Medical massage can address conditions such as:

Car Accidents

Headaches
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Sciatica
Piriformis syndrome
Rotator cuff injuries
Migraines/headaches
Pain associated with pregnancy
Range of motion issues
Fibromyalgia
Back and Neck pain
Plantar fasciitis (involving pain in the foot)
Repetitive use injuries such as tennis elbow & Golfer’s elbow
TMJ
Muscle cramps
Restless Legs Syndrome
 Sports/Exercise injuries
Work Injuries
Auto Injuries
Edema

Injuries sustained in traumas such as falls or automobile accidents
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (numbness/tingling in hands/arms)
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).

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Medical massage is outcome or result-based massage, primarily the application of a specific treatment targeted to the specific problem(s) the patient presents with a diagnosis and are administered after a thorough assessment/evaluation by the medical massage therapist with specific outcomes being the basis for treatment. It is also known as clinical massage or treatment massage.

There are many massage schools and programs claiming to teach ‘Medical Massage” technique. There is no one technique that is medical massage. It is taking whatever style of massage you do or know and applying that technique to various conditions. Our therapist, Michael Grise Lmt Est, has had extensive training over the last ten years. These studies have included Neuro-musculer Re-Education, Trigger Point Therapy, Sports based therapy and Deep Tissue Treatments. He has worked with sports therapists, professional athletes, physical therapist, chiropractors, neurosurgeons and other medical practitioners.

Massage has been considered to be ‘medical massage, since the mid-1800s. In 1886, William Murrell, an English Physician wrote a book Massage as a Mode of Treatment. In 1902, Douglas Graham, MD of Boston Massachusetts wrote Manual Therapeutics, A Treatise on Massage which focuses on the treatment of specific diseases and disorders by the method of massage. In During the nineteenth century, massage in Europe was described in the medical literature and was taught at institutions and also offered by lay practitioners. In Russia, M.Y. Mudrov, MD used massage and movement exercises in his medical practice with adults and later applied it to the development of children. Professor Silas Weir Mitchell, (1829-1914) was a neurologist in Philadelphia, PA in the US was thought to be the first to bring massage to the attention of the US Medical Community. In 1985, Dr Harvey Kellogg published the classic textbook The Art of Massage,Its Physiological Effects and Therapeutic Actions. [The History of Massage by Robert Calvert, 2002]

Medical Massage has been popular in Russia since the late 1700.[1]

The American Medical Massage Association[2] (1998) and The United States Medical Massage Association (1999) followed with similar goals of lifting the profession to higher standards and, in turn, giving patients a better outcome. The AMMA has worked with the standard medical community to massage therapy into the mainstream; they have done this through a board of advisers that includes massage therapists, physicians, chiropractors etc.

The term medical massage has grown in popularity because of its unique ability to bring massage therapy into the mainstream and present massage therapy in a positive way to doctors. More good massage therapists are raising their education levels and integrating the term medical massage into their routines. Massage therapists can bill for massage as long as they are licensed in massage therapy and are able to show improvement in the condition of the patient/client.

The term medical massage was birthed out of:

1.The public’s need for highly skilled, hands-on therapists in treating those with injuries and chronic pain,
2. The present explosion of information in the injury-rehabilitation field which began with the ground-breaking work of Dr. Janet G Travell (1901–1997,)[3] and
3. The benefit patients receive with medical massage.

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