Orthopedic massage is the manual manipulation of soft tissue with intent to restore proper movement and balance to the fascial and musculoskeletal system. It is indicated for specific musculoskeletal conditions, injury, chronic pain, athletic wear and tear as well as psychosomatic stress induced by mental health conditions and everyday life.
Orthopedic massage is particularly beneficial for those suffering traumas due to injury including auto collisions, broken bones, surgical malpractice, falls, athletic activities and events, etc. In all the above cases the injury site retains the trauma and locks down and other parts of the body begin to compensate, causing an imbalance which over time worsens and becomes cyclical. Manual manipulation will disrupt this cycle and restore balance to the tissues.
Though the medical community is hesitant to acknowledge the extent of the mind body connection, it is beyond evident through many client case studies and anecdotally that the body reflects and captures state of mind. This is not far fetched when you consider the reality. When you are stressed, you contract muscles, often subconsciously. When you are depressed, you are likely not moving your body much at all, which means the tissues aren't staying lubricated or pumping out blood and waste. Consequently they gum up and stick to each other. The body is one whole functioning organism involving the synergistic interactions of trillions of cells. Studies have shown massage increases serotonin and human touch is also known to stimulate the release of oxytocin, the bonding hormone which makes us feel connected and happy. Hence, orthopedic massage is beneficial to those suffering from mental health conditions.
The therapist will network with other health practitioners where applicable, view medical results from MRI etc., assess your skeletal imbalances and tissue restrictions, and specifically target the tissues responsible for misalignment in order to bring you back to a neutral anatomical position.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Intercostal Nerve Pain
IT Band/Knee Pain
Rotator Cuff Injury
Epicondylitis (Golfer & Tennis Elbow)
Depression, Anxiety, PTSD