Remedial massage and myotherapy are often mentioned together, but they have distinct therapeutic merits. While both are hands-on modalities used to heal musculoskeletal injuries and pain, the difference lies in their focus. Remedial massage is a safe, gentle, relaxing treatment that harnesses the body’s natural healing processes by encouraging blood and nutrient supply to restricted and injured muscles. This facilitation allows the nervous system to effectively heal the body.
Who can benefit from remedial massage?
- Those seeking a relaxing, gentle, natural treatment method of healing musculoskeletal injuries by harnessing the body’s own healing processes
- Those seeking to manage symptoms of chronic conditions such as arthritis and multiple sclerosis
- Those with niggling injuries
Services provided by Soaring Health remedial massage therapists:
- Soft tissue therapy
- Trigger point release
- Deep tissue
- Myofascial dry needling
Conditions that may be treated or managed with remedial massage
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Tension headache
- Jaw pain from bruxism (teeth grinding)
- Sports and physical activity-related injuries
- Lateral and medial elbow pain
- Frozen shoulder
What is remedial massage?
Remedial massage is a hands-on practice comprising various therapeutic techniques to promote healing from soft tissue damage (muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues) and relieve pain and discomfort. It may also be used to reduce recovery time and prevent sports-related injuries by optimising muscle elasticity.
How do I know if I need remedial massage?
If you’re involved in intensive athletic or sports training and/or competition, remedial massage may be useful for performance, recovery and injury prevention. In athletes and sportspeople suffering acute injury or activity-related pain, it may also alleviate pain and promote healing and recovery.
What conditions can a remedial massage therapist treat?
Some of the many injuries and conditions that may be treated or prevented with the aid of remedial massage include:
- Tennis elbow
- Frozen shoulder
- Swimmer’s shoulder
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Hamstring injuries
- Achilles tendon conditions/injuries
- Plantar fasciitis
- Shin splints
How does regular remedial massage help with performance and injury prevention?
For athletes, sportspeople and avid exercisers, regular remedial massage may both promote improved performance and reduce recovery time between sessions or from injury by helping to improve elasticity and flexibility in muscles and promoting muscle relaxation. Remedial massage may also prevent tight muscles from turning into an injury.
What’s the difference between remedial massage and
While there are some similarities in techniques and methods used by both myotherapy and remedial massage practitioners, a broad distinction may be drawn by comparing their primary treatment means. While myotherapy may draw on techniques such as dry needling, musculoskeletal alignment, deep tissue massage, cupping and muscle stretching to complement manual massage, remedial massage therapists work with manipulative massage techniques to alleviate muscle tension and promote relaxation.
What qualifications should I look for in a practitioner?
Check that your practitioner has completed a Diploma of Remedial Massage from an accredited Australian institution.