Remedial Massage
Remedial massage is one of the most effective ways to treat muscle injuries, pain and soreness, and help prevents its recurrence. Massage could be defined as the manual manipulation of the body’s soft tissue for therapeutic purposes with pressure, tension, motion or vibration.

Remedial massage is based on the fact that soft tissue (muscles, ligaments and tendons) respond to touch. The old adage ‘rub it better’ is exactly right. Most pain is myofascial or soft tissue in origin. Contained in our muscles are trigger points which radiate pain to various points of our body and this can mimic many conditions. Minor problems within our muscles cause more pain than people think.

The causes of low back pain and sciatica are far more likely to originate in the muscles than in spine or be related to ‘disc’ problems. Headaches can originate from the muscles of the neck and/or head.

Remedial massage has evolved from a combination of both Western and Eastern traditions. The greatest advancement was by a Swedish physiologist, Per Henrik Ling, who created a scientific system of massage movements and techniques known as Swedish massage.

Modern massage can be classed as a multidimensional skill, it comprises a wide variety of techniques which are always evolving, and many of these techniques have their origins in Swedish massage. Over time the term Swedish massage has lost favour and the term Remedial massage more accurately reflects the true nature of this treatment.

Modern therapists use Swedish massage as the basis of treatment along with many other techniques, depending upon training and experience, to tailor treatment to individual client needs. Remedial massage is the manipulation of the body’s soft tissue, (the skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments), using the hands in a gentle massage with varying amounts of pressure and stretching movements.

People are more aware than ever of the value of massage in combating the stresses and strains of modern life. The effect of massage includes, increase joint mobility, and relieves muscle tightness, spasm and pain, increases muscle flexibility, helps with removal of toxins from the muscle. Improves circulation, reduces oedema, stimulates the nervous system, reduces pain by releasing endorphins, improves condition of the skin, can also help relieve digestive problems such as constipation and colic, increases urinary output due to increase in circulation and lymph drainage and it is one of the best ways to relax. Massage relaxes mind and body, reducing stress and anxiety.
Markland Complementary Therapy Centre, Dalton House, 33 Leigh Road, Westhoughton, Bolton, BL5 2JE   Tel: 01942 841088