What is medical massage therapy?
Medical massage therapy is a type of physical therapy that is mainly characterized by a relaxed hand technique referred to as the “soft hand”. It focuses on specific joint issues. This allows for deep tissue manipulation without causing pain or making the patient’s condition worse. This system of massage therapy recognizes that the joint complex and soft tissue as the primary sites of chronic pain and dysfunction.
How is it used to treat ailments and disease?
Medical massage is applied as manual therapy to the specific area and the primary pathology of the patient’s chief complaint. It is delivered to a region of the body based on soft tissue and joint findings, often led by a doctor’s diagnosis. It involves several progressive stages of treatment which attempt to correct abnormal conditions affecting the joint complex.
Therapeutic exercise, therapeutic modalities, and patient education are combined within a treatment plan that identifies the appropriate regularity and duration of a therapy program. Massage and manual therapy are not simply special techniques; they are a combination of education, experience, dedication, and intuition all expressed through the therapist’s healing hands.
What ailments can be treated with medical massage therapy?
Examples of conditions that can be treated by medical massage:
- Frozen Shoulder
- Recovery from joint surgery
- Back pain
- Chronic joint pain
- Neck pain