Orthopedic massage is the systematic application of multiple massage modalities to address orthopedic conditions (like back pain, whiplash, carpal tunnel syndrome, etc.). It’s a way of effectively organizing a massage treatment session that may include orthopedic assessments, Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, neuromuscular “trigger point” technique, myofascial release, sports massage, as well as movement education and self-care exercises.
Among the many benefits of orthopedic massage:
- decrease pain
- improve mobility; increase range of motion (ROM); restore ease of movement
- improve work productivity
- improve athletic performance
- reduce muscle hypertonicity, tension, and spasm
If you have chronic pain or nagging injuries that you suffered at work, in a car accident, or doing sports, orthopedic massage may be an appropriate treatment for you. I have found it to be a very effective treatment for tendinitis, repetitive strain injuries (RSI), thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS), carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), and shoulder, hip, and other joint injuries. I also use it a lot – almost exclusively, in fact – to treat the tragically predictable array of problems that come with regular desk and computer work: back pain, sore shoulders, tight neck, achy/tingly wrists and hands, and headaches.
Orthopedic Massage Certification
I am certified in orthopedic massage by The Center for Pain Management, James Waslaski’s teaching and certification organization, and I am a teaching assistant for him.