What is remedial massage?
Remedial massage is a systematic assessment and treatment of the muscles, ligaments and connective tissues, which assists in pain or injury management and rehabilitation. It is considered to be a complementary and alternative medicine, and often complements other modalities such as chiropractic or physiotherapy to help with a wide range of medical conditions or ailments.
Benefits of remedial massage
Remedial massage can be beneficial for many different conditions:
- Headaches, migraines
- Anxiety, stress
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Soft tissue strains or injury
- Sports injuries
- Shoulder conditions like bursitis
- Back pain
- Relief from muscle tension
Dry needling, also known as myofascial trigger point dry needling, is used in conjunction with a remedial massage treatment. It is a technique/tool used to treat dysfunction of skeletal muscle and connective tissue, minimize peripheral nociception (pain), and improve or regulate structural or functional damage.
Dry needling uses solid filiform needles or hollow-core hypodermic needles to treat myofascial “trigger points”, and also to target specific connective tissue, neural ailments, and muscular ailments. It is often used in conjunction with a remedial massage treatment to better target and treat the cause of musculoskeletal pain. Research supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, normalizes biochemical and electrical dysfunction of motor end plates, and facilitates an accelerated return to active rehabilitation.
Please note: Dry needling is not acupuncture.
What to expect during a remedial massage treatment
Remedial massage provides a client cantered approach to treatment where you are also part of the treatment process. You do not need any special preparations for a treatment. Before a treatment begins, your therapist will take your medical history and consent forms and undergo a full health assessment with you. This will include a number or range of movement, orthopaedic and palpatory assessments to assess what may be the cause of the pain/discomfort/ailment which could be the cause of your symptoms. With your consent, you will be asked to undress to underwear and lie on the massage table, draped with a towel and treatment will begin. At any time you feel pain or discomfort, you should let the therapist know to either stop or reduce pressure. After a treatment, you may be tender in some places, but nothing that will cause serious discomfort.
Risks of Massage
Massage does come with risks and treatment may be contraindicated if you have:
- Bleeding disorders or take blood-thinning medication
- Burns, open or healing wounds
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Cancer/tumours or other serious medical conditions
- Cold/flu symptoms
- Severe Osteoporosis
A medical clearance from your doctor/GP must be given in these circumstances.
About our therapist Sophie Antoniadis
Sophie has been a registered practitioner for the last 5 years. She is registered with all health funds in Australia and has treated the community of Camira for the last 2 years. Prior to this, she was treating in Melbourne and has worked with Chiropractors, Osteopaths and other health practitioners in clinical practice.
Sophie specialises in treating somatic dysfunctions that are the CAUSE of the pain, not just the symptoms and is skilled in many differed techniques and practices to assist in treatment outcomes.
Currently, Sophie is furthering her studies and is studying at Southern Cross University to become an osteopath to further her knowledge and treatment practice.