What is Remedial Massage?

Great question, you are probably in pain so I will summarize what is below and then go into more detail further down the page.

  • A systematic approach of treating the muscles, tendons, ligaments (soft tissue) of the body.
  • A thorough assessment is performed to understand where to focus throughout the treatment and/or sessions.
  • Exercizes can be prescribed, such as strengthening exercizes and release/stretches, such as trigger point therapy/rolling.

A Remedial Massage Therapist should have the following:

  • A thorough understanding of Anatomy and physiology
  • A thorough knowledge of Pathophysiology
  • A good understanding of biomechanics
  • A comprehensive knowledge of how to conduct a thorough assessment.
  • Good interpersonal skills, trustworthy, honest, and upstanding.

If you are still wondering ‘What is Remedial Massage’ or what techniques they perform that are different from say a Physiotherapist or Myotherapist, we know it can be confusing out there.

Typically a Remedial Therapist will utilize a number of different techniques and skill sets dependant on the client and the condition.

  • Myofascial Release – which is a slow and sustained type of massage stroke with not a lot of oil, which works on the fascia (connective tissue) of the body (and muscles/tendons/ligaments).  This is a very popular technique amongst therapists.
  • Active Release technique – this is similar to Myofascial Release but with the aid of movement of a joint at the same time.
  • Deep Tissue Massage – which is commonly known and used widely amongst therapists, which as its name suggests ‘Deep Tissue’.

I hope the above is beginning to answer your question ‘What is Remedial Massage’, if not read on.

What is the difference between Remedial Massage and Sports Massage?

Not much really, just the context could be different, Remedial generally covers a large broad range of conditions throughout the population, where Sports Massage covers Sports, Gym, etc.