Remedial massage is what we often call a “medical massage”. It uses a variety of soft tissue techniques to identify the problem and stimulate its healing. It doesn’t contain many relaxing techniques; instead it involves bodywork techniques, muscle mobilisation and release of fascia.
Remedial massage in Fulham focuses on tracing a pattern for the injury and finding the source of the pain. For example, a lot of headaches or neck pain very often are associated with upper back or shoulder problem, whilst low back pain usually originates from tightness in glutes/hamstring or pelvis imbalance. Remedial massage sees a bigger picture and therefore will help to prevent the problem from coming back whilst it’s solved.
Remedial massage – what can it treat?
Even though a lot of people come for a remedial massage after obtaining an injury, most of the pains associated with the injury originate from years back or even childhood. Repetitive strain injury, muscle tear, back problem, etc. are often caused by muscle imbalance, wrong use of certain muscles, not activating core muscles, bad posture or overuse of particular tissues. Remedial massage helps to identify these problems. In fact, very often it is necessary to calm the acute symptoms first and when this is under control, implement structural changes and various soft tissue manipulations. This way, the central nervous system will be able to adapt better and develop a new muscle memory which will prevent the injury from coming back.
The most common conditions that remedial massage can help with are:
- Low back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Neck stiffness
- Hip problems
- Repetitive strain injury
- Ankle or knee pain
What to expect?
During the treatment your massage therapist will work with you to try and identify the source of pain. There are many techniques that can help to free up the area of problem and they often include movement, stretch or breathing. Your therapist can ask you to move your arm in certain way or stretch your leg whilst pressing points in your back. It all helps to release structures connected with the injury.
Although some of the techniques can be a bit uncomfortable, most people describe it as a “good pain”. The relief is often instant and a range of movement increases rapidly. It is always recommended to work beyond the area of pain and ideally, to treat the whole body. This is due to structure of fascia and other connective tissues which work as a unity.
Your massage therapist at Fulham Massage & Wellness will also prepare a treatment plan and give you home care advice to maximise the benefits of the massage and speed up recovery. Most people need 2-3 massage sessions in a short amount of time to create a change in the body, followed by a regular monthly maintenance massage to keep reinforcing the change whilst keeping up with all the daily tasks.