In medical terms, the word remedial means “giving or intended as a remedy or cure.” In fact, this is exactly what is meant by Remedial Massage: it’s a therapeutic massage with the goal of healing.
More particularly, Remedial Massage is a massage therapy that aims primarily at targeting musculoskeletal health issues, that is, it treats muscles and tendons that are tired, chronically painful, damaged, knotted, have adhesions, are tensed or immobile, and such. It’s a type of massage that has a lot of resemblances with Sports Massage and Orthopedic Massage, where remedial and orthopedic are often used synonymously.
Remedial Massage can either consist of massage work on the deeper layers of muscles and tissues, being a so-called Deep Tissue Massage, or massage work applied more superficially on the outer body layers. In general, Remedial Massage uses a holistic approach, trying to tackle the actual origin of pains or malfunctions.
The techniques applied vary depending on the specific health problem, but typically include pressure, trigger point work, strokes, traction, mobilization, friction, kneading, and stretches, to name some of the most important techniques applied. Usually, oil, creams and lotions are used also to massage more smoothly.
The health benefits of Remedial Massage include stimulation of the blood and lymph circulation, muscle relaxation, joints mobilization, promotion of correct posture, alleviation of chronic pains, restoration of damaged tissues i.e. injuries. More specifically, think of alleviation or healing of headaches, abdominal pains, muscle cramps, frozen shoulder, low back pains, and sciatic pains, to just name a few health conditions.