Did you know that massage can sometimes be prescribed by a physician for the treatment of certain conditions? Medical massage is the term used for using specific massage techniques to address and improve these specific issues.
What is Medical Massage?
Medical massage – also known as clinical or treatment massage – is the application of a specific treatment targeted at a specific, medically-diagnosed problem. Massage therapists are not permitted to diagnose their clients, thus you’ll need to have the help of a doctor to formally diagnose your condition and determine whether massage will be an effective treatment.
Medical massage isn’t confined to one technique. Several techniques can be incorporated in order to achieve relief from your condition. These include, among others:
- Myofascial treatment;
- Deep tissue massage;
- Neuromuscular trigger point therapy;
- Cross-fiber friction;
- Muscle energy technique.
What Kinds of Conditions are Treated with Medical Massage?
There are several conditions that can be lessened – or even completely healed – with medical massage. Some examples are:
- Carpel tunnel syndrome;
- Rotator cuff injury;
- Plantar fasciitis;
- Restless leg syndrome;
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome;
- Automobile accident injuries;
- Work-related injuries;
- Muscle cramps;
- Range of motion issues.
While some of these conditions can also be addressed by other forms of massage, medical massage is singularly focused on solving a primary issue.
If you suffer from any of the above, ask your doctor to write a prescription for massage. Some insurances do cover it, and you can use your HSA or FSA card as well.