Remedial Massage & Lymphedema Therapy
Remedial Massage Therapy
Remedial massage is the systematic assessment and treatment of the muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues of the body to assist in rehabilitation, pain and injury management.
It’s performed to create favourable conditions for the body to return to normal health after injury and is defined by the premise that the treatment can reasonably reverse certain physical effects a patient may be presenting.
If a patient has suffered a moderate injury resulting in structural pain and/or loss of function, then remediation is required to reduce or eliminate pain and restore that function.
Remedial massage is designed to balance muscle/soft tissue length, tension, tone which will in turn promote the return to normal joint/capsular/bone position; increase the flow of blood and lymph, particularly in the injured areas, thus removing blockages, damaged cells, scar tissue and adhesions resulting from injury.
A remedial therapist must have knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology to determine where to treat patients.
Their services must be based on best practice principles and before any remedial massage treatment begins, a thorough patient consultation and assessment is to be performed to ascertain the patient’s current health status. If the patient is suitable for remedial massage and relying on the patient’s feedback to identify the areas that require attention, the therapist can then apply the relevant and appropriate treatment.
Remedial Massage Therapist use the hands and other instruments to manipulate the soft tissue of the body to reduce muscle tension, maintain flexibility and improve circulation.
The term massage means to touch, softly press, squeeze, rub, handle or knead. It is usually applied to the skin, fascia, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The general action of massage is considered therapeutic, because it provides physical, emotional, psychological benefits.
Massage is generally viewed as a complimentary Natural Therapy and can be used to help preserve health and modify illness. It can work in conjunction with orthodox and
complementary therapies and is in itself an enjoyable and healthy activity.
Massage has been employed in many ways and has a growing recognition for its usefulness in a wide range of health care settings. Most health care practitioners performing massage are known as Massage Therapists but other professionals such as Nurses, Chiropractors, Physical Therapists, Osteopathic Physicians, Athletic Trainers are among those making use of the benefits of massage therapy.
General benefits of massage are promoting beneficial physical changes in the body including;
Promote Feelings of Wellbeing
Back or Neck pain
Soft tissue injuries
High blood pressure
Reducing muscular tension
Improved toning and stimulation of muscles, tendons, and ligaments
Improved blood and lymph circulation
Surgery Preparation and Recovery
Sports Preparation and Recovery
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)
Developed by Emil and Estrid Vodder during the 1930's Manual Lymphatic Drainage is an extremely gentle, soothing, non-invasive technique, which significantly improves the activity of the lymphatic vessels.
The effectiveness of the therapy is in the precision and focus of the application. Widely researched and internationally accredited the technique is repeatedly shown to reduce tissue congestion oedema/swelling.
MLD has been successfully used in a wide range of applications including Beauty and Cosmetic Therapy, Traumatic Oedema reduction, and many more conditions.