Therapeutic Massage Company now offers this therapeutic massage technique that involves manipulation and movement of locomotor soft tissues to reduce/eliminate pain and dysfunction, and restore structural balance throughout the body while focusing on the prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal dysfunctions, chronic pain, and sports injuries.
BENEFITS OF ORTHOPEDIC MASSAGE
- Heal a multitude of pain/spasm cycles
- Relieve joint, tendon, and muscle pain formation
- Strengthen the immune system
- Alleviate tension that causes pain and headaches
- Relieve lower back pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Arthritis and back pain
- Strains and sprains
- Rotator cuff injuries and many more
Orthopedic massage is a systematic and multidisciplinary approach to bringing the body into balance. This can be used as a maintenance tool (very similar to a high end sports massage) or, where my passion lies, used as a specific set of tools to address specific problems with a person’s body.
In the maintenance or wellness model, the therapist starts by checking certain boney landmarks in the body to see if they are equal to the opposite side as well and positioned parallel or perpendicularly in relation to the spine. Here are some examples of how this technique works:
If the client started face up on the table, the therapist would check the feet to see if they were even, the hips at the asis,(anterior superior iliac spine) the top of the rib cage, the collar bone and the top two cervical vertebrae. If discrepancies were found, the therapist would first address for fascial adhesions then get more specific by checking individual muscles, tendons, ligaments and make sure the joints were moving appropriately by performing a range of motion.
If the client came in with carpal tunnel, the therapist would check for shoulder height, as well as evenness of the cervical spine. If any discrepancies were found, we would address first the fascia then the muscles and tendons to the neck and shoulders from where they begin to its ending point, then work our way down the arm in a similar format looking for imbalances in the fascia, muscles and tendons making sure the elbow is moving correctly. Then we address the forearm, carpal bones, and hands. This clears a pathway to assure any restrictions in the nerve or blood supply are cleared before addressing the sight where the symptoms occur. We have used this same approach for a host of different conditions with great success over the past decade.
These are two of the many ways we can use orthopedic massage to complete our goals.