About remedial massage ...
Remedial massage is as old as the hills and does what it says - it remedies the soft tissues worked upon. It is sometimes referred to as Swedish massage, and often, mistakenly, as Sports massage, although it's effect can vary among practitioners. Some prize it above osteopathy or chiropractic work as when manipulation alone is used to correct a problem, tight muscles can still remain and may recreate the same situation. Regular massage is a good way to avoid the necessity for repeated manipulation which can leave scar tissue and long term lymphatic congestion.
The pressure used in the massage needs to be enough to do the job, and more importantly, in the right places to clean out all the tissues which are congested. When muscular problems have been building for many years, it can take several treatments to soften an area which may have become very solid, but with massage and stretches, it is generally possible to take the tissue back to greater flexibility and improved mobility, unless there has been serious injury or surgery and the structure is lacking.
Frequent massage is also a great way to keep the effects of stress at bay and it's a great way to stay in touch with how your body's feeling, giving you the option to avoid prolonged discomfort, injury and time off work. If you regularly note how your body feels, chances are you can pick up subtle changes and remedy them before they become a problem. With just a little guidance, you can make effective daily maintenance second nature.
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