Remedial Massage

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.

Remedial massage can treat muscle-related pain and decreased movement (stiffness) associated with muscle tension, muscle tightness, spasms and focal thickening.  Common causes of pain and stiffness are repetative movements (work, parenting or sports related), trauma, doing an activity you haven’t done for a long time, overuse and muscle weakness.

Remedial massage can have a direct impact on the muscular system by lengthening tight muscles, relaxing overused muscles, and reducing spasms.

Remedial massage has also been shown to influence neurotransmitters and cortisol, which are produced when pain and stress are experienced (1-5). Massage promotes a decrease in cortisol and an increase in levels of serotonin and dopamine (1-5), which improves mood and decreases pain and stress (1-5).

Massage may be beneficial for:

  • Neck pain and tension
  • Back pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Muscle-related headaches i.e. stress related headaches.
  • Overuse injuries
  • Managing sports related training and loading
  • Stress-related tension
  • Leg pain
  • Shin pain



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