What is Orthopedic Massage?

August 31, 2020 0 Comments

Orthopedic Massage: What Is It and Should You Try It?

What is Orthopedic Massage?

Orthopedic Massage is the repairing of damaged tissues and muscles around the joints that occurs from various different injuries. Typically, people come to see an Orthopedic Massage Therapist because of pain in joints after going through a surgery, chronic injury caused by an accident, or strained muscles or tissues caused by repetitive motion during physical activity.


Why Orthopedic Massage?

It is incredibly effective for recovering damaged muscles, tissues, or ligaments, and it’s one of the least painful therapies for this purpose. Orthopedic Massage improves almost all conditions that affect your ability to move physically by reducing the pain from the joints and making them more flexible and pliable. 


What type of Treatments does Orthopedic Massage Provide?

Below, I’ve written some of the conditions that can be treated by Orthopedic Massage. For the ease of reading, I’ve sorted them into three different categories-Chronic Pain, Musculoskeletal Conditions and Post Surgery.


1. Chronic Injury

Unlike acute injuries, chronic injuries don't occur suddenly. Chronic injuries are are hard to notice that build up slowly. Chronic pain injuries last up-to two to four weeks and sometimes even longer. Sometimes people with chronic injuries don't recognize the injury from weeks to months. If left untreated, chronic injuries can cause pain and discomfort for months to years.

Orthopedic massage is beneficial for treating some of these chronic injuries below:

  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Stress Fractures
  • Runner's Knee
  • Back Sprains
  • Tendinitis


2. Musculoskeletal System

Musculoskeletal system provides our body support, stability, form, and movement. It is how the muscular system and skeletal system work together as a unit.

Orthopedic Massage can be used for treating the following conditions caused by problems in the Musculoskeletal system:

  • Cancer 
  • Knee instability
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Bursitis Arthritis
  • Lower back pain
  • Lyme disease
  • Lymphedema
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Stroke


3. Post Surgery

Orthopedic Massage can be used for treating patients post surgery. It can reduce their pain, strengthen their muscles, help them regain balance, and more.

Orthopedic Massage is typically used for treating patients who went through the following surgeries:

  • Rotator Cuff repair
  • Heart Surgery
  • Knee replacement
  • Knee arthroscopy 
  • Hip replacement
  • Cancer surgery


How to get the best results from Orthopedic Massage?

To get the most out of your treatment sessions, make sure to take the following steps.

Be crystal clear about each part of your treatment. If you're confused about anything, make sure to ask questions about it.

Set clear and realistic goals that you can measure. Otherwise it is hard to measure your progress and stay motivated.

Tell honest and detailed opinions about your pain. Your therapist won't be able to perform their best if you're not honest.

Make sure you're comfortable with your therapist and you trust them completely. If you find it hard to open up with your therapist, it's time to consider finding a new one.

Don't skip any appointment. Even if you're feeling well.


Orthopedic Massage- Frequently Asked Question

Question 1: Do I need a Doctor's referral to see an Orthopedic therapist?

Answer: No, you don't need a referral to visit an Orthopedic therapist.

However, having a copy of the doctors diagnosis could help fine tune the therapist's treatment protocol.

Question 2: Is the treatment painful?

Answer: Although treatment can be a tad painful, it's nothing to worry about.

Question 3: What should I wear?

Answer: As long as you're wearing something comfortable it's fine. Although some treatments are best performed when the patient is wearing no clothes.If you're not comfortable without clothing, make sure to wear soft, lightweight, non binding, cotton.

Question 4: How is Orthopedic Massage different from Physical Therapy?

Answer: Orthopedic Massage is practiced by Orthopedist, Doctors of Osteopathy, Podiatrists, Physical Therapists, Massage Therapists, Nurse Practitioners, Athletic Trainers and other Doctors who practices Manual Therapies. What may differ between professionals is their approach to the rehabilitation protocol and their treatment techniques. 



In conclusion, here are three takeaways about Orthopedic Massage

1. Orthopedic Massage can improve almost all conditions that affect your ability to move physically. 

2. Orthopedic Massage helps patients recover faster, and it's better for reducing temporary pain.

3. It is incredibly effective for recovering damaged muscles, tissues, or ligaments, and it’s one of the least painful therapies for this purpose.


By reading this post you better understand what is Orthopedic Massage, its benefits, and why you need one.

Now find a good Orthopedic Massage Therapist and work with them until you become whole again.

P.S. If you have an injury you haven't been able to find the solutions to, never give up. Keep searching for answers.