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What is Remedial Massage Therapy?

Remedial Massage is a whole body management that focuses on massage and other manual techniques in order to address problems arising from muscles and soft tissues. Treatment involves techniques to reduce muscular tension, spasm and tightness while the selection of these techniques is largely dependent upon individual presentation and the exact clinical problem.

 

We have a range of treatment packages available including 60 minute & 90 minute sessions. We carry out Pregnancy massage too.

Remedial Massage has been shown to be an effective treatment for:

  • Enhanced blood flow to injured tissue
  • Improving joint flexibility and movement by lengthening muscles and associated soft tissue structures.
  • Reducing pain and therefore promoting relaxation
  • Improving a persons overall wellbeing by reducing stress, anxiety and depression 

What are some Problems that a remedial massage can help with?

People choose to visit a massage therapist for a variety of reasons. Many of our clients seek treatment because they’re experiencing a particular ailment or problem. These issues commonly range from:

  • Specific Sports and Occupational injuries
  • Generalised neck and back pain, tension headaches and muscle cramping
  • Problems such a sciatica
  • Extremity joint problems involving the shoulders, elbows, wrist, hands, knees and feet.
  • Pregnancy related pain
  • Individuals looking to unwind from their daily stress

Remedial Massage FAQ

All new clients are asked to please complete a brief history and examination form. This information will assist your therapist. After your massage therapist has reviewed your information they will discuss your information with you as well as administer professional treatment. Please let the therapist know whether you want hard or light massage. Communication is the key to having the Massage that you will enjoy!

Our clinic has a HICAPS machine available for onsite private health insurance claiming for all clients.

Unfortunately massage is currently not available under the Medicare scheme.

We accept EFTPOS, credit card, cash and private health insurance.

Studies showing the benefits of massage:

In a meta-analysis on the effects of massage therapy on cancer in general, cancer-associated pain was noted to be one of the most common complaints. Nine high quality studies were included in this meta-analysis. Massage therapy was noted to significantly reduce cancer pain as compared to no massage control conditions. “Our results indicate that massage is effective for the relief of cancer pain, especially for surgery-related pain.” (See here) ​

Research published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice showed that adults with rheumatoid arthritis felt a decrease in pain, as well as greater grip strength and range of motion in wrists and large upper joints, after receiving regular moderate-pressure massages during a 4-week period. (See here) ​

This study followed mothers massaging preterm infants and following them to 12 months corrected age. The researchers found that those infants who were massaged had higher cognitive scores at 12 months corrected age, consistent with earlier data published showing similarly higher mental development scores at 6 months of age for those preemies who were massaged. (See here) ​

Muscle injury studies have typically involved exertion-induced muscle injury (weight lifting or leg pressing) This study done on muscle injury showed that muscle soreness was significantly reduced for the massage group versus the standard treatment control group. Range of motion was also significantly increased for the massage versus the other groups. (See here) ​

A study comparing 52 hospitalized depressed and adjustment disorder children and adolescents with a control group that viewed relaxation videotapes, found massage therapy subjects were less depressed and anxious, and had lower saliva Cortisol levels (an indicator of less depression). (See here) ​

Massage therapy has been used in individuals with knee arthritis pain in at least 3 recent randomized controlled studies In this study, massage therapy and an exercise program were combined and compared to an exercise program alone. The combined exercise/massage therapy led to greater improvement than the group that received exercise alone. (See here) ​

Premature infants treated with daily massage therapy gain more weight and have shorter hospital stays than infants who are not massaged. A study of 40 low-birth-weight babies found that the 20 massaged babies had a 47% greater weight gain per day and stayed in the hospital an average of six days less than 20 infants who did not receive massage, resulting a cost savings of approximately $3,000 per infant. (See here) ​

Cocaine-exposed, preterm infants given massage three times daily for a 10 day period showed significant improvement. Results indicated that massaged infants had fewer postnatal complications and exhibited fewer stress behaviours during the 10 day period, had a 28% greater daily weight gain, and demonstrated more mature motor behaviours. (See here) ​

A combination of massage techniques for 52 subjects with traumatically induced spinal pain led to significant improvements in acute and chronic pain and increased muscle flexibility and tone. This study also found massage therapy to be extremely cost effective, with cost savings ranging from 15-50%. (See here) ​

Massage may enhance the immune system. This study shows an increase in cytotoxic capacity (increase in the number of natural killer cells) of the immune system associated with massage. “There were also significant decreases in anxiety and increases in relaxation which were significantly correlated with increases in NK cell number” (See here) ​

Massage has also been shown to stimulate the body’s ability to naturally control pain by stimulating the brain to produce endorphins. Fibromyalgia is an example of a condition that may be favourably affected by this effect. (See here) ​

Infants with GERD have significant reflux problems. In one study a massage therapist taught mothers to massage their GERD infants. By the end of the study the Cortisol levels of the massage group had significantly decreased while the Cortisol levels in the non-massage control group had increased. These researchers also observed the mother-infant feeding interactions. Both the massaging mothers and their infants had higher feeding interaction scores, with the mothers showing more sensitivity to the infants’ cues. (See here) ​

Lymph drainage massage has been shown to be more effective than mechanized methods or diuretic drugs to control lymphedema secondary to radical mastectomy, consequently using massage to control lymphedema would significantly lower treatment costs. (See here)

A study found that massage therapy can have a powerful effect upon psycho-emotional distress in persons suffering from chronic inflammatory bowel disease. Massage therapy was effective in reducing the frequency of episodes of pain and disability in these patients. “The authors found that patients found relief from sleep disturbance, decreased awareness of moderately severe pain and a partial relief of depression..” (See here)

A study of chronic fatigue syndrome subjects found that a group receiving massage therapy had lower depression, emotional distress, and somatic symptom scores, more hours of sleep, and lower epinephrine and cortisol levels than the control group. (See here)

Orthotics

At Lake Road Chiropractic we will assess your whole body, including your feet. Occasionally Patients need foot correction due to excessive rolling in or out of their feet. Biomechanical problems affecting the feet can increase stresses within the foot structures and the surrounding soft tissues, creating localised pain in the feet and ankles as well as problems in the lower limbs, knees, hips and back.

Orthotics allow joints to be aligned correctly and promote efficient transmission of the forces of standing, walking, jogging, running and jumping.

What Specific Conditions May Be Helped?

Correction of poor foot biomechanics with orthotics can improve and prevent many types of pain conditions and symptoms such as:

Achilles tendonitis, metatarsalgia (pain in the ball of the foot), sesamoiditis, toe pain, ankle pain, tibialis dysfunction, impingement syndrome, plantar fasciitis, neuroma, tendonitis, heel spur, pronation/eversion, bunions, shin pain (compartment syndrome, shin splints), Knee Pain, Patello-femoral syndrome and Chondromalacia Patellae.

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