Orthopedic Massage focuses on resolving pain and dysfunction for athletes and nonathletes alike.
Orthopedic Massage is a form of massage which focuses on assessment and treatment of soft tissue to reduce pain and dysfunction in the body. Its goal is to restore balance to the soft tissue in order to prevent and rehabilitate musculoskeletal dysfunction and injury. Orthopedic massage can treat specific injuries, address chronic pain, restore range of motion and improve athletic performance. Therapists trained in orthopedic massage carefully study anatomy of soft tissue to understand the potential causes of and treatment for musculoskeletal pain and then use specific techniques to manipulate involved tissues.
Unlike a traditional, relaxing massage session, an Orthopedic Massage appointment will start of with a detailed assessment composed of both a verbal and physical intake. While the treatment is still considered by most to be calming, relaxation is secondary to the primary goal of providing relief from pain and bringing balance. Any number of different techniques may be used in an Orthopedic Massage session including myofascial release, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, joint mobilizations, active movement techniques, neural mobilization and assisted stretching. Often, progress made during a session will be supplemented with suggested home stretching exercises.
Orthopedic Massage can be effective for treating conditions such as:
- Low Back Pain
- Frozen Shoulder
- IT Band Syndrome
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Neck Pain
- Tight Muscles
- Muscle Pulls and Strains
- Tendonitis (Tendonosis)
- Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ)