Chinese Medicine Remedial Massage (CMRM) is often used to treat sports injuries and other problems affecting the musculoskeletal system. CMRM also provides benefits to individuals who are stressed, suffer poor sleep or headaches.
CMRM consists of a series of specific manipulative techniques using hands, limbs or other body parts upon respective body surfaces using varying magnitudes of force to bring about a therapeutic response (beyond normal relaxation associated with massage). As a therapy it is noted for its use of different levels of pressure and its vigorous application of techniques into muscle (soft tissue) and joint structures. Acupressure, a form of CMRM forms part of the CMRM scope of practice.
There are approximately 20 different massage techniques use in CMRM and each has its own indication for the treatment of different conditions. Some techniques have a broad application and will use the whole hand in a forward pushing movement. Other techniques are applied via the thumb or palm and may require a vibrating stationary pressure on tender points or structures.
A few of the techniques are very specific: there are used only to mobilise joints and assist with the freedom of range of movement. In contrast, other techniques are used only on soft tissue structures to assist with the alleviation of muscle spasms, the circulation and related pain you may be experiencing.
Before treatment, your practitioner may need to ask a series of questions, while palpating relevant body parts to ascertain the nature of your injury, its cause and resultant manifestation. The findings and outcomes influence the strength, location and depth of the massage.
Treatment requires the exposure of the problem area: this is to assess for temperature of the skin, observe any bruising or scarring and to allow the intern practitioner access to the dysfunctional region. Massage treatment often begins using a broad and gentle technique applied by the palms or fingers, which are then alternated with stronger and more penetrative techniques over time. One set of techniques help with easing the muscle and assisting circulation while the second set of techniques help with breaking down any identified ‘stagnation’.
Often people report ‘discomfort’ when old injuries are treated but then report that it ‘feels good’ to have such areas treated. Your intern practitioner will request that you report any areas of discomfort which are not of this nature. The massage treatment maybe also incorporate other allied techniques such as cupping and/or gua sha which are used to help ensure the massage treatment is beneficial. Infra-red heat lamps or heat packs will also be used to ensure your warmth and comfort and assist with circulation. Massage treatment finishes as it began, using broad and gentle techniques.
The clinic is supervised by qualified practitioners with treatments being provided by third year intern students who have completed their training in CMRM as part of the Chinese medicine degree program. Treatment sessions (which include consultation) are often 45-60 minutes in length, with initial treatments being slightly longer.
A variety of different herbal medicinal liniments may also be used to supplement the treatment. Medicinal liniments are used to assist circulation, promote healing of injuries and help with the alleviation of pain. Depending upon your presenting problem you will also be advised on ergonomics and suggestions for stretching or movements to assist with the prevention and/or alleviation of your presenting problem.
You are advised to contact the clinic for further details with regards to treatment approaches and whether it is applicable to your situation.
Student intern clinic operating hours
Thursday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Please ring 9514 2509 to make an appointment.