Originally the term medical massage was used to describe massage therapy, but as the field of massage therapy has expanded it had to be renamed as medical massage therapy. The general definition of medical massage therapy is any massage that is performed as treatment for a condition diagnosed by a health care professional).
Certain types of massage therapy are considered part of medical massage therapy, the most important criteria based on the definition of the term is that the massage must be performed for an injury or condition, not just for relaxation.
Some of the types of massage therapy that can be considered medical massage therapy depending on how they are used are listed below:
- Trigger Point Therapy
- Myofascial Release
- Deep Tissue Massage
- Neuromuscular Therapy
Any massage therapist can claim to offer medical massage therapy, however this does not necessarily mean that their treatment can be claimed from health insurance. Only Florida and Washington State have legislature at this time that require a massage therapist to be specially licensed to offer medical massage therapy.
Medical Massage Therapy Benefits
- Can treat a wide variety of injuries/conditions
- Can often be claimed from health insurance (at least partially)
- Is non-invasive treatment
- Is a very natural type of treatment, you know exactly what is happening
- Breaks down remnants of prior injuries at the same time
- Can help prevent re-occurrence
When To Get Medical Massage Therapy
Not all conditions can be treated with massage therapy. Generally soft tissue injuries are the best candidates for this type of treatment. Whenever you get medical massage therapy make sure that it is prescribed by your doctor after diagnosis, if you are interested in the treatment don’t be afraid to suggest it and see what your doctor thinks, while it may not be at the top of the list always medical massage therapy is an excellent tool to treat injuries and conditions.