What is Medical Massage?

Medical massage is massage used for the practical purpose of pain management, increased range of motion and healing. Medical massage is practiced by certified and many times licensed massage therapists employing various techniques such as Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT), trigger point therapy, and various other modalities. Medical massage is highly effective for clients who present with chronic pain and is often successful in reducing or eliminating even longstanding painful conditions. The techniques can also be applied to acute injuries and many help to improve performance in sport or dance and to prevent injuries due to these activities. **

** Please note that all medical massage patients must be examined by Dr. Demaray before a medical massage can be completed.  

Intro to medical massage Pt. 1

Jens meets with our newest massage therapist, Geno! In this video we talk about: Geno's history, and what medical massage means to him. Here’s the cheat sheet of the questions Jens asked:

  1. What made you choose massage therapy?

  2. What are your current credentials?

  3. Why are credentials important?

  4. How long did you attend massage therapy school and where?

  5. How long have you been a massage therapist?

  6. What specifically do you love most about massage therapy?

  7. What are the difference between medicinal massage therapy and other massage modalities?

Huge shout out to Malissa H. for her amazing improvement! 

Intro to medical massage Pt. 2

Jens is back with Geno for part 2 of our 2 part series on medical massage. Here's the questions that he asked:

  1. Why do you feel massage therapy is an important component of healthcare?

  2. What are the differences between medicinal massage and other massage modalities?

  3. What massage modalities do you practice at Demaray Chiropractic & Nutrition Center?

  4. How does massage complement chiropractic care?

  5. Why did you choose medicinal massage over relaxation modalities?

  6. What is the most difficult case you’ve had to deal with

  7. What is inflammation? Is it good or bad?

  8. What are some conditions most people are unaware that can benefit from massage therapy?

Medical Massage for Legs, Hips, and Sciatica

Medical Massage For Legs, Hips and Sciatica Pt. 1

This is part 1 in a 3 part video series on medical massage, Geno’s technique, and how an injury in one part of the body can affect the rest of the body. In this video Geno goes over ankle traction - loosening the ankle, checking range of motion (explanation of how the ankle can affect the rest of the body). Warming up the body and figuring out the motion of the hip complex.

Medical Massage For Legs, Hips, and Sciatica Pt. 2

This is part 2 in a 3 part video series on medical massage, Geno’s technique, and how an injury in one part of the body can affect the rest of the body. In this video Geno goes over calf work - calf compressions, deep pressure holds (3 minute minimums to release tension in the larger muscle compartments of the calves: gastrocnemius, soleus, and Peroneus muscles). We also talk about the importance of breathing during a massage session, and how oxygen operates during the process of muscular release. Geno talks with me to ensure I’m ok and the importance of doing so. He Also talks about paying attention to the clients breathing, so the therapist knows when to move on and to inform the client what the therapist will be doing next.

Medical Massage For Legs, Hips, and Sciatica Pt. 3

This is part 3 in a 3 part video series on medical massage, Geno’s technique, and how an injury in one part of the body can affect the rest of the body. In this video Geno focuses on hip work - showing the anatomy of the gluteal complex (Maximus, minimums, & medius) as well as the piriformis. Tightness in the lumbosacral region of the low back. Knowing the difference between back pain and sciatica (localized vs. radiating). Breathing and knowing when the body is experiencing a release with influx or blood/circulation. And becoming one with yourself and understanding what’s happening in your body!