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Remedial Massage is a treatment modality that manipulates the soft tissues of the body including movement for a specific therapeutic effect, rather than a general therapeutic effect. It uses relevant techniques, lubricants and movements according to the client’s needs and response. This leads to the healing process, which begins at the cellular level aiding soft tissues in repairing, restoring functional integrity and adapting back to health.
The actual treatment intervention, such as massage, e.g. application of adequate and appropriate pressure to the soft tissues of the body including movement is only a part – though a highly significant part – of the whole process. The intellectual reasoning that proceeds, accompanies and follows the treatment is essential and complex.
The accredited remedial massage therapist honours the professional practice protocol to bring about the specific individualized therapeutic change with clinical reasoning.
When remedial massage is practiced at this professional level, rather than a technical level (which lacks adequate educational investigation) it is influenced by a number of intellectual activities: It is directed by the initial assessment of the client, modified to suit the needs of the individual, and adapted in the light of each individual’s response. The quality of the decisions made using this sophisticated clinical reasoning will determine the quality of the treatment.
Remedial Massage has particular success with long-standing back and compound injuries that have resisted previous treatment attempts. Once a serious injury is properly healed, further treatment is only needed if another injury is sustained. Sportsmen and women attend regularly to ensure that unnoticeably small injuries are treated before they reduce performance and become debilitating. Recurrent injuries are injuries that have never been effectively treated.
Some common conditions that can be successfully treated are:
- Achilles Tendon
- Shin Splints
- Groin Strain
- Cartilage damage
- Tennis Elbow
- Frozen Shoulder
- Hamstring Injuries
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Scar tissue
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Repetitive Strain Injury
It is an unusual form of massage in that it does not set out to relax the patient; the intention is more to fix a mechanical problem. However all-round health improvement is seen: better sleep, increase in vitality and performance levels, as well as increased mobility
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