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About Orthopedic Massage

Orthopedic massage can benefit patients with many symptoms and conditions that effect normal movement and range of motion. It is shown to greatly help after orthopedic surgery such as ACL, knee or hip replacement. And can help restore movement patterns and functioning.

 

Soft tissue injuries like sprains, pulled muscles or torn ligaments are also greatly benefited by orthopedic massage techniques.

 

Some conditions that benefit include:

 

Carpal-tunnel syndrome

Frozen shoulder / Rotator Cuff Injury

Tennis elbow / Golfers elbow

Thorasic Outlet Syndrome

Tendinitis / tendinosis

Sciatica

Bulging discs

Low back pain

Shin Splints

Plantar Fascitis

ACL/ MCL/PCL injuries

Bursitis

And more…

 

 

Orthopedic Massage Techniques

 

First, an assessment of the condition is generally made. This will help them determine what muscle groups and tendons are involved and which techniques would be best suited.

 

Then an assortment of soft-tissue techniques will be used.

 

Including:

 

Active engagement – Used to reach deep, hard to access muscles by compressing muscles and stroking lengthwise in a perpendicular motion. It is especially helpful with whiplash or lumbar pain.

 

Positional Release – A gentle treatment safe for inflamed muscles and tissues that are too sensitive for other techniques. Soft tissues are manipulated into comfortable positions and held in the correct place for a minute or longer. This lengthens and softens tissues promoting pain relief.

 

Muscle Energy Technique – Therapist provides resistance while you voluntarily contract certain muscles. Especially helpful with lumbar pain.

 

Trigger Point Therapy – Uses intervals of pressure on trigger areas to release lactic acid and promote circulation.

 

Myofascial Release – Gentle pressure applied to the body to stretch fascia tissues or using Cupping.

 

Deep Tissue Massage

 

Range of Motion Passive / Active / Resisted

 

Posture Reeducation

 

Thermal Modalities

 

And more…

 

 

What You Should Do Before and After the Massage?

 

Prior to an orthopedic massage, it is important to find a licensed therapist as orthopedic massage requires extensive training.

 

An individual approach is usually taken so make sure to communicate all problems to your therapist.

 

After your orthopedic massage remember to drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated also helps with healing.

 

If your therapist gives you any at-home stretches or exercises make sure to do them. It is important to follow the treatment plan specific to you.

 

Thermal modalities may be recommended.

 

Follow up appointments may be necessary

I look forward to learning more about how I may be able to assist you with Orthopedic Massage. 

 

In Health

 

Janet

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