What is Remedial Massage Therapy?
When muscles and tendons become damaged or impaired, knotted and tense or
immobile, remedial massage provides a healing treatment that can be gentle or strong, deep or shallow.
Remedial massage treats the body holistically, tracing the discomfort as far as possible back to the original cause, healing both the cause as well as the symptoms.
“The aim of remedial massage is to find and treat the cause of the disorder, not only the symptoms”
Benefits of Remedial Massage:
- Stimulation to the blood supply allowing toxins in the muscles to be removed
- The calming of the peripheral nervous system to ease pain and discomfort
- Improved health of the cells
- Repairing of tissues
- Easing of stiffness and tension
- Toning and relaxing of muscles to improve joint mobility
Muscular and skeletal dysfunctions often addressed with remedial massage include
fibrositis, spondylitis, arthritis, frozen shoulder, muscular cramps, whiplash, muscular
atrophy, sports and dancing injuries. Although a single massage will be enjoyable and beneficial, the effects of massage are cumulative and a course of massage treatments in conjunction with stretching, strengthening exercises and breaking bad habits (prolonged sitting at a desk, lifting incorrectly etc) will bring the most benefits.
Massage and sport
Massage plays a part in every form of sport or exercise. It can increase endurance,
control fatigue and help people feel better when used as part of a regular health
Massage can also speed muscle recovery rates as it eliminates irritation from waste. By helping reduce fatigue and aid recovery, massage enables more productive training with longer, more effective workouts. The ultimate spin-offs are better performance with fewer injuries.
Massage and injuries
Massage also helps recovery from soft tissue injuries such as sprains and strains.
Everybody experiences some form of stress through work, family, the environment and society. Mental tensions, frustrations and insecurity cause the most damage. Hormones released by stress actually shrink the vessels, inhibiting circulation.
A stressed mind and body means the heart works harder. Breathing becomes rapid and shallow and digestion slows. Nearly every body process is degraded. Studies show stress can cause migraines, hypertension (high blood pressure), depression, some peptic ulcers, etc. In fact, researchers have estimated 80% of disease is stress related. Soothing and relaxing massage therapy can counteract the effects of stress.
What Injuries can massage treat?
- Headaches & migraines
- Frozen shoulder
- Sore shoulder and neck
- Back pain & sciatica
- Tennis and golfers elbow
- Sprains, strains and tears
- Over-use injuries
- Shin splints
Remedial Massage provides a healing treatment and can have the effect of
strengthening and toning the entire body mechanism and so help to prevent
unnecessary strains and injuries.
Incorporating specialised techniques to locate and repair damage to muscles, tendons and joints, massage has the ability to restore your body physically, mentally and spiritually.
What is Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep Tissue Massage targets the deep tissue structure of the fascia and muscles, referred to as connective tissue. Of the many types of massage, deep tissue focuses on the release of muscle tension and chronic knots (aka adhesions).
Deep tissue massage can break up and eliminate scar tissue from previous injuries. A common problem is that stressed muscles can block nutrients and oxygen from getting to where they need to go, and this will cause inflammation that allows toxins to build up in your muscle tissue. The inflammation and toxins contribute to pain and stress. Deep Tissue Massage breaks up and releases the built-up toxins by loosening the muscles. With the toxins released, blood and oxygen can circulate as they should through one’s body. Being properly hydrated before you go to your physical therapy appointment and drinking plenty of water after one of these treatments is highly recommended.
There may be some soreness after a deep tissue massage; however, the soreness should go away within a day or two. The massage should not hurt but will be a little more uncomfortable than a classic massage.
A good way to recover from a Deep Tissue Massage is by soaking in a warm bath with Epsom salt. This soaking is recommended because it will help get more of the toxins out of your body (Epsom salt draws the toxins out into the water).
For built-up tension and chronic knots (adhesions) deep tissue massage is just one part of the treatment. If you do not exercise, correct your posture, and/or employ relaxation techniques along with Deep Tissue Massage you may not get the full benefits from your treatment. One of the most important things to remember to do when getting a Deep Tissue Massage is to breathe deeply during the session and while relaxing afterwards. Oxygenating the muscles will help the massage do its work and ease discomfort.