you to the most appropriate person. Otherwise we will treat accordingly.
Lower back pain
Neck and shoulder pain
Muscle strains and sprains
Knots and tension
The purpose of remedial massage is to identify causes of pain and treat accordingly. Participation will be required by the client either in the testing phase, during 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 and trigger point needs to be done slowly to achieve the best result. 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.
Senior Remedial Therapist (Jo Lynagh, Liza Makova, Roger Morelli)
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It’s best to wear clothing that is comfortable and you can move in this makes the assessment phase easier. If you don’t have this don’t worry, we can supply some shorts and a t-shirt to wear during the assessment phase. If you have any scans, x rays or information about your condition you can bring this along as well.
A general deep tissue massage won’t involve the same level of assessment and is usually just for generalized muscle soreness and tension. Remedial focuses on the cause and often site of pain. In reality there is often a crossover of techniques and a mix of the two styles is used.
Remedial also uses
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.
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. They may choose to refer you to a Myotherapist if the injury requires this.
As a rule of thumb if you have had a condition or injury for a while 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.
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 that needs to be addressed regularly. As a result, stress management exercises are very important.
Think of maintenance massage as your monthly physical, mental and emotional tuneup.
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There is nothing as satisfying as a good Deep Tissue Treatment! Deep Tissue draws from Remedial and Swedish and is best suited to general aching and tension, rather than acute pain where you have lack of mobility with pain. If you experience these kinds of symptoms a Remedial Massage or Myotherapy Treatment will be a better option.
Sports massage is a term used for massage either pre or post workout or event, but it has come to be used as a term by active people for a massage that addresses tension, knots, doms as well as event preparation and recovery. Massage techniques will change depending on whether it is a pre or post event massage, and will be tailored for your particular event, training schedule and goals.
Flush metabolic waste
Breakdown scar tissue and fibrous areas
Increase nutrient delivery to muscles increasing recovery time
Decrease pain and tension
Event prep or recovery
Trigger Point therapy
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Trigger points are areas within muscle tissue that have become contracted and banded together. As the chart above demonstrates Trigger Points are either Active or Latent. Active points can radiate pain to other areas of the body, even areas that are not directly aligned with the trigger point. They can also stimulate the release of sensitizing chemicals into muscle increasing pain. If you have active trigger points in the neck, for example you may experience headaches.
Latent means they are present but don’t cause pain, however they will cause tension, lack of mobility and weakness in the muscle.
Pressure is applied to the TP and we use a pain scale to assess discomfort where 1 is the lowest and 10 the highest. We won’t go above a 7 out of 10 for discomfort. The point is held until it drops to a 2-3 out of 10. Often a pulsing will be felt by the therapist or we feel the tissue relaxing under pressure.
Sometimes a TP may not release or only partially, often because there is another close by. It may also mean the tissue needs some other type of technique such as cross fibre or Dry Needling. Dry Needling is the insertion of fine filament needle into the point in order to stimulate the pulse response. Therapists use this when the TP is particularly difficult, where the client may be larger and the tissue harder to work with or when muscle is extremely contracted. Only trained therapists use this method.
It is not exactly known why they occur however Poor posture especially whilst working at the computer or studying and holding positions where some muscles are overworked whilst others are under utilised is thought to be a major factor. As women are more prone than men to develop tp it is thought that hormones can play a part. There is also research into the mineral balance and the way cells produce and store ionized calcium. Whatever the reasons the good news is that massage is a very effective treatment for Trigger Points and can quickly ease pain and increase range of motion.
Cross fibre: is the manual manipulation of tissue across the direction of the fibres. The point is to spread fibres apart, break down scar tissue and adhesions and reduce the stickiness of fascia allowing muscles and tendons to glide past each other more easily.
Stretching: once trigger points have been released, general muscle tension decreased and blood flow increased stretching helps to lock in the changes in the tissue. It increases the mobility of the fibres and helps to change the muscle memory that develops when muscles are contracted for a long period of time or held in the same position or not used properly over time. It is also a good opportunity for us to educate our clients in treatment on the kind of stretches that will benefit them after treatment.
We will provide a stretching routine for your issue or at home exercises or both should you want these. We also recommend to increase your water intake, avoid alcohol for the rest of the day and have an epsom salt bath after treatment to fully enhance the treatment received.