What is Medical Massage and who can benefit from it?

Medical Massage is a system of manually applied techniques designed to reduce pain, establish normal tissue tone, create a positive environment for tissue repair, normalize the movement of the muscular-skeletal system and interrupt the pain cycle. It is a scientifically based method of manual therapy that uses a clear understanding of principal of physiology that affects the healing of connective tissue. Medical massage is outcome based, not client driven.

With a doctor’s prescription, medical massage can be used to address a variety of injuries and conditions. Medical massage is beneficial to those who may suffer from chronic aches and pains, and it can also help patients recover from certain injuries.

FAQs for those who are looking into medical massage:

Q: What is medical massage?
A: It is doctor-prescribed massage therapy that follows the directions of that doctor. The therapist may use a variety of  procedures and techniques, but must focus strictly on the areas of the body described in the prescription.  Care takes place over the course of several short sessions.

Q: Why is a prescription required?
A: While a prescription for most types of massage therapy is not required, we do require one for medical massage specifically. Massage therapists are not qualified to diagnose a patient, so a prescription helps describe the medical condition that the medical massage will focus on. Your massage therapist will address the areas and conditions outlined by your doctor’s prescription.

Q: What types of therapy are considered medical massage?
A: Many forms of massage therapy can be therapeutic when applied by a skilled and knowledgeable therapist; therefore, medical massage is not limited to any particular specific technique.

Soma Massage Therapy provides certified massage therapists who are trained in the following:

  • Strain Counter Strain
  • Neuromuscular Therapy
  • Myofascial Release
  • Positional Release
  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • Active Therapy Techniques
  • Rehabilitative Stretching Procedures

Q: How is medical massage beneficial?
A: There are many ways it is beneficial:

  •  Helps to decrease inflammation and pain
  • Deactivates myofascial trigger points
  • Aids digestion
  • Calms and soothes the nervous system
  • Improves posture and coordination
  • Helps in preventing future chronic pain conditions
  • Improves flexibility and range of motion
  • Releases sore and tense muscles

If you are experiencing chronic pain, medical massage may be right for you.  Talk with your doctor prior to starting your medical massage protocol, in order to obtain a prescription.

Other types of massage do not require a prescription. 

You can also contact us with any questions and concerns. We’re happy to help you find answers.

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