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The Difference Between Spa Massage and Medical/Orthopedic Massage

Posted on 20 May 2016 by Jason

Everyone enjoys a good massage from time to time; some have even made massage a regular part of their wellness regimen. However, many people do not know that there are multiple types of massage that can provide drastically different benefits. The most familiar type is Relaxation or Spa massage, which focuses on giving the client time to recover from stresses of daily life. One can expect long smooth gliding strokes and pressure that is deeply relaxing, not painful—a session that is designed to relax, not relieve chronic pain or other underlying ailments. Medical Massage or Orthopedic Massage involves assessment, critical thinking skills, manipulation and movement of the muscles to reduce pain and correct posture. The ultimate focus is on functional outcome. Client satisfaction is not often assessed until the completion of a limited number of treatments or therapeutic outcome has been achieved. Medical massage is prescribed by doctors for specific injuries and/or physical conditions and is billed to insurance companies. For those suffering from chronic pain, tendonitis, bursitis, joint arthritis, back pain, neck pain, shoulder issues, scar tissue adhesions, plantar fasciitis, auto accidents, sports injuries and more, medical massage can change your life. But before scheduling a massage, do a quick symptom check to determine if a relaxation or a medical massage therapist is the best fit.

Susan Stokman is a medical massage practitioner at Body in Motion Massage Therapy, in Vancouver, WA. For more information, call 360-718-7603 or visit

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