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Orthopedic Massage

What is Orthopedic Massage?

Orthopedic Massage Therapy is a specialized sort of massage that promotes injury rehabilitation of muscles and soft tissues. Its goal is to alleviate pain while creating a fuller range of motion as it prepares the body to return to its normal activities.

Orthopedic Massage

Generally, clients seek a massage therapist when they are experiencing pain from an acute injury or recent operation. Also from muscle strains due to repetitive motion from an activity such as sports and exercise. Lengthening and softening injured muscles surrounding joints and ligaments is the intent of the orthopedic massage, allowing it to create a better range of motion.

The Benefits of Orthopedic Massage

Orthopedic Massage is particularly helpful to those patients who have undergone surgery such as ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) reconstruction, and hip or knee replacement. Injuries like muscle sprain as well as damage ligaments can also benefit from this massage.

The following are other conditions that could benefit from orthopaedic massage:

  • Frozen shoulder
  • Tennis elbow
  • Carpal-tunnel syndrome
  • Bulging discs
  • Sciatica
  • Tendinitis

What to expect before, during and after massage?

At the beginning of the session, your therapist will assess your injury or problem particularly the motion limitations, flexibility and rotation of the tissues. By doing this, your therapist can ascertain which group of muscles and tendons are involved and figure out the technique that will best address the problem.

Here are techniques commonly applied by an orthopaedic therapist:

  • Active engagement – his is done by pressing and stroking the muscles lengthwise in a perpendicular motion. This aims to target those deep, hardly accessible muscles.
  • Positional release – This technique gently manipulates soft tissue by holding it in a correct position for a minute or so. This technique is applied for inflamed muscles and tissues to alleviate pain.
  • Nerve mobilization techniques – This technique is used to look for strained nerves and sources of pain.
  • Muscle energy technique – Therapist provides resistance while you voluntarily contract certain muscles.
  • Trigger point therapy – Aims to release lactic acid and promote circulation by using intervals of pressure on trigger areas.
  • Myofascial release – Stretch fascia tissues by applying pressure gently to the body.

After the session, make sure to take plenty of water as keeping hydrated can support healing.

Your therapist will likely give you exercises and stretching advice you can do at home so make sure you do it!

Meet Your Practitioner:

Kevin Smith, LMT

Certified Orthopedic Massage Therapist

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