Orthopedic Massage is a structured approach to relieving pain and movement limitations. This therapeutic work is guided by an assessment of the client’s ability to move, as well as how and when pain is experienced. Although it affects the deep tissues of the body, it is delivered as a pain-free massage. Orthopedic massage differs from a typical Swedish massage in that stress relief is a secondary goal of reducing pain and dysfunction in the body. It is a highly specialized modality and often fills in the gaps between traditional medicine, chiropractic care, and physical therapy. Orthopedic massage helps with sports injuries, aches, and pains associated with aging, and can even prevent unnecessary surgery.
Common Conditions treated by Orthopedic Massage:
- Frozen shoulder
- Runner’s knee
- Shin splints
- Back pain
- IT band pain
- Neck strain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Numbness/ tingling
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Stiffness/ inflexibility
- Poor posture
Orthopedic Massage Procedure
1. Client description of symptoms and assessment of pain and movement
2. Hands-on assessment of soft tissue and joint health
3. Implementation of techniques such as neuro-inhibition stretching, trigger point therapy, Active Release Technique, Kinesiology taping, cupping therapy, myofascial release, and scar tissue mobilization.
4. Reassessment of pain and movement
5. Discussion of posture, activities, and habits that contribute to identified pain.
6. Review of self-care exercises and long-term treatment plan.
Desired results are typically achieved in 2 – 6 sessions conducted within a 3 month period. Repeat sessions within a concentrated time frame is most effective for achieving long-term relief.