What Medical Massage Therapy is Not?
Medical Massage is not a relaxing massage you might get for stress relief, like a Swedish Massage in a lovely Spa! (Don’t get me wrong, I love a relaxing spa experience too!) However, there are some issues that do not respond to relaxation massage alone.
Getting rid of chronic pain does provide relief, but there is often a bit of pain that comes with ridding yourself of that chronic issue.
Medical Massage is not limited to any specific technique.
What Medical Massage Therapy IS?
The term Medical Massage is a term used to describe massage therapy that has been prescribed by your health care professional in order to address diagnoses.
We incorporate several different techniques into our Medical Massage Therapy Sessions. These techniques may include but are not limited to trigger point therapy, deep tissue massage, myofascial release, lymphatic drainage, and hot and cold therapy. Please see below for a list of some of ways that Medical Massage can help.
- Help to release tight and sore muscles which can cause Ischemia (Ischemia: A lack of blood supply to soft tissues, which causes hypersensitivity to the touch and allows for further injury to the tissues)
- Help relieve nerve compression or entrapment. (Pressure on a nerve by soft tissue which can contribute to muscle atrophy, referred pain, paresthesia, and conditions such as pseudo sciatica, piriformis syndrome, pseudo angina, and others.
- Deactivate Myofascial Trigger Points (Trigger Points: Areas of high neurological activity, which refer pain to other parts of the body.)
- Decrease Pain and Inflammation
- Alleviating Stress and Improve Circulation
- Increase Flexibility and Range Of Motion
- Help to Improve Posture and Coordination
Do I need a Prescription from my Doctor in order to receive treatment at Clinical Massage Therapy?
Although we prefer to treat with a physician’s referral, you do not need a referral to receive treatment. Some insurance companies may provide coverage for medically necessary massage with a physician’s diagnosis and referral. We cannot process medical claims without your physician’s diagnoses including the frequency and duration of treatments.
With or without a physician’s referral, we at Clinical Massage Therapy, will treat your musculoskeletal pain directly with modalities that encompass medical massage techniques. This result-driven massage is not usually a full body massage but a Treatment Plan that typically consists of 1 to 2 treatments per week for 3 to 4 weeks.
What happens after reaching the goal of my Treatment Plan?
After reaching the goals of your Treatment Plan, we highly encourage a Chronic Pain Maintenance Plan. Maintenance is encouraged in order to help maintain the quality of life that the treatment phase enabled.
Maintenance requirements are different for everyone. Some clients achieve pain-free maintenance periods of once-a-month, some as frequent as once-a-week! Your therapist will communicate with you and help you discover what is right for you.