Do You Need A Remedial Or Deep Tissue Massage?
Complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) have become very popular forms healthcare in Melbourne in the last few decades. Many people who prefer alternative medicines believe that conventional interventions can be doing more harm than good. Massage therapy is one of the alternative treatments that is commonly used by patients who suffer from musculoskeletal problems such as headaches and migraines, neck pain, lower back pain, joint problems and anxiety or depression and prefer no to use pain relieving drugs. However, for many people who are new to using alternative medicines specifically massage therapy, differentiating between different types of massage can be a bit confusing. Today, we are going to try to answer a common question “do you need a remedial or deep tissue massage”?
Do You Need a Remedial or Deep Tissue Massage?
Any person who suffers from musculoskeletal pain can benefit from massage. Remedial massage and deep tissue massage therapy can assist in muscle recovery and soreness, but deciding if you need a remedial or deep tissue massage can be a bit confusing at times.
Remedial massage is an outcome-based treatment modality that is tailored to your specific needs. This form of massage therapy is aimed at reducing muscle soreness, aches and pain that occur as a result of muscle spasm, muscle tension, soft tissue injury, and/or postural imbalance. Remedial massage is a holistic therapy that is offered by a Diploma qualified professional and is generally covered by private health insurance. Remedial massage therapists use specialised massage techniques such as trigger point therapy, joint mobilisation, cupping and myofascial release to manipulate muscles. Some common ailments treated by remedial massage include sciatica, migraine and tension headaches, tendonitis, back pain, neck pain, repetitive strain injuries, and leg injuries.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is used to provide relief from generalised muscle tension. As the name suggests, this type of massage tends to use a stronger and deeper pressure than relaxation massage to target the inner layers of the affected muscles, tendons, fascia or dense connective tissues. The objective of applying more pressure and firmer strokes is to release contracted areas of muscles and tissues in order to facilitate healing. Deep tissue massage is best suited for active people or athletes. Deep tissue massage doesn’t generally treat specific conditions, it give a general all-over massage.
In many ways deep tissue massage and remedial massage are very similar, the main difference is the level of qualification, detail of assessment and health fund rebate are only offered by remedial massage therapists. If you are still not clear if you need a remedial or deep tissue massage please feel free to give us call.
Back Pain? Remedial Massage Can Help!
Back pain is a serious issue; in fact it is one of the leading causes of workforce disability and a huge burden on healthcare expenses worldwide. Four out of five of us will suffer from back pain at some point during our lives. It is the second most common reason for visiting a doctor or massage therapist to find some form of relief. Conventional treatment options for back pain include over-the-counter painkillers, rest, heat packs, and epidural steroid injections. One option that is becoming more and more popular and widely accepted is remedial massage.
Does Remedial Massage Help Back Pain?
What’s so great about remedial massage for back pain is that it is a cost-effective, safe and noninvasive complementary alternative treatment with no side effects and therefore it is one of the most suitable options in the treatment, management, and prevention of back pain.
Remedial massage therapists use specific massage modalities to address the soft-tissue and structural dysfunctions causing the pain. These techniques are applied directly to the muscles that are the source of pain and discomfort. Some of the common massage modalities used by remedial massage therapists are listed below:
- Deep tissue massage
- Relaxation massage
- Dry needling
- Trigger point therapy
In addition to this, remedial massage also produces a systematic relaxation effect with release of endorphins and other hormones, contributing to primary and secondary healing effects.
The basic aim of using these massage techniques is to ease the muscular tension found in large muscles around the gluts, spine, hip flexors, and hamstrings. This in turn helps release pressure on the surrounding nerves, improve blood circulation, improve muscle tone, and improve posture and flexibility thereby reducing pain and discomfort.
To get the maximum benefits from treatment you need to include stretches and exercises into your daily regime. Our therapists will provide you with a range of stretches and exercise specific to your issue.
For further information fell free to give us a call.