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Remedial Massage is part of many peoples rehabilitation and maintenance plan and is becoming a more distinct form of therapy in its own right, with a wide range of modalities under this umbrella.
With an expertly trained therapist, it can be what gives you the results above all else and can be the maintenance you require for a functional and pain management plan moving forward.
And as with any professional, an adequately trained therapist is always aware of their area of expertise and what lies outside.
How regular you have a massage is firstly and simply dependent on how you feel, but also dependent on what you come in with, the therapists skills and area of expertise, the therapists expectations based on evidence, the treatment plan you are able to commit to and then back to your expectations and your willingness and commitment to results .
In Australia, Remedial Massage is an evidence based non-pharmacological complementary therapy that is results focused and is becoming much more of a specialized field with a different remit of approaches to other physical therapies.
A Remedial Therapist must have a Diploma and must complete considerable Continuing Professional Development hours each year to maintain the registration with their Association, to be able to continue to offer health fund rebates.
Remedial Therapists assess and treat muscles, tendons, ligaments, and connective tissue of the body, assisting in rehabilitation after injury, pain management, increasing general range of motion, blood and lymphatic flow and increasing over all wellbeing.
Sport Remedial Therapists work with a whole range of clients with differing sporting and occupational imbalances and injuries. They can offer a rehabilitation and maintenance plan for your fitness and lifestyle, and can apply their knowledge and research skills to different populations and cases in increasing function and reducing pain. They can treat many musculoskeletal conditions from tennis elbow, shoulder and knee problems, scarring, sciatica, lower back and head and neck, whiplash and frozen shoulder and of course learn the appropriate techniques fro pre and post sport massage to work with sporting teams during games and on and off season.
Also known as fluid retention, is common in the arms hands and legs and feet, and can also be noticeable in the face. It can be quite debilitating and uncomfortable during pregnancy, and especially on hot days eliciting a feeling of tightness or a feeling like they are ‘going to explode’. Luckily, this usually rectifies itself as soon as the baby is born, however, until that day arrives, integrating lymphatic strokes and pumps into the massage that encourage the lymph flow to the direction of the major lymph nodes can really assist in getting this flowing and reduce the fluid build up. We can do this at Mother Touch. Choose a 15 minute lymphatic Pump as an add on if your swelling is quite bad and you would like some extra dedicated time otherwise we can just combine into the massage.
The reason for cramps is up for debate and different for each person; it can be neurological, magnesium related, trigger points from activity changes, or electrolyte imbalances.
Anecdotally we find quite an increase in the summer and may coincide with swelling.
It is extremely common and many women get woken in the middle of the night with excruciating cramps- not fun.
As massage aids circulation by increases blood and lymphatic flow, it has wonderful effects on leg cramps and clients report having less after their massages.
We can also use a topical Magnesium spray applied to the calves prior to the commencement of the massage. The magnesium spray we use does not burn or cause itching like some do.We will always consult with you first if you would like this.
Nb: Myofascial and lymphatic strokes of the arms and legs are great for pregnancy massage but we avoid deep tissue in case of any undiagnosed deep vein thrombosis (DVT) issues, one of the main risk factors during pregnancy.
Remedial therapists in Australia can not diagnose conditions however with hands on treatment of the structures around the area, we can rule out other things, and often the possibility of the condition itself.
Self diagnosing Sciatica is very easy to do but is often not to be true sciatica, so wonderful results can be had with targeted work and much comfort can be gained if it is diagnosed sciatica too by releasing systemic tension and holding patterns throughout the chain. And If we don’t get the results we should be getting, we can refer you onto one of our brilliant allied health partners to give you the extra tweak you need.
One of the most common complaints during pregnancy are tight gluts, tight and sore hips and lateral leg pain and its quite common to experience this in the evening and can really disrupt sleep.
With all that added weight, a widening pelvis and the change in the angle from the hip bone to knee as your hips have become wider, as well as always sleeping on your side, no wonder they are sore.
Soft tissue work around the joints and myofascial release greatly reduce tension and stiffness and encourage that blood flow so muscles return to homeostasis when you are inactive.
After remedial Work on this area, women report being much more comfortable in their sleep and when sitting.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common entrapment neuropathy related to compression of the median nerve, which results in pain, numbness, and tingling, and 50% of cases are found bilaterally (on both sides).
Treatment options are based on severity and include lifestyle modifications, including decreasing repetitive activity, using ergonomic devices, wrist splints, and massage, are considered first-line therapies.
Most conservative treatments provide short-term symptom relief, and many clients have found great relief with regular maintenance and the gentle realignment and opening up of the complex the medial nerve runs, through myofascial release.