What is Orthopedic Massage?

Orthopedic massage uses a spectrum of techniques and approaches to treating soft-tissue dysfunction. It borrows the term orthopedic because the approach deals with the problems of the locomotor system. As a comprehensive approach, orthopedic massage is capable of integrating a wide variety of effective techniques in the treatment of soft-tissue dysfunction, pain, and injuries. This could mean using a blend of deep transverse friction, trigger point therapy, myofascial massage, and muscle energy techniques on, for example, the upper back into the shoulders and arms, to help correct the source of a problem like carpal tunnel syndrome.


What are known benefits of this modality?

Releases tight and sore muscles which can cause Ischemia (Ischemia: A lack of blood supply to soft tissues, which causes hypersensitivity to the touch and allows for further injury to the tissues).

Helps relieve nerve compression or entrapment. (Pressure on a nerve by soft tissue, cartilage or bone, which can contribute to muscle atrophy, referred pain, paresthesia, and conditions such as pseudo sciatica, piriformis syndrome, pseudo angina, and others.)

Deactivates Myofascial Trigger Points (Trigger Points: Areas of high neurological activity, which refer pain to other parts of the body. Research has shown, trigger points may be responsible for as much as 74% of everyday pain.)

Massage can restore suppleness and strength to your muscles, improving their overall function. It's the ideal treatment for releasing tension or muscles in spasm and helps to release toxins such as lactic acid (produced by muscle tissue during exercise).

By reducing hypertonicity and hypotonicity the muscles allow for normal ranges of motion to be restored. This also reduces the forces being applied to the joint capsule and diminishes the potential for joint and disk degeneration.