What is a Remedial Massage?


What is Remedial Massage, what does it actually entail and why is it beneficial over other styles of massage? There seems to be a lot of confusion over what Remedial massage actually is so let’s break it down – :

  • It is definitely not just ‘a firm massage’. While a relaxation or deep tissue style massage when applied correctly has numerous health benefits, a Remedial Massage can offer so much more. This is why a Remedial Massage is the only type of massage eligible to claim on Private Health Insurance.
  • Remedial Massage by definition is the assessment and treatment of injuries, pain and musckuloskeletal conditions. It involves treatment to: muscles, fascia (connective tissue), ligaments and tendons which are prone to overuse, overloading, shortening and/or lengthening. It is designed to balance muscle/soft tissue length, tension and tone which will in turn promote the return to of normal joint/capsular/bone position and increase the flow of blood and lymph, particularly in the injured areas.
  • The purpose of the treatment is to identify the cause of the individual’s issue with examinations, postural analysis, muscle strength tests and specific orthopaedic tests. Then working specifically on the muscles, tendons and ligaments that are affected to achieve increased mobility, a decrease in pain and a decrease in tension.
What Techniques are used in a Remedial Massage?

Depending on the type of injury, pain or musculoskeletal condition a number of different treatment techniques can be used. These include:

~ Trigger Point Therapy – alleviation of trigger points

~ Myofascial Release – release for improving flexibility and mobility

~ Muscle Energy Technique – use of light contractions to alter joint restrictions and range

~ Positional Release Technique – positioning the muscle in comfort

~ Mobilisations – increase the range of motion within a joint or joint group

A Remedial treatment will also require participation by the client. Whether that be in the testing phase, during the treatment or in post treatment. It is therefore not a passive style treatment, but an active one where the individual is involved in the process and provides feedback. Some of the techniques can be quite slow at times because of the nature of the technique or the time taken for a muscle to release effectively. For most individuals this will be the relaxing part of the therapy.

How many Remedial Treatments should I have?

There are no hard and fast rules on ‘how many treatments will I need?’, however it is also important to have realistic expectations about what can be achieved in a single treatment. Duration is influenced by the age of the injury, the strength and condition of the surrounding muscles, postural habits and homework compliance. A common recommendation is an initial course of 3 treatments once a week, then fortnightly with the aim of moving to a maintenance stage. However each case is not the same so your recommendation may be different

A maintenance massage is such an important extension of Remedial Massage and really a must for societies’ modern lifestyle. A regularly scheduled massage helps to curb the build up of tension, improve muscle function and health, aids in stress relief and conducive for OPTIMUM WELLBEING.

Remedial Massage at Optimum Wellbeing, Gold Coast

Rebecca Pizzi is treating from Optimum Wellbeing, Worongary, Gold Coast. Rebecca is extremely experienced at Remedial Massage. Book in and start your journey to full health and healing now. Book Now


Optimum Wellbeing Osteopathic Clinic Gold Coast, ph. 5530 7921

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