WHAT IS REMEDIAL MASSAGE THERAPY?
Remedial massage is the systematic assessment and treatment of the muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues of the body. It aims to assist in rehabilitation, pain and injury management often using a range of massage-based techniques to optimise muscle function.
Remedial massage is a key component of sports medicine, but is beneficial for anyone suffering from pain or injury in a particular area of the body.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF REMEDIAL MASSAGE
Beyond the direct muscle release that can occur during a remedial treatment there are a number of other health benefits including:
- Promoting relaxation
- Generalised pain relief
- Improved heart regulation
- Improved recovery times for exercise and injuries
- Reduction in the symptoms of depression or anxiety
- Improved joint mobility and freeing up tense structures
WHAT DOES A REMEDIAL MASSAGE APPOINTMENT INVOLVE?
The therapist treating you during a Remedial Massage session will have a minimum of a Diploma-level qualification equating to 12months of full time study. Therapists also have to complete 20+hours a year of continued study to remain with their association and keep up with current trends in the industry.
During your appointment your therapist may conduct a number of assessment and palpation techniques to give them an understanding of the issues at hand and any underlying problems. As this is a very physical style of therapy the therapist will likely need to uncover parts of the body to provide direct access to areas that need to be treated.
All therapists are taught effective towel draping techniques and will aim to make you as comfortable as possible during your treatment.
HOW DOES REMEDIAL MASSAGE DIFFER FROM RELAXATION MASSAGE?
Relaxation/Swedish massage is designed to promote relaxation through the use of gentle hands-on techniques that are useful in helping to de-stress and unwind. The techniques used generally include long, flowing strokes, gentle kneading and gentle muscle manipulations at the pressure of your choice.
Remedial massage, on the other hand, aims to treat muscular pain and injuries. Your remedial massage therapist will feel for muscle knots and areas of increased tension or overactivity before using a combination of muscle kneading, trigger point release, stretching and myofascial release techniques to treat the areas of pain.
At Anytime Physio our Remedial Massage Therapists work with our experienced Physiotherapists, learning advanced techniques and improved palpation skills.
Private Health Insurance
Remedial massage therapy is eligible for health fund rebates while relaxation massages are not. Anytime Physio has HICAPS terminals at all of our clinics. This means that you can claim on the spot and only pay the gap.