There’s nothing better than having your creaky muscles eased with a great massage, is there?
Only problem is: there are so many different types of massages to choose from. Swedish, hot stone, reflexology, lymphatic drainage… how are you meant to choose the right massage for your needs?
One of the most useful styles of massage available is remedial massage.
Remedial massage, otherwise known as medical massage or sports massage, is somewhat misunderstood, but performed by a qualified remedial massage therapist, it can help with a whole host of injuries and ailments.
From relieving chronic pain and releasing tension to increasing mobility and flushing your muscles, the list of remedial massage benefits is a long one.
For more information, we asked two experts to explain: what is remedial massage, who remedial massage can help, remedial massage health fund rebates and how to find a good remedial massage therapist.
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What is remedial massage?
The short version?
“Remedial massage is used to aid treatment of medical conditions, for someone with an identifiable medical problem,” South Australian Sports Medicine Centre physiotherapist Dr Andrew Clarkson told Mamamia.
Different to other forms of relaxation massage, remedial massage is performed by a trained remedial massage therapist and can be classified as a therapeutic, or healing, massage.
“Remedial massage is used for the prevention and management of injuries, including soft tissue injuries, and can be performed in guidance with other health professionals as a part of a patient’s treatment plan,” John Stamoulos, founder of Somatic Massage Therapy Services and SPORTSMED SA’s Senior Remedial and Sports Massage Therapist of 25 years, told Mamamia.