Myths Busted: Remedial Massage

Remedial massage therapy in Australia is certainly growing in popularity but also in its value as a legitimate complementary health therapy. In fact, the National Employment data reveals that there are over 19,000 massage therapists in Australia and it’s expected that this number will grow by a further 20% in the next five years. Despite this need and growth in our industry, there are many misconceptions and myths about remedial massage. 

So, we thought it’s high time to debunk some of these myths and set things straight so we can all move forward in the right direction. 

Myth 1: Remedial massage is just a deep tissue massage.

Truth: Yes, it’s true we do fancy using a deeper pressure but Remedial therapists are taught to apply deep tissue massage in a specific, controlled way to have maximum effect and benefit for you. We also thoroughly assess each client before treating so that treatment is aimed to their needs and not just a generalised massage. 

Myth 2: Remedial massage therapist, masseuse, masseur…It’s the same thing.

Most definitely not! It’s fair to say that most remedial therapists would detest being called a masseuse or masseur in Australia. Why? For starters it’s a very outdated term to use and secondly it doesn’t demonstrate our level of qualification. Remedial therapists study for 12-18 months and receive Diploma level qualifications. ‘Masseuse’ can also be a term used in relation to ‘massage parlours’ and doesn’t reflect the clinical nature of our service. 

Myth 3: Remedial massage needs to be painful to be effective.

This is a common one. The harder the better right? Well no, not really. Very painful massage that leaves you bruised and feeling battered is counterproductive. If a massage causes your muscles to tense up or eyes to water, then it’s way too hard. In actual fact massage can be just as effective without the pain.

Myth 4: Remedial massage therapists can only do massage. 

The fact is after completing our Diploma’s, Remedial Massage therapists must undertake professional development every year to meet association and insurance requirements. Many therapists will go on to learn Cupping Therapy, Dry Needling and Joint Mobilisations to name a few. So make sure you ask your therapist what additional techniques they can utilise during your treatments, you may be pleasantly surprised. 

Myth 5: Remedial massage therapists don’t need to know my health history.

Unlike a relaxation massage, remedial massage therapists thoroughly assess clients before treating. The assessment usually includes understanding any current or pre-existing conditions, palpation of the muscles, range of motion testing and orthopaedic special testing. It helps the therapist to build out a picture of your current health status and align treatment to your health goals. If we aren’t aware of previous major surgeries for example, we may unintentionally cause harm or provide false promises on your treatment outcomes. The same goes for medications that may cause you to bruise more easily or medical conditions that can become flared by certain treatment techniques.

So there you have it, 5 myths debunked. As remedial massage therapists we can definitely provide more than just a massage, your treatment doesn’t need to be painful and we actually need to know more about you than you think. 

Need more? Visit your therapist at Health Place

At Health Place we have talented therapists who will always assess your pain or injury first before treatment and give you a treatment plan and exercises for you to do at home tailored to your needs.

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