Medical massage, also known as clinical massage or treatment massage, is an outcome-based massage predominantly the application of a specific treatment targeted to a specific problem the patient has been diagnosed with. This style of massage incorporates various massage techniques such as myofascial treatment, deep tissue massage, cross fiber friction, neuromuscular trigger point technique and muscle energy technique. One of the differences between a regular spa massage and medical massage is the frequency of your visits. This specialized type of massage is often included in a comprehensive treatment including physical therapy or other pain-relieving strategies. In medical massage there is usually a targeted planned during the treatment with a specific goal based around to health outcome thus requiring a series of time to visit versus an isolated spa visit.
Massage therapists first off need to be licensed with their corresponding state. Medical massage practitioners focus on a specific injury or source of pain and administer specific treatments to help relieve the patient's condition. Medical massage practitioners often receive referrals from physicians. In some states medical massage therapists can bill health insurance auto insurance and workers compensation. Medical massage does require additional training and most medical massage practitioners work in a clinical setting and administer Specific treatments to help relieve a patient’s condition therefore they need a greater knowledge of anatomy neurology and pathology. Lymphatic Drainage, Orthopedic massage, Neuromuscular therapy, Myofascial Release, Positional Release and Trigger Point Therapy are just a few examples of Medical Massage.