Remedial massage is targeted at a particular area of the body and it is the systematic assessment and treatment of the muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues of the body to assist in rehabilitation, pain and injury management. Remedial massage is claimable from your health insurance. A remedial therapist must have knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology to determine where to treat patients.
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.
Remedial massage is targeted at a particular area of the body, whereas relaxation massage is a soft tissue massage. Remedial massage can use firm pressure or light pressure, especially if the person is recovering from an injury.
Remedial massage therapists are certified and they need to study and train for longer than many other massage therapists because they need to know more about the underlying tissues and how they interact with each other. They can also spot more significant problems and advise clients to see their doctor if necessary.
If someone’s recovering from, say, a shoulder injury, a relaxation massage will certainly help, but it won’t offer the same targeted benefits as a remedial massage because it won’t focus so much on the finer structure of the joint, ligaments and muscles. A remedial massage therapist will also take time to look for improvements (or indeed, deterioration) in the affected part so that the client can really make progress.