What is Medical Massage?

January 17, 2020

When it comes to rest and relaxation, there’s nothing better than a massage. 15.4 million Americans benefit from massages. Massages can help relieve your tension, prevent you from developing more serious conditions, and improve your quality of life.

But massages aren’t just something to indulge in on Mother’s Day or a beach vacation. Medical massages can provide effective relief from pain, soreness, and injury.

But what is medical massage and what conditions can it help?

medical massage on a chiropractic patient

What is Medical Massage?

First and foremost, what is medical massage?

Medical massages are a form of massage therapy designed to resolve conditions that are diagnosed by a physician. During your treatment, a medical massage therapist can use different techniques and procedures to treat your condition. Medical massages usually occur in 30-minute or 1-hour blocks of time.

Consulting a doctor or chiropractor first can ensure that you’re receiving the right form of treatment. Your doctor might prescribe a medical massage:

  • To treat musculoskeletal issues;
  • As part of physical therapy to build strength and flexibility;
  • To treat sports injuries, car accident injuries, muscle pains and cramps, migraines, and edema;
  • As a complement to psychotherapeutic programs.

Your doctor will write specific recommendations for the massage therapist to follow and will monitor your treatment and recovery.


The Benefits of Medical Massage

It may not look like much, but medical massage can work wonders for your health.

Medical massage therapy helps relax sore or tight muscles, relieve nerve pain, release trigger points, increase blood circulation, and reduce inflammation. Additionally, medical massage avoids the side effects and dependency issues of prescribed pain medications.

Medical massage can be used to treat a number of conditions:

  • Whiplash
  • Herniated Discs
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Headaches
  • Back Pain
  • Muscle Sprains
  • TMJ
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • and more.

shoulder massage

A massage can also:

  • Improve your posture and coordination
  • Calm your nervous system
  • Prevent chronic pain conditions
  • Improve flexibility
  • Aid digestion

After answering the question, “What is medical massage?” it’s a wonder more people don’t choose these treatments!


Can I Get a Medical Massage at a Spa?

Hot Stone Massages are relaxing, but they’re not the same thing as a medical massage.

A spa massage is a one-time visit for the express purpose of comfort and relaxation. At a spa, your massage therapist will not have access to your medical history, x-rays, or details about your injury. They are also limited on the techniques they can use, as most spas don’t have a doctor on-site. At the most, they may ask you a few questions about your body (whether you have any troublesome, sore, or painful areas, for example), but once your massage is over, your contract with them has ended.

Medical massage therapy, on the other hand, has a different goal in mind: healing.

man stretching hands in prayer pose behind back

Rather than a one-time visit, you will likely have a series of visits that focus on treating a physical condition. Your medical massage might even be uncomfortable or painful, as the goal is to treat an underlying condition and alleviate pain in the long-term, rather than focus on short-term relaxation.

When you receive a medical massage, your therapist will also receive information on your condition and medical history from a doctor who will monitor your recovery. At a spa, there is no medical doctor to oversee your treatment.


Find Real Pain Relief

What is medical massage? It’s your chance at a pain-free, more comfortable life.

At Oviedo Chiropractic, your medical massage treatments are always monitored and explained by chiropractor and founder, Dr. Justin Cough. Dr. Cough believes in focusing on the body’s natural healing mechanisms and medical massage plays a critical role.

When you trust Oviedo Chiropractic with your auto accident injury, sports injury, or chronic condition, you won’t get treatment for your pain, you’ll get relief from your pain.

Feel the difference! Schedule an appointment today to discover relief.

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