"Medical Massage Therapy Is A Scientifically Based Manual Therapy
That Finds And Treats The Cause Of Your Pain!"
The Medical Massage Center of Charleston's
services are covered by most health insurance plans!
Massage therapy in Charleston SC isn't just for
relaxation anymore. Did you know massage is a proven, safe and
effective way to reduce pain, rehabilitate injuries, improve athletic
performance, and alleviate the effects of chronic stress?
According to the American Medical Massage Association (AMMA), medical
"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."
The Medical Massage Center of
Charleston 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
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
Medical Massage Center of Charleston have been trained to adhere
to the following clinical criteria:
Medical Massage is not a general
treatment. Rather, Medical Massage Therapy is applied as a specific manual
therapy to the areas relating to the diagnoses provided by the
primary care physician.
Medical Massage therapy is delivered
to an anatomical region of the patient's body based upon soft
tissue and joint exam findings and various other assessment
Medical Massage treatment plans
involve several progressive steps or stages of manual therapy
treatment whose goal is to correct abnormal conditions affecting
the muscle-skeletal system while reducing or eliminating pain.
Medical Massage adopts the medical
terminology, medical techniques and medical protocols used by the
traditional allopathic, medical systems of health care.
Will my health
insurance cover my medical massage treatment?
Most people do
not realize that they have health insurance coverage for many services
offered by our medical massage therapists.
Even if your health
insurance plan has been denied coverage for past massage therapy, The
Medical Massage Center of Charleston has the existing network of
primary care physicians who can prescribe the medical massage therapy
that you need.
How long does a
medical massage session last?
medical massage session should last a minimum of 45 minutes and no
longer than 70 minutes.
How long do I have
to see a medical massage therapist for?
Each person and
medical case is different so treatment plans will vary. A
typical, initial treatment plan will last 12 sessions whereby the
patient will be asked to return to the prescribing primary care
physician for a re-evaluation. A written progress report will be
delivered to the prescribing physician with a recommendation for
further medical massage treatment if necessary.
Is there any
scientific evidence that explains the benefits of medical massage
Over the years
there has been a large amount of scientific research supporting the
beneficial physiological effects of massage therapy. They
include but are not limited to;
Increases circulation and allows the
body to deliver more oxygen and nutrients to tissues and vital
Stimulates the lymph system the
body’s natural defense against toxic invaders. For example, in
breast cancer patients, massage has been shown to increase the
number of cells that fight cancer.
Relaxes and softening injured,
overused and tight muscles.
Reduces muscle spasms and muscle
Increases and restores joint motion
and joint flexibility.
Reduces recovery time from strenuous
athletic workouts while eliminating "next-day" workout
Releases endorphins, the body’s
natural painkiller. For this physiological reason medical massage
is being included into treatment plans for chronic pain, acute
injury and recovery from surgery.
Reduces post-surgery adhesions,
scarring and swelling.
Improves joint motion and
flexibility by stretching and stimulating weakened and tight
muscles while lengthening shortened muscles.
Medical Massage Center Of Charleston
49 Calhoun Street, Suite B
Charleston, SC 29401
Ph. (843) 579-9166
Fax: (843) 579-9454
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