Clinical Massage focuses on resolving pain and dysfunction for athletes and non-athletes alike.
Clinical Massage, also sometimes referred to as 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. Clinical 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 Clinical 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 Clinical 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.
All first time appointments include a complimentary 30-minute assessment. This time allows Alison to get to know you and your goals for the session. For a Clinical Massage appointment, 30 minute allows time to gather information about your complaint and medical history as well as take you through basic motion testing. With the information gathered, Alison is able to best assess your condition and create a session that is tailored to each your unique needs. Before the session, Alison will always take time to answer any questions you have.
Clinical Massage can be effective for treating conditions such as:
Low Back Pain
IT Band Syndrome
Muscle Pulls and Strains
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ)