Medical Massage Therapy

Have you been injured in an auto accident or injured on the job at your workplace? Or have you been diagnosed with a medical condition that's characterized by regular pain and discomfort? Perhaps you're currently recovering from a surgery? If you answered "yes" to either of these questions, then it's important to be aware that there are other paths to recovery and pain management aside from just adequate rest and rehabilitation. Depending on your particular condition, one other path to recovery could be a massage therapy program that's administered by a registered massage therapist.

These types of massages, which are known as "medical massages," have three primary objectives:

  1. Restore function in an individual.
  2. Restore a structural balance.
  3. Relieve pain and discomfort.

It's worth noting that most medical massages are administered in a medical setting and the particular therapist performing the treatment must have advanced training in order to qualify to offer such a service. It's also worth noting that a medical massage is not the same thing as a wellness massage. The former is prescribed by a medical professional and is considered medical care for the patient, while the latter is a consumer service, something that the patient seeks on their own accord.

Medical massages are a somewhat broad type of massage therapy, but for applicable patients, they can offer a great deal of relief. Take, for instance, an individual who recently underwent rotator cuff surgery. A medical massage could be the key to reducing swelling and scar tissue, not to mention benefits in accelerating healing as well. Take another patient, perhaps someone who has long suffered from neck and back pain. Regular treatments from a registered massage therapist can help relieve pain and also alleviate symptoms altogether.

Some other popular ailments that a doctor may recommend a medical massage for include sports injuries, tendonitis, post-operative recovery, migraine headaches, TMJ issues, carpal tunnel syndrome, edema, insomnia and injuries caused by overuse. The particular situation will dictate the type of massage offered. While some patients may receive a lymphatic massage, trigger point therapy and neuromuscular therapy are other options for patients that registered massage therapists may perform.

For more information on the benefits of medical massages, contact The Health Network in London, Ontario today.