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Remedial Massage

What is Remedial Massage

Remedial massage is a holistic treatment;  that is, a treatment for the whole of the body, as well as the area being treated.  The primary aim of Remedial Massage is to find and treat the cause of the disorder, not only the symptoms. 

A remedial massage therapist studies anatomy, physiology, related pathology and the techniques of Swedish massage, heat and cold therapies, Kinesthetics and many other related fields.

At the initial consultation, your therapist will ask about your lifestyle, ie jobs, sport, age, eating and drinking habits, dress, posture, relevant hobbies, medical history etc.   This information. combined with a full examination,  helps the Remedial Massage therapist to determine the relevant application of treatment.

Remedial massage has short and long term effects on the body, bringing about the process of healing. It is one of the most effective and natural treatments for stress related conditions.  Some short term and long term effects are shown below.

Short term effects are:

  • to increase the blood flow, both in the area being massaged and generally
  • to increase the lymphatic flow to and from the area treated, reducing pain, swelling and inflammation and speeding up the body's own healing process
  • to relieve stress and tension, factors which are known to hinder healing or slow it down, and cause problems of their own
  • to reduce muscle tension, thereby improving the blood supply to an area
  • to increase muscle tone

Long term effects are:

  • improved general circulation
  • balance of the muscles and joints, leading to a better state of health
  • breaking down of scar or fibrous tissue, restoring elasticity to the joints
  • greater mobility within the joints of the body
  • overall relief of stress
  • greater immunity to further injuries of the same area

What kind of ailments benefit from Remedial Massage treatment?

Here are just a few conditions that will benefit from Remedial Massage treatment:

  • stress related disorders such as migraines, frozen shoulders, neurasthenia, nervous exhaustion, headaches, aches and pains related to stress
  • sports and accidental injuries, sprains, strains etc.
  • post pregnancy and post surgery
  • long term disorders such as temporary or permanent paralysis, post stroke, arthritis, poly-arthritic disorders
  • abdominal problems such as cramps, irritable bowels, constipation
  • back pain and shoulder problems

The healing power of touch

Touch is a most effective form of healing.  The energy which flows through the hands can refresh, regenerate and revitalise.  Massage brings about beneficial physical and psychological changes and restores balance to the body as a whole.

A well trained remedial massage therapist's touch may be as effective a treatment as medicines or surgery and often doctors will refer a patient to a massage therapist.

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