A massage can be relaxing and healing for the body and mind. At Spring Creek Medical, we offer holistic medical massage services. Medical massages are similar to spa massages but have some important differences.
Medical Massage vs. Spa Massage
- Use. People usually get spa massages for relaxation and pleasure. Similarly, a medical massage can be soothing and stress-relieving, but it focuses on a specific medical need. Typically, your family doctor may diagnose and prescribe medical massages to resolve conditions like aches or strains. Medical massage can help manage and relieve pain, improve blood circulation, and decrease inflammation. It helps improve flexibility, range of motion, and posture. It can also help improve digestion and treat other healthcare concerns.
- Technique. The techniques used for spa and medical massage are very different. Spa massages usually cater to clients’ requirements and focus on relaxation, enjoyment, or stress relief. However, medical massages require a broader set of techniques targeting a patient’s specific medical concerns. Medical massage therapists generally focus on treating the affected part of the body. At Spring Creek Medical, we use targeted pain relief and healing techniques to improve muscle and connective tissue strength and ensure optimal recovery.
- Visits and follow-up. People often opt for spa massages to relax or relieve stress. Unlike spa massages, medical massages require a specific treatment plan, with regular visits and follow-up. This is because medical massages are outcome-based, depending on patient medical needs. Timely appointments with a medical massage therapist are crucial to healing and improving patient outcomes.
Why You May Need Medical Massage
Medical massage therapy is recommended for pain management and can help treat several health conditions. It’s reported as an effective treatment for chronic back pain, which affects over 50 million American adults. The additional benefit of medical massages for pain management is that it eliminates the need for opioid treatment, which has severe side effects.
Your family doctor may recommend medical massage for the following acute or chronic conditions:
- Repetitive stress injuries caused by prolonged sitting or standing
- Strains or sprains
- Whiplash or sudden neck injury
- Tendonitis or inflammation of a tendon
- Radiating pain
- Headaches like cluster headaches, sinus headaches, and tension headaches
- Post-surgical scar tissue
- Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorder
- Frozen shoulder
Our Medical Massage Therapy
Spring Creek Medical’s healthcare professionals work with licensed medical massage therapists to build the best treatment plan for our patients. We use a patient-specific outcome-based approach to ensure pain-free, independent living. Some of our techniques include:
- Trigger point therapy. Our therapists apply pressure to the area of concern to relieve muscle tension.
- Myofascial release. Physical therapy to treat muscle pain and immobility.
- Neuromuscular therapy. Our therapists manually massage strained muscles to release pain and tension.
We can also work alongside your family doctor to find the best medical massage technique for you. Our medical massage therapists will help manage your painful symptoms and treat the underlying problem.
Schedule an appointment with Spring Creek Medical and start your medical massage therapy for a pain-free life.