Remedial massage is the systematic assessment and treatment of the muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues of the body to assist in rehabilitation, pain and injury management. It’s performed to create favourable conditions for the body to return to normal health after injury and is defined by the premise that the treatment can reasonably reverse certain physical effects a patient may be presenting. If a patient has suffered a moderate injury resulting in structural pain and/or loss of function, then remediation is required to reduce or eliminate pain and restore that function. Remedial massage is designed to balance muscle/soft tissue length, tension, tone which will in turn promote the return to normal joint/capsular/bone position; increase the flow of blood and lymph, particularly in the injured areas, thus removing blockages, damaged cells, scar tissue and adhesions resulting from injury.
Regular Sessions of Remedial Massage Have Tremendous Benefits
Circulatory and Lymphatic Systems
Remedial massage encourages blood flow to the tissue being treated by stimulating the circulatory system. As the lymphatic system works in close proximity to the circulatory system, the massage will promote reduced pain and swelling by improving your lymphatic flow.
Remedial massage has a direct impact on the muscular system by stretching tight muscles, relaxing and releasing overused muscles, reducing spasms and muscular cramping, as well as assisting in tissue regeneration.
It has been proven that remedial massage can promote a decrease in cortisol, which is produced when we experience pain and stress. Massage also promotes an increased level of serotonin and dopamine, which improves your mood, relaxation, and assists in relieving pain. This can also have a follow-on effect by reducing anxiety while enhancing sleep, concentration and energy levels.
By working on the muscles around a joint, remedial massage can increase joint range of motion and assist in increasing joint strength and stabilisation.