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Remedial (Advance) Massage

What is Remedial (Advance) Massage?

Remedial (Advance) Massage is a combination of deep to superficial manipulation of the soft and connective tissues of the body. This may help relieve acute or chronic musculoskeletal conditions or injuries which may also increase mobility and circulation and promote relaxation both physically and mentally.


Remedial Massage may also be used to prepare the body for strenuous physical activity, or to assist the body in recovering from the after-effects of strenuous activity.

The Science

Remedial Massage is both an art and science which is based on the principle that soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia) respond to touch. Physiologically it has been suggested that caring touch helps the flow of blood and lymph around the body.  Consequently studies have shown that touch can aid to decrease blood pressure and heart rate, soothe nerves and decrease tension, promoting relaxation and a state of well-being.

Remedial (Advance) Massage

Most pain is considered to be myofascial (soft tissue) in origin. Trigger points, (are suggested to be sensitive points in muscles, which may radiate or refer pain to various parts of the body) which may imitate many conditions. Studies have suggested that massage may aid the production of the brain’s chemicals that function as natural painkillers reducing pain and producing a state of mind akin to euphoria.


Injury Prevention

Regular, routine massage can help injury prevention in various ways. Firstly, regular massage facilitates ongoing dialogue between patient and therapist to discuss potential problems. It is claimed that regular massage improves the general condition of soft tissues, through enhancing tissue elasticity and pliability. Furthermore, regular massage may help prevent formation of adhesion and improve mobility of scar-tissue.


Remedial Massage Techniques

A wide range of hands-on 'Advanced Soft Tissue Techniques' are used to facilitate change to the soft tissue layers, from superficial to deep to help address patients particular needs, such as pain, dysfunction or impairments.


In addition to the conventional oil based massage approach and traditional massage techniques used such as Effleurage, Petrissage, Tapotement being performed by the hands, forearms, knuckles, or elbows, depending on depth of pressure and outcome required. A Remedial Massage treatment also involves a variety of advanced, lotion/oil-free techniques to commonly achieve effective results. The following techniques are combined and selected on the basis of sound clinical reasoning for the patient’s optimal benefit. These may include:


  • Muscle Energy Technique (MET)

  • Soft Tissue Release (STR)

  • Fascial Release Technique (FRT)

  • Neuro-Muscular Technique (NMT)

  • Positional Release Technique (PRT)

  • Functional Technique (FT)


At the No.1 Pain Relief Clinic we use a combination of manual and mechanical techniques complimented by stretching exercise. This is combined with continual Evidence Based Practice and an in-depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology to achieve optimum effects for pain relief.


Prior to a Remedial (Advance) Massage a full assessment and examination will be performed to identify the areas of restriction, see Examination and Assessment for further details. This assists the therapist to assess the whole body to see where the problem areas may have occurred.


The treatment plan is based around these findings gathered and any information the patient has given during the initial consultation. Generally a series of sessions are often recommended though this is not always necessary depending on the severity of the problem and how long it has been present. The longer the problem has been present or more severe it is the more work that is likely to be required.

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        After a car crash damaged my ankle thirty years ago, I have lived with constant swelling and pain, restricting my physical activities and disrupting my sleep.


Nick treated me at his clinic in Buxton with massage and a high vibration device which gave me instant relief.


He went the extra mile and provided me with a thorough and detailed list of imaginative activities to alleviate my ankle problems, one of which is to walk across the swimming pool on tip toes!


He is very knowledgeable about physiotherapy, and shows patience and attention to detail when gaining an understanding of what is wrong.


I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Nick to anyone who wants pain relief.

         His knowledge of anatomy was incredible. ...The pain I experienced disappeared almost instantly after I left the treatment room and has been a lot better since... Thanks Nick!

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