Remedial/Neuromuscular Massage Therapy


What is Remedial massage and how does it differ from regular massage?

Remedial massage is specifically designed to treat some form of soft tissue dysfunction or injury as opposed to holistic or Swedish massage which is more specifically a relaxation massage. That’s not to say a remedial massage therapist can’t perform a relaxation massage, in most cases a cert 4 in relaxation massage is a pre-requisite for attaining a diploma in remedial massage or myotherapy.



What is Sports Massage?

As I trained overseas, I have a diploma in Sports massage in addition to a remedial massage diploma from Australia. In the UK and Ireland the roles of remedial massage therapist and myotherapists are traditionally carried out by a Sports Massage therapist, however, cupping and needling are not part of the prescribed course like they are with myotherapy in Australia (fortunately as an acupuncturist I have extensive training and experience in both of these modalities). Sports massage really is designed to facilitate athletic performance through the release of tension, tightness, soft tissue dysfunction and adhesions. This can be done though massage, manipulation, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, stretching, exercises and neuromuscular therapy.



What is NeuromuscularTherapy?

Neuromuscular therapy relates to the relationship between the muscles and the nervous system. Obviously, the nervous system controls the muscles but sometimes tension and dysfunction in the muscles can impact the nervous system causing pain and referral to other parts of the body. The nueormuscular therapist uses various techniques like trigger point therapy, muscle energy technique and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation to address the dysfunction and restore healthy movement



What are the benefits of these combined therapies?

In short: Less pain and improved range of movement. Massage just works plain and simple. It can be deeply relaxing and enjoyable, or it can feel like a good workout but when carried out by an experienced professional, like me, it will help you feel better and get on with your life so that you can do the things you love doing without pain. So, you can walk or a run, jump in the pool or go for a swim at the beach without that sense of frustration that comes with being in pain.



Remedial/ Neuromuscular Massage Therapy

Michael initially qualified as aHolistic Massage therapist in 2003 and went onto study sports massage and neuromuscular therapy in 2006. Michael received his Diploma in Remedial Massage from the Australian College of Massage in 2014. Michael continues to incorporate his extensive training and experience in massage and neuromuscular therapy in his clinical practice to facilitate healing and the treatment of musculoskeletal pain and disorders.

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