Medical Massage Therapy
Many people think of massage as a luxury performed in spas. Did you know that medical massage therapy is an excellent treatment choice for many conditions?
What Medical Massage Can Treat
Medical massage therapy can treat a vast array of muscular and skeletal issues. Some common reasons to book a medical massage include:
- Sprains / Strains / Contusions / Sports Injuries
- Plantar Fasciitis, Tendonitis and other Repetitive Strain Injuries
- Nerve pain conditions such as Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS), carpal tunnel and sciatica
- Migraines and headaches
- Chronic pain conditions such as Fibromyalgia and Multiple Sclerosis
- General pain in the low back, neck, shoulders, etc.
- Any pain that is affecting your quality of life
How Medical Massage Differs From Relaxation Massage
If your goal is to manage or treat a medical condition your massage therapist will do an orthopedic assessment on you. The goal of this assessment is to determine the underlying causes of your pain. It also helps determine the most efficient course of treatment so fewer overall sessions will be required.
The treatment itself is not as relaxing as a typical spa treatment. Some medical massage techniques may require your participation or feedback.
PNF stretches and Muscle Energy Techniques (MET) are two examples of techniques that require active patient participation. With these techniques the therapist will ask you to activate a certain muscle by moving against their resistance. In this manner a deeper stretch can be obtained and Range of Motion (ROM) can be restored.
Positional Release Therapy (PRT) can require patient feedback to locate the ideal ‘release position’ for a target muscle.
Although participating in your massage can feel less relaxing, these techniques improve the effectiveness of the treatment and will help you heal more quickly.
After the medical massage treatment ends, you will some tips for managing your pain at home. These tips will help you heal more quickly.
Book your massage appointment today! Call 289-684-4214 or email us.
Last updated Feb. 25, 2016