When pain and inflammation are a major reason for a person’s seeking physical therapy, we often incorporate medical massage therapy as a part of the treatment regimen. After your initial evaluation to understand the exact nature and causes of your pain and injury, a treatment plan will be created, which can include massage therapy.
What is medical massage therapy?
It is when a practitioner applies massage techniques in an effort to decrease the problem of pain and inflammation according to a specific goal as established by your physical therapist or chiropractor. It is a part of the overall plan of care to calm the muscles down and decrease the level of spasm and dysfunction.
- Myofascial release
- Trigger point therapy
- Deep tissue
QOMC incorporates these different methods to decrease pain and spasm in the muscle. Because our physical therapists and chiropractors have intense training in muscle physiology, anatomy, and neurology, we are better able to pinpoint the exact cause for your pain, and find an appropriate method to grant pain relief and inhibit the spasm response. Each patient is treated according to how their symptoms present. In some cases, deep work is required to release muscles that may be in spasm several layers down. In others, extremely light work may be indicated to decrease central nervous system activity first, and then a follow up of moderate work may be needed. Combined with therapeutic stretches and light to moderate exercise retraining, hands-on body work is an effective way to promote better musculoskeletal function while decreasing pain.
When is it indicated?
Medical massage therapy is indicated for those with:
- Chronic pain
- TMJ dysfunction
- Motor vehicle injuries
- Neck pain
Your physical therapist or chiropractor will help determine when this is an effective choice for managing your case, and how massage therapy will be implemented into your overall plan of care.