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WHAT IS REMEDIAL MASSAGE?

Remedial massage is a deep massage performed to create the conditions for the body's return to normal health after injury. It is used to treat strains, sprains, broken bones, bruising, and injury where the skin is intact. Deep tissue massage removes blockages, damaged cells; scar tissue and adhesions left after injury, speeds up recovery and encourages more complete healing. Remedial massage is also used for conditions created by lifestyle for example Repetitive strain injury and Back pain. It is designed to increase the flow of blood and lymph, particularly in the injured areas.

During treatment there is tenderness in areas that are being treated, it indicates which muscles and tendons are injured. The therapist uses the patient's feedback to pinpoint the damaged tissue and to regulate pressure. The results are usually immediate; certainly within 3 sessions a big improvement will be seen with a skilful practitioner. Most patients feel a difference after 1 session. A recent injury, perhaps within weeks, will react and recover more quickly than a long-term injury, some up to 40 years. However they will all see improvement.

With many years' of knowledge and experience the practitioner gains a clear understanding of treating sports and traumatic injuries. They will work with patients while they increase their activity levels back to normal once again. It is remarkable in that patients find themselves spontaneously being able to do things they thought that they couldn't.

 

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.

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.

 

Remedial massage is often used by athletes but is equally effective for non-sports people. For accidents such as falling down stairs or road traffic accidents, it is very effective. Many debilitating conditions that people associate with age can be traced back to an old injury and treated successfully with a return of free movement and strength.


What can it remedy?

Remedial Massage can help relieve symptoms of many disorders including:
- Tension Headaches
- Neck & shoulder tension
- Sore muscles & joints
- Emotional stress
- Constipation
- Sluggish circulation
- Fluid retention
- Immune system

 

Some common conditions that can be successfully treated are:
• Achilles Injuries
• Tendinitis
• Shin Splints
• Groin Strain
• Cartilage damage
• Tennis Elbow
• Frozen Shoulder
• Hamstring Injuries
• Plantar Fasciitis
• Scar tissue
• Adhesions
• Whiplash
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
• Repetitive Strain Injury.

 

More about massage

Massage is the practice of soft tissue manipulation with physical, functional, and in some cases psychological purposes and goals. The word comes from the French massage "friction of kneading," or from Arabic massa meaning "to touch, feel or handle" or from Latin massa meaning "mass, dough". An older etymology may even have been the Hebrew me-sakj "to anoint with oil". In distinction the ancient Greek word for massage was anatripsis, and the Latin was frictio.

Massage involves acting on and manipulating the body with pressure - structured, unstructured, stationary, or moving - tension, motion, or vibration, done manually or with mechanical aids. Target tissues may include muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin, joints, or other connective tissue, as well as lymphatic vessels, or organs of the gastrointestinal system. Massage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows, forearm, and feet. There are over eighty different recognized massage modalities. The most cited reasons for introducing massage as therapy have been client demand and perceived clinical effectiveness.

 

How does it work?
Massage works on many levels to restore normal functioning and promote the body's own healing ability.

 

Reduce stress levels
We encounter stress everywhere, from noise and pollution on the street to the trials of everyday life. It is now known that a build- up of stress can lead to illness and disease. One of the easiest and most effective ways of letting go of built-up stress is to let someone literally massage the stress away.

Relieves muscular aches & tension
Overused, underused or stressed muscles can become tight, sore and prone to injury. When the muscles are tense or in spasm the tissues are in a heightened state of aggravation, his can manifest as pain or discomfort. Massage soothes this nervous irritation, sending positive messages to the Central Nervous System, a massage treatment will release tension, leaving muscles feeling better and working more efficiently.

Aids the elimination of toxins
Stress, pollution, chemicals in food, etc., all leave a toxic residue in the body. Massage stimulates the Lymphatic System, the body's' waste disposal unit', to facilitate the removal of toxins and other metabolic by-products, including lactic acid which causes the ‘burn' or ache experienced after strenuous work-out. In this way massage can also improve recovery from training.

Tones skin & muscles
The mechanical stimulation that Remedial Massage provides increases circulation and helps to tone the outer layers of skin, muscle and adipose tissue (fat).

The frictional aspect of the massage improves the skin's texture through increased oxygenation and removal of dead skin cells, the oils used in the treatment are also nourishing and moisturising.

Improves Flexibility
On our own we are only able to stretch our muscles length-wise. The transverse movements used in Remedial Massage stretch the muscle in other directions to untangle fibres that have become knotted together, and break up contusions and scar tissues when muscles get very tense circulation is hindered, inhibiting oxygen and nutrient supply to cells.

Tight muscles and tendons can also restrict movements and cause pain and discomfort in the joints. A thorough massage loosens you up, just like a big stretch, only better.

 

How will I feel afterwards?
Overall your massage can be a relaxing and enjoyable experience depending on your reason for the visit. Massage can affect people in many ways. Generally you will experience an increased feeling of well-being. You may feel .....

SLEEPY
Often a massage relaxes you so much you may just want to sleep.

LIGHT HEADED/SPACEY
Massage can trigger the release of endorphins, brain chemicals that induce the ‘high' you may experience following a thorough treatment. This feeling can also be the result of toxins being released into the blood stream.

TENDER/SORENESS
Some discomfort following a treatment is often the muscles reacting to being loosened up. Just as we tend to complain, our muscles can also feel a bit painful having to go back to work again. It is often the case that the areas of the most tension may also be painful. This is due to the existing irritation of the tissues and will dissipate as the tension does.

It is nice to do as little as possible following the treatment to allow the body time to adjust. Drink some water for hydration and expelling the toxins.

It can take up to two days to feel the full effect of a treatment though improvement should be felt immediately.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I HAVE A TREATMENT?
Receiving a regular massage treatment is like getting your car serviced, it keeps it in optimum working condition. In this way massage can also work as a preventative treatment.

Remedial Massage Therapy does work, but not like magic. If a problem has been building up over months or years it is unlikely (but not impossible) that it will disappear completely in one treatment. It may be the case that weekly visits are needed initially to bring the problem to a manageable condition. Then fortnightly or monthly ‘maintenance' visits may be desirable. Of course, if the problem is not treatable with massage the appropriate health professional will be referred to you.

It is the primary aim of a Natural Therapist to restore responsibility for health to the individual, so you can decide to do whatever feels best for you.

 

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