Remedial Massage Therapy is the application of different techniques in the treatment of muscular pain and dysfunction that affect human movement. It is applied in the preventative, corrective and rehabilitative phases of treatment.
It is also concerned with the restoration and maintenance of the soft tissue structures of the body.
Whether the cause of your discomfort is work related, from a sports injury or from work or leisure around the house, Remedial Massage Therapy may assist in the management of a wide range of soft tissue problems.
Remedial Massage Therapy is known to:
- Relax muscles and reduce tension leaving a feeling of wellbeing.
- Assist in reducing the risk of fibrosis and adhesions in muscles and fascia.
- Enhance rehabilitation after injury.
- Relieve cramps and spasms.
- Increase the range of movement.
- Dramatically reduce pain and discomfort.
- Drain lymph nodes.
- Assist in relieving symptoms of fatigue by stimulating joint and blood flow, nerve stimulus, e.g. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
- Assist in alleviating the symptoms of Repetitive Strain Syndrome by relaxing and increasing muscle function and stretching contracted muscles.
Fees As of 2018
Private health funds provide varying levels of cover for Remedial Massage Therapy.
Please contact your health fund for full details of these benefits.
MEDIBANK MEMBERS (preferred provider)
|Monday||2pm to 7pm|
|Wednesday||8am to 7pm|
|Friday||9am to 7pm|
|Saturday||8am to 12.30pm|
Sports massage is a form of massage involving the manipulation of soft tissue to benefit a person engaged in regular physical activity. Soft tissue includes skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia and the massgae is designed to assist in correcting problems and imbalances in soft tissue that are caused from repetitive and strenuous physical activity and trauma.
The application of sports massage, prior to and after exercise, may enhance performance, aid recovery and prevent injury.
Athletes with injuries or problems that are inhibiting performance will find that the stimulatory effects of sports massage encourage the healing process. Recreational and competitive athletes following a regular training programme will benefit during recovery, and through the early detection of any problems arising from training stress. Athletes engaged in sporting events or competitions can benefit before, during and after the event, depending on whether the need is for the release of muscle tension, relief from soreness, relaxation, etc.
Some benefits of Sports Massage are:
- the release of muscle tension and pain
- the removal of waste products such as acetic acid and carbon dioxide
- reduced discomfort from DOMS (delayed onset of muscle soreness) as a result of vigorous exercise
- and improved posture and flexibility
- Shin Splints
Shin splints can encompass a number of different pathologies, including periostitis, muscle strain, stress fracture, and compartment syndrome. In most cases the term applies to periostitis and muscle irritation resulting from overuse. Pain can occur in the anterolateral region of the tibia or the medial and distal tibial region. Medial shin splints is also called Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS) and the primary muscle involved is tibialis posterior. Soleus is also a causative factor in MTSS.
The tibialis posterior works eccentrically during normal gait mechanics to prevent overpronation. Foot overpronation places excessive loads on the tibialis posterior, and tensile stress is concentrated at its attachment site on the tibia. Studies have shown that a forefoot running stride puts excessive tensile stress on the tibialis posterior muscle and when the running stride was corrected the shin pain was relieved.
MTSS can be a precursor to stress fractures in the tibia, therefore a stress fracture should always be considered as a possible cause of pain.
Rest from offending activities, orthotics to correct bio-mechanical distortions in the gait pattern, ice applications after activity, anti-inflammatory medication and massage is highly effective in this condition's management. Stretching is an important component of treatment for shin splints and strengthening and conditioning of the region can commence once the condition's symptoms have substantially reduced.
Treatment techniques for MTSS:
Deep stripping with active engagement lengthening movements and active engagement with resistance. This technique can be painful so stripping should be applied within pain tolerance of the patient.
- Tennis Elbow
Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) involves collagen breakdown in the tendon fibres (tendinosis) and not an actual inflammatory problem. The majority of problems in lateral epicondylitis result from excessive concentric wrist extension or eccentric wrist flexion. Either of these actions performed repetitively can overwhelm the tendon fibres and lead to tendon degeneration.
Chronic tension in the wrist extensor muscles can also cause fatigue and tendon degeneration and long hours on a daily basis of computer use is often a cause of this condition.
Rest or reduction from offending activities, ice application, strength training activities, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, corticosteroid injections, anti-inflammatory medications, bracing, surgery, and soft tissue therapy.
Treatment techniques for Tennis elbow:
All of the following techniques are targeting the wrist extensors. Transverse sweeping, deep compression broadening, deep longitudinal stripping, compression-broadening with active engagement shortening, and deep longitudinal stripping with active engagement lengthening,.
Transverse friction to extensor tendons at the elbow. Cryotherapy is sometimes used both before and after the friction treatments to reduce discomfort.
Stretching the wrist extensors is an essential aspect during the treatment session as well as by the patient at home.
- Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is a painful inflammatory process of the connective tissue on the sole (bottom surface) of the foot. It is often caused by biomechanical dysfunction in the foot and overpronation appears to be a major cause. The increased tensile force on the plantar fascia leads to fiber breakdown with resultant stress on the calcaneal attachment site. It is a very common condition for people with flat or high arched feet and can be difficult to treat if not looked after properly.
The plantar fascia plays a crucial role in maintaining stability and contributing to shock absorption in the foot. It is a spring mechanism, essentially a tension cable between the heel and toes. Increased tension develops at the push-off phase of running or walking and from normal weight bearing. Due to its connection with the heel, excessive forces can cause a heel spur to develop.
The plantar fascia has fascial connections with the Gastrocnemius and Soleus muscles. Keeping these muscles, the plantar fascia, and the corresponding connective tissue in a shortened position for long periods commonly aggravates the symptoms.
Rest from offending activities, orthotics for faulty biomechanical patterns, corticosteroid injections, tension night splint, tape to maintain arch, ice applications, lose weight if overweight, and soft tissue therapy.
Treatment techniques for PF:
Longitudinal stripping to PF and flexor muscles on the bottom surface of the foot. Transverse friction to PF near calcaneus. Compression broadening and deep stripping to calf muscles. Deep stripping plus stripping with active engagement lengthening to deep posterior compartment muscles. Stretching should be incorporated throughout the treatment process as tolerated by the client.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Compression of the median nerve at the wrist is called carpal tunnel syndrome. A common cause is overuse of the finger flexors, which can create tenosynovitis in the flexor tendons and result in adhesion, inflammation and swelling. Chronic irritation leads to fibrosis or thickening of the sheath and thickening of the transverse carpal ligament, narrowing the tunnel. Common symptoms include paresthesia, numbness, and pain in the hand and symptoms are often worse at night.
Reducing aggravating occupational factors with ergonomic intervention, reducing offending activities, corticosteroid injections, oral steroids, various non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, diuretics, wrist splints, surgery, and soft tissue therapy.
Treatment techniques for CTS:
Myofascial release to transverse carpal ligament, stretching wrist flexors and TCL, median nerve mobilisation.