About Remedial Massage
We've all suffered from pulled muscles or sprained joints at some time or other. It's usually because we've overexerted ourselves - maybe playing sports for too long, heavy lifting at work or spending all day digging the garden. We usually feel stiff and sore the next day and even if muscle or joint damage is not immediate, repeating such activities long term can lead to muscle and joint damage. Although the pain of these injuries does diminish after a short period of rest from activity (several days) the damage within the tissue remains in the form of scar tissue (often felt as a "knot"). This weakened area of muscle or ligament (in a joint) is then more susceptible to further damage.
So what can be done to mend damaged muscles and joints? Although prescription painkillers and anti-inflammatories may alleviate the pain of such strains and sprains, they do not repair damaged tissue. Muscle and joint damage is perhaps best corrected using "hands-on" therapies, such as Remedial Massage, where tissues (muscles, tendons and ligaments) are directly manipulated. Remedial Massage is a combination of deep tissue massage, muscle tension release and joint mobilisation techniques. This type of massage is far more than therapeutic; it's aim is to restore muscle and joint function and to restore balance to the body's muscular, skeletal, nervous and circulatory systems.
What Remedial Massage can do to help you
Strain and sprain injuries can cause severe restriction of movement in associated joints as well as intense pain (particularly during the initial stage of the injury). For instance, a sprained ankle will greatly reduce the range of movement (ROM) in the ankle joint and therefore affect walking; an upper shoulder strain will reduce the ROM of the neck and head. Remedial Massage will help reduce (and in most cases eradicate) pain in the area of damaged tissue and restore the original (pre-injury) ROM to the joint.
Remedial Massage has been found to be effective in the treatment of :
- Back pain / sciatica
- Painful neck and shoulders
- Joint injuries
- Sports Injuries
- Repetitive Strain Injuries
- Tennis/Golfers elbow
- Tension headaches
About your therapist
Nick Skinner (BSc), NAMMT (RM), graduated from the highly acclaimed Northern Institute of Massage (Bury) and is a member of the