Remedial Massage in Sassafras, The heart of the Dandenong Ranges

The treatment of muscles, fascia and ligaments to achieve a specific outcome

 Remedial massage is very different to relaxation  or deep tissue. If you are requesting a remedial massage its because  there is an injury or Chronic Pain issue. You can get referred by your  GP, Physiotherapist, Chiropractor, Naturopath and many other health  practitioners or just book direct. 

You will spend some time in the  treatment session going through a series of assessments. The  practitioner will be working out the root cause of the issue and create a  treatment plan. We recommend that you book a 90 minute session for your  initial consult so the practitioner can create a detailed treatment  plan. 

You will have a series of treatments and it is recommended  that you have at least 1-4 treatments regularly to ensure recovery. If  you have a Private Health Fund you may also be eligible for a rebate on a  portion of your massage or even the total amount. It is recommended  that you check your policy to find out what you are entitled to claim. 

We  also suggest for a remedial treatment you wear singlet/ sports clothes/  leggings/ comfortable clothing that is not baggy or restrictive as the  practitioner may need to conduct some observations or stretching. You  may also be shown some exercises to continue at home. 

​During a  remedial treatment there is usually has more upbeat music and you will  need to communicate to the therapist and may be asked to do some  specific movements.

Some examples Remedial Massage may assist with:

Chronic Pain

Sporting Injury

Injury Rehab

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Headaches, Tension and Neck Pain

Rotator Cuff Injury and  Frozen Shoulder

Repetitive Strain Injury

Tenis Elbow/ Golfers Elbow

Lower Back Pain

Plantar Fasciitis  

Tibial Stress Syndrome or "Shin Splints" 


What to Expect:

The initial consult will consist of the  practitioner taking a full health assessment. We strongly recommend this  initial consult is 90 minutes then 60 minute treatments thereafter. 

You  will complete a detailed health form to ascertain any contradictions or  risk factors. You will be asked questions about the pain and injury  such as;

​How long have you felt the pain and what type of pain is it? (dull/ sharp/ stabbing)

Is is more painful in the AM or PM

What causes the pain and what relieves it (stretching/ rest/ ice/ heat)

The nature of the injury

Treatments already given

Medication you are taking

Daily activities you participate in such as  hobbies, sports, exercise and occupation

The Therapist may then conduct a series of assessments:

Postural Analysis 

Gait Analysis 

Range of Motion Testing

Muscle Tests 

Special Tests (finding what relieves/ irritates the pain)

Movement observations (such as watching how you perform a squat/ raise your arms up/ Turn your head)​


 Sometimes remedial massage can be a little  painful for a short time. However remember if you are in pain you must  advise the Therpaist immediately what it feels like and the pain scale  (1 to 10 bearing in mind we do not want anything over 8/10)

If you are feeling pain the muscles contract and we cannot work easily with tense muscles so communication is important. 

Everyone  has a different pain scale, and sometimes it isn't appropriate to  always have too strong a massage especially in the case of injury or  certain health conditions and medications- in particular if you are  taking blood thinners. It is vital that if you ever get a deep tissue  treatment that you let the massage therapist know if you have blood  clots, stroke, aneurisms, heart bypass as these maybe  contraindications. 

A few examples of Remedial techniques: 

PNF- resisted stretching to create increased Range of Motion and release 

MET - Muscle Energy Technique uses the functional movement of the muscle in a gentle resisted stretch 

Trigger  Point Therapy - concentrated pressure with a finger or elbow on a  trigger point, you may also be asked to move the muscles functionally

Deep Tissue - Accessing deeper layers of muscles usually using elbows and forearms 

Myofascial Techniques- a very gentle, slow and effective way to the fascia. Usually a Myo Balm is used

 MLD  - Manual Lymphatic Drainage is used for inflammation/ Oedema/  Lymphodemia is especially used in elderly massage or where Lymph nodes  have been removed

Exercise prescription- you may be asked to do  some exercise to target specific muscles to assist with rehab and  postural issues. These also usually require a resistance band which will  will supply to the client if required. 

Homework- yes there will usually be homework! Just as you would expect from when you visit a Physiotherapist  

We look forward to seeing you at our relaxing clinic in Sassafras, the Dandenong Ranges. 

Don't put up with Chronic pain anymore

Please  ask our practitioners any questions or concerns during the treatment as  communication is the best way to get the most from your treatment.