What does a Medical massage therapist do? 

When a physician diagnoses a patient with a medical condition that may benefit from massage therapy, they are likely to send them to a medical massage therapist. Medical massage therapy is focused on reaching specific outcomes as determined by the physician, massage therapist, or both. It is not focused on relaxation or on full-body massage but rather on addressing a specific injury or condition. It is considered to be part of the field of rehabilitation, not simply the field of holistic health. Medical massage is an integral part of the services offered by many physical therapy practices and can be used during rehabilitation from surgery as well as injuries. It is a cost-effective way to address injuries and conditions that would otherwise be treated through more invasive means.

 

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Techniques of Medical Massage

 

Medical massage therapy can be appropriate for a wide range of conditions, from fibromyalgia to temperomandibular joint disorder and from migraines to constipation. Prenatal massage is sometimes classified as medical massage therapy as well. Massage can be used to increase bloodflow, reduce inflammation, alleviate anxiety, and address muscular pain and tension, among other benefits. Medical massage is not limited to one particular technique – Any massage technique can be used in a medical context, if it is in accordance with a physician’s diagnosis and prescription and is focused on a specific medical outcome.


Medical massage therapists take a thorough medical history of their clients, review their medical chart and/or prescription from the referring physician, and carefully craft a treatment plan to address the client’s specific conditions. They treat the client with the appropriate massage modality and assess progress along the way. In some cases they may send reports about their treatment of the client’s progress to the physician.

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There is a certification available for medical massage, but there is no licensure available. Most medical massage therapists are licensed as regular massage therapists but may have additional training or certification. Referral may be made by a neurologist, pain doctor, physical therapist, psychiatrist or any other practitioner. There are some conditions for which massage is contraindicated so it is important to get a full medical history of your client before performing medical massage on them.

 

 

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Birmingham School of Massage
Location (s) : Birmingham
Offers training for proficiency in massage therapy. Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Neuromuscular Technique, Structural Integration, Shiatsu, Reflexology are some of the techniques followed here. Specialization in Sports Massage, On-Site Massage, Pre-/Peri-Natal Massage. Their trademark/brand name is Myofascial Release.
Programs/Degrees :
650 Hour Program
Capps College
Location (s) : Mobile
Offers training for certification in massage therapy. Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Neuromuscular Technique are some of the techniques followed here. Specialization in Orthopedic Assessment, Sports Massage. Training program covers topics in Spa Treatments.
Programs/Degrees :
Massage Therapist Program
Gadsden State Community College
Location (s) : Gadsden
Offers training for certification in massage therapy. Western Theory are some of the techniques followed here.
Programs/Degrees :
Therapeutic Massage Certificate
WestWind Massage Academy
Location (s) : Phoenix
Offers training for certificate in massage therapy. Swedish Massage are some of the techniques followed here. Training program covers topics in Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology, Law/Legal, Contraindications.
Programs/Degrees :
Massage Therapist Program
Institute of Therapeutic Massage of Western Colorado
Location (s) : Grand Junction
Offers training for proficiency in massage therapy. Deep Tissue Massage are some of the techniques followed here. Specialization in Medical Massage, Sports Massage. Training program covers topics in Spa Treatments, Anatomy, Physiology, Practice Management, Medical Ethics, Relaxation Techniques.
Programs/Degrees :
Massage Therapist Program
Body Mind College
Location (s) : San Diego
Offers training for proficiency as a Holistic Health Practitioner. Western Theory are some of the techniques followed here. Training program covers topics in Anatomy, Physiology, Nutrition, ,Herbs/Herbology .
Programs/Degrees :
Massage Trainee Program
Massage Therapist Program
Massage Technician
Holistic Health Practitioner Program
Healing Hands School of Holistic Health
Location (s) : Escondido
Offers training for proficiency in holistic health practice. Swedish Massage are some of the techniques followed here. Training program covers topics in Anatomy, Body Mechanics.
Programs/Degrees :
Yoga Instructor Program
Massage Therapist Program
Massage Technician Training Program
Holistic Health Practitioner Program
Meridian International School of Health Sciences
Location (s) : San Diego
Offers training for proficiency in the natural healing arts. Deep Tissue Massage are some of the techniques followed here. Specialization in Medical Massage. Training program covers topics in Anatomy, Practice Management, Documentation, Body Mechanics, Exercise, Nutrition. Their trademark/brand name is Esalen Massage, Myofascial Release.
Programs/Degrees :
Massage Trainee Program
Massage Therapist Program
Massage Technician Program
Holistic Healthcare Practitioner Program
San Francisco School of Massage
Location (s) : San Francisco
Offers training for Asian Bodywork Therapist certificate. Eastern/Oriental Theory, Shiatsu, Energy Work are some of the techniques followed here.
Programs/Degrees :
Zen Shiatsu Massage Program
Swedish Massage
Massage Therapist Program
Bodywork Therapist Program
Asian Bodywork Therapist Program
MassBay Community College
Location (s) : Framingham
Offers training for certification in massage therapy. Western Theory, Muscle Energy Tech. are some of the techniques followed here. Specialization in Medical Terminology, SOAP Charting, Sports Massage. Training program covers topics in Anatomy & Physiology, Communication, Contraindications, Hygiene, Medical Ethics.
Programs/Degrees :
Therapeutic Massage Certificate
Michigan School of Myomassology
Location (s) : Berkley
Offers training for certification in massage therapy. Swedish Massage are some of the techniques followed here. Specialization in Medical Massage. Training program covers topics in Anatomy, Physiology, Practice Management, First Aid/CPR, Medical Ethics. Their trademark/brand name is Myofascial Release.
Programs/Degrees :
650 Hour Program
The Marquette School of Therapeutic Massage
Location (s) : Marquette
Offers training for certificate in massage therapy. Swedish Massage, Trigger Point, Shiatsu are some of the techniques followed here. Specialization in Sports Massage, Event Massage. Training program covers topics in Law/Legal. Their trademark/brand name is Myofascial Release.
Programs/Degrees :
Massage Therapist Program
International Professional School of Bodywork
Location (s) : San Diego
Offers training for license as a Holistic Health Practitioner. Structural Integration are some of the techniques followed here. Training program covers topics in Communication, Movement Therapy.
Programs/Degrees :
Massage Therapist Program
Holistic Health Practitioner Program
A2ZHealth Massage School
Location (s) : Thousand Oaks
Offers advanced training in holistic techniques. Western Theory, Eastern/Oriental Theory are some of the techniques followed here.
Programs/Degrees :
Swedish Massage Technician Program
Massage Therapist Program
Holistic Bodywork Practitioner Program
California Academy for the Healing Arts
Location (s) : Costa Mesa
Programs/Degrees :
Reiki Master Teacher
Reflexology Practitioner
Massage Therapist Program
Holistic Health Practitioner
Certified Energywork Therapist
Certified Energywork Practitioner
Heartwood Institute
Location (s) : Garberville
Programs/Degrees :
Touching From the Heart
Polarity Therapy
Massage Therapist Program
Holistic Health Practitioner Program
Healing with Whole Foods- Asian Traditions in Modern Nutrition
Deep Tissue Massage
International School of Structural Integration
Location (s) : Madison
Offers advanced training in Structural Integration. Structural Integration are some of the techniques followed here. Their trademark/brand name is Rolfing.
Programs/Degrees :
Theory and Embodiment (T&E) of Structural Integration- Module C Format
Theory and Embodiment (T&E) of Structural Integration- Module B Format
Theory and Embodiment (T&E) of Structural Integration- Module A Format
Theory and Embodiment (T&E) of Structural Integration- Consecutive Format
Theory and Embodiment (T&E) of Structural Integration- Condensed Format
Process Development
Practical Application (PA) of Structural Integration- Module B Format
Practical Application (PA) of Structural Integration- Module A Format
Practical Application (PA) of Structural Integration- Consecutive Format
Anatomy, Physiology and Bodywork (APB)- Format B
Advanced Training- Modular Format
Advanced Training- Consecutive Format
Georgia Career Institute
Location (s) : Murfreesboro , McMinnville , Conyers
Offers training for certification in massage therapy. Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Neuromuscular Technique, Shiatsu are some of the techniques followed here. Specialization in Orthopedic Assessment, Sports Massage. Training program covers topics in Anatomy, Physiology, ,Trad. Chinese Medicine. Their trademark/brand name is Myofascial Release.
Programs/Degrees :
Massage Therapist Program
West Coast College
Location (s) : Victorville , Ontario
Offers training for licensing in massage therapy. Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Lymph Drainage, Shiatsu, Reflexology are some of the techniques followed here. Specialization in Sports Massage. Training program covers topics in Anatomy, Practice Management, Psychology/Psychotherapy, Trad. Chinese Medicine.
Programs/Degrees :
Massage Therapist Program
Americare School of Allied Health
Location (s) : Wheaton
Offers training for certification in massage therapy. Western Theory are some of the techniques followed here. Specialization in Clinical Assessment. Training program covers topics in Kinesiology, Anatomy & Physiology, Practice Management, Biomechanics.
Programs/Degrees :
Massage Therapist Program
Academy of Massage and Bodywork, Ltd.
Location (s) : Bear
Offers training as a Certified Massage Technician. Western Theory are some of the techniques followed here. Training program covers topics in Anatomy, Physiology, Law/Legal, Contraindications, First Aid/CPR, Medical Ethics, Professional Development.
Programs/Degrees :
Massage Therapist Program
Massage Technician Program