Choose the massage style for your needs

Our caring, qualified Remedial therapists will assess your individual needs and tailor your treatment accordingly. We can provide Remedial, Sports, Pregnancy, Lymphatic Drainage, Seated & Corporate Massage. Our experienced team can help ease your pain and should you need more specialised treatment our Myotherapists can help. Read more about our Massage Services below.

What is remedial massage?

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.

We provide health fund rebates for remedial massage.

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What conditions can Remedial Massage treat?

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What can I expect in a treatment?

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.

Remedial Massage and Dry Needling

At times you may need more than just massage if persistent trigger points and knots are not responding to massage alone.Trigger points are areas within muscle tissue that have become contracted and banded together. 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.

Dry Needling is a very effective treatment for trigger points and you can combine Remedial massage and Dry Needling for even better results. Remedial massage is eligible for health fund rebates.

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Remedial Massage vs Deep Tissue

People often ask what the difference is between remedial massage vs deep tissue massage.

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Lets start with the differences

A deep tissue massage does not necessarily have to be provided by a qualified therapist (although in our opinion it should) You may or may not be able to claim on private health, it really depends on the qualifications of the therapist you see. A deep tissue massage may focus on more than a few areas of the body and be a general massage without any assessment or specific focus. Not all therapists that provide “deep tissue” will have the skills and knowledge to assess the issue and resolve the pain.

Now for the similarities

Remedial massage utilises deep tissue massage techniques to release the deeper layer of muscle and fascia. Techniques such as myofascial release, trigger point and cupping are shared between remedial and deep tissue. Remedial usually focusses on a few areas at a time and the treatment can also include other remedial techniques such as muscle energy technique, dry needling, and positional release. There is a lot of cross over between Deep Tissue and Remedial and the majority of the time you need a combination of both Remedial and deep tissue. All of our Remedial massage therapists are excellent at Deep Tissue Massage and they can provide health fund rebates. Therapists will tailor your treatment to your needs.

Remedial Massage for Pregnancy

Remedial massage for pregnancy is available with our remedial massage therapists and you can claim on your private health insurance if you have this as part of your cover. Pregnancy brings a lot of changes to the body and regular remedial massage during pregnancy will help with the following:

  • neck, shoulder, back, hip, and glute pain
  • sciatica
  • headaches
  • breathing restriction
  • general muscle tension, aching, knots and trigger points
  • aid in improved sleep
  • increase relaxation and decrease anxiety

Regular remedial treatments throughout pregnancy can be a great support as your therapist gets to know you and the needs of your body. For more information about pregnancy massage please go here.

Remedial Massage and Myotherapy

Myotherapy involves more advanced testing, assessment and treatment skills than remedial massage. Myotherapists can also draw on other more advanced techniques such as dry needling and electrotherapy, joint and nerve mobilisation techniques. corrective exercise, activated myofascial release.

Myotherapy shares some techniques with Remedial massage such as myofascial release, muscle energy technique & positional release, along with general deep tissue massage. Myotherapy is best for chronic conditions, nerve related pain, muscles strains and tears, injury recovery, tendonitis and RSI, sciatica and disc bulge and other more complex pain conditions.

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At Knead Massage Brisbane all of our therapists can provide on the spot rebates from your health fund – provided you have health cover that provides a rebate for massage or myotherapy.. We are registered with all Australian Health Funds.

Remedial Massage is useful to assist in injury recovery and works to reduce swelling through improved lymphatic function which has been proven to boost immune function.

After a qualified remedial massage treatment, you can expect:

  • Improved movement
  • less pain
  • less tension
  • a reduction in stress
  • reduced muscle stiffness and joint pain
  • studies have shown a reduction in stress and anxiety for a statistically significant period after treatment, as well as a reduction of blood pressure.

Massage is so profound because often its benefits are usually obvious straight away. as well as the management of diabetes.

Sciatica has many potential origin sites. Remedial massage can be very effective for sciatica with origins in the gluteal muscles and piriformis and some sciatic irritation that originates in the lumber spine.

There is nothing more efficient than expert remedial massage for relieving muscle tension quickly.

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.

Many conditions respond well to Remedial Massage including:

  • Neck tension
  • Tension headaches
  • Calf pain
  • Low back pain
  • Tight muscles – hips, glutes, hamstrings, shoulders
  • Knee cap pain (Patellofemoral pain)
  • Sciatica
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • TMD (tempro mandibular dysfunction – jaw pain)

There are braches of Remedial Massage such as Oncology Massage and Lymphatic Massage – which deal with the movement of fluids through the tissues in a way that encourages healing and the removal of waste products.

Not necessarily, but a firm Deep tissue massage can hurt – however, a qualified Remedial Massage Therapist is skilled at delivering outcomes with a minimum of discomfort to their client. Expert therapists are skilled at combining Remedial Massage Techniques with flowing relaxation techniques to reduce the shock to the body.

Remedial Massage is a hands on therapeutic modality that deals deals with the assessment and treatment of injuries and musculoskeletal conditions.

Remedial Massage involves the treatment of the nervous system, the muscles and fascia (connective tissue), ligaments and tendons.

Most commonly the techniques will be hands on massage type techniques such as:

  • Flowing Swedish techniques that relax the muscle and mind
  • 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

Remedial Massage involves the treatment of the nervous system, the muscles and fascia (connective tissue), ligaments and tendons. The brain perceives a physical stimulus through receptor organs in the skin, fascia and muscles and initiates a relaxation response to that “uncomfortable” stimulus – it goes something like this:

“This is uncomfortable – I’ll relax that tissue so it doesn’t feel uncomfortable.”

Remedial Massage is encouraging the brain/nervous system to relax the body.

Remedial Massage is a hands on therapeutic modality that deals with the assessment and treatment of injuries and musculoskeletal conditions.

Remedial Massage involves the treatment of the nervous system, the muscles and fascia (connective tissue), ligaments and tendons.

Most commonly the techniques will be hands on massage type techniques such as:

  • Flowing Swedish techniques that relax the muscle and mind
  • 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

There is nothing more efficient than expert remedial massage for relieving muscle tension quickly.

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.

Many conditions respond well to Remedial Massage including:

  • Neck tension
  • Tension headaches
  • Calf pain
  • Low back pain
  • Tight muscles – hips, glutes, hamstrings, shoulders
  • Knee cap pain (Patellofemoral pain)
  • Sciatica
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • TMD (tempro mandibular dysfunction – jaw pain)

Knead Massage Brisbane, we work hard to provide the bests remedial massage Brisbane. On the spot health care rebates and convenient location off the Queen St mall – Brisbane City.

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.