Orthopedic massage therapy, often synonymous with medical or therapeutic massage, is now available at Howard County Chiropractic Massage and Acupuncture.
What is orthopedic massage, and How Can It Help Me? Great question! It’s a broad term and refers to using one, or several, techniques/modalities in the treatment of soft tissue and tensile stresses in muscles, joints, and ligaments. Orthopedic massage concentrates on relieving the pain and suffering of musculoskeletal disorders such as sciatica, shoulder capsulitis, carpal tunnel, and more.
Orthopedic massage uses a spectrum of techniques and approaches to treating soft-tissue dysfunction. It borrows the term orthopedic because the approach deals with the problems of the locomotor system. As a comprehensive approach, orthopedic massage is capable of integrating a wide variety of effective techniques in the treatment of soft-tissue dysfunction, pain, and injuries. This could mean using a blend of deep transverse friction, trigger point therapy, myofascial massage, and muscle energy techniques on, for example, the upper back into the shoulders and arms, to help correct the source of a problem like carpal tunnel syndrome.
The unique nature of each condition requires specialized knowledge, skills, and abilities from the practitioner to determine the most effective treatment. In some situations, a particular technique will be highly beneficial, yet when used in another situation, it may be ineffective (sometimes even contraindicated). The practitioner, in planning a customized session or treatment plan, will need to be familiar with the physiological effects of the treatment techniques being used to make these decisions.
The goals of a customized orthopedic massage session are:
- to provide relaxation and stress reduction, and
- to begin the process called normalizing the tissue (muscular) areas.
To assist in achieving these goals, both active and passive stretching may be used, both on and off the table during the session. This stretching is where new soft tissue patterns can emerge and take hold. The success rate of orthopedic massage is impressive for restoring mobility and relieving pain. Be sure to check with your practitioner to see whether orthopedic massage could help you, either as a standalone approach or as part of a therapeutic treatment plan.