Medical massage is simply massage therapy prescribed by a physician.
Medical massage focuses on reaching a specific outcome by applying treatment targeted to the client’s condition. It’s an evidence-based therapy, meaning the massage treatments for the medical condition are backed by scientific research.
Treatment may draw from a variety of massage modalities, including Swedish therapeutic massage, trigger point and deep tissue massage, cupping, Thai massage, myofascial release, lymphatic drainage, sports massage, oncology massage, prenatal and postpartum massage, and more.
Unlike many types of massage where the goal is relaxation, medical massage focuses on specific medical needs. It can be used to treat pain, inflammation, and nerve compression caused by injury. It can also ease digestion, anxiety, and depression. Medical massage can also increase flexibility and range of motion, give some relief to migraine headaches, and much more.
While massage therapists cannot diagnose, they can help treat medical conditions under doctor’s orders. The patient wins when massage therapists work together with physicians to diagnose and treat their condition. The combination of massage therapists and physicians can provide a very effective treatment for many soft-tissue injuries and psychological disorders.
Depending on your policy, your health insurance might reimburse you for your medical massages.
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