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Advanced / Remedial Massage

In an advanced (remedial) massage treatment, I look more closely at a clients' body posture and overall movement.

It is a more clinical form of massage and would most benefit people who are medium-long term sufferers of chronic back pain, Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Sciatica. Even people living with conditions such as Parkinsons, Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease, Dystonia or Fibromyalgia can gain achieve reduced levels of pain relief and less discomfort through having regular massage treatments.

But indeed anyone who has an ongoing issue with joint and muscle mobility or are in regular amounts of pain and discomfort would be best-suited for this kind of massage therapy. Even if it only happens after playing golf or the gardening or after lifting heavy shopping bags.

When I use advanced massage, I get deep into the muscle groups to encourage them to relax. Because of this, blood circulation is increased which in turn allows vital nutrients to flow again back into the affected areas - thus helping to aid the repair of that afftected area. It also stimulates the production of Endorphin's, the body's own naturally produced pain killers, which help to control the pain and lower any levels of anxiety or depression.

It can be, on occasion, a fairly rigorous treatment, so expect to be a little sore the following day - but levels of massage pressure can be discussed at any time before or during your treatment.

Indicators that I would look for where a remedial massage might help: any abnormal curve to the spine; levels of the ears; whether the client has flat feet; levels of the shoulders, hips and scapulae (shoulder blades) and / or any poor walking / sitting posture. For problems with the back I would assess if there is any sign of lordosis or kyphosis to the spine and be able to give simple exercises to help with this. I also look for poor functioning joints in the spine and help with those where I can. I can also check to see if pain suffered is from a herniated disk or just muscular and also how to also ease the pain and discomfort of whiplash.

It is also helpful to point out at this stage that an appointment to see your GP to discuss any issues or problems you may have should always be your first point of reference, heeding any advice given to you in that respect. You can always bring up with your GP the relevance of massage in association with your problems and whether they feel it would have any significant benefits. Any treatments you have with me in this regard should be in conjunction with your on-going medical treatment from your GP, not instead of.

IN ADDITION - This useful information from the UK Government's NICE department (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence), is in regard to the prevention and treatment of 'Non-Specific Low Back Pain', it can be found here: