Remedial massage therapy is the application of massage therapeutic techniques used to treat the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the body. There is significant evidence that massage therapy benefits the body by improving the musculo-skeletal system as well as a range of other outcomes. Massage therapy can decrease lower back, shoulder and neck pain and can even alleviate the symptoms of fibromyalgia. One recent review looked at numerous studies and found that massage therapy improves musculoskeletal pain, headaches, chronic pain, spinal cord pain and circulation rather than no therapy (Crawford et al., 2016). Moreover, massage therapy people have also reported improved mood and exercise recovery, as well as decreased pain during labour and reduced anxiety.
What to expect
Remedial massage is heavily patient centred, meaning a specialised treatment will be given to each individual depending on their needs and comfort to ensure the best result. This can be achieved through a range of various therapeutic massage techniques, often involving working on the body’s soft tissue (muscle, tendons and ligaments) to locate and alleviate any areas of pain. Such techniques can include deep tissue massage, trigger point release, stretch therapy and joint mobilisation.
Common conditions treated by remedial massage include:
• Neck/shoulder pain
• Back pain and other back problems
• Chronic pain/disability
• Headaches and migraines
• Sports injury management and rehabilitation
• Occupational overuse syndrome
• Circulation issues
Frequently Asked Questions
Do health fund rebates apply to remedial massage?
Yes, rebates are available depending on your coverage.
What training is required to be a remedial massage therapist?
Massage therapists are required to have completed a Certificate IV in Massage therapy and increasingly a Diploma level course, where they learn the essential techniques of relaxation massage, sports massage and neuromuscular techniques. In order to become a part of the major industry associations and receive health rebates for the patients massage therapists require a nationally recognised Diploma of Remedial Massage, this involves learning specific massage techniques and they are now able to treat more specific and complex issues.
What do I wear? Do I need to get undressed?
For full body massages most get undressed down to their underwear, however, you should undress to whatever feels most comfortable for you! Your massage therapist will give you privacy to undress and you will be covered with a towel except for the area being worked on.
How long are the appointments?
Appointments are typically 1 hour in length, however appointment times can vary from 30 – 90 minutes depending on the patients’ needs.
How do I get the most out of massage?
Communication is key as with all health care services. In order to receive the best outcome we encourage open communication and honesty with your massage therapist. Having a clear line of communication discerning any issues, what feels best and what your expectations are between you and your massage therapist helps the patient receive optimal care. Do what feels most comfortable for you and do not hesitate to ask any questions you may have!
I have allergies which I am concerned about?
All massage therapists attempt to use non-allergic oils, creams and cleaning products within the practice. If you have, however, any specific allergies that you may be concerned about please let your remedial massage therapists know well in advance of your appointment to ensure that the room can be prepared appropriately.
Where can I find more information?
There are several major associations involved with remedial massage that contain a range of information. Some include:
Association of Massage Therapists
Massage and Myotherapy Australia
Massage Association of Australia
Australian Natural Therapists Association