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:
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Headaches, Tension and Neck Pain
Rotator Cuff Injury and Frozen Shoulder
Repetitive Strain Injury
Tenis Elbow/ Golfers Elbow
Lower Back Pain
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:
Range of Motion Testing
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.
Please ask our practitioners any questions or concerns during the treatment as communication is the best way to get the most from your treatment.