Our range of complementary services at Hills Physiotherapy Emerald includes Remedial Massage Therapy. Remedial Massage therapy has proven health benefits for stress, pain management, and physical performance. It also specifically helps in management of more complex, persistent pain conditions.
Meet Our Emerald Massage Therapists
Tanya – Tanya has a Bachelor of Nursing and has practiced as a registered nurse for 15 years. She left the medical field for several years before returning to Hills Physiotherapy as a medical receptionist. She has completed her certificate IV in massage at the Australian College of Massage, and has now completed her Diploma of Remedial Massage at the same college. Tanya is very interested in how the body responds to massage and the benefits massage can have on stressed, tired or injured bodies. She is a registered Remedial Massage Therapist with MMA.
Paul – Paul has as face that will be familiar to many people from Emerald and surrounds, having been the manager at the fine local eatery The General Food store. He honed his people skills in this role, and fostered relationships with many local people and families. As his ambition turned toward a career in health care, Paul did some observation and instruction at Hills Physiotherapy, and it was a natural decision for him to work in Emerald after this. He has a particular interest in sports massage and strength and conditioning as preventative exercise.
What Exactly is Remedial Massage Therapy?
Remedial Massage Therapy is the skilled application of pressure by the hands of the therapist, typically in service of reducing muscle guarding / spasm, reducing pain, improving ease of movement.
In a Physiotherapy practice, Remedial Massage Therapists can work in tandem with the Physio to manage a patient’s condition, or autonomously to provide pain relief and health maintenance treatment.
Conditions that benefit from massage are back pain, neck pain, headaches, exercise related pain and tightness, fibromyalgia and chronic soft tissue pain conditions.
Our massage therapists have completed their training at prestigious institutions, and over lengthy study periods (two years or more). The training by these institutes is recognised by private health funds, and our Emerald massage therapists are awarded provider numbers to allow for claiming through Hicaps for rebates on their treatments/massages.
While the Health and Wellness industry is flooded with Massage therapists currently, there are a number of therapists who have done courses over only six weeks and who have been awarded a certificate. Because of this, the private health insurers, led by Medibank Private, have severely restricted the amount claimable for Remedial Massage/Myotherapy (lumped in together despite differing levels of training). They have also revoked provider numbers from many of the therapists who have worked and been able to have patients claim benefits for years. These are then applied for and reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
The therapists at Hills Physiotherapy Emerald have withstood this review, and due to the rigorous nature of the training they’ve undertaken, our patients benefit not only from their higher level of expertise, knowledge and skill, but can still claim their private health rebate on these services. While massage is typically considered a luxury service, the health benefits are well documented, wide ranging and profound. The quote that so often we repeat is “You wouldn’t expect your car to go on forever without regular servicing, so why is your body any different?” Think of Remedial Massage as a regular tune up so that you don’t break down!
What Are The Benefits of Massage?
Put simply, the benefits of regular soft tissue therapies such as those offered above are:
- Reduced Stress
- Reduced Pain due to muscular spasm and connective tissue stiffness
- Improved flexibility
- Improved circulation
- Stimulation of the lymphatic system and removal of swelling/inflammatory products
Preventative medicine has been acknowledged since pre-biblical times, and not much has changed today. If the benefits of Remedial Massage are so well known, why do we all ignore it until things reach a point where we have to desperately see a physiotherapist? As with all aspects of health and wellbeing, timely intervention and treatment can make a world of difference.
If you happen to be in Emerald looking for a reliable Massage Therapy clinic near you, we invite you to book at appointment with us.