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What is Remedial Massage
Definition of Remedial Massage from Medibank (Australian Private Health Fund Standard for HICAP code: 105, 205)
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 specific physical effects a patient may be presenting. If a patient has suffered a moderate injury resulting in structural pain and/or loss of function, remediation is required to reduce or eliminate pain and restore that function. Remedial massage is designed to balance muscle/soft tissue length, tension, and 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 the injury.
A remedial therapist must know anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology to determine where to treat patients. Their services must be based on best practice principles. Before any remedial massage treatment begins, thorough patient consultation and assessment are to be performed to ascertain the patient’s current health status. Suppose the patient is suitable for remedial massage and relying on the patient’s feedback to identify the areas that require attention. In that case, the therapist can apply the appropriate treatment.
Assessment options before/during/after Remedial Massage
Assessments are essential for a remedial massage treatment. There are many different ways to perform an assessment. Most of the time, a remedial massage therapist will perform an assessment base on anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology. However, some TCM(Traditional Chinese Medicine) therapists might also assess the clients' Chinese median, a channel through which qi and the other fundamental substances flow. Some energy therapists might also evaluate the clients' energy. It depends on the qualification or experience of the remedial massage therapist.
Current assessment options from Heal Young Massage by Hill Yang
To watch and feel how muscles, fascial and joints perform during functional movements(regular daily activity or any exercise, sports), focus on the problem and possible compensation areas.
Assess how your gait change and how your muscle responds during walking and running
How do you breathe while you're resting or moving
Strength test, balance test, and reaction time test assess by Real Time Biofeedback AXIT system.
Pressure test by Activ5 Dynamometer.
Blood pressure by Omron blood pressure monitor.
Blood oxygen concentration, heart rate, PPG (photoplethysmogram), which detects blood volume changes in the microvascular bed of tissue by BloodOximeter.
Body weight, body fat, body age, muscle percentage on whole body/upper body/upper limbs/lower limbs, body fat on full body/upper body/upper limbs/lower limbs, visceral fat by Omron Karada Scan with eight sensors.
Treatment options for Remedial Massage
Once after the assessment, then Hill will discuss with the client and decide what treatments will perform during the session to get the result.
At this stage, Heal Young Massage treatment/technique options include Remedial Hot Stone, Relaxation, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation), Myofascial Release, Aromatherapy, Chinese Medical Massage, Cupping, Gua Sha, Kinesio taping, massage gun, and Dry Needling.
Yes, relaxation is part of the technique for remedial massage. However, it's not a SPA type of relaxation massage. Usually, it will be chosen when the client's condition is not suitable for deep tissue, trigger point therapy, or myofascial release. Once the client's condition changes, more profound treatments usually are needed to reduce or eliminate pain and restore that function to feel young again.