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.