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What is the Difference between a Remedial and Swedish (Hoffa) massage?

Animated Ask QuestionsThe main difference between Swedish and Remedial Massage is that Remedial Massage aims at providing treatment for a specific problem area.

Swedish (also commonly known as Hoffa) massage is a technique that uses both light and deep massage strokes to treat areas of muscle tension and discomfort within the body caused by stress or injury. The massage strokes encourage tension to be released from the body and the blood circulation to the treated area and the body as a whole to be increased.

Remedial takes into account your posture, muscle tone and any imbalances within the body. Using a series of massage and specialized muscle techniques, the therapist focuses on the problematic area and surrounding tissues that may be contributing to your discomfort.

What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?

Your Advantage Healthcare and Physiotherapy massage therapist will require you to fill out a case history form. Afterwards the therapist will begin by asking you general questions to establish what areas you would like worked on, if there are any conditions needing to be addressed and to determine if massage is appropriate for you. Your massage therapist may perform certain assessments and testing to evaluate your condition.

What do I wear during the massage?

Depending on the primary technique your therapist uses, you may or may not need to undress down to your undergarments. Your massage therapist will give you privacy to undress, and you will be covered with a sheet or towel at all times except the area being worked on. Your therapist will always advise and crosscheck with you beforehand about your level of comfort if a certain area requires treatment before commencing.

Are there circumstances where I should not have massage?

Whilst massage can have a wonderful affect on the body and mind, there are cases where it may not be advisable to have a treatment, such as when you have fever, a contagious disease or are recovering from an operation. A consultation will help confirm whether you should proceed. Honesty is encouraged about any medication or medical issues. This is because treatment may have a negative impact on your or even the practitioner's health. If you have asthma or diabetes, you should bring your medication to the session.

Why is there an assessment component to my first treatment?

Good communication is vital and helps your therapist to assess your needs more accurately. Clear health information is important and you must inform your practitioner if you have any medical conditions or are receiving treatment elsewhere. This will help you achieve the best outcome based on the information you have given and appropriate treatment. New clients are encouraged to book an appointment for at least 40mins to an hour as part of a first treatment so that:

  • we can ensure treatment is safe for you.
  • we can identify your problem areas and work on the most important muscles.
  • we can discuss and help you understand what you can expect to achieve.

I am taking medication prescribed by my doctor. Will this affect me?

If you have been taking medication for an extended period of time or for long-term illness, it is recommended that you consult your doctor before having a treatment and take their advice.

Are there any medical conditions that will prevent me from getting a massage?

There are some conditions where massage is contraindicated

  • fevers
  • infections
  • infectious diseases
  • rashes
  • neuropathy (damage to the nerves)

If you have a chronic medical condition mention it on the phone when you make your appoint. Some conditions like high blood pressure may require you to get your doctor's permission for the massage.

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