Remedial Massage

Massage therapy

Massage works through the various body systems in two ways, a mechanical action and a reflex action. A mechanical action is created by moving the muscles and soft tissues of the body using pressure and stretching movement, thereby cleansing them of acids and deposits. This mechanical action breaks up fibrous tissue and loosens stiff joints. A reflex action happens when treatment of one part of the body affects another part of the body. Currently Multiple studies have shown that massage therapy can lower cortisol levels, increase dopamine and serotonin (happy or feel-good hormones), and lower excitatory hormones like norepinephrine and epinephrine.

Remedial Massage therapy

Remedial massage therapy is an effective hands-on treatment, characterised by the manipulation of the superficial and deep soft tissues of the body such as the muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia, including movement for a specific therapeutic effect. Each session includes a systematic assessment followed by treatment. This holistic approach helps to create favourable conditions for the body to make a faster recovery to normal health after injury. This therapy can help to reduce or reverse physical discomfort and pain. They are designed to treat both superficial and deep tissue injury, promoting physical wellbeing and health.

It uses very specific techniques, according to the client’s needs and response and it is designed to address the short or long term musculo-skeletal disorders characterised by discomfort, pain, changed or reduced sensation or decreased range of movement. It prevents and treats work related injuries, sports injuries, chronic pain, muscle soreness, tension and increases relaxation.  If you haven’t ever experienced a quality remedial massage, we thoroughly recommend it.

What Conditions Benefit from a Remedial Massage?

Remedial Massage is effective in treating a wide range of conditions and ailments, such as:

  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Headaches
  • Frozen shoulders
  • Arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Tennis elbow
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Muscular spasms
  • Muscle cramps
  • DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness)
  • Early (Acute) Injury Treatment
  • Major work and vehicle accidents injuries
  • Post-operative Massage & rehabilitation

Therapeutic Massage

In some cases, therapeutic massage is recommended by a health professional and may be performed as part of a wider treatment plan. For example, after an injury you might have regular therapeutic massage to loosen muscles, improve muscle tone, and increase flexibility. Likewise, therapeutic massage can be used to improve staff wellbeing and to support a variety of other treatments.
Therapeutic massage can be used as an individual treatment. Some people, such as athletes, nurses, teachers, doctors, office workers, drivers etc. can receive regular therapeutic massage to keep themselves in good physical condition.

People of all ages can benefit from therapeutic massage when it is performed by a competent and fully qualified remedial massage therapist. Massage is also suitable for people with disabilities, expectant mothers, and people being treated for medical conditions, although some special precautions may need to be taken to protect the health of the client.

Please Note: If you are unsure whether or not massage is appropriate for you, please call us for individualized advice.

How Therapeutic Massage Can Help You?

Therapeutic Massage is a combined Relaxation Massage and Remedial Massage to not only relax your whole body but also work through some of the muscle knots and pain you may be experiencing. Massage therapy can also improve your circulation, which enhances the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to muscle cells and helps remove waste products and reduce swelling. These circulatory effects of massage have a value in the treatment of some inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis. Massage therapy induces a relaxation response, which lowers your heart rate, breathing rate, and blood pressure; plus boosts your immune system; and generally, decreases the physical effects of stress.

Therapeutic massage benefits the following conditions:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • General wellbeing
  • High blood pressure
  • Low Immunity
  • Minor vehicle and work accidents injuries
  • Relax muscle tissue, which may lead to decreased joint and nerve compression
  • Increased joint and muscle range of movement.

Who Should avoid massage?

People with these conditions should avoid massage:

  • Heart failure
  • Kidney failure
  • Infection of the superficial veins (called phlebitis) or soft tissue (called cellulitis) in the legs or elsewhere
  • Blood clots in the legs
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Contagious skin conditions

If you have cancer, check with your doctor before considering massage because massage can damage tissue that is fragile from chemotherapy or radiation treatments. People with rheumatoid arthritis, goiter (a thyroid disorder characterized by an enlarged thyroid), eczema, and other skin lesions should not receive massage therapy during flare ups. We also advise people with osteoporosis, high fever, few platelets or white blood cells, and mental impairment, as well as those recovering from surgery, to avoid massage.

Therapists

Avelino Santos