The terms Orthopedic Massage and Medical Massage are interchangeable. In short, Orthopedic or Medical Massage is a modality used by well trained and highly experienced therapists focusing on making long-lasting positive changes in the body. The Orthopedic Massage therapists at Siskiyou Massage use a combination of skills and modalities to help our clients address their particular needs. Orthopedic/Medical Massage is used to alleviate pain and discomfort, balance movement and postural patterns, and improve the metabolic systems in the body among many other benefits. Our goal is to alleviate our clients’ pain and then discover the true cause in order to affect a permanent change. Our clinic stays in regular contact with our client’s referring health care providers in order to keep them informed of the progress and to receive feedback or advice.
There are numerous studies reporting the medical benefits of massage therapy. They report everything from managing inflammatory and autoimmune conditions1 to having long lasting benefits for patients with chronic back pain2. Not only does our work at Siskiyou Massage Clinic enhance our clients’ general health and well-being, we also create long lasting benefits for those who suffer from chronic and acute pain and help to prevent future injuries.
Our therapists are trained in a multitude of modalities and techniques. Depending on what our clients present with, our treatments may include a combination of approaches including: myofascial release, myoskeletal alignment, active release techniques, structural integration, passive positional release, strain/counterstrain techniques, trigger point therapy, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, neuromuscular therapy, joint mobilization through soft tissue manipulation, visceral massage and lymphatic drainage.
The insurance company, Aetna, describes two of the modalities commonly used by our therapists as follows: “myofascial release…is considered medically necessary for treatment of restricted motion of soft tissues in involved extremities, neck, and trunk.” And “neuromuscular reeducation…may be considered medically necessary for impairments which affect the body’s neuromuscular system,” including hypo/hypertonicity of muscles3 (tight or weakened) which, of course, massage therapy directly affects.
Collectively, we have been able to help thousands of people with back pain, headaches, acceleration-deceleration injuries (including whiplash), TMJ dysfunction, fibromyalgia, digestive disorders, depression, and sciatica. In short, due to the range of treatments and the range of systems that are positively affected by massage therapy (endocrine1, nervous4, digestive5, myoskeletal6…) massage therapy can literally help almost anyone.
But the real proof can be seen through the testaments of our clients who have added us to their health care team.