Orthopedic massage is a relative newcomer to the field of massage therapy. It is a step by step comprehensive system effective in treating pain and injuries. An orthopedic massage session will be different than a normal massage session in that the client will be asked a series of questions about their pain or injury as well as partake in a series of assessment exercises in order to properly determine which tissues are involved. During the session the client may be asked to change positions in order to reach underlying structures. The client may also receive moist heat, ice, kinesiology tape, assisted stretching and ergonomic suggestions.
Sports massage addresses the specific needs of the athlete according to the type of sports they participate in and the body's response to the work load placed on it. The common components of sports massage include Swedish massage, cross-fiber friction to over tight muscles, deep compression, trigger point therapy and active and passive assisted muscle stretching.
Those suffering from serious medical conditions or recovering from surgery often face prolonged periods of inactivity. Inactivity can result in muscle atrophy, pressure sores and a sluggish circulatory system, not to mention the frustration of feeling isolated, the worry of missing work and life's normal routines. Medical massage may include Swedish massage techniques, gentle muscle stretching and lymphatic drainage techniques. Lymphatic drainage helps to reduce excess swelling in underlying tissues which can build up due to inactivity or trauma to lymph nodes and tissue. Medical massage can provide comfort, pain relief, improved circulation and help speed up the recovery process.
Swedish massage is the most popular type of massage. It's goal is to relax the entire body. Long strokes towards the heart improve circulation of blood and lymph throughout the body. Active or passive movement of the joints may also be part of the massage. Swedish massage releases endorphin, lubricates joints and leaves you feeling rested, refreshed and pampered.
Prenatal Massage focuses on the mother-to-be as she goes through changes due to pregnancy. This is not a replacement for medical care, but rather as an adjunct to aid in the health and rapid recovery of the mother. As a certified therapists I focus treatment on the concerns of each trimester. After the mother has given birth, post natal treatment will assist in restoring the body back to its normal condition. Prenatal massage can help reduce excess water retention.