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Try Massage to Address the Pain You Can't Explain

Posted by admin on Mon, Mar 02, 2015

Some people choose to handle musculoskeletal pain on a managerial level. While frequent visits to the massage_in_DCdoctor’s office, medications, and sometimes intermittent periods of rest may help, this need to constantly address the pain can easily reduce one's quality of life. We view ourselves as individuals, and believe in some strange way that our physical experiences around pain are exclusive to us. Our pain is a result of how we use our body, and is an indicator that we are out of harmony.

Get the right type of massage

Alternatively, massage and body work can support the reduction of pain, or reduce the propensity of chronic pain which can occur over time. With over 600 modalities of massage and body work available to the public, it is best to know what type of massage will effectively handle those common aches and pains we collectively experience. Orthopedic massage (OM) is a progressive manual therapy that applies a non-impact, low force, soft tissue manipulation that is appropriate to address that pain you can’t explain. Orthopedic massage focuses on the body as one dynamic organism, and the practitioner connects with the source, rather than the cause of the pain.

Where is the pain coming from?

A practitioner who is trained in massage will first perform an assessment. During the assessment, the skilled practitioner can determine which tissue is effected, and if the pain is localized or referred. This information will better guide the orthopedic massage  practitioner in creating a treatment plan that may focus on specific muscle tissue, and/or surrounding structures.

Some common pain conditions that Orthopedic Massage addresses:

  • Torticollis (Contracture of the cervical muscles)
  • Whiplash
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Muscle strains
  • Relief from post asthmatic episode (working the intercostal zone)
  • Sciatica
  • Low back pain
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation

If you have been experiencing chronic musculoskeletal pain, seek out an experienced Massage practitioner. It can be the best massage you will ever experience, and relieve you of pain and discomfort.


Experience massage at National Integrated Health Associates, NIHA, an integrative medical and dental center serving the Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia metro area. Highly skilled massage therapists offer massage and bodywork, oncology massage and Reiki. Call 202-237-7000 to schedule.


Topics: pain, massage