July 26, 2016 by Jordan Nunziato
What is Medicinal Massage?
Massage is a general term for pressing, rubbing and manipulating your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Massage may range from light stroking to deep pressure. But what is “medicinal” massage?
In a recently published article entitled: “Making Sense of Medicine: Exploring the benefits of medical massage”, author and expert Bob Keller writes that medical massage therapy is a broad category that uses soft tissue manipulation to relieve specific medical conditions
An example of medical massage, as offered by Keller:
“I don’t usually write much about my own practice in these columns, but the myokinesthetic system I use, MYK for short, is a good example of medical massage therapy. MYK uses very precise, gentle muscle movement and stimulation to address a wide variety of specific medical conditions,” he writes. “These include migraine headaches, sciatica, carpal tunnel, knee pain, hemorrhoids, tennis elbow, low back pain, plantar fasciitis and many more.”
How Does Medicinal Massage Differ From Regular Massage Techniques?
As regular massage therapy is generally considered part of complementary and alternative medicine, it doesn’t fall under “medicinal”.
“Deep tissue massage, sports massage, hot stone massage, trigger point, reflexology, craniosacral, zero balancing, Feldenkrais, acupressure, Alexander, Jin Shin Do, Thai massage, neuromuscular, polarity, reiki, Rolfing and even more. These are all effective techniques when applied in the context they address,” Keller writes, adding, “But, the effect of [medicinal massage] is very similar to what your surgeon may do in implanting a nerve root stimulator in your spine,” Keller writes.
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