Massage done with the intent of improving prescribed medical conditions or pathologies that have been prescribed by a physician. The modalities might include assessment, muscle energy techniques, myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy, stretching and neuromuscular education as well as the importance of strengthening as part of the patient’s rehabilitation.
Performing medical massage requires a firm background in pathology and utilizes specific treatments appropriate to working with disease, pain, and recovery from injury. The therapist may work from a physician’s prescription or as an adjunct healer within a hospital or physical therapy setting. It is an effective combination of therapies that address many soft tissue issues.