The primary philosophy for successful orthopedic massage treatment is that long-term, effective solutions to pain and/or injury requires understanding which soft tissues are at fault or involved, and how; and then applying a results-based treatment.  While this might seem overly simple, it's actually considerately more complex. While it may not always be achievable to know exactly which tissues are the catalyst for pain, the more a therapist understands, the higher their probability for success. Orthopedic massageCritical (or clinical) thinking skills are required for this level of treatment, but are rarely taught in school or other CE courses. Also required is an workable understanding of the principles of kinesiology, anatomy, and physiology. A serviceable knowledge, such as being able to identify tissues accurately and immediately in the clinic, takes hours upon hours of continued learning after graduation and considerable clinical experience. Effective orthopedic massage treatment also relies on proper applications of various massage techniques befitting the therapeutic needs of the client's pain or injury. Massage techniques are far from benign, as massage itself can be a contraindication. At the very least, poorly thought out or improper treatment plans can be ineffective for the client, and at worst can easily make the condition or pain even worse. The techniques for proper orthopedic massage include but are not limited to: active engagement, p.n.f stretching, myofascial release, advanced therapeutic techniques, neuromuscular therapy, nerve mobilization techniques, positional release, muscle energy technique, and trigger point therapy. The four main components of orthopedic massage are:
  1. Orthopedic Assessment
  2. Matching the Physiology of the Injury With the Physiological Effects of Treatment
  3. Treatment Adaptability
  4. Understanding the Rehabilitation Protocol
orthopedic massageAssessment Proper assessment involves understanding what tissues or systems are affected, and how they were injured or why are they in pain. Beyond a simple intake inquiry, knowing how to do a skilled and stream-lined assessment by itself is developed with practice, clinical experience, and continued learning. Matching the Physiology of the Injury With the Physiological Effects of Treatment This particular rule was developed in order to emphasize the critical importance of knowing why one might use a particular technique on a particular injury or condition. For the best treatment, there should be a sound physiological rationale for the chosen treatment method. Simply because something “works” may be good enough for some cases, but for painful conditions or injuries, it may not. Treatment Adaptability Orthopedic massage therapist's practice treatment adaptability because sadly massage can become an exercise of rote application of techniques without thought about whether they are actually appropriate. In many cases, there are tried and true solutions, but being able to palpate and respond to a body in real time means being able to adapt and be more successful in the clinic. Rehabilitation Protocol Understanding the healing process of the body and the type of pain or injury is very important for treating the client and is very helpful to both the therapist and the client. Knowing when to apply massage is part of a quality treatment protocol. This rule teaches what rehabilitation is about, the process, and other aspects such a home-care for the client and suggestions for additional therapy, such as stretching. Practitioners of orthopedic massage are knowledgeable and skilled in their understanding of pain and injury conditions and most authentic massage treatment techniques. They are also skillful critical thinkers. This combination of expertise provides for the most effective treatment of soft tissue pain and injury conditions using massage therapy – and a very successful career for those who choose to challenge themselves with this approach. The success that massage therapists experience after learning this approach comes from their ability to treat their clients’ problems as unique. Being able to think creatively and apply skillful analysis for excellent treatment results is the hallmark of a great clinical massage therapist.

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