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Remedial massage is a type of complementary therapy which focuses on assessing and treating muscles that are damaged, tense, impaired, knotted, or immobile. It is effective against a number of problems affecting the muscles, bones, fascia, ligaments, and tendons.
The main purpose of remedial massage is to identify the underlying cause of the musculo-skeletal condition and then specifically work on the affected area to achieve a significant change. The change includes reduced pain, improved mobility, less tension, or a combination. Remedial massage can either be deep or shallow, gentle or strong, depending on the problem to be addressed.
Before the massage starts, the therapist will ask the patient about his or her health and lifestyle. This will help in determining the cause of the problem and trace and locate the target area. Then, the patient lies on the massage table, with towels covered, for privacy and to keep him or her warm. Creams or essential oils can be used to help them in massaging the skin smoothly. Also, these will help them to deeply penetrate the muscles in discomfort and the mobilisation of the joints.
A number of different techniques will be used to locate and repair the damaged areas of the body. They will apply deep pressure on the muscles associated with the problem. They might also add some stretching on different parts of the body.
A session of remedial usually takes around 30 minutes to an hour depending on the specific area to be addressed or a whole body massage is to be given.
Several specialised techniques are used by therapists to help them locate and repair damage and manipulate the muscles and soft tissues. The most common types of remedial massage techniques are: trigger point therapy and petrissage movements. They also use passive stretching moves.
Remedial massage has several key benefits which include:
Additionally, remedial massage helps in addressing common problems such as:
Other health problems that are treated using remedial massage include
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