Remedial Massage: Beneficial For More Than Just Relaxation

Massage Therapist, Rachael Trebon

Many people perceive massage as a luxury to increase relaxation. While this is an excellent benefit of massage therapy, there are many other circumstances where massage can contribute to one’s wellbeing. An experienced Remedial Massage Therapist can make a significant difference when treating clients with recurring or acute complaints, degenerative disease, and many common ailments and conditions.

MIGRAINES AND CHRONIC NECK TENSION
In my clinic I see many people who work all day at computers, spend a lot of time driving, or work manual labouring jobs. As a result I often see migraines, headaches, and neck tension as a primary complaint. By working directly on the affected muscle groups and surrounding areas headaches and neck tension can often lessen dramatically or resolve altogether. Massage is also helpful in managing wrist and arm pain due to constant work at computers. Teaching clients about better posture, stretches, and tips on how to maintain a better working position will help the client maintain the results. Regular massage also helps these issues from recurring.


PREGNANCY

Pregnancy is a time of dramatic change in a woman’s body. This can lead to back and hip pain, neck pain and swelling in her legs. Massage is a great way to help manage these issues. It can relieve some of the common aches and pains, and improve her comfort level resulting in better sleep. As massage increases relaxation, I often find a reduction in stress and an improvement in mood with my pregnant clients.

It is important to find a therapist who is trained in pregnancy massage. A knowledgeable therapist will know which pressure points and areas to avoid during pregnancy, as well as which aromatherapy oils are contraindicated. Therapists who treat pregnant women should know how to support the changing body and often will have special pillows and bolsters to help the mother lay comfortably.

CANCER
Until recently many people thought that massage could help spread cancer around the body. Not only has this been shown to be incorrect, but Oncology Massage has been proven to reduce pain, lower anxiety and depression, aid in treating insomnia and fatigue, as well as help with nausea. Massage after a cancer diagnosis can provide the client with an hour of care and peace in a time of uncertainty. Oncology Massage can be received before, during or after chemotherapy treatment has finished. Following surgery or radiation there are time considerations, but it is worth a discussion with a qualified to therapist to learn what options are available. As with pregnancy, it is incredibly important to find a Massage Therapist who has had specific training in Oncology Massage or Lymphatic Drainage. Cancer treatments create special considerations and it is important for the therapist to understand the precautions.

DEGENERATIVE DISEASES
Clients with diseases such as Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis also benefit greatly from Remedial Massage Therapy. Although it can’t treat the disease directly, it can help with many symptoms of chronic disease. Massage can help with muscle spasms and alleviate pain. It increases circulation and can improve sleep by increasing overall relaxation. Massage can also help decrease depression and anxiety which is common in clients with degenerative diseases.

Remedial Massage is a wonderful addition to a health care plan. There are benefits for most daily, chronic and situational ailments If you do some research and ask friends, family, and health care providers who they recommend, you can find a therapist to suit most bodywork needs.