EXPLAINING REMEDIAL THERAPY
What is Remedial Therapy / Massage?
Remedial Therapy / Massage utilises many techniques, including massage, to address a wide range of soft tissue problems.
The aim is to reduce pain and tension by releasing pressure of muscles in spasm, and to address tendon and ligament complaints.
Treatments can dramatically reduce pain and discomfort and assist the body's natural healing process and circulation. Whether it is stress, Work related or WorkCover Claims related, or injury from leisure or sport; Remedial Therapy can assist people of all ages.
Remedial Therapy is designed for patients who have injured their muscles, ligaments, tendons and other soft tissues.
Injuries that respond well to this therapy are things like repetitive use syndromes like carpel tunnel syndrome, headaches and neck tension, whiplash, lower back pain, tendonitis, and general muscle tension and pain. The treatment focuses on the problem rather than the entire body.
What do Remedial Therapists specialise in?
Remedial Therapists specialize in Remedial Massage for:
● Back & neck pain
● Shoulder and neck tension
● Tension headaches & migraines
● Improved body alignment
● Sciatica, hip & lower back pain
● Overuse injuries
● Injury recovery
● Improved flexibility & range of motion
What conditions can Remedial Therapy help?
Remedial Therapy helps reduce the risk of fibrosis and adhesions in muscle and fascia. It can also help relax muscles and reduce tension. Relief can be gained for cramps and spasms and rehabilitation after injury can be enhanced. Circulation can be stimulated. It can stretch contracted muscles and increase function for sufferers of Repetitive Strain Syndrome.
What techniques are used for Remedial Therapy?
● Action Potential Stimulator ● Deep tissue massage ● Trigger point therapy ● Myofascial release ● Electro-magnetic herbal heat lamp ● Lymphatic drainage ● Cranio-sacral balancing ● Relaxation massage
● Action Potential Stimulator
● Deep tissue massage
● Trigger point therapy
● Myofascial release
● Electro-magnetic herbal heat lamp
● Lymphatic drainage
● Cranio-sacral balancing
● Relaxation massage
What to expect when you first visit a Remedial Therapist.
You will always be asked for your detailed medical history details on your first visit. This helps determine treatment priorities. Perhaps your treatment is an attempt to break the stress cycle. Easing out the main areas of tightness is your priority.
It is probably best to leave the other "niggles" and a "relaxing massage" for a later date, when you undertaking a “maintenance program".
Discuss this with your Therapist. No doubt, your problems have built up over time, so please do not expect just one or two treatments to help overcome your condition. Be patient and regular with treatment, in particular with WorkCover Claims & treatment plans.
Most massage techniques require that you be at least partially undressed, but all areas of the body except the part being worked on are covered with towels or as much as is practicable or you are asked to dress in a clinic gown.
Most therapists prefer you to leave underwear on. Let your Therapist know if you are experiencing too much pain. Often the treatment may be too intense, tell your Therapist, and give feedback.
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