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Nothing is better than a massage to ease those persistent aches and pains but there's more to it than just candles, calming music and scented oils.

Adding remedial massage into your overall health and wellness plan may help you on your pathway to happy, healthy ageing.

Massage is an intervention that can help relieve symptoms of pain and stress and improve your ability to function at your best. Remedial massage as part of an overall approach to health and wellness can help us feel great.

Research shows that a massage, when given by a qualified remedial massage therapist can help with the following:

 - General aches and pains
 - Headaches and migraines
 - Anxiety
 - Poor circulation
 - Lymphatic drainage (fluid retention)
 - Insomnia related to stress
 - Digestive disorders

With the numerous health benefits it provides, you can understand how adding remedial massage into your overall health and wellness plan may help you on your pathway to happy, healthy ageing.

 

TYPES OF MASSAGE AND ASSOCIATED BENEFITS

Remedial massage – Remedial massage aims to return the body to normal health by reversing the physical effects of pain or decreased mobility and function. This method is often used to help with pain management caused by chronic musculoskeletal and postural conditions or injuries. It will involve an assessment, which can include a range of motion testing and measurement of pain ratings. Treatment may involve firmer pressure as guided by you (but never causing pain), deep tissue massage and trigger point therapy.

Remedial massage can help with aches and pain caused by bad posture, arthritis, through a fall, regular headaches or migraines. Joint range of motion may be improved assisting with mobility by helping to reduce muscle tension.
Therapeutic massage – Therapeutic massage involves the gentle manipulation of muscles with light to moderate massage pressure (again, never causing pain). This massage is great for general health and wellbeing and is often used to help prevent and alleviate the discomforts of stress, headaches, migraines, muscle spasms and cramps.

Lymphatic drainage massage – This method involves the use of specific massage techniques consisting of a gentle, rhythmic motion which moves lymph fluid towards lymph nodes to be filtered and refreshed. Lymphatic drainage can be great for detoxification and supporting the body’s immune system and in assisting with slight fluid retention.

Seated massage – Seated massage is a massage technique that is applied to the body in a seated position, with the focus commonly on the neck and shoulders. This massage is suitable for those who are unable to transfer to a massage table and lay on their stomach. For a seated massage the therapist only needs access to the neck, shoulders, back, front of legs, feet, arms, hands and chest, which means this can be done whilst sitting in a chair or on a wheelie walker. This method is also great for the treatment of migraines.

Reflexology – Reflexology involves the application of moderate pressure to specific points and areas along the feet, hands or ears which correspond to different body organs and systems. Reflexology is great for restoring balance, treating pain and boosting a sluggish circulation.

Could you benefit from a massage? There is more to massage than meets the eye and massage therapy can be used to treat numerous health problems and can provide many health benefits.

Do you have general aches and pains, or chronic headaches or anxiety? Do you think it could be improved? Consider massage as part of your restorative health program.

 

Article written by Mobile Rehab and originally published in Chapter magazine.

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