Remedial Massage Therapy
Remedial Massage Therapy (RMT) is a form of manual (hands-on) treatment for the musculoskeletal system. RMT is used to specific therapeutic effect not general effect as per a relaxation massage. The therapist uses a variety of techniques to relieve specific problems the client is experiencing at the time and can be altered according to the response to treatment.
Remedial massage is a recognized treatment with many health funds so you can claim part of the cost back, unlike a relaxation massage.
Remedial massage is a deep massage done by a qualified massage therapist, to encourage the body’s return to normal health after injury or with muscular-skeletal disorders. It is used to treat chronic muscular-skeletal imbalances, strains, sprains, bruising or any injury where the skin is intact. Deep tissue massage removes blockages, damaged cells, scar tissue and adhesions post-injury, speeds recovery and encourages more complete healing. Remedial massage is designed to increase the flow of blood and lymph, particularly in the injured areas.
One of the immediate benefits of massage is a feeling of deep relaxation and calm. This occurs because massage prompts the release of endorphins, the brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that produce feelings of wellbeing. Levels of stress hormones, such as adrenalin, cortisol and norepinephrine, are also reduced. Studies indicate that high levels of stress hormones impair the immune system.
Physical Benefits of Remedial Massage Therapy
reduced muscle tension
stimulation of the lymphatic system
reduction of stress hormones
increased joint mobility and flexibility
improved skin tone
speedier healing of soft tissue injuries
heightened mental alertness
reduced anxiety and depression
Disorders treatable by Remedial Massage
Modern studies have shown that massage can be used to successfully treat a variety of disorders, including:
back or neck pain
soft tissue injuries
high blood pressure