Relaxation massage is perfect if you feel the need to unwind or to alleviate a new ache or pain that’s arisen recently. In contrast, remedial massage is a targeted treatment where your massage therapist takes a full history of the issue that’s been troubling you, assess of your range of motion or any structural damage and then use one or more specific techniques to address the problem.

This type of in-depth approach is more suited for long-standing more chronic issues and can provide reduction or even complete relief from many troubling problems.

Conditions Treated by Remedial Massage

Remedial massage is aimed at either reducing or eliminating chronic issues like sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, plantar fasciitis or tension headaches. It is also used to treat muscle cramps and spasms, tennis elbow or a frozen shoulder. As well, issues such as neck, shoulder and back pain often respond well to treatment which is consistent with the available scientific research. Several studies found that massage offers benefits for chronic low back pain comparable to spinal manipulative therapy (chiropractic adjustments). It is also well suited to treat:

-Nausea (sometimes due to chemotherapy treatment or surgery)
-Stress reduction
-Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness
-Chronic lower back pain
– stress, pain, anxiety and sleep issues associated with chronic disease.


-Labour pain
-Post-natal depression
-Obstetrics symptom management
-Infant massage
-Lung function for children with cystic fibrosis
-Arm, neck and shoulder pain/issues
-Urinary symptoms caused by MS
-Pressure sores
-Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
-Premenstrual symptoms

A Multi-Faceted Approach

Remedial massage will often include several different modalities in your treatment to achieve the best results possible. For example, your massage therapist might use deep tissue massage or trigger point therapy or myofascial release. Other approaches include Swedish, sports, Bowen, deep transverse friction, Rolfing, shiatsu, qigong, Trager, acupressure and Thai massage which uses stretching. This multifaceted approach sets remedial massage apart because it incorporates the different kinds to best treat your issue and provide optimum relief.

How It Works

The goal is to stimulate blood flow to the damaged or painful area, in order to promote faster healing. If you have any muscles or tendons that are tense, knotted, strained or even injured, the proper type and intensity of remedial massage can bring significant improvement.

Massage treatment may also soothe your peripheral nervous system which can help to lessen any pain or discomfort and improve joint mobility by reducing stiffness and tension. It can also boost the circulation of oxygen, improve drainage of your lymph system, lower stress hormones and boost serotonin and dopamine levels.

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