What is Medical Massage?
Traditional Massage has deep roots, documented in the earliest writings of both eastern and western medicine. Until the early 20th century, massage was taught in U.S. medical and nursing schools and was a routine treatment.
HOW IT IS DIFFERENT:
Relaxation massage is important for wellness and prevention, but it lacks the focus and precision needed to resolve dysfunction. 'Therapeutic' massage can address localized muscular or fascial issues, but results will be temporary if root causes of pain or dysfunction are overlooked. Medical massage combines the power of skilled touch with sound protocols into what is often the best treatment available for problems of the body's soft tissues.
IS IT EFFECTIVE?
Medical massage begins with a careful assessment of what may be causing pain, in order to properly eliminate the actual trigger, not just the current symptoms, so results will last. All techniques used are scientifically based, and the protocols are targeted to get lasting results as quickly as possible. The course of treatment depends on many factors, but 2-3 treatments per week is common. Two to ten sessions may be needed; complex cases may require more time.
IS IT PAINFUL?
Medical massage is not a painful approach. A key goal is to work with the nervous system, not against it, to lower the sensitivity of pain receptors and allow soft tissues to normalize. To this end, medical massage is mostly conducted below or just at the first sensation of discomfort. This is diametrically opposed to the "no pain, no gain" approach and the results speak for themselves. This gentle but intensive approach can succeed where other approaches fail.
WHAT IS RECOMMENDED?
Medical massage is available with or without a prescription. It can be effective for a wide range of soft tissue complaints, such as...
Chronic neck pain
Numbness and tingling
Acute muscle spasms