When you’re in pain,  a medical massage therapist (aka clinical massage therapist) can get to the root of the problem quickly and can therefore give an effective treatment. Have you ever been in the situation where you go in for a massage treatment for a specific complaint and the therapist isn’t able to identify the problem? You are left feeling like you got a very general massage and leave with the same complaint. It is COMPLETELY and TOTALLY frustrating because you have specific needs that were not addressed.

The truth is, you need to find a massage therapist with the right kind of training to address your complaint. Medical massage therapy is highly effective in treating soft tissue pain along with a home treatment plan.

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What is medical massage therapy?

Medical massage is a manual therapy directed at a specific issue, pathology or dysfunction of the soft tissue. Different techniques are used according to what discrepancies are found in the tissues. These techniques can affect the tissue by releasing tension in the muscles and fascia to eliminate spasm, nerve entrapment, adhesion and scar tissue as well as treat tendonosis.

A clinical massage therapist will have training in assessment protocols and may use manual resistive tests (or muscle tests) to evaluate the condition and create a treatment plan. Clinical massage therapists will not be able to diagnose a client with a condition as it is out of their scope of practice. However, medical massage therapy is crucial component in healing soft tissue injuries.

You can think of clinical massage as part of a health care plan and relaxing massage or a spa massage as part of a self care plan. Although self care and health care have the same underlining goal, they have slightly different nuances in their meaning and in the way we use the terms.

What can medical massage treat?

Medical massage therapy can be utilized to treat many conditions. A few examples include:

Tennis elbow/Golfer’s elbow
Piriformis syndrome
Post surgery
Sports injury
Carpal tunnel symptoms
Thoracic outlet syndrome
Rotator cuff dysfunction
Shin splints
… and loads of other soft tissue problems!

This guy has a pretty fantastic explanation  ——–> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaV5arn0jEA


Typically, a client will need multiple sessions to treat their complaint. Medical massage therapy is a powerful tool to heal and restore function to the body.

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