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Massage therapy can help to decrease pain and muscle aches, reduce stress and anxiety, and promote overall wellness and relaxation.

How does orthopedic massage therapy differ from the other types of massage?

Jon Tallerico (Springfield, MO) on Jan 10, 2013
There are many different tissues of the body, and some therapists like to pick a favorite. Orthopedic massage is focused on the tissues surrounding the joints and the health of the joints themselves. It is usually results driven instead of relaxation driven, and is usually practice in more of a clinical setting as opposed to a spa setting. I would recommend looking up Whitney Lowe, as he is largely responsible for the "orthopedic massage" distinction and therefore provides the best information on its correct definition.
Diana Sponsler (Syracuse, NY) on Jan 8, 2013
Orthopedic massage refers to massage applied in a manner aimed at treating specific pain conditions or functional challenges. The goal of Orthopedic massage is to restore pain-free range of motion by restoring muscles to their healthy resting length and releasing restrictions caused by scar tissue and fascial adhesions. As taught by James Waslaski, the entire session and subsequent movement should be pain-free. Clients should expect to receive instruction for self-care that can include stretches and muscle reeducation exercises.
Andy Ly (Sterling Heights, MI) on Jan 7, 2013
Orthopedic massage is a therapeutic system made up of a variety of different techniques. When working with soft tissue pain and injury it is essential the practitioner be able to assess the nature of the condition and understand its physiological make-up. In order to determine if massage is appropriate, ', should be done, the practitioner must have some method of systematic evaluation of the clients condition. The massage therapist must understand the physiological effects of the treatment that s/he chooses. Orthopedic massage is treatment adaptability. Each client will provide a unique presentation of pain or injury symptoms. As such, the practitioner will most effectively treat their client with a protocol that is customized to that individual.
Vladimir Batista (Miami Beach, FL) on Jan 7, 2013
Hi, each massage is diferent the most important is the purpose, the object .
Beverly Vascianna (Boca Raton,, FL) on Jan 7, 2013
ORTHOPEDIC MASSAGE differ from ordinary Massage therapy in that it is a type of Massage Therapy which is focused on treating painful conditions which affect the soft tissues of the body. Orthopedic massage focuses on problems with the client's musculoskeletal system. The therapist may release tight muscles, help to stretch shortened muscles and tendons, and decompress joints. The goal is to normalize the soft tissues of the body, both to treat specific conditions and to keep clients generally healthy and fit. He or she may integrate a range of techniques to treat these conditions, ideally adapting his or her style for each client, as every person's body is slightly different. Massage therapy on the other hand involves the manipulation and rubbing of the soft tissues of the body, with particular focus on muscles and pressure points. Massage therapy may be used as part of physical therapy, or on its own to help relax areas where muscles are tight. In other cases, massage therapy may focus on pressure points of the body that are thought to give relief from pain or health problems in other parts of the body.
Theodore Schiff (Northampton, MA) on Jan 6, 2013
Orthopedic Massage describes a comprehensive system, rather than a single technique, that involves therapeutic assessment, manipulation and movement of soft tissues to resolve pain and dysfunction. It focus is restoring function and structural balance throughout the body for both prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal dysfunctions. Orthopedic Massage takes a multidisciplinary approach that looks to resolve the origin of the pain and dysfunction either from trauma-induced injuries or postural imbalances that exacerbate the pain through daily activities. Common orthopedic conditions can stem from sports injuries, postural imbalances due to poor work ergonomics, chronic pain and scar tissue from surgery or traumatic injury.
Paula Reeder (Katy, TX) on Jan 6, 2013
Google "advance massage techniques" and you will have your answer. Massive difference
Jeff Byrd (Las Vegas, NV) on Jan 6, 2013
Orthopedic massage is a type of massage therapy which is focused on treating painful conditions which affect the soft tissues of the body. The massage therapist may integrate a range of techniques to treat these conditions, ideally adapting his or her style for each client, as every person's body is slightly different. Orthopedic massage may be recommended by a physician who wants a patient to pursue multiple treatment modalities, and people can also see an orthopedic massage therapist independently. Training in orthopedic massage is offered by several massage schools. A therapist who performs orthopedic massage focuses on problems with the client's musculoskeletal system. He or she may release tight muscles, help to stretch shortened muscles and tendons, and decompress joints. The goal is to normalize the soft tissues of the body, both to treat specific conditions and to keep clients generally healthy and fit. Because orthopedic massage is designed to treat medical conditions, it requires extensive training, as an unskilled therapist could harm a client by accident.
Carol Stuhmer (Miami, FL) on Jan 6, 2013
It's just another name someone came up with.....don't get hung up on the names. When you call a new therapist, ask what type of work they do. Anyone worth their "weight" should ask you what it is that you are experiencing. You will give a full history on your intake, give them the basics, they may have some questions. If the therapist doesn't believe they are qualified to deal with the particular issues you have, likely they can refer you on to someone who is. -Carol Stuhmer
Margarita Perez (Jersey City, NJ) on Jan 6, 2013
This is from my web site. Orthopedic Massage – uses a combination of deep tissue massage, neuromuscular therapy and myofascial release to revive injured muscles and restore proper range of motion. This therapy can be an effective/excellent modaliity for: Achilles Tendinosis Bicipital Tendinosis Bursitis Carpal Tunnel Cervical Pain Frozen shoulder Hamstring Strain Headaches ITB Friction Syndrome Low Back Pain Osteoarthritis Patellar Tendinosi Piriformis Syndrome Plantar Facitis Pronator Teres Syndrome Rotator Cuff injuries Sciatica Shoulder Impingement Tarsal Tunnel Tennis Elbow Thoracic Outlet Ulnar Nerve entrapment Whiplash A course of treatment is often supported by professional medical diagnosis and tests (such as xRAY, MRI, etc. as appropriate), followed by consultation between the therapist and the diagnostician.
Brionna Brouhard (Salem, OR) on Jan 6, 2013
Orthopedic massage is a specialized type that requires extra training. It primarily focuses on releasing tight muscles, but also helps to stretch shortened muscles and tendons, and decompress joints. The goal is to normalize the soft tissues of the body, both to treat specific conditions and to keep clients generally healthy and fit. It is designed to treat medical conditions.
Vicki Mah (Sacramento, CA) on Jan 6, 2013
It focuses on structural, Rom and return to function.
Nina Crego (Durham, NC) on Jan 6, 2013
Orthopedic massage is a medically oriented form of massage that encompasses a variety of massage techniques. Included in the list are trigger point therapy, PNF, deep transverse friction, among others. If you were to go to a physical therapist who performs massage, the PT would likely be using some of these techniques to assist in the treatment of the patient. Many massage therapists are trained in orthopedic assessment techniques, which allow them to determine whether a specific pain complaint or injury is consistent with a medically known condition. For example, a massage therapist trained in orthopedic assessment would employ Apley's Compression test to assess the knee for possible meniscal tears. By understanding how to assess orthopedic conditions, a trained massage therapist can determine whether a client can benefit from massage and, if so, what massage techniques to employ for the most beneficial outcome.