Orthopedic massage provides specialized massage techniques that treat many soft tissue disorders of the human body. It involves assessment, massage, and gentle movements of the tissue to encourage healing, relieve pain, and increase mobility.
The primary focus of this therapy is to restore the musculoskeletal function and structural balance of the body, as trauma from injuries often produces an imbalance within the body, exacerbating pain in normal daily activity.
Many orthopedic injuries stem from sports injuries. Often chronic pain from broken bones and/or scar tissue can cause muscle problems long after healing.
The therapy is often used to identify and correct painful chronic conditions like sciatica, scoliosis, patella tendinitis, thoracic outlet syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, and many other medical conditions.
It is important that the therapist communicate well with the client in order to accurately treat the muscle issues and understand any underlying problem.
The four stages of Orthopedic Bodywork:
Long-term results can be provided from the massage when the therapist truly understands what tissues are involved in the pain and/or injury, and how to treat those muscles effectively.
Using many different types of massage therapy, from many different fields of soft tissue work, orthopedic or medical massage lessons often include myofascial release, stretching, neuromuscular therapy, positional release, and trigger point therapy.
This DVD, OrthopedicMassage for the Upper & Lower Body Video 2 DVD Set - Learn Assessment, Trigger Points, Referral Patterns and Treatment Techniques for Neck, Back, Hip, Knee, Ankle, Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist Injuries teaches massage therapy techniques for the Back, Neck, Shoulders, and Head as well as many other common injury sites.