Medical Massage Therapy Versus Spa Massages: What’s the Difference?

A clinical massage usually has a defined purpose in mind: to relieve pain or tension on a specific part of the body. You may have been referred by a physician, and your insurance may even be covering all or some of your visits. With medical treatment, the intention is to improve a specific ailment or condition. However, in a spa setting, there is no clear end goal in mind. Often times, the reason for a spa treatment is more general. The therapist seeks to relax and destress the patient, rather than to heal them…

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What are the Benefits of Medical Massage?

Several years ago, the American College of Physicians issued updated guidelines for treating low back pain, one of the most common complaints of patients in the U.S. Their recommendations included using non-pharmaceutical options for pain treatment, which include medical massage…

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Therapeutic Massage vs. Relaxation Massage

 

What Are the Different Types of Massages?

There are several types of massage that focus on different parts of the body or healing approaches. Massage is the practice of rubbing and kneading the body using the hands. During a massage, a massage therapist will apply gentle or strong pressure to the muscles and joints of the body to ease pain and tension. A massage therapist is a person trained in giving massages…

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