In the strictest sense, medical massage is any massage deemed medically necessary and prescribed for a specific reason. Medical massage is not a specific modality or technique. Common massage and manual therapy techniques most often employed in a medical massage include Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular Therapy, Therapeutic Stretching, Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Structural Integration. Medical Massage involves goal oriented protocols designed to normalize soft tissue dysfunction.
Massage therapists who perform medical massage partner with physicians, medical specialists, FNP's, chiropractors, dentists, acupuncturists, and physical therapists. Diagnosing is not within the scope of practice for massage therapists. We rely on the prescribing physician to diagnose.
A prescribed massage is usually a series of sessions. As with any prescription, one for Medical Massage includes a suggested treatment plan and time frame based on the physician’s diagnosis codes. For example: Myofascial release for low back pain 3 times a week for 3 weeks.