Medical Massage Therapy is a specific and results-oriented therapy that has been clinically proven to be effective in the recovery from soft tissue injuries or other conditions involving muscle tissue. At Muscle Eze Medical Massage we commonly assist those recovering from car accidents in which they suffered whiplash type injuries or other soft tissue injuries. Recovery from surgeries, sports injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome, fibromyalgia, plantar fascitis are just a few of several conditions that Medical Massage can enhance and shorten the healing process, restoration and rejuvenation to optimal mobility and use.
Medical massage can address the following issues:
Neck Pain/Tension Headaches
Upper Back/Shoulder Pain (Computer Shoulder)
Shooting Pain/Numbness Down The Arm (Cervical Radiculopathy)
Lower Back/Hip Pain
Shooting Pain/Numbness Down the Leg (Lumbar Radiculopathy)
Pain Down the Side of the Thigh (IT Band Syndrome)
Painful or Stiff Movement: Neck, Shoulder, Low-Back, and Hips
Jaw and Facial Pain (TMJ)
Sports massage was designed for athletes, but is useful for anyone with chronic pain, injury or range-of-motion issues.
But you don’t have to be in the Olympics to benefit from sports massage. Sports massage is also good for people with injuries, chronic pain or restricted range of motion. The massage therapist generally concentrates on a specific problem area. (Sore neck and shoulders, anyone?) This is the type of sports massage that you typically see.
A sports massage is a good choice if you have a specific problem — a tender knee from running, for instance. It is also be a good idea to see a movement therapist, who can help you identify and correct the movement pattern that might be causing your injury in the first place.
The therapist generally focuses in on the problem area — a frozen shoulder or pulled hamstring, for instance — rather than giving you a thorough full-body massage.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia, also called connective tissue. Deep tissue massage uses many of the same movements and techniques as Swedish massage, but the pressure will generally be more intense. It is also a more focused type of massage, as the therapist works to release chronic muscle tension or knots (also known as “adhesions.”)
Trigger Point Massage
A trigger point is a hyperirritable spot that is painful. It is called a trigger point because it “triggers” a painful response.
But a trigger point is more than a tender nodule. It affects not only the muscle where the trigger point is located, but also causes “referred pain” in tissues supplied by nerves.
Trigger points are located in a taut band of muscles fibers. The trigger point is the most tender point in the band. The therapist will locate and deactivate them using finger pressure. One technique is to pick up the muscle fibers in a pincer grip.
What You Should Know About Trigger Point Therapy
It is used to treat painful trigger points that cause referred pain.
It took a while to get the muscle in that condition, and it will likely take multiple sessions to get rid of it.