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10 Reasons Remedial Massage is Good for You

Many of our clients ask about remedial massage, which is something we hear a lot about at Haumanu Health. People are under a tremendous amount of pressure at work and are wondering if a remedial massage would be beneficial to them.

Remedial massage is a considered approach to massage focusing on a specific presenting issue or condition. Remedial massages may be used to treat chronic pain, sports injuries and ‘postural problems’. A remedial massage session will typically last longer than the average 45 minute traditional therapeutic massage.

In this article we will explore some of the benefits of remedial massage and how incorporating treatments into your holistic wellness plan can help increase your quality of life.

What is a Remedial Massage?

A Remedial Massage is a massage that is specifically tailored to help treat injury or dysfunction. The therapist will use a variety of techniques to help restore the muscle’s normal length and tension. This type of massage is often used to treat sports injuries, chronic pain, and postural problems.

Here are 10 reasons why remedial massages are good for you.

1. Remedial Massage Helps Improve Movement Quality

It is said that all human movement originates from the brain, which sends a message to the muscle about how it should move through space. However, if there is an injury or dysfunction, this communication between brain and muscle can be impaired. This can result in decreased movement quality. Just think about the last time you had a stiff neck or lower back pain, did you move with confidence?

Haumanu Health therapists are skilled at assessing your body’s ability to move properly and identifying any areas of inhibition. During your massage session, they will help relieve acute injury and pain so you can move more pain free..

2. Remedial Massage is Effective in Treating Headaches 

One of the most common reasons people seek massage therapy is for headache relief. We have written previously about how a regular deep tissue massage can help reduce headaches, which is due to the release of endorphins comforting your body. However, a Remedial Massage can be even more effective in treating headaches with deeper techniques that specifically target trigger points and pain along the jawline.

3. Remedial Massages Can Help as part of treatment for Depression

Chronic stress has been shown to contribute to depression, with people reaching a lower level of well being. Massage is not only good for your body, but it can also have a very positive effect on your mood. Remedial massages can help release endorphins and oxytocin, which are key hormones responsible for mood regulation. Many people often report feeling happy and relaxed after a massage session, and they’re more able to feel joy in everyday life.

4. Remedial Massage Can Help with Chronic Fatigue

People who suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome often experience poor sleep and mental fogginess, which makes it difficult to function throughout the day. This is why a regular massage can be such an important part of a holistic wellness plan. Remedial massages can help to release tight muscles and tension throughout the body, which can not only improve sleep quality but also help you feel energized throughout the day.

5. Remedial Massage Can Help Reduce Chronic Pain

Many people suffer from chronic pain as a result of underlying structural problems. Remedial massage can be extremely helpful in relieving this pain through the use of direct pressure, which helps to release muscular tension that may be causing your body to hold onto pain. This type of deep tissue work is not always comfortable but it is an important part of healing.

6. Relief of Pain Associated with Scoliosis

Scoliosis affects one in 10 people and it is often an underlying problem that goes untreated for many years. This can result in chronic postural issues such as pain and fatigue. Frequent treatment with a Remedial Massage therapist can help to release muscle tension, improve movement quality and reduce pain.

7. Remedial Massages Help Reduce Stress

Stress has a very real impact on our bodies and it can lead to anxiety, high blood pressure and many other problems. Remedial massage helps to release tension throughout the body so you feel rejuvenated and relaxed. Having a regular massage session is a great way to take time out for yourself and give yourself some self-love!

8. Remedial Massage  can be an Effective Treatment for Migraines

Migraines can be such a debilitating experience for those who suffer them. Many people seek more natural methods to help manage the onset of migraines.  Some studies found that Remedial Massage may be as effective, as a prophylactic treatment as leading prescribed medications such as  propranolol.

9. Remedial Massage Can Help to Relieve ‘Sciatic Pain’ symptoms

The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body and it can be disrupted by muscle and structural problems through the lower back and into the legs. This can lead to symptoms such as tingling, pain or numbness in your buttocks or legs. Remedial massage helps to relax and release tension in these areas, which can help reduce your pain and improve overall function.

10. Remedial Massages Can Help Reduce Muscle Soreness after Exercise

Most of us aren’t used to starting an exercise regime from scratch, so it’s normal to feel some muscle soreness after your first few sessions. This muscle soreness can be DOMS or Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. Trained Remedial Massage therapists can help to release muscle tension that you may be holding onto, which can greatly reduce the sensation of pain. This is different from a regular massage because the focus is on releasing deep-seated body tension rather than massaging muscles to encourage relaxation.

When should I get a Remedial massage?

Both acute and chronic conditions can be supported with remedial massage. Remedial massage can be performed at any staff, but is indicated to be more effective in the sub-acute phase, 72 hours after injury. It is crucial to adhere to the RICE principle for the first 72 hours. To reduce swelling and inflammation, you should use rest, ice and compression.

Also a professional Remedial Massage Therapist will rule out any red flags or contraindications (situations where massage would not be appropriate) before undertaking any treatment.

A maintenance massage is recommended for chronic conditions. It will promote mobility and optimal function. Regular massages can be helpful in pain management and quality of life for more severe conditions.

Interested in Booking a Remedial Massage with Haumanu Health?

Remedial massages can be a great way to treat injury and chronic pain, but they also help with sleep quality and stress reduction. If you’re suffering from sciatica or any other musculoskeletal issue that causes discomfort when walking, sitting or standing for long periods of time, this type of massage may be the answer!

Give yourself some self-love by scheduling your first appointment today. In addition to getting relief from your symptoms, research has shown that regular maintenance sessions will prevent painful conditions from worsening over time.