What is Remedial Massage? Your Complete Guide

What is Remedial Massage? Your Complete Guide

By Olga Popkova

As a Remedial Massage Therapist, people usually ask me:

“What is remedial massage?”

“Is it the same as a relaxing massage?”

“How can it help me?”

To start with, remedial massage is an effective form of healing treatment that reduces pain and tension. It works by relieving muscle pressure and addressing tendon and ligament problems.

Remedial massage goes beyond treating any aches and pains; it traces the discomfort to the original cause, thereby healing the cause of your ailment and the symptoms i.e. tension headaches from stress. It also assists your body’s natural healing process.

What is the relationship between remedial massage and natural medicine?

Remedial massage and natural medicine involve holistic work. Both treatments work together to achieve optimal health results and general wellbeing.

Just like natural medicine, remedial massage incorporates gentle, therapeutic, and natural techniques that involve the body and mind.

Is remedial massage the same as a relaxation massage?

Remedial massage is different from a relaxation massage.

Relaxation massage is used to de-stress the body and loosen it. Unlike remedial massage which uses various techniques to ease pain and discomfort, relaxation massage requires the use of various techniques such as gliding strokes, kneading, and gentle manipulations of your muscles to help your body relax and unwind.

Remedial massage treatments combine assessment with treatment. This means before a remedial massage treatment, I will ask you about your medical history. I may also do some postural tests, a range of motion tests, and some specialised tests to pinpoint the area in your body that needs more work.

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What techniques are used in remedial massage?

Several techniques are used in remedial massage to give you pain relief and to help your body heal itself. Some of them are:

How can remedial massage help you?

Remedial massage is used to treat a wide range of conditions. Do you suffer from any of these problems? Remedial massage can help you with them.

  • Sports injuries
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Tension headaches
  • Muscular spasms and cramps
  • Muscle sprains and strains
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Plantar fasciitis

How frequently do I need to have a remedial massage treatment done?

Pain is divided into two categories: acute pain and chronic pain.

Acute pain is short-term pain while chronic pain is any pain that has lasted longer than twelve weeks. Chronic pain usually lasts for months or even longer, and it is more complex than acute pain.

Your frequency of treatments will depend on the type of pain you have.

If you have a new injury or acute injury, the problem can be solved within a few treatment sessions.

However, if you have a chronic condition such as fibromyalgia, your treatment will last longer. You will often need to come back for maintenance massage for pain relief.

Since every body and every condition is different, I will let you know approximately how many treatments you may need to get better.

What types of treatment sessions does East West Natural Medicine Group offer at Baldivis?

We have three different treatment sessions available at our Baldivis clinic. Remedial massage treatments are eligible for health refund rebates.

  • 30 minute massage treatment: This treatment session is recommended for the maintenance of a specific body area such as the back, neck, and legs.
  • 60 minute massage treatment: This is usually recommended for a full body Swedish massage or Sports massage. The first 5-10 minutes of the treatment session is spent assessing your posture and your range of motion for your area of complaint. If necessary, orthopaedic tests may be done.
  • 90 minute massage treatment: We recommend this treatment for a full body relaxation or Swedish massage treatment, sports massage, or remedial massage. The first 5-10 minutes of the treatment session is spent assessing your posture and your range of motion for your area of complaint. If necessary, orthopaedic tests may be done.

How can I book an appointment?

You can book your appointment here or call us at 1300 00 WELL (9355) to book your appointment.