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What is remedial massage?

Extras cover often pays benefits towards remedial massage*, but what exactly is it?

Remedial massage therapist massaging woman's shoulder

If you’re experiencing joint or muscle pain, or recovering from an injury, you may be considering massage as an option.

Many of Medibank’s Extras products pays benefits towards remedial massage*, but what exactly is it? And how does it differ from other types of massage.

What is remedial massage?

Remedial massage is the systematic assessment and treatment of the muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues of the body to assist in rehabilitation, pain and injury management.

Remedial massage aims to reduce or eliminate pain, and restore normal function of muscles and joints. It can help increase joint mobility and flexibility, stimulate the lymphatic system and promote blood flow, particularly to injured areas.

How is remedial massage different to other types of massage?

There are many different types of massage. Many are primarily intended for relaxation or enjoyment, this includes therapeutic massages, sometimes known as ‘Western’ or ‘Swedish’, aromatherapy or hot stone.

In contrast, remedial massage is focussed on treating a particular injury or condition through massage and stretching.

What to expect from a remedial massage appointment?

Before any remedial massage treatment begins, your therapist should perform a thorough consultation and assessment to figure out the best treatment for your injury or condition.

The therapist should then use a range of techniques to locate and treat problem areas, including massage and stretching. Techniques should be selected and applied based on your unique needs, and in a way that suits you.

To claim a benefit using your Medibank Extras cover, your therapist must develop a specific treatment plan for your injury or condition. This treatment plan forms the basis of the clinical notes, which must be taken by the therapist at each consultation.

How do I find a remedial massage therapist?

If you have Medibank Extras cover, you must visit a recognised provider to claim benefits for remedial massage. You can search for Medibank Member’s Choice providers online, or check with a local or preferred provider that they have a current Medibank provider number.

When considering remedial massage as an option, keep in mind that it is not a replacement for assessment and care by a doctor. And if you are using it as part of your treatment for an injury or condition, you should let your doctor know. They may even be able to point you in the direction of a good therapist!

*Waiting periods and annual limits apply

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