Remedial or Therapeutic Massage is a type of massage that manipulates the soft tissues of the body including movement for a specific therapeutic result, rather than a general massage experience. It uses a number of relevant techniques, lubricants and movements according to the client’s needs and response.
Remedial massage is a deep massage done by a trained massage therapist, to create the conditions for the body’s return to normal health after injury or with muscular-skeletal disorders.
Therapeutic massage can be used to treat chronic muscular-skeletal imbalances, strains, sprains, broken bones, bruising or any injury where the skin is intact. Deep tissue massage movements remove blockages, damaged cells, scar tissue and adhesions left after injury, speeds up recovery and encourages more complete healing.
Therapeutic massage is also used for conditions created by lifestyle for example Repetitive strain injury and Back pain. It is designed to increase the flow of blood and lymph, particularly in the injured areas.
It is often successful where other forms of treatment have failed.
The massage therapist needs knowledge of anatomy and physiology to determine where to treat each patient.