for ATMS Minimum Education Standards – Remedial Massage
The dictionary defines massage therapy as “the scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for a therapeutic purpose to assist normalise tissues and consists of manual techniques that include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, and or causing movement of or to the body”. Massage therapists may use their hands, forearms or elbows to manually affect muscle tissue, tendons, ligaments and connective tissue.
Remedial Massage is the systematic assessment and treatment of the muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues of the body to assist in rehabilitation, pain and injury management. It is performed to create favourable conditions for the body to return to normal health after injury, and is defined by the premise that the treatment can reasonably reverse certain physical effects that are present in patients. If a patient has suffered a moderate injury resulting in structural pain and/or loss of function, then remediation may be required to reduce or eliminate pain and help restore the body’s function to normal.
Remedial Massage is designed to balance muscle/soft tissue length and tension which may in turn promote the return to normal joint function. Massage also promotes the flow of blood and lymph, particularly to injured areas, thus reducing damaged cells, scar tissue and adhesions that may result from injury