Remedial Massage

Remedial Massage Preston

If you're looking for massage near me and would like more information about remedial massage then you've come to the right place. Remedial Massage by Billy provides remedial massage in Preston with safe and effective techniques that keep clients safe. Remedial massage therapy has several key health benefits that may be of help to you and your pain or presentation. Preston massage therapists range in skill level and experience. You can be rest assured that Billy Gilhooley is a highly skilled and experienced Preston massage therapist who takes your safety seriously. Billy's knowledge of human anatomy and physiology sets him apart from other massage therapists in Preston. Billy massages Preston residents and you can see what they have to say about their experience here. Massage HICAPS claims are available on the spot. Book a massage with Billy Gilhooley here.

what is a remedial massage

What is Remedial Massage?

Remedial massage is a safe and effective form of manual therapy that involves several specialised hands-on techniques including myofascial release, trigger point therapy and deep tissue massage. Remedial massage aims to treat skeletal muscles that present as damaged, knotted, tense or immobile. Remedial massage therapy is useful for several common problems affecting muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones along with many other health problems.

Remedial massage is used to provide relief for people experiencing pain, such as back pain and headaches. It does this by locating and repairing damaged areas of the body to alter the body’s own healing processes. Remedial massage can involve pressure that is strong and deep or gentle and superficial depending on presentation and personal tolerances.

Remedial massage factors in muscles that trigger and refer pain to other regions of the body, such as low back pain referring down the thigh or neck pain referring headache pain into the head. Remedial massage traces the original reason for the pain to treat the cause and symptoms of the presentation.

Who is Remedial Massage for?

Remedial massage is a targeted treatment that isolates specific issues in body regions that are treated with specialised massage techniques. Remedial massage therapy is perfect for those with postural tension from sitting in front of a computer, acute flare ups of persistent pain or injuries that requiring tailored manual therapy.

Common presentations that benefit from remedial massage include:

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What are the health benefits of Remedial Massage?

Remedial massage can stimulate the blood supply, make joints more mobile, and help to repair damaged tissues. Remedial Massage Therapy by Billy aims to balance the length, tone and tension of muscles and tendons, which restores the correct position of the bones, increases blood flow and helps heal injuries.

Easing and stabilising the muscles can improve problems such as headaches, abdominal pain, low back pain and sciatic pain.

Some health problems that are often treated with remedial massage include sporting and dance injuries, muscle cramps, whiplash, fibromyalgia, muscular atrophy, fibrositis, spondylitis, arthritis and frozen shoulder.

Remedial massage has also been shown to help premature infants gain weight.

What does a Remedial Massage involve?

Before the massage begins, your massage therapist will take a detailed health history for the purposes of identifying body regions of focus, contribution of day to day activities on symptoms, appropriateness of remedial massage therapy and informing of objective assessments.

Your massage therapist will take note of any irregularities they observe from your posture. They also perform range of movement and joint assessments to gather more understanding of flexibility, muscle strength and tone. 


Your massage therapist will identify signs and symptoms of presentations caused by muscle, joint, ligament, nerve or tendon impingement or dysfunction. Orthopaedic and neural tests are utilised to rule out any symptoms caused by major pathologies or injury.  

Billy uses several specialised  and tailored massage techniques to locate and repair damaged areas of the body. Deep tissue massage and trigger point therapy are commonly utilised to palpate and repair areas of the body region carrying dysfunction. He will talk you through the process of what he is doing and why to keep you comfortable while intense symptoms of pain and discomfort are replicated.

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What is the evidence for Remedial Massage?

Remedial Massage is widely used as a therapeutic technique to help improve outcomes in a range of conditions. These include skin conditions (surgical sores/scars (1), burns scars (2), cleft lip scars (3), pain syndromes (including fibromyalgia (4) and arthritis (5), hypertension (7), autoimmune conditions (including asthma (6) and multiple sclerosis (8), immune disorders (including HIV/AIDS (9), cancer patients (10 & 11) and degenerative conditions common in ageing populations (including Parkinson's (12) and Dementia (13)).

A Cochrane Review in 2015 (14) focussing on remedial massage as a treatment for acute low back pain concluded that the modality is effective at decreasing pain and increasing function in short term outcomes. Remedial massage was also found to be most effective when used in conjunction with other treatment modalities, such as joint mobilisations/manipulations and exercise, for improvement in long-term outcomes.


Similarly a 2008 research review and 2011 NCCIH-funded clinical trial concluded that massage was useful for chronic low-back pain. In 2009 a clinical trial reported massage was helpful with chronic neck pain and range of movement. A 2013 systematic review of systematic reviews (15) found that there is an emerging body of evidence supporting the effectiveness of massage therapy for the treatment of non-specific low back pain in the short term.

Joseph et al. (2012) (16), evaluated the effects of remedial massage in the treatment of an injured tendon and concluded that there was evidence to support the use of remedial massage in the treatment of tendinopathy in short and long term outcomes. Remedial Massage was shown to be helpful with pain due to osteoarthritis of the knee, according to a 2012 NCCIH-funded study. 


1. Shin T.M. & Bordeaux J.S. (2013). "The role of massage in scar management: a literature review." Dermatologic Surgery.2013;38(3):414-23.


2. Cho Y.S., Jeon J.H., Hong A., Yang H.T., Yim H., Cho Y.S., Kim D.H., Hur J., Kim J.H., Chun W., Lee B.C. and Seo C.H. (2014). "The effect of burn rehabilitation massage therapy on hypertrophic scar after burn: a randomized controlled trial." Burns. Volume 40(8). Pg. 1513-20.


3. McKay E. "Assessing the effectiveness of massage therapy for bilateral cleft lip reconstruction scars." International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. 2014;7(2):3-9.


4. Field T. "Massage therapy research review." Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. 2014;20(4):224-9.


5. Cortés Godoy V., Gallego Izquierdo T., Lázaro Navas I. and Pecos Martín D. "Effectiveness of massage therapy as co-adjuvant treatment to exercise in osteoarthritis of the knee: a randomized control trial." Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation. 2014:27(4);521-9.


6. Xiong X.J., Li S.J. and Zhang Y.Q. (2015). "Massage therapy for essential hypertension: a systematic review." Journal of Human Hypertension. 2015;29(3):143-51.


7. Finch P. & Bessonnette S. "A pragmatic investigation into the effects of massage therapy on the self efficacy of multiple sclerosis clients." Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. 2014;18(1):11-16.


8. Gauld L, Boynton A. Relationship between peak cough flow and spirometry in Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Pediatric Pulmonology. 2005;39(5):457-460.


9. Perez E.M., Carrara H., Bourne L., Berg A., Swanevelder S. & Hendricks M.K. "Massage therapy improves the development of HIV-exposed infants living in a low socio-economic, peri-urban community of South Africa." Infant Behaviour and Development. 2015;38:135-46.


10. Çelebioğlu A., Gürol A., Yildirim Z.K. & Büyükavci M. "Effects of massage therapy on pain and anxiety arising from intrathecal therapy or bone marrow aspiration in children with cancer." International Journal of Nursing Practice.2015;21(6):797-804.


11. Kashani F. & Kashani P. (2014). "The effect of massage therapy on the quality of sleep in breast cancer patients." Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research. 2014;19(2):113-8.


12. Donoyama N., Suoh S. & Ohkoshi N. "Effectiveness of Anma massage therapy in alleviating physical symptoms in outpatients with Parkinson's: a before-after study." Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. 2014;20(4):251-61.


13. Rodríguez-Mansilla J., González-López-Arza M.V., Varela-Donoso E., Montanero-Fernández J., Jiménez-Palomares M. & Garrido-Ardila E.M. "Ear therapy and massage therapy in the elderly with dementia: a pilot study." Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine. 2013;33(4):461-7.


14. Furlan A.D., Giraldo M., Baskwill A., Irvin E. & Imamura M. "Massage for low-back pain". Cochrane Database for Systematic Reviews. 2015;9:CD001929.


15. Kumar S, Beaton K, Hughes T. The effectiveness of massage therapy for the treatment of nonspecific low back pain: a systematic review of systematic reviews. International journal of general medicine. 2013;6:733. Available from: (last accessed 10.5.2019)

16. Joseph M.F., Taft K., Moskwa M. & Denegar C.R. "Deep friction massage to treat tendinopathy: a systematic review of a classic treatment in the face of a new paradigm of understanding." Journal of Sport Rehabilitation. 2012;21:343-53.