Textbook of Remedial Massage - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780729539692, 9780729579698

Textbook of Remedial Massage

1st Edition

Authors: Sandra Grace Mark Deal
Paperback ISBN: 9780729539692
eBook ISBN: 9780729579698
Imprint: Churchill Livingstone Australia
Published Date: 15th May 2012
Page Count: 448


A practical massage textbook + DVD for both massage students and established practitioners of remedial massage

The content in the comprehensive Textbook of Remedial Massage is drawn from cutting-edge research as well as the authors’ lengthy experience in massage education.

Covering essential topics, from history-taking to contraindication, Textbook of Remedial Massage is an excellent resource for Diploma of Massage students. Indeed, much of the textbook’s content aligns with the HLT07 training package.

Client Assessment – The first of Textbook of Remedial Massage’s three sections addresses practitioner assessment of remedial massage clients. This includes information on how to adapt massage techniques for clients’ individual needs.

Massage techniques – The second section provides readers with clear instruction in common remedial massage techniques, such as trigger points, CRAC stretching and myofascial release. Each of these techniques is explained through illustrations and photographs, along with a detailed rationale on its physiological principles and evidence base. Crucially, contraindications and precautions are explained for each massage technique.

Body regions – The final section of this excellent health title applies remedial massage techniques to specific body regions, all of which are demonstrated in detail on the accompanying DVD.

The authors’ evidence-based approach is in keeping with the wider Allied Healthcare community. This approach is a key determinant of Medicare client rebates, as well as rebates from many private health funds, making it an essential aspect of contemporary massage.

Key Features

  • Detailed assessment technique
  • Evidence-based approach
  • Includes techniques integral to the HLT07 Diploma of massage – all essential skills and knowledge for the competencies of the units in the training package.
  • Anatomy described in functional terms
  • Accompanying DVD with videos of content covered in book. DVD content is divided up into assessment and treatment techniques.

Table of Contents






1. Remedial massage in Australian healthcare

Defining remedial massage

The context of remedial massage: use of complementary and alternative medicine in Australian healthcare

The remedial massage workforce in Australia

Attitudes towards CAM by medical and other healthcare practitioners

Evidence for remedial massage practice

Evidence for the effectiveness of massage therapy

Future directions

Appendix 1.1: Massage therapy: systematic reviews


2. Assessment procedures for remedial massage: an evidence-based approach 


Principles of assessment in remedial massage practice

Purpose of assessments

Demonstrating treatment effectiveness

Assessment procedures

Client history

Outcome measures

Postural analysis

Gait analysis

Functional tests


Legal and ethical requirements for remedial

massage assessment

Key messages

Review questions

Appendix 2.1: Skin cancer



3. Planning remedial massage therapy


Principles of treatment

Prioritising client safety

Swedish massage before remedial massage

Active movements before passive

Treating within pain tolerance

Overview of a remedial massage treatment approach

Short- and long-term treatment plans

Client education and self-help

Clients’ preferences

Treatment protocols

Aligning treatment to assessment findings

Monitoring and reviewing treatment plans

Recording remedial massage treatments

Key messages

Review questions



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About the Author

Sandra Grace

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Lecturer in Osteopathic Medicine, Southern Cross University Adjunct Research Associate, The Education for Practice Institute, Charles Sturt University

Mark Deal

Affiliations and Expertise

Chiropractor, Osteopath, Au\cupuncturist and Educator Independent Contractor to Noosa Parade Medical Centre