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Orthopedic Massage:

The goal of Orthopedic Massage is to induce a change in the structure and function of the
neuromusculoskeletal soft tissue to promote healing of injury or pain patterns.
Orthopedic Massage combines elements of myofascial release, neuromuscular
reeducation, soft tissue mobilization and muscle energy techniques taken from the world
of osteopathic medicine. One of the unique concepts at the heart of Orthopedic Massage
is that muscles, tendons and ligaments have a normal position relative to the neighboring
soft tissue and the joint they affect. If soft tissue has a normal, specific alignment and
placement within the body, relative to the surrounding tissue, then injury, either as a
result of accidents, sudden impacts or strains, chronic postural problems or repetitive
stresses, can cause the soft tissues to fall out of correct placement and alignment.
Orthopedic Massage aims to correct alignment through the use of specific directional soft
tissue mobilization, active resisted contractions of the affected muscles (Muscle Energy
Technique) and joint mobilization.
When receiving a treatment using Orthopedic Massage, the client receiving the treatment
is not completely passive, as would be the case in more traditional deep tissue massage.
Instead, the therapist works with the client in performing specific isometric contractions
of the affected muscles, a system known as Muscle Energy Technique. Since these
assisted contractions are in a specific direction, habitual patterns of holding and
involuntary spasms can more easily be released. Having the client become aware of the
contractions allows strengthening of weak muscles that have been endorsed due to the
overly tight muscles that oppose their motion. Combining release of overly tight
(hypertonic) muscles and strengthening of weak muscles, the muscular tensions around
a specific joint are normalized, thus reducing pain and increasing awareness, both
conscious and unconscious.
When doing soft tissue mobilization and myofascial release, the therapist will work each
muscle in the particular direction needed in order to correct the positional dysfunction
that is creating pain. For example, when the big muscles along the spine in the back, the
erectors, become very tight, they also shorten, moving closer to the spine itself. Using
Orthopedic Massage techniques, the therapist would work to release this dysfunction by
moving the muscle gently away from the spine, freeing up the joints to move in a wider
range of motion, without pain. Often after a treatment, clients will report feeling "lighter"
as the joints no longer having irregular compressive forces on them, allowing them to
feel freer.   
Along with work on the table, it is often very helpful to have the therapist work with the
client on stretches and exercises that can be done at home or at work in order to help
the client strengthen and release the muscles around the tight and painful joints. In order
to truly get all the benefit possible out of your treatment time, home exercises and
stretches are a must. The client needs to be actively involved in their own recovery,
reversing the affects of poor posture or repetitive stresses created in the work
environment. The combination of massage and home stretching/strengthening is the core
of the neuromuscular reeducation. If you have an injury or chronic pain in any joint or
muscle, caused by an accident, or repetitive stresses, please call us to schedule an initial
evaluation and a series of treatments to relieve yourself of these pains.

Common Injuries:

•        Headaches
•        Temporomandibular sprain/strain
•        Cervical Pain
•        Whiplash (Cervical Sprain/Strain)
•        Upper, Mid and Low Back Pain
•        Shoulder, Arm, Elbow, Wrist/Hand Pain
•        Carpal Tunnel Syndrome      
•        Sciatica
•        Leg, Knee, Ankle and Foot Pain
•        Postural Distortions
•        Chronic Pain
•        Sprains and Strains
•        Tendonitis
•        Neuritis (Nerve Inflammation)
•        Neuralgia (Nerve Pain)
•        Radiculitis (Radiating Pain)
269 West Main Street (Rt 20)
Northborough MA 01532
                              Orthomed Massage Clinic | 269 West Main Street Northborough MA 01532 |     508.466-8257