Medical Massage is massage and/ or myofascial release that is directed to a specific injury or painful area. The patient will present with a specific diagnosis and the treatment is geared towards that diagnosis. The massage therapist will work on the fascia (connective tissue) and the muscles that they feel are contributing to the pain and dysfunction. An assessment including a postural analysis will be performed. Pain levels and function improvements are often the standard measurement for patient progress. Myofascial release and massage are often used in combination to relieve pain and dysfunction. Myofascial release is gentle stretching of the fascia including techniques such as cross hand release, skin rolling, trigger point pressure and scar release. Massage includes deep tissue work to relieve tight muscles. The combination of the above treatments can be extremely helpful in relieving pain and improving function.
By: Amy Smoot, LMT
BJWCH STAR Center