The word remedial, in medical terms, 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 at targeting musculoskeletal health issues, that is, it treats muscles and tendons that are tired, chronically painful, damaged, knotted, have adhesions, or are tensed or immobile, and so on. It bears a lot of resemblance with Sports Massage and Orthopedic Massage, and sometimes the terms are used synonymously.
It can either consist of massage work on the deeper layers of muscles and tissues (deep tissue massage), or massage is applied more superficially on outer layers. In general, Remedial Massage uses a holistic approach trying to tackle the actual origin of pains or malfunctions.
The techniques used 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.
Remedial Massage stimulates the blood and lymph circulation, relaxes muscles, mobilizes joints, promotes correct posture, alleviates or cures chronic pains, and helps to repair damaged tissues i.e. injuries. Think of alleviation of headaches, abdominal pains, muscle cramps, frozen shoulder, low back pains, and sciatic pains, to just name a few issues.