What is Medical Massage?

December 11, 2020

Massages aren’t just for “spa days.”

Find out how a medical massage can help treat a variety of conditions.


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

But massages are more than 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 a medical massage and what conditions can it help?

medical massage on a chiropractic patient

What is Medical Massage?

Medical massages are a form of massage treatment designed to resolve medical conditions that are diagnosed by a physician. During your medical massage treatment, massage therapists can use different massage techniques and procedures to treat your medical conditions. 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 medical treatment. Reasons your doctor might prescribe a medical massage include:

  • Treatment of musculoskeletal issues;
  • Physical therapy to build strength and flexibility;
  • Treatment of 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 therapists to follow and will monitor your treatment and recovery.


The Benefits of Medical Massage

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, including:

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?

There are many different types of massage. Hot stone and Swedish 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 massage 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 contact with them has ended.

A medical massage treatment, 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 medical condition. Your massage sessions 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.

Whether you’re receiving a sports massage, therapeutic massage, or neuromuscular therapy, the goal of a medical massage treatment is to allow your body to heal. Your therapist will receive information on your condition and medical history from a doctor who is monitoring 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.

For some, chiropractic offers relief from pain. For others, it's about feeling and looking good. Call today and see what chiropractic can do for you!

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