is a treatment modality that manipulates the soft tissues of the body including movement for a specific therapeutic effect, rather than a general therapeutic effect. It uses relevant techniques, lubricants and movements according to the client’s needs and response. This leads to the healing process, which begins at the cellular level aiding soft tissues in repairing, restoring functional integrity and adapting back to health.
Remedial massage is a deep Tissue massage done by a trained massage therapist, to create the conditions for the body’s return to normal health after injury or with muscular-skeletal disorders. It is used to treat chronic muscular-skeletal imbalances, strains, sprains, broken bones, bruising or any injury where the skin is intact. Deep tissue massage removes blockages, damaged cells, scar tissue and adhesions  left after injury, speeds up recovery and encourages more complete healing. Remedial massage is also used for conditions created by lifestyle for example Repetitive strain injury and Back pain. It is designed to increase the flow of blood and lymph, particularly in the injured areas.
It is often successful where other forms of treatment have failed!
During treatment there is tenderness in areas that are being treated, it indicates which muscles and tendons are injured. Tenderness may last for few days thereafter, Bruising may occur due to circulation issue at times.. The therapist uses the patient's feedback to pinpoint the damaged tissue and to regulate pressure.
The results are usually immediate; certainly within 3 sessions a big improvement will be seen with a skillful practitioner. Most patients feel a difference after 1 session. A recent injury, perhaps within weeks, will react and recover more quickly than a long-term injury, some up to 40 years. However they will all see improvement. It is remarkable in that patients find themselves spontaneously being able to do things they thought that they couldn’t.
Remedial Massage has particular success with long-standing back and compound injuries that have resisted previous treatment attempts. Once a serious injury is properly healed, further treatment is only needed if another injury is sustained. Sportsmen and women attend regularly to ensure that unnoticeably small injuries are treated before they reduce performance and become debilitating. Recurrent injuries are injuries that have never been effectively treated.
Some common conditions that can be successfully treated are: Achilles Tendon, Tendinitis, Shin Splints, Groin Strain, Cartilage damage, Tennis Elbow, Frozen Shoulder, Hamstring Injuries, Plantar Fasciitis, Scar tissue, Adhesions, Whiplash, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and Repetitive Strain Injury.
It is an unusual form of massage in that it does not set out to relax the patient; the intention is more to fix a mechanical problem. However all-round health improvement is seen: better sleep, increase in vitality and performance levels, as well as increased mobility.
It can also be used to treat general muscle soreness from over exertion.
While remedial massage can relieve pain, treat muscle soreness, increase range of motion & provide soft tissue release the treatment can be painful & uncomfortable. This treatment is not a relaxation treatment or a luxury spa treatment, it is a therapeutic clinical treatment designed to get individual case specific results.
Remedial massage is often used by athletes but is equally effective for non-sports people. For accidents such as falling down stairs,while on water slide injuries or road traffic accidents, it is very effective.
Many debilitating conditions that people associate with age can be traced back to an old injury and treated successfully with a return of free movement and strength.
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