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What is orthopedic massage?

A system of manually applied techniques designed to reduce pain,
establish normal tissue tension, to create a positive tissue environmen
t and to normalize the movement of the musculoskeletal system.
Orthopedic massage is a scientifically based method of manual therapy
that seeks a clear understanding of the scientific principles of physiology
that affect connective and soft tissue healing and treatment." Integrated
Massage specializes in applying these manual therapy techniques under
the prescription and supervision from either a medical doctor, osteopathic
doctor, physical therapist and/or a chiropractic doctor. 

What is the difference between Orthopedic massage and a therapeutic massage?
Therapeutic Massage is usually performed by massage therapists working in a SPA-type setting and is described as a general,
feel-good massage. Regular massage therapists while competent and well trained in relaxation-based massage, generally lack
both the knowledge and experience to treat specific musculoskeletal disorders. Most initial massage education programs do
NOT include the classes in health and medical sciences needed to gain expertise in these areas.


The massage therapist at Integrated Massage has been trained to adhere to the following clinical criteria:

  • Orthopedic Massage is not a general treatment. Rather, Orthopedic Massage Therapy is applied as a specific manual therapy to the areas relating to the diagnoses provided by the primary care physician. 
  • Orthopedic Massage therapy is delivered to an anatomical region of the patient's body based upon soft tissue and joint exam findings and various other assessment procedures.
  • Orthopedic Massage treatment plans involve several progressive steps or stages of manual therapy treatment whose goal is to correct abnormal conditions affecting the muscle-skeletal system while reducing or eliminating pain.
  • Orthopedic Massage adopts the medical terminology, medical techniques and medical protocols used by the traditional allopathic, medical systems of health care.

Will my health insurance cover my orthopedic massage treatment?
Most people do not realize that they have health insurance coverage for many services offered by our orthopedic massage therapists. 

Even if your health insurance plan has been denied coverage for past massage therapy, Integrated Massage clinic has the existing network of primary care physicians who can prescribe the orthopedic massage therapy that you need. 

How long does a Orthopedic massage session last?
A typical medical massage session should last a minimum of 45 minutes and no longer than 70 minutes.

How long do I have to see an Orthopedic massage therapist for?
Each person and medical case is different so treatment plans will vary.  A typical, initial treatment plan will last 12 sessions whereby the patient will be asked to return to the prescribing primary care physician for a re-evaluation. A written progress report will be delivered to the prescribing physician with a recommendation for further medical massage treatment if necessary.

Is there any scientific evidence that explains the benefits of orthopedic massage therapy?
Over the years there has been a large amount of scientific research supporting the beneficial physiological effects of massage therapy.  They include but are not limited to;

  • Increases circulation and allows the body to deliver more oxygen and nutrients to tissues and vital organs. 
  • Stimulates the lymph system the body’s natural defense against toxic invaders. For example, in breast cancer patients, massage has been shown to increase the number of cells that fight cancer. 
  • Relaxes and softening injured, overused and tight muscles.
  • Reduces muscle spasms and muscle cramps.
  • Increases and restores joint motion and joint flexibility. 
  • Reduces recovery time from strenuous athletic workouts while eliminating "next-day" workout pains.
  • Releases endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller. For this physiological reason medical massage is being included into treatment plans for chronic pain, acute injury and recovery from surgery. 
  • Reduces post-surgery adhesions, scarring and swelling.
  • Improves joint motion and flexibility by stretching and stimulating weakened and tight muscles while lengthening shortened muscles.

"Physicians Are Prescribing Orthopedic Massage Therapy For A Wide Range
Of Medical Conditions, Including But Not Limited To..."

Integrated massage therapy has been specially trained to effectively treat people with the following health conditions.

  • Anatomy information:
  • Hip anatomy
  • Shoulder anatomy
  • Knee anatomy
  • Spine anatomy
  • Arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis and other inflammatory conditions 
  • Asthma and bronchitis 
  • Back pain, low and auto accident related muscle injuries 
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome surgery:
  • Open carpal tunnel syndrome surgery
  • Endoscopy carpal tunnel syndrome surgery
  • Chronic and temporary pain conditions 
  • Circulatory problems 
  • Digestive disorders, including spastic colon and constipation
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Disc, herniated
  • Fibromyalgia 
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Golfer's elbow
  • Headaches and migraines 
  • Insomnia 
  • Muscle conditions such as spasms, strains and sprains 
  • Myo-fascial pain
  • Neck pain
  • Post-injury and post surgical rehabilitation 
  • Pregnancy and labor discomfort 
  • Reduced range of motion 
  • Repetitive strain injury 
  • Sciatica 
  • Sinusitis 
  • Sports injuries, including pulled or strained muscles and ligaments
  • Stress relief and associated medical conditions 
  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)
  • Tennis elbow
  • Whiplash 
  • Workers' compensation related injuries 
  • And many other conditions 

Orthopedic Massage Therapy Can Be Covered By Your Insurance When You Have Been In A Motor Vehicle Collision.
Even a minor motor vehicle collision can have major effects on your health for years to come if you don't seek out the correct care. 
It is not uncommon for motor vehicle collision to cause you muscular pain, headaches, even arthritis that can be very difficult to get rid of for years to come if not treated correctly. The evaluations done by emergency room doctors are only meant to ensure you don't suffer from any serious, immediate injuries like broken bones, abrasions, cuts, or concussions. They are not looking for muscle tissue injuries or misaligned bones.

The whiplash injury to the neck, or cervical sprain/strain, is by far the most common injury that results from a motor vehicle collision.
Sprains and strains are referred to as soft tissue injuries (soft tissue includes muscles, tendons, and ligaments) and occur when the head is abruptly jerked back and forth, muscles and ligaments can be injured.

The ligaments, discs, and muscles that support the spine can be torn and injured in motor vehicle collision.
The nervous system encased by the spinal bones of the neck and back can become stretched and irritated. Current medical research explains that while the occupants in a vehicle may have significant injury, there may be little damage to the vehicle.
The damage to the spine and surrounding soft tissues can result in symptoms including; blurry vision, hearing problems, dizziness, pain and tingling in the arms and hands, headache, decreased ability to turn the neck, and low back problems.

Orthopedic massage is an essential part of the healing process for injuries that result from motor vehicle collision.  
Soft tissue injuries are invisible on x-rays and often overlooked can cause severe debilitating pain after a car accident.

Worse yet, if a soft tissue injury is not directly addressed with soft tissue therapy such as orthopedic massage, and left untreated and unresolved, the injured muscles and other soft tissues can end up causing chronic pain for months, years—even decades after the collision.

Unfortunately, the standard healthcare approach to these injuries often amounts to nothing more than suppressing the symptoms with pain-killers and potentially dangerous anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), leaving the injured muscles to hopefully heal on their own.

Orthopedic massage therapy helps to restore muscular strength, flexibility, and normal function by correcting or "aligning" the scar tissue that is caused by motor vehicle collision.
This can be crucial for full muscular recovery. Muscles tend not to recover fully when given only time in which to heal.
Integrated Massage Therapy has years of experience working with motor vehicle collisions victims.
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle collision orthopedic massage therapy should be a part of your medical care plan. 

Coping with a serious injury is difficult enough, so let Integrated Massage can take care of the details of your treatment: 

  • We verify insurance coverage and handle all other insurance issues;
  • We provide regular progress reports to your primary healthcare provider, attorney, and insurance company;
  • We carefully and scientifically document the care you receive so that you have the highest probability of demonstrating to the 'powers-that-be' that your care is medically necessary;

    To schedule your appointment please call (253) 380-0071

    Our address:
    Integrated Massage Therapy Massage
    2201 N 30th St. C
    Tacoma, WA 98403

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