Advanced Bodywork consists of three parts that make up the greater whole of our organization.
- The Clinic – we are dedicated to providing our clients with a treatment plan that fits their body’s needs, thus helping them out of pain and on to the path of injury and pain prevention.
- Providing Continuing Education – our goal is to provide licensed massage therapists with scientific-based hands-on education in manual therapy techniques
- Mentoring/Internships for Licensed Therapists – when mentoring our clinic therapists as well as our short-term interns, we work to broaden their skill sets, teach them advanced techniques, and prepare them to run a business as a manual therapist. Through this process, our objective is to provide continuity of care in manual therapy throughout the nation
What is Medical Massage?
In the strictest sense, medical massage is any massage deemed medically necessary and prescribed for a specific reason. Medical massage is not a specific modality or technique. Common massage and manual therapy techniques most often employed in a medical massage include Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular Therapy, Therapeutic Stretching, Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Structural Integration. Medical Massage involves goal oriented protocols designed to normalize soft tissue dysfunction.
Massage therapists who perform medical massage partner with physicians, medical specialists, chiropractors, dentists, and acupuncturists. Diagnosing is not within the scope of practice for massage therapists. We rely on the prescribing physician to diagnose.
A prescribed massage is usually a series of sessions. As with any prescription, one for Medical Massage includes a suggested treatment plan and time frame based on the physician’s diagnosis codes. For example: Myofascial release for low back pain 3 times a week for 3 weeks.
When to Prescribe
- Orthopedic Conditions
- Auto Accident & Whiplash Injuries
- Back Pain & Sciatica
- Neck Pain & Headaches
- Sports Injuries
- TMJ dysfunction