What it is:
What it is:
Remedial massage therapy utilises evidence-based, scientifically proven techniques to treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal injuries, soft-tissue dysfunctions, and to manage muscular pain. A broad range of factors can cause these conditions, and when left untreated, can prove incredibly debilitating. Regular remedial massage therapy is a highly effective method of both treating and preventing musculoskeletal and soft tissue dysfunction. It uses gentle, non-invasive manual techniques to alleviate muscular pain, release restricted tissues, promote healing, restore homeostatic balance and assist recovery.
How it works:
Remedial massage therapy focuses on identifying and treating the cause of the problem, instead of temporarily alleviating symptoms. Much common musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction is the result of one muscle group being short, tight and overused, and the opposing muscle group being long weak and underused. There is a multitude of factors that can cause these imbalances. They include:
Remedial massage therapy treatments are designed to suit individual requirements and comfort levels, restoring normal range of movement, muscle length and function throughout the body. There is a common misconception within the sports medicine industry and the general public that remedial massage must be hard and painful to be clinically effective. This assumption is incorrect. Effective remedial massage therapy is, precise, gentle, should cause the client a minimum amount of discomfort, and should provide immediately discernable results. By attempting to forcefully ‘bulldoze’ through muscular restriction, the unsophisticated therapist will trigger a ‘fight or flight’ response in the client’s nervous system, causing a cortisol dump throughout the body. This physiological response is counterproductive. Cortisol is a stress hormone that increases muscular tension, anxiety levels, and suppresses the immune system. Instead, the sophisticated therapist will always work gently with the body, rather than against it, encouraging an endorphin response. Endorphins are a natural muscle relaxant. They reduce stress, and promote relaxation and a general sense of well being.
Techniques used in remedial massage therapy include deep tissue massage, muscle energy technique, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, cross fibre friction, cupping, and functional fascial taping. All of the above soft tissue techniques are evidence-based, scientifically proven approaches, all with a substantial body of research to support their clinical efficacy. To fast track recovery, remedial massage therapy is also complemented with take-home exercises and stretches, to be completed outside of appointment times. Ongoing management plans are provided to ensure that recovery and pain relief is permanent.
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All content © Chris Gauntlett, Resilience Massage and Training, South Melbourne, 2017.