About Remedial Massage

Remedial Massage is used for both muscular and skeletal problems as well as benefiting the circulatory and respiratory systems. It also aids the body’s healing and repair processes, restoring structural balance and preventing a recurrence of the problem.

Not only can Remedial Massage help to heal an injury, but it is also extremely useful in preventing the injury from occurring in the first place. This is done by using specialised massage techniques to manipulate the soft tissues of the body.

Remedial Massage can help with an enormous range of complaints and conditions, helping to prevent intrusive surgery and long term medication. Also, in a general sense, the processes of massage are seen to relieve stress and tension and so contribute towards a better quality of life. Reducing stress and tension can also promote a better quality of sleep. Good sleep is important to the healing process.

A typical treatment will consist of a consultation and examination from which I can determine the origin and extent of your injury or problem. From there, the massage session usually takes around 30 minutes depending on the nature of the problem and you as an individual. This will usually be followed by a series or movements or manipulations to help stretch your muscles and return them to full health. We may also discuss simple changes you could make to improve your diet, sleep and posture, as well as activities to try help you get better, and prevent any further problems in the future.

There are many many things that Remedial and Sports massage can treat and each person will likely have a different recovery time. When you first come in for treatment we will discuss the likely time span of your treatment plan and continually re-evaluate as the treatment progresses.

Importantly, your recovery time can be reduced by following simple lifesyle advice and by us working together to provide your body with the best environment for recovery outside of the treatment room. This is an extremely important part of the process as the treatment it self provides the basis for recovery, however the recovery itself will occur between appointments.

BENEFITS OF REMEDIAL MASSAGE

Increases blood flow to the injured area:

This allows a faster transportation of nutrients and cells needed in the healing process to the site of the injury.

Increased lymphatic flow:

The lymphatic system carries waste and debris away from the site of an injury. It is also responsible for swelling which puts pressure on nerve endings, causing pain. The more quickly the lymphatics can flow and drain away, the more quickly the swelling and pain will reduce.

Reduced stress:

Stress and tension hinder the healing process and disrupts sleep at night, the time your body works best at recovering from injury.

Reduced tension:

Quite simply, the more tense and tight a muscle is, the less blood is able to flow in and out of it. Blood contains all the oxygen and nutrients your muscles need to operate healthily. A restriction in the blood flow both causes and results in aches and pains and creates susceptibility to injury.

Breaks down scar tissue and fibrous adhesions:

When an past injury heals of its own accord, fibrous tissue can develop at the site of the original problem. Using specialised remedial techniques, this fibrous tissue can be broken down allowing joints and muscles to move more freely and therefore increasing mobility. It will also reduce any pain created by restriction of or friction on the tissues around these joints or muscles.