What Makes Medical Massage Different from Other Types of Massage?
Whether you have sore muscles, are recovering from an injury, or suffer from a medical condition, massage may be a treatment for you. Massage therapy falls into two basic categories which include medical massage and wellness massage. Medical and wellness massages differ in their goals, techniques, certifications, and conditions they treat.
Wellness Massages Relax the Body and Reduce Stress
Wellness massage involves a client/practitioner relationship. Therefore the techniques used and areas addressed are determined by the client. Massage therapists are only required to complete a 500 hour massage certification course to begin practicing. The primary goal of wellness massage is to alleviate stress in the patient and relax their body. This type of massage often requires consistent maintenance appointments to maintain results.
Massage techniques used in wellness massage
- Deep Tissue
Wellness massages are primarily used to:
- Reduce Stress
- Release Tension in the Muscles
Medical Massage Treats Conditions and Heals the Body
Medical massage is a therapy provided to a patient by a certified massage practitioner in the health field. Therapists are required to not only complete the 500 hour massage certification course, but also to gain clinical experience through an internship before they are able to begin treating patients. They also are required to be well versed in the areas of pharmacology, orthopedic assessment, and treatment. The goal of this type of massage is to solve specific medical problems or injuries. Once the therapy is completed, the patient can expect to see improvement.
Massage techniques used include:
- Cross Fiber Friction
- Trigger Point Technique
- Muscle Energy Techniques
- Deep Tissue Massage
These types of techniques are used to treat many medical conditions, including but not limited to:
- Carpal Tunnel
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- Rotator Cuff Injuries
- Back, Joint, or Muscle Pain
If you suffer from any of the painful conditions above and are interested in a medical massage assessment, contact Launchfit™ by Clinicube®for Chiropractic and Physical Therapy today for an appointment.