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 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
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.
Here are just a few of the conditions we treat:
Carpal Tunnel is often misdiagnosed. There are several other places the nerve can be entrapped before it even reaches the wrist. Clinical massage works to find where the nerve is entrapped and free it, reducing or eliminating symptoms altogether.
Whiplash needs to be treated very soon after it occurs to prevent chronic issues from setting in. Clinical massage is crucial for creating healthy scar tissue and reducing spasms in the muscles of the neck. We help you with at-home exercises to assist in proper healing.
Back pain can result from injury or also posture related conditions. Lucky for you we are experts in both! We conduct a postural assessment in each session and our treatment is targeted at your unique needs. We are familiar with common spine and back injuries and work closely with other health care professionals if you need a referral for a supplemental therapy.
True sciatica stems from a compressed nerve in the lower back. There is also a condition called piriformis syndrome in which the piriformis muscle compresses the the sciatic nerve mimicking the pain of true sciatica. We can assess which is most likely the culprit and treat accordingly.
What are people saying?
“Let’s talk about clinical massages everyone, because if you haven’t had the chance to try one…. you definitely should! I can’t even begin to explain how much Brianna has helped relive my chronic back and shoulder pain. She’s super professional, personable and she’s got a talent for soothing sore muscles either due to stress, injury, or in my case, awful posture. I would recommend her clinical massages to anyone who needs work done, specially if you are looking for a professional who cares, knows what their doing and will actually help you.”