Clinical Massage vs. Relaxation Massage

Clinical Massage – Treatment Intention : Problem-solution, “fixing” approach. Many assessments and systematic application of clinical massage techniques.

Relaxation Massage – Treatment Intention : Intuitive, nurturing approach. Creative selection of techniques. Can be mellow spa-like atmosphere, meditative, chatty and educational, or lively and invigorating, depending on client or patient needs.

Two other terms often arise in the process of distinguishing between medical massage and wellness massage. I primarily use clinical massage techniques, and approach my work with a clinical intention, in my medical massage practice, but I also take a clinical approach with some of my wellness clients. Similarly, I primarily use relaxation massage techniques in my wellness practice, but sometimes doctors prescribe massage for its relaxation benefits, so I sometimes use it in my medical practice.

View the table to clarify and elaborate on the differences between a medical massage and a wellness massage… CLICK HERE.

What are the Benefits of Medical Massage Therapy?

Therapeutic massage involves manipulation of the soft tissue structures of the body to prevent and alleviate pain, discomfort, muscle spasm and stress.

It also improves functioning of the circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems and may improve the rate at which the body recovers from injury and illness.


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What is a Medical Massage?

Medical Massage usually addresses some kind of dysfunction. I see quite a few patients who want massage for relief from headaches, neck pain, and TMJ pain. Low back and hip pain massage is also quite common. Some patients come because they have numbness and tingling in their fingers. Others experience no pain, but cannot turn their head or lift their arm. Many have multiple issues.


What are Modalities?

It is important to understand that the type of modality that is practiced, from Swedish to Myofacial Release, from Cranio Sacral to Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, or from Trigger Point Therapy to Lymphatic Drainage…


Therapeutic massage increasingly is being prescribed by physicians to complement traditional medical treatment for illness, injury and pain.

Medical massage therapy reduces the heart rate and blood pressure, increases blood circulation and lymph flow, relaxes muscles, improves range of motion and increases serotonin and endorphins, enhancing medical treatment.

Also, health insurance companies, realizing the cost savings of massage, are more and more often covering the therapy when it is a prescribed aspect of treatment.



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