The goal of remedial massage is not just to relax the body, but to improve the overall quality of life using a variety of special techniques like myofascial release, deep tissue massage or trigger point release.
Remedial massage can be especially beneficial in these scenarios:
- Chronic/recurring pain, e.g. lower or upper back
- Chronic conditions, e.g. biceps tendinopathy, frozen shoulder, arthritis
- Postural imbalances, e.g. due to desk work or scoliosis
- Sub-acute injuries, e.g ankle sprain or muscle strain
- Rehabilitation, e.g. after knee or hip replacement
A dry needling treatment uses acupuncture needles to elicit twitch responses in the targeted muscles. This commonly results in reduced pain, increased range of motion and decreased muscle tension. Dry needling is gaining in popularity with better results in less amount of time.
Although the idea of dry needling may seem a bit daunting at first, it is a very safe technique when done by a trained practitioner.
“Dry” in this context means there are no foreign substances used or injected, only the thin and solid acupuncture needle leads to the results.
Simply put sports massage aims to help the body achieve optimal performance. What this means depends primarily on the context. If the next competition is far away the massage will be very remedial, addressing any fundamental issues that require treatment for a better performance in the long run.
On the other hand, if the next event is just around the corner, then sports massage will help to get the tissues ready for maximum performance, while at the same time trying to prevent injuries from happening.
The right amount of muscle relaxation and tissue tone is decisive here. Once the event is over (or any time after that) sports massage can help alleviate muscle soreness and other negative effects and help prevent injuries from becoming chronic.
The grand master of relaxation massage, most commonly done as a full-body massage. Attributed to the Swede Pehr Henrik Ling (hence the name), it is the most common form of massage. Although the techniques have been refined over the years, the fundamental principles have stayed the same.
A Swedish massage will work on multiple levels at the same time: relax your muscles, balance your nervous system and calm down your mind.
Which is the best type of massage for me?
Finding the type of massage that will be most beneficial for you is not very straightforward. The easiest way to find that out is to talk to your massage therapist, explain your circumstances, goals etc and have him/her do the work of finding the best treatment for you.
In general, here are a couple of pointers that are good indicators, but please keep in mind that there are always exceptions to the rule.
If you are in any way concerned about physical performance (as in participating in competitions), then sports massage is most likely what you are looking for.
If you have a (medical) condition of any sort, especially one for which you are seeking treatment, then remedial massage is your best bet.
If your main goal for a massage is relaxation or to calm your nerves, and you do not have a condition that requires treatment, then Swedish massage is a great choice.
Wry neck / Torticollis
Forward Head Posture
Kyphosis / Lordosis
SI joint disorders