Orthopedic Massage is a systematic approach to relieve suffering. Originally designed by James Waslaski, LMT it involves assessment of the musculoskeletal system and then application of massage to the muscles, fascia, ligaments, and tendons to gain harmony without pain in the human body. Breaking up ineffectual patterns, creating space between muscle fibers, and treating the body as a whole all combine to ensure that clients are not wondering why massage works or if massage helps pain relief. They experience change to their body, immediately. One massage does not magically transform the whole body but it can alter how tissues and nerves are working.
Orthopedic Massage is taught by Dallas native James Waslaski, LMT. an author and a global international lecturer to physios, manual therapists, chiropractors, and physicians. James was inducted into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame in 2008. With over 40 seminars a year his teaching workshops, DVD’s, and Five-Day Seminars are proven to further the goal of a healthier lifestyle through specific bodywork. He’s developed an entire protocol, splitting the body into Upper and Lower Regions to outline a systematic approach for every practitioner. In close association with other greats, notably Erik Dalton who designed Myoskeletal Alignment, this modality is one of the most elite training programs in America for Licensed Massage Therapists.
His system of assessment, orthopedic testing, multi-modality treatments with accurate client self-care protocols ensure progress for every client. Medical Massage is an umbrella term that encompasses a large group of modalities aimed at restoring the body using pain-free system to resolve a client’s complaints. Orthopedic Massage Therapy focuses on soft-tissue injuries for the purpose of rehabilitation. Goals in each session include decreasing pain, increasing range of motion, and preparing the client to return to normal daily routines, regular sports, or hobbies. Below you can find out what orthopedic massage is, the benefits of this modality, how it differs from other types of massage, and who it helps the most.
In our office we have not just passed the entire course of Orthopedic Massage. Katie Hudgins, LMT owner of Sports & Orthopedic Massage, LLC is a Certified Teacher’s Assistant to James.
What are the Benefits?
Unlike a spa setting where the emphasis is on relaxation, this modality is primarily for pain relief. It’s a therapeutic style, intended to achieve measurable results. Orthopedic massage is designed to return joints to their normal range of function, creating ease in joint movement and strength across the body.
Swedish focuses on overall relaxation, while deep tissue, trigger point, traction, and myofascial release reduces deep muscle pain, realigns tissue fibers in strains, and changes how the body receives signals to move. Of course all massage techniques can improve function but Orthopedic Massage is specifically intended to do that and to do it first.
Our therapists have an extensive understanding of anatomy and how misalignment of the soft tissues can affect the musculoskeletal system leading to pain and injury. Orthopedic massage is similar to sports massage but it is specifically aimed at recovery from certain medical conditions, injuries and symptoms. In this way, it falls more under the preventative healthcare rather than solely complementary or alternative medicine.
While sports massage helps athletes to prepare their bodies for optimal performance. Othopedic massage uses alignment, traction, pin and stretch, MET, neuromuscular technique, Trigger Point release to help clients recover from soft-tissue injuries and surgery.
Head and Neck Massage
If turning your head is painful, your neck aches, your head is throbbing or you have sinus pressure that won’t go away; orthopedic massage can help. Headaches are awful, you deserve relief. When you visit Sports & Orthopedic Massage, LLC. we make sure to address serious problems, to determine the source of your pain. Major muscles in the neck include your cervicis spinalis, SCM, anterior scalenes, levator scapula, and upper traps. Are you in pain when you turn your head? Is it that you can’t extend your neck? Which movements cause you the most discomfort? By isolating the muscles that move you in certain ways we are specific and precise in our approach.
Frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel and rounded shoulders can all be changed by a great massage. Wrist aches, to tingling in hands and elbows, your shoulders are important. Don’t let pain limit your flexibility. Don’t let soreness limit your movement. Surprisingly, we see a great deal of clients who present with shoulder symptoms that stem from the rib area. The rotator cuff muscles need to be addressed but also the muscles in between your ribs. With correct flexibility in the rib cage many symptoms can dissipate quickly.
Can you raise your arm above your head? Does external rotation hurt? Can you reach behind you to the middle of your back? How long can you hang from something? Determining the strength or weakness of the rotator cuff group is imperative to determining where your pain is coming from. Subscapularis is usually the key. Having a massage therapist put their fingers underneath your armpit and up underneath your scapula does not feel good but the relief afterward? Priceless.
Low Back Massage
Sciatica can be one of the most annoying types of pain to plague the human body. When you never know how long it will last or when it will subside sciatic pain that shoots down your hip to your knee or even your calf can be scary. Massage is effective at changing how your muscle tissues move, changing your body immediately and relieving irritating symptoms.
Plantar Fasciitis is essentially a swelling or aggravation in the bottom of your foot. But lots of other postural distortions can affect your ankles, feet, and toes. When your calves have trigger points they can refer to your feet. When your fascia is dense, dehydrated, immobile, or problematic it can lead to unrelenting foot pain.
Who Should Get Orthopedic Massage?
Before you visit the best massage therapist in Coppell, TX. let’s make sure you’re a good fit. If you’re currently seeing a Physical Therapist, have recently been released from PT, are healthy enough to take a walk around the block but you’re still hurting then Orthopedic Massage is an excellent option. When pain is hindering you from activities of daily living, you can’t sleep a full night, or you can’t accomplish tasks that you used to be able to then we will be able to address those and comfort you.