Clinical Massage Therapy
Clinical or Orthopedic Massage Therapy is focused on the client’s specific soft tissue injury or dysfunction. Similar to a deep tissue massage, the occasional use of deeper pressure and the application of friction are used. However, while a deep tissue treatment may span the entire body, a clinical massage is used for a particular issue. Because an in-depth assessment is given to identify the problem, sessions are highly focused and therefore very effective.
What is Clinical Massage?
In clinical massage, the ultimate focus is on functional outcomes. There is an evidence-based reason why a therapist applies one modality over another and most importantly, results must be measurable. Client satisfaction is often not assessed until the completion of a limited number of treatments, referred to as “treat and release,” or the achievement of a specific therapeutic outcome (as defined by Massage Today Magazine).
Tendon injuries, muscle tears and nerve entrapments heal much faster when treated with the appropriate clinical massage techniques. Adding Kinesio Tape to the massage treatment is highly recommended as the two therapies work synergistically to address common goals.
Specific education is required to certify in clinical/orthopedic massage. Additionally, the LMT must have an in depth knowledge of anatomy and the application of massage for injury rehabilitation for successful treatments. Expect to schedule 2-3 times a week in the beginning stages of treatment until symptoms start to subside. It is absolutely crucial that the client seek regular treatments to achieve lasting results. These initial treatments are either 30 or 60 minutes in length. For that reason, discounted packages are available.
A clinical massage addresses the specific cause of the client’s pain. Tendons that have been damaged can be stimulated to produce collagen to promote regeneration. Areas restricted by scar tissue can be freed and therefore range of motion is restored. A thorough assessment will reveal whether pain is due to a muscle or other anatomical structure impinging a nerve along its path producing uncomfortable symptoms. Clinical assessment is used in deciphering exactly what is causing your pain.
What can a clinical massage treat?
- Rotator cuff injury
- Ankle sprain
- TMJ disorders
- Carpal tunnel symptoms
- Pulled/strained muscle
- Tennis elbow
- Nerve entrapment symptoms
- Plantar Fasciitis