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Remedial Massage vs Deep Tissue Massage

If you are experiencing muscle tightness, aches or pains or you just want to iron out those bothersome knots, a good massage session can offer you much needed relief from stress and pain.

Those involved in physical activities or professional sports are often familiar with the terms remedial massage and deep tissue massage, both of which assist with muscle recovery and soreness. Deep tissue massage and remedial massage are often confused or thought to be the same, but in reality, they can be very different. Understanding the difference between the two can help people choose which is right for them. So, what’s the difference? Do you need a remedial or deep tissue massage?

Remedial Massage

Remedial massage is a form of complementary therapy focusing on treating a specific problem area, often caused by postural imbalance, muscle tension, and/or soft tissue injury. This type of therapy starts with an assessment of the problematic muscles, ligaments, tendons, and posture. Remedial massage can bring relief from a wide range of muscle and joint conditions. and can also be used as a general relaxation treatment, but it's main purpose is an effective treatment option for specific musculoskeletal disorders/complaints.

Deep Tissue Massage

As the name suggests, this type of massage is aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscles and fascia. The amount of pressure applied is generally very intense as the therapist works to release the chronic muscle tension or knots. It may feel uncomfortable but is often described as a “good pain.”

The Takeaway

Deep tissue massage is ideal for those who are looking for a whole-body massage and the therapeutic benefits of firm pressure while remedial massage is a targeted treatment and is ideal for those with chronic pain and injuries that require proper diagnosis and specific treatment.

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