Many of us struggle with pain everyday and many of our aches and pains prevent us from living our normal day to day lives as we would like. This need not be the case. Even if your pain is chronic caused by an old injury many months or even years ago, or you have nagging pain that you assume is due to ‘getting older’ then remedial massage can help you. Injuries such as those which occur at work by repetitive overuse of a particular muscle group, or that occur as a result of poor posture can also be helped by remedial massage.
When a patient comes to me for help, I spend time talking with the patient finding out how and why they think their presenting problem has occurred. I make consultation notes, which can include asking about physical activities, to help determine the cause of the injury, previous and current medical conditions, medication and general health and well being. I do a physical examination so loose comfortable clothing is advised although during the massage some items of clothing may need to be removed. Skilled use of towels during treatment are used for discretion and modesty.
As an Advanced Manipulative and Remedial Massage therapist I have a good knowledge of human anatomy and the action of the muscles, tendons and joints, and their involvement in the movement of the body. By examination and performing orthopaedic, resistance or range of movement tests I can determine which joints, muscles or other soft tissues may be restricted, injured, in spasm or inflamed and subsequently treat each patient according to their individual needs.
Using Manipulative therapy, Remedial techniques and deep tissue massage, muscle and soft tissue tension can be released, pain caused by nerve impingement decreased, and overall range of movement and muscle strength increased.
The most common conditions that patients present with that Manipulative and Remedial Massage Therapy can improve are:
Neck pain (headaches caused by neck pain)
Shoulder pain (tendonitis and frozen shoulder)
Upper and lower back pain
OA (Osteoarthritis most commonly hip/knee)
Metatarsalgia (causing claw/hammer toes)
Pes planus (flat feet causing poor posture)
Muscle spasm, pain, tenderness, injury and repetitive stain
Sacroiliac joint strain
Knee pain (caused by OA, collateral or cruciate ligament strain)
Recovery following a period of immobility or surgery
Following treatment, advice regarding exercises, posture and the possibility of implementing lifestyle changes can be discussed.
The first visit takes between 50-60 minutes as a 10-15 minute consultation takes place. Any follow up visits can take between 30-60 minutes, depending on patients needs.
As a Remedial Massage Therapist I deal mainly with pain caused by injury or postural stress. However, if relaxation and stress relief is what you need then I am qualified to do a remedial whole body massage which takes up to 60 minutes. For the Remedial Massage treatments, only grapeseed oil is used as it is considered to be the most hypoallergenic of oils.
I can also perform Ayurvedic Indian Head, Neck and Shoulder massage, which is one of the most popular holistic therapies in the West today. Although no oil is used during an Indian Head Massage, it stimulates the head improving hair condition and growth and is an effective therapeutic treatment for stress and its related pathology.
- Sharon Humphrey offers Remedial Massage and Manipulative Massage at The Harmony Centre. I believe that to keep us mobile, supple, flexible and strong for a long and healthy life, we owe it to ourselves to look after our bodies, which includes seeking help from a health care professional such as myself, to restore harmony when things go ... ... read more