Some people choose to handle musculoskeletal pain on a managerial level. While frequent visits to the doctor’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 orthopedic massage will first perform an orthopedic 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)
- Frozen shoulder
- Muscle strains
- Relief from post asthmatic episode (working the intercostal zone)
- Low back pain
- Post-surgical rehabilitation
If you have been experiencing chronic musculoskeletal pain, seek out an Orthopedic Massage practitioner. It can be the best massage you will ever experience, and relieve you of pain and discomfort.
Robert White LMT is a licensed massage therapist and has been practicing massage and bodywork in the DC area for 30 years. He is certified in orthopedic massage, and myoskeletal alignment, an advanced modality of bodywork for effective low impact, soft tissue work. He offers orthopedic massage, orthopedic manual therapy, myoskeletal alignment, anti-cellulite massage, and functional assessments such as postural analysis.