Remedial massage focuses on assessing and treating muscles that are damaged, tense, impaired, knotted, or immobile. It is effective against a number of problems affecting the muscles, bones, fascia, ligaments, and tendons.

The main purpose of remedial massage is to identify the underlying cause of the musculoskeletal condition and then specifically work on the affected area to achieve a significant change. The change includes reduced pain, improved mobility, less tension, or a combination. Remedial massage can either be deep or shallow, gentle or strong, depending on the problem to be addressed.