What is Medical/Therapeutic Massage?
Medical/Therapeutic Massage is outcome-based massage that makes use of a variety of techniques and modalities to target specific problems presented by the patient. It is often used to help with things like pain management, injury recovery, and postural improvement.
Difference Between Medical and Therapeutic Massage?
While we don't differentiate between Medical and Therapeutic Massage when taking appointments, there is an important difference between what is considered Medical Massage and Therapeutic Massage.
Medical Massage involves the diagnosis of a condition by a doctor - Therapeutic Massage does not. If you do not have a diagnosis by a doctor, we can still provide therapeutic massage, but can not diagnose you with specific conditions. If your doctor does prescribe massage therapy for you, then your massage therapist can work with your physician to design a massage therapy treatment specifically for your diagnosed condition. If your doctor has recommended massage therapy as treatment, you should let your massage therapist know prior to your first appointment so they can prepare accordingly.
What is Medical/Therapeutic Massage Good For?
Medical and Therapeutic Massage affects every system of the body, either directly or indirectly. This is why it is a great holistic treatment approach for many conditions.
- Low back pain
- Boosting the body’s immune system functioning
- Decreasing the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome
- Lowering blood pressure
- Decreasing pain and fatigue in cancer patients
- Osteoarthritis of the knee
- Reducing post-operative pain
- Reducing headache frequency
What techniques are used in Medical/Therapeutic Massage therapy?
We use many techniques and modalities depending on your goals and conditions. This is where we can really specialize the massage for you, by combining techniques from many different styles of massage to get the best results! Some of the commonly used techniques in medical/therapeutic massage are:
- Manual Lymphatic Drainage
- Myofascial Release
- Soft Tissue Release
- British Sports Therapy
- Orthopedic Massage
- Neuromuscular Therapy
- Trigger Point Therapy
- Visceral Manipulation
Practitioners of Medical/Therapeutic Massage Therapy
Our Massage Therapists have a strong background in pathology (disease, illness, and injury) and a deep a knowledge of the structures of the human body. This allows them to give detailed, effective massage treatment for a wide variety of ailments.