What does a Remedial Massage Therapist do?
Typically a Remedial Massage Therapist specializes in treating injuries, muscolo-skeletal pain in the body, sporting injuries and rehab programs. RMT’s require a Diploma in Remedial Massage to be able to apply for Health Fund status from all the Private Health Funds in Australia. Typically a Diploma is full-time study from 1-2 years at a TAFE, University or Private College.
Remedial Massage Therapists must belong to an association to comply with strict guidelines to be able to practice in Australia.
Some of the types of techniques a Remedial Massage Therapist use are Deep Tissue, MET’s, PNF, MFR, ART, Dry Needling, and many others.
How long does it take to study Remedial Massage?
Remedial Massage Therapists take a thorough history via a new client form, that asks detailed questions about the client’s history, such as accidents, surgeries, injuries, family history, etc to collect as much data as they can to better equip them to make an informed decision when building and compiling the TREATMENT PLAN.
Once the client form has been filled out, typically the therapist will ask a number of questions to the client about why they have decided to come in, what is bothering them, and how they can help. Once the therapist knows the goals, wants, desires of the client, tests are conducted, such as special, orthopedic and others. Posture is analyzed, so is Gait in some cases. There is a lot of data collected before a treatment plan is designed.
Typically the Treatment Plan is tailored specifically to the client based on the data that has been collected
The Treatment plan will consist of release exercises, suchas stretches, trigger point release such as foam rolling and strengthening exercises or activations eg glute bridges.
Typically a Remedial Therapist will recommend a number of sessions to achieve the goals decided on both parties, sometimes the client will be referred to other practitioners such as Chiropractors, Exercise Physiologists, Personal Trainers, and or Physiotherapists to assist with the overall health plan for the client.