What is Orthopedic Massage?
Orthopedic massage uses a range therapeutic techniques to release chronic patterns of tension, loosen scar tissue and restore flexibility, range of motion and postural balance. This form often focuses on one or two specific goals. Orthopedic massage may also be referred to as “Therapeutic,” “Clinical” or “Medical” massage.
Orthopedic treatment may include postural assessment, myofascial work, deep diaphragmatic breathing, neuromuscular therapy, muscle-energy technique, deep-tissue massage, compression and stretching techniques, and other work.
It requires the active participation of the client to communicate the presence and intensity of pain. During your session, we will perform a series of evaluative tests to locate imbalances that contribute to patterns of pain and discomfort. Then we will work together as a team to reduce discomfort and maximize the effectiveness of the session.
Unlike drug therapy, which is often associated with many systemic and long-term side effects, massage therapy is relatively safe and has few contraindications.
Why should I choose Orthopedic Massage?
If you are experiencing temporary or chronic pain, due to postural imbalances, injury or poor work ergonomics, orthopedic massage may help you return to a normal, healthy condition. Studies have shown that massage can relax the body, decrease blood pressure and heart rate, and reduce stress and depression. It may also provide symptomatic relief for many chronic pain issues that are caused by soft-tissue (muscular) dysfunction, or repetitive stress and strain injuries.
“Weekend Warriors” may find that orthopedic massage can help them deal with the aches and pains resulting from playing too hard on the weekend. Low back pain, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, rotator cuff strain, “golfer’s” or “tennis elbow,” and hiking soreness may all be relieved by massage.
Many doctors now also prescribe massage therapy as symptomatic treatment for headache, facial and jaw pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, certain types of surgical adhesions, frozen shoulder, osteoarthritis, stress, athletic injuries and other chronic and acute conditions. Ask your physician if therapeutic massage is right for you.
To get the most out of your session, please come prepared to work actively and collaboratively, by bringing suitable clothing, such as swimsuit bottoms, stretchy shorts or other similar clothing. A large bath towel will be provided for your torso, for your warmth or comfort.
Orthopedic massage is available in standard or extended session lengths. A standard length session is approximately one hour, and includes the detailed evaluation, hands on treatment and suggestions for home care. An extended session is about an hour and a half. Several sessions may be recommended to alleviate chronic conditions, so please ask about package discounts. In certain cases, a series of 30 minute sessions may be appropriate for treatment of very localized areas of pain or injury. 30 minute sessions are available as a prepaid package of 6, and are non-transferable.