According to the American Medical Massage Association (AMMA), medical massage is:
"A system of manually applied techniques designed to reduce pain, establish normal tissue tension, create a positive tissue environment and to normalize the movement of the musculoskeletal system. Medical massage is a scientifically based method of manual therapy that seeks a clear understanding of the scientific principles of physiology that affect connective and soft tissue healing and treatment."
ADVANCED MUSCLE CARE specializes in applying these manual therapy techniques under the prescription and supervision from either a medical doctor, osteopathic doctor, physical therapist and/or a chiropractic doctor.
What is the difference between "medical massage" and "therapeutic massage"?
Therapeutic Massage is usually performed by massage therapists working in a SPA-type setting and is described as a general, feel-good massage. Regular massage therapists while competent and well trained in relaxation-based massage, generally lack both the knowledge and experience to treat specific musculoskeletal disorders. Most initial massage education programs do NOT include the classes in health and medical sciences needed to gain expertise in these areas.
Medical Massage Therapists at the Advanced Muscle Care have been trained in the following clinical criteria: