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How Remedial Massage and Physiotherapy Complement One Another

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How Remedial Massage and Physiotherapy Complement One Another


Recovery from injuries, especially those related to sports, can be a long and painful process. Some injuries can take weeks, or even months to heal up completely. Anyone who is anxious to not only recover quickly, but also get back to the activities they once enjoyed, should definitely look into the benefits of both Remedial massage and Physiotherapy.



Remedial Massage


Remedial massage addresses itself to specific injuries, rather than for an all-over feeling of wellbeing. Usually provided after an injury during work or when playing sports, remedial massage focuses on using various massage techniques to aid in the healing of injuries. While it is not uncommon to think of remedial massage as dealing primarily with the muscles, it goes beyond this to treat the following as well:


  • Connective tissue helps to hold together parts of our bodies, such as joints, muscles, and tendons.
  • Ligaments are the bands that hold bone to bone, or bone to cartilage. Strong, somewhat elastic, and fairly rubbery, ligaments can be susceptible to injury nevertheless.
  • Tendons can sometimes be confused with ligaments, but tendons are not only inelastic (meaning they will not stretch, although they will twist to an extent), but they hold the muscles to the bones.


When these tissues are injured, remedial massage will often be employed to assist in restoring them to normality by increasing blood supply.




Serious injuries that actually affect the ability to carry out everyday tasks will usually require physiotherapy. Physiotherapy is important in treating a number of conditions, not just those associated with injuries acquired when playing sports or at work:


  • Musculoskeletal injuries are very common not only from active sports, but can also come about from mishaps on the job, or even from vehicular accidents.
  • Cardiovascular issues such as heart attack can benefit from physiotherapy by helping the patient regain strength and mobility, and preparing them for the proper level of activity after recovery.
  • Neurological issues like stroke also can respond very well to physiotherapy, and those suffering from a brain injury can attain a higher degree of mobility than might otherwise be possible.


Physiotherapy involves physically moving the patient in a number of ways, and by using various methods such as parallel bars, exercise band therapy, and electrotherapy to improve patient mobility and to assist in everyday living activities.


How Remedial Massage and Physiotherapy Work Together


Whether the problem for which help is being sought is the result of injury or illness, there is no doubt that remedial massage and physiotherapy can be a real winning team. While physiotherapy can be working to restore mobility, remedial massage can help with relaxation, increased circulation, and better flexibility.


Problems with mobility will first be assessed by your doctor and physiotherapist, to assist in recovery from illness or injurie and then will be further referred to a remedial massage therapist for ongoing treatment to maximize a positive outcome. A much faster and more successful return to health will be possible if physiotherapy is combined with remedial massage.




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