Our licensed medical massage practioners provide medical massages and relaxation massages.  Whether you are coming in for a tension relieving relaxation massage or need specific injury work our experienced therapists are here to get you back into muscular balance.

What is the difference between medical massage and relaxation massage?

  1. Medical massage is outcome-based and physician prescribed. It is often used to manage pain, reduce inflammation, improve circulation, relieve nerve compression, increase flexibility/range of motion..etc.  A medical massage therapist will use a broader set of therapies for muscle health and injury recovery.  Medical massage includes specific follow-up recommendations with a targeted plan for treatment, along a series of timed visits.
  2. Relaxation massage and medical massage may feel similar, but their techniques differ.  A relaxation massage is where the techniques likely focus on relaxation, stress reduction, muscle tension relief, better circulation, and better digestion.  It’s not medically prescribed but still offers wonderful therapeutic benefits and can be scheduled as frequent as one would like.
  3. Medical massage includes specific follow-up recommendations with a targeted plan for treatment, along with recommendations for a series of timed visits versus a periodic relaxation visit.

Techniques used in medical massage:

Based on your goals, our practitioners can use multiple treatments together to meet your specific needs.

  • Deep tissue and trigger point therapy
  • Rehabilitative stretching procedures
  • Sports massage
  • Myofascial release
  • Neuromuscular therapy
  • Lymphatic drainage massage
  • Prenatal and Postnatal massage
  • Swedish massage

While a relaxation massage may successfully relax you or temporarily relieve some stress, medical massage will produce tangible results. Medical massage therapy treatment is planned out with a specific goal in mind, and your massage will factor into a larger treatment plan that is based around your health needs and goals.

Types of injuries can be helped by medical massage?

  • Sciatica
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Plantar faciatis
  • Back and neck pain
  • Sports Injuries
  • Work-related injuries
  • Accident injuries

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