What is Medical Massage?
Simply put, Medical Massage Therapy is the focused use of advanced massage techniques to treat a specific condition and achieve a specific outcome. In some cases, the condition treated is first diagnosed by the patient’s physician. In other cases, the medical massage therapist simply treats the patient based on the patient’s subjective description of his symptoms and following a thorough assessment of the patient’s muscles, posture, etc.
Techniques used during a Cary medical massage often include neuromuscular therapy, myofascial release, and lymphatic drainage massage among many others; however, they can also include more common techniques such as relaxation massage. The main difference between a medical massage and a regular massage is that it is performed by therapists with advanced training. The treatment is structured to obtain a specific outcome.
At Preston Chiropractic and Acupuncture, we understand the importance of keeping your health at the forefront. This is why we utilize medical massage to help you achieve the highest level of health possible.
Are Medical Massages Effective?
At the very least, a professional massage on a particular area of the body is going to increase blood flow to the area and promote faster healing and regeneration. When done right it can also gradually increase your flexibility and strength. These deep muscle knots that you haven’t been able to get rid of for years and that keeps you from moving quite as well as you did before can be worked out and get you feeling normal again. We work with you and your body to learn what’s going to help you solve your problems and we execute our plan carefully.
Medical massage can help treat a number of conditions such as:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Piriformis syndrome
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Pain associated with bulged or injured spinal disks (medical massage cannot ‘fix’ the disk, but can help alleviate much of the pain associated with the injury).
- Pain associated with pregnancy
- Range of motion issues
- Back and Neck pain
- Plantar fasciitis (involving pain in the foot)
- Repetitive use injuries such as those listed and tennis elbow, Golfer’s elbow
- Pain associated with restricted fascia
- Pain associated with postural imbalances
- Muscle cramps
- Restless Legs Syndrome
- Sports/Exercise injuries
- Work Injuries
- Auto Injuries
- Edema (swelling)
- Injuries sustained in traumas such as falls or automobile accidents
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (numbness/tingling in hands/arms)
How Often do I Need to See a Medical Massage Therapist?
It’s going to vary based on what pain you currently are dealing with and the treatment you’ve been prescribed. Generally speaking for your average muscle-related issue we are going to recommend treatment at least one time a week for the first couple of weeks, no longer. After that, we can usually taper it off as conditions go away and results stick around longer. For anyone NOT ailing with a certain condition, you’re best off just going on a roughly bi-weekly (or longer if that works for you) basis to keep yourself loose and just fight against the many effects of sitting all day and aging generally.
Is Massage Therapy Going to be Painful?
Any discomfort you may feel is really going to be dependent upon the area being treated. If you are simply having a maintenance massage with no particular area needing to be targeted then it should be relatively painless. If you are receiving a particular massage for pain or an injury you can expect to feel more localized pain there than you would during a regular massage. It should all be tolerable for you though, this discomfort should subside within the hours following any medical-massage.
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