Orthopedic massage therapy is a system of manually applied techniques designed to reduce pain, establish normal tissue tension, and normalize balance and movement in the musculoskeletal system. The focus is on the treatment of pain and dysfunction of soft-tissue structures in the body.
The therapist uses various assessment and treatment protocols to identify the tissues involved in any dysfunction that may be present. Many types of strokes, tissue manipulations and stretching are used to aid the body in the healing process.
The soft tissues worked on include muscles, tendons, fascia, and ligaments. Each session is customized to meet the needs of the individual and utilize the latest techniques and protocols to provide the most effective therapeutic experience.
Focused pain management sessions are available for various regions of the body. By concentrating attention to specific regions of the body that are responsible for pain, treatment can be highly effective and economical.
Massage therapy sessions for specific orthopedic conditions or pain management are generally 20, 30, or 45 minutes long. Sessions with a shorter duration will focus on the client’s chief complaint. Complicated conditions may require longer sessions.
Depending on the reason for your massage, additional sessions may be advised to address specific problems and more complicated conditions.
Traditional Swedish massage is the most common and best know form of massage or bodywork. It is widely sought out to reduce stress, enhance muscle tone, improve flexibility, increase circulation and for general relaxation and wellbeing.
The therapist uses a variety of long gliding strokes and rhythmic kneading action to ease tension and relax the muscles of the body. Warm lotion or oil is used to lubricate the skin and add to the comfort of the massage. A progressive intensity of pressure from light to deep is employed during the massage and is based on patient tolerance and preference.
Because most Swedish massage is sought out for relaxation purposes, the use of subdue lighting, soothing background music and a heated massage table ensures a peaceful experience. Typically, a Swedish massage session is 60 or 90 minutes long.