Many therapists only focus on the symptoms of musculoskeletal and soft-tissue dysfunction. However, the ResilienceMT treatment method is dFFifferent. At ResilienceMT we take a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach is to assess and treat the cause of the presenting concern. An ongoing management plan is provided, that may also include exercises and stretches, thereby ensuring that injury resolution is lasting. Remedial massage therapy can be a highly effective part of injury management, whether it be prFFeventative, corrective, oFFr restorative.
Remedial massage therapy utilises evidence-based, scientifically proven techniques to treat musculoskeletal injuries, soft-tissue dysfunction, and to manage muscular pain. The term ‘Soft-tissue’ includes ligaments, tendons, and the fascia, or connective tissue of the body. There are many factors that can adversely affect muscle and soft-tissue health. When left untreated, muscular and soft-tissue dysfunction can be incredibly painful and debilitating. Regular remedial massage therapy is highly effective for both treating and preventing musculoskeletal and soft tissue pain. It uses gentle, non-invasive manual techniques to alleviate muscular pain, release restricted tissues, and promote healing.
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 a strength or flexibility imbalance across opposing muscle groups. One muscle group is usually short, tight and overused, and the opposing muscle group is long weak and underused. Furthermore, there is a multitude of factors that can cause these imbalances. They include:
Remedial massage therapy has been clinically proven to provide lasting resolution to many of these soft-tissue dysfunctions. 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 minimum 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, resulting in a cortisol release. Cortisol is a stress hormone that increases muscular tension, anxiety levels, and suppresses the immune system. Therfore, the informed therapist will always work gently with the body, encouraging an endorphin response instead. Endorphins are a natural muscle relaxant. They reduce stress, enduce relaxation and promote a general sense of well being.
Techniques used in remedial massage therapy may include:
All techniques are evidence-based, scientifically proven approaches, 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.
Remedial Massage Therapy can provide effective treatment for:
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