What is Remedial Massage ?

PRO Massage specializes in sports remedial massages.

Remedial massage focuses on parts of the body that requires rehabilitation. That means at least 1 1/2 hrs. of remedial massage on that particular part of the body with multiple sessions to make progress. 


What is remedial massage? Remedial massage is a complementary therapy that aims to treat muscles that are damaged, knotted, tense or immobile. It is useful for a number of problems that affect the muscles, tendons and bones and can address a number of other health problems.

Sports massage is a set of specialized massage techniques for the treatment of muscle, tendon and ligament problems.  Anyone, not just athletes, can benefit from sports & remedial massage if they have aches and pains caused by either over use or incorrect use of muscles.  The combination of remedial and deep tissue massage, muscle energy techniques and neuromuscular techniques during treatment, combined with advice on remedial exercises will be used to personalize a rehabilitation programmed to meet specific needs of the patient. Sports massage can be used at anytime. 

The purpose of the massage is to identify and treat the source of a problem, not only the accompanying pain. There re a number of key areas that sports and remedial massage can benefit:

The physical benefits Through regular monitoring of the condition of muscle and other soft tissues can help prevent injury.  Sports massage helps to breakdown fibrous tissue, scar tissue and adhesions in overworked tissue that cause stiffness and pain during training and recovery, not to mention inflexible tissues that are prone to injury.  The restoration helps the elasticity of the muscles, ligaments and tendons around the joints, therefore improving joint mobility, returning you to a normal range of movement quicker and top sports performance state.

The physiological benefits During sports massage body fluid such as blood and lymph is actively pumped through the vessels.  Facilitation promoted in the circulation encourages the supply of nutrients needed for recovery and building of new muscle tissue whilst removing toxins produced during times of intense training, competition or postural fatigue from long periods of sitting. At times of increased stress (physical and mental) the immune system is suppressed reducing your ability to fight common illnesses and thereby decreasing your overall health.  Again, the improved circulation can help cell regeneration; hormone release and lymphatic system response and so aid the immune response.

The psychological benefits Sports massage can help to reduce anxiety, stress and tension helping to support overall wellbeing. Mechanoreceptors that sense touch, pressure, tissue length and warmth are stimulated causing a reflex relaxation.  Sport massage has also been shown to release hormones responsible for relaxation and euphoria. These benefits are by no means extensive but do highlight the significance of sports and remedial massage for a number of factors common in everyone.  By decreasing the chance of reoccurring niggles and chronic problems and providing the flow of fresh blood enriched in oxygen and nutrients, and removing harmful metabolic waste, in addition to helping mental state sports and remedial massage can increase quality of life.  

Plus, while often mistaken for deep tissue massage, remedial massage is intended as a more targeted treatment for pain and injury. Therapists that employ remedial massage are required to study for longer than many of their colleagues and must thoroughly understand the way the body works and the tissues that they are treating.

While deep tissue massage is a whole-body treatment, remedial massage focuses on parts of the body that requires rehabilitation. Remedial massage first starts with a review of the muscles, ligaments, tendons and posture. Once the therapist understands the issues causing the injury or pain they will then perform a targeted massage of the area. While deep tissue massage requires firm pressure, the pressure used during the remedial massage will vary depending on what is best for treating the specific issue.

Finally, remedial massage is done with a goal in mind, like treating a knee, shoulder or back injury. This means that it will often be done over a series of sessions, where the therapist is constantly assessing the state of the patient and noting any improvements or deterioration. This allows them to adjust their treatment and give their patient the best possible chance of recovery.


What is the difference between massage and remedial massage?
While deep tissue massage is a whole-body treatment, remedial massage focuses on parts of the body that requires rehabilitation. Remedial massage first starts with a review of the muscles, ligaments, tendons and posture.

Which is better remedial or deep tissue massage?

A deep tissue massage is ideal for those who are looking for a whole-body massage and the therapeutic benefits of firm pressure. On the other hand, remedial massage is a targeted treatment and is ideal for those with chronic pain and injuries that require proper diagnosis and specific treatment.
What happens to your body after a remedial massage?
There is a possibility you may feel sore for 24-48 hrs after the massage but that will ease and eventually disappear in the next 24-48 hours. An increase in circulation in your muscles will mean better mobility and range of motion a decrease in pain, stress and tension and also promote a good night’s sleep.
Is remedial massage good for back pain?
Remedial massage therapists can treat trigger points, bringing health back into muscles, relieving pain. Remedial massage therapy has been shown through studies to be extremely beneficial for patients with low back pain, especially when treatment is combined with exercises and education.
Why would you get a remedial massage?
Remedial massage can stimulate the blood supply, make joints more mobile, and help to repair damaged tissues. The therapist will aim to balance the length, tone and tension of muscles and tendons, which restores the correct position of the bones, increases blood flow and helps heal injuries.
Do you wear clothes for a remedial massage?
It varies. Dry massage: You can keep clothes on. But if comfortable we suggest that it can feel more relaxing if you remove clothing and leave only underwear on. Oil massage: You need to take all of your clothes off including bra but can keep underpants on.
What is the most effective form of massage?
It varies. Deep tissue massage – a more intense form of massage that is used to target specific areas of muscle tension. Deep tissue massage is a powerful tool for relieving muscle tension, especially in areas that are more resistant to conventional massage techniques. But here are many more modalities that can help you.
What should you not do after a remedial massage?
  • Not Drinking Enough Water. After massage therapy, decreasing your water intake after the massage therapy is not ideal. .
  • Take A Shower Immediately. .
  • Taking Hot Shower. .
  • Eating A Large Meal. .
  • Drinking Coffee. .
  • Drinking Alcohol. .
  • Doing Strenuous Exercise or Activities. .
  • Stressing Yourself Out.
How painful should a remedial massage be?
Remedial massage is by no means a relaxing massage, even though some elements of it can be. Depending on you pain threshold you may experience some pain through your session. You may feel tender or sore the next day but you should also feel your original pain has gone or is different.
Should you drink water after remedial massage?
Here’s why you should hydrate post-massage:

Water helps purify your kidneys, and these organs help process key nutrients and toxins! The water flushes the free radicals released during a massage out and oxygenates your cells to help produce more of the good stuff.
What is remedial massage vs sports massage?
Remedial massage is rehabilitative and restorative, and thus appropriate for when you have aches, chronic pains, knots or just about any discomfort emanating from your muscles or soft tissues. Unlike sports massage, this massaging technique utilizes deep tissue techniques to target problem areas caused by any activity
•Digestive disorders. •Fibromyalgia. •Headaches. •Insomnia related to stress. •Myofascial pain syndrome. •Paresthesias and nerve pain. •Soft tissue strains or injuries. •Sports injuries. •Temporomandibular joint pain.
Are remedial massages worth it?
It helps manage overall pain and injuries

Remedial massage works really well to help decrease pain with acute injuries, and alleviate pain in those with chronic conditions. Having a maintenance massage every week, bi-monthly or monthly can be extremely beneficial in managing your pain.
Why does it hurt after a remedial massage?
It’s normal to feel sore after a massage. After stimulating muscles that you may not usually use, you might experience delayed onset muscle soreness. This is a physical response to the inflammation as your body heals.
Is remedial massage good for anxiety?
Massage can lower stress levels and feelings of anxiety. It can improve mood and relaxation while increasing confidence and self-image. If you experience depression or anxiety, or are just overloaded with extra stress, massage can be an effective part of treatment.
What is remedial vs Swedish massage?
Remedial massage therapy requires further training to be fully qualified, as therapists need a deeper understanding of the body to treat more complex conditions. Swedish massage is considered more of a relaxation massage and uses soft pressure across the whole body, rather than focusing on sore or injured target areas.
Why do I feel sick after a remedial massage?
A deep tissue massage usually leaves the muscles feeling sore, as if clients have done intense exercise, and when there is muscle soreness, the immune system naturally activates T-Cells to try to repair those muscles. As such, this immune system response can make some clients feel as if they are ill.
Why am I dizzy after remedial massage?
It’s quite common for someone to feel light headed just after a massage as the treatment is likely to reduce blood pressure, so get up slowly after the treatment and have a glass of cold water.

Is Chinese healing massage the same as remedial massage?
Chinese massage and remedial massage focus on different muscle interactions within the body, and have different goals. While Oriental massage treats a wide range of ailments, remedial massage focuses on specific areas, such as injuries or recurring problems.



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