Remedial massage encompasses several techniques of soft tissue manipulation with the goal of relieving pain and dysfunction from muscular issues and speeding up the healing process following an injury. The main techniques that may be used are deep tissue massage, trigger point techniques, myofascial release, manual lymphatic drainage and passive stretching.
Our massage therapists work closely with our Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologists in a full multi-disciplinary setting, and if need be, they will communicate your needs to them. All our massage services are provided by qualified massage therapists with private health rebates available.
Sports and Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue techniques involve deep pressure to friction, mobilise and compress muscle to release tension and adhesions.
Trigger Point massage is a term coined by Dr. Janet Travell to describe hyperirritable spots in skeletal muscle that are associated with palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibres, commonly known as ‘muscle knots). There are several techniques used to relieve or eliminate these tight areas of muscle; deep friction and pressure as well as stretching while applying ice or cold spray to the affected muscle, followed by heat.
Myofascial Release techniques involve prolonged release holds and traction stretches to stretch and release tight and restricted fascia. Fascia is connective tissue which is like a three dimensional web throughout our body. It helps hold us together and protect our muscles and organs. The fascia surrounding our muscle tissues are referred to as myofascia. By releasing tight myofascia, it will enable the affected muscle to function better.
Lymphatic Drainage massage is a very gentle massage, involving repetitive strokes in the direction of lymph flow to help increase the flow of the lymph system. Lymph is the extracellular fluid (outside of the cells of the body) that carries waste products and debris. The lymph system relies on skeletal muscle movement, peristalsis (soft muscles movement of the lymph vessels) to propel the fluid through the vessels, lymph nodes (which cleanse the lymph) and lymph ducts (which return lymph to the circulatory system). Swelling (odema) occurs after an acute musculoskeletal injury, or due to sedentary lifestyle and genetic factors. Manual Lymphatic Drainage massage is a light and gentle approach to speed up the removal of excess fluid and provides temporary pain relief and relaxation. Lymphatic drainage is suitable for people with low mobility, pre-surgery, post-surgery, acute and chronic injuries or simply assist the body to detox naturally.
Already seeing a physiotherapist?
If the pain and discomfort you are experiencing is of a muscular origin then massage is a great compliment to your management program. Whereas, if there are neurological symptoms, such as numbness or tingling, or a skeletal and/or ligament issue, a physiotherapist is best at addressing this as they have more appropriate knowledge and skills compared to a remedial massage therapist. Adjustments and mobilisation of the skeletal structures are not part of the scope of practice of a remedial massage therapist. As such a physiotherapist is able to work on these issues and create a treatment program to rehabilitate and manage posture and musculoskeletal balance.