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What Is Medical Massage?

Medical Massage sessions will be focused on healing your injuries, or improving or managing the medical conditions you may be experiencing.

  • Medical massage is a treatment oriented massage.
  • The massage varies greatly depending on the injury.
  • It requires a prescription or referral from a Doctor or Chiropractor.
  • To truly be beneficial it requires a higher level of training.

Your Medical Massage will focus on treating the injuries or conditions specified in your physician’s prescription and diagnosis codes.
Normally, as you progress through your recovery process (for injury cases), your massage sessions get more specific, deeper and includes more active participation on your part. This is because as the more superficial muscular structures heal and strengthen, we are able to treat deeper and deeper structures that may still be weak, inflamed and either still injured and/or compromised. For medical conditions, we draw upon our experience with different Medical and/or Wellness techniques which specifically address your treatment goals and your physician’s treatment plan.

If you experience any discomfort, pain or have any other concerns during your massage, please let your practitioner know. They will listen and adjust their treatment methods, level of pressure or approach to suit your needs. Should you have any other concerns during your massage, please let your practitioner know.

Treatment Styles & Modalities

Injury Treatment

Injury treatment is generally slow, light and specific massage work focusing on specific areas of injury. In the acute phase of the injury, the goals are to decrease pain, increase mobility, increase circulation which speeds healing, and help the injured patient achieve higher and higher levels of mobility and freedom from pain. For older injuries, goals include breaking up scar tissue, increasing circulation, decreasing surrounding muscular tension and pain since the surrounding muscles will be working much harder to support or “guard” the injured area

Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy Massage focuses of course on pregnant mothers and generally includes long strokes, kneading and friction techniques on the more superficial layers of the muscles, combined with active and passive movements of the joints, just like Swedish massage and is designed to reduce muscular tension and stress, decrease swelling of feet and legs and increase circulation.

Deep Tissue

Deep tissue techniques are generally designed for more focused massage work. Working a specific muscle or muscle group, the practitioner can access deeper layers of the soft tissue. Starting superficially and easing into the depth of the muscle slowly often allows more movement. If the pressure is applied too deeply or too quickly, the muscle may tighten to protect that area, and unnecessary damage or inflammation can be induced. Very little lubricant is used as the pressure doesn’t travel much over the skin. The most commonly used ‘tools’ during deep tissue massage may include, 3 and 6 fingers, reinforced fingers, knuckles, a flat elbow, opposing thumbs, the heel of the hand or foot, and the forearm. Deep tissue is similar to Myofascial Release.

Myofacial Release

Myofascial Release refers to the manual massage technique for stretching the fascia and releasing bonds between fascia, integument, and muscles with the goal of eliminating pain, increasing range of motion and equilibrioception. Injuries, stress, trauma, overuse and poor posture can cause restriction to fascia. This is usually done by applying shear compression or tension in various directions, or by skin rolling.

Swedish

The Swedish style utilizes long, flowing strokes, often but not necessarily in the direction of the heart. There are six basic strokes: effleurage from the French effleurer, ‘to skim over’, petrissage from the French pétrir, ‘to knead’, friction, tapotement, compression, and vibration. Petrissage is a kneading movement with the whole palm or finger tips, using wringing, skin rolling, compression, and/or lifting. Petrissage is usually applied vertically to the muscle tissue. Oil, cream, or lotion is applied on the skin to reduce friction and allow smooth strokes. Effleurage consists of long, flowing or gliding strokes, performed with open hands. In many massage sessions, effleurage is used as the initial type of stroking, as it has a calming effect when performed slowly. Swedish massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and improving function in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee over a period of eight weeks.

Medical Massage Benefits

Our goal in providing you Medical Massage is to assist you in managing your medical condition or achieving a full recovery from your surgeries or injuries so you can return to enjoying your life again.

Mental, Physiological & Metabolic Benefits

Medical Massage helps to reduce the stress and anxiety that can accompany auto-accidents and other injuries.

• Reduces physiological and psychological stress and anxiety
• Eliminates metabolic waste due to improved blood circulation and movement of lymph fluid
• Improves sleep, helping your body to recover more quickly


Repetitive Motion Management

Medical Massage assists in the recovery of and can contribute to the prevention of repetitive motion injuries.

• Reduces repetitive motion injury pain
• Increases range of motion in repetitive injury situations (Carpel Tunnel, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, etc.)
• Reverse the forward rotation of the shoulders, open the chest and restore better posture overall
• Mediates the effects of repetitive motion before they cause injuries


Medical Conditions and Injury Treatment

Medical Massage helps reduce and manage pain due to auto accident, medical conditions and sports or work related injuries.

• Reduce tension and acute pain throughout the neck and shoulder region
• Provide relief from tension headaches caused by injuries
• Ease chronic aches and pains in the mid back, lower back and hips
• Reduces neck, back and headache pain
• Calms pain experienced by those managing fibromyalgia
• Massage reduces pain due to musculoskeletal injuries
• Speeds recovery from injured muscles and/or ligaments
• Improves joint flexibility and increases musculoskeletal range of motion

Wellness Massage Benefits

Relaxed, Centered, Radient

Mental, Physiological & Metabolic Benefits

Regular massage helps to reduce stress, anxiety and improve the bodies metabolic and physiological health.

• Reduces physiological and psychological stress and anxiety
• Eliminates metabolic waste due to improved blood circulation and movement of lymph fluid
• Improves sleep
• Strengthens the bodies natural immune system
• Reduces the effects of depression


Repetitive Motion Management

Medical Massage assists in the recovery of and can contribute to the prevention of repetitive motion injuries.

• Reduces repetitive motion injury pain
• Increases range of motion in repetitive injury situations (Carpel Tunnel, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, etc.)
• Reverse the forward rotation of the shoulders, open the chest and restore better posture overall
• Mediates the effects of repetitive motion before they cause injuries


Medical Conditions and Injury Treatment

Medical Massage helps reduce and manage pain due to auto accident, medical conditions and sports or work related injuries.

• Reduce tension and acute pain throughout the neck and shoulder region
• Provide relief from tension headaches caused by injuries
• Ease chronic aches and pains in the mid back, lower back and hips
• Reduces neck, back and headache pain
• Calms pain experienced by those managing fibromyalgia
• Massage reduces pain due to musculoskeletal injuries
• Speeds recovery from injured muscles and/or ligaments
• Improves joint flexibility and increases musculoskeletal range of motion

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