Remedial massage is a type of soft tissue therapy that involves assessment and treatment of your muscles, fascia, and other soft tissues of the body. It is an umbrella term for a wide range of soft tissue techniques that aim to decrease muscle tension, improve flexibility, mobility, and posture, relieve sore muscles, prevent or manage injury, and improve sports performance. Remedial massage is also sometimes called deep tissue massage.
Your treatment may include one or more of these techniques:
- Deep tissue massage and trigger point therapy
- Joint mobilisations and myofascial release
- Assisted stretching
- Strengthening and stretching exercises
- Cupping and dry needling
- Hot and cold therapy
When should you come to see a remedial massage therapist?
Remedial massage therapy is a great start to feeling better, no matter what condition you’re in. Even in situations requiring a referral to a physiotherapist, osteopath, medical doctor or other allied health provider, remedial massage can provide some pain relief while we get you where you need to go.
Book in if:
- You have pain or tightness and it doesn’t seem to be getting better on its own
- You have tight or sore muscles
- You want to improve your posture
- You have lower back pain, headaches, or pain in any of your joints including neck, shoulders, elbows, hips, knees, or ankles
- You want to improve your flexibility
- You are stretching and triggering but feel like you’re just not getting anywhere
- If getting someone else to loosen up your muscles for you sounds like a great idea!
At Urban Well, remedial massage is the first step in the process of moving better, feeling better, and living a life without limits. Muscles that are too tight, in spasm, or causing you pain won’t allow you to move easily, so you won’t make the same progress that you would otherwise. Rather than fighting with your body, kick start things with some soft tissue work. We’ll help you understand how massage fits into the bigger picture.
What does remedial massage at Urban Well involve?
On your first visit to the clinic, you’ll be asked to tell us a little bit about yourself. That means filling out a health history form – if you haven’t already done so online – and chatting with your therapist about why you’ve come in. You’ll be taken through a simple screen to determine how your posture, range of movement, flexibility, and muscle strength might be contributing to your complaint. Once your physical starting point has been established, a plan for the session will be outlined. You give your “ok” to the plan, and that’s when the magic happens.
During your treatment, your therapist will outline how the session will fit into a larger plan: We use a systematic approach aimed at resolving the problem, not just giving you immediate relief. This means you may leave with a recommendation for additional stretching, exercise physiology, or Future Proof sessions, or see another health care provider outside the clinic (we only recommend good people!) for a more comprehensive approach. At the least, you’ll leave your treatment with some exercises or stretches to help you manage pain or improve performance between massage sessions. And of course, you’ll walk out feeling great!