Remedial massage is a branch of allied health involving rehabilitation of the body, or treatment of pain or injury, through massage. It’s different from ‘relaxation massage’ in that its primary purpose is to identify and remedy specific problems. Remedial massage professionals assess the body’s muscles, tendons and ligaments to identify underlying causes of musculoskeletal dysfunctions and soft-tissue injuries. Remedial massage techniques are then employed to provide relief from pain and rehabilitation from injury or chronic illness. Remedial massage courses equip students to treat a range of patients, from athletes requiring injury management through to elderly people seeking pain relief. Professionals in this industry can work in clinics or private businesses, and may even run their own remedial massage business.