Massage therapy encompasses a wide range of knowledge and skills applicable to a broad range of conditions and patients. OVCMT's extensive massage therapy education includes not only classroom experience but also hundreds of hours of clinical practicum. In their practicum, our students develop their skills on patients representing all major conditions.
Orthopedic massage therapy is an important condition area involving rehabilitation of soft tissue pain and injuries.
Orthopedics is a field of medicine that specializes in diseases and injuries affecting the musculoskeletal system. As part of this field of healthcare, orthopedic massage is a complementary treatment that focuses on improving musculoskeletal conditions, including increasing range of motion and decreasing pain.
In our massage therapy program, students learn to apply orthopedic massage by:
Within that framework, several different massage techniques can be incorporated, including:
Using a variety of approaches, orthopedic massage performed by a registered massage therapist can help reduce pain and help patients suffering from several types of soft-tissue problems.
Upon completing their therapeutic massage certification our graduates may work in a wide variety of areas, including sports therapy and rehabilitation clinics helping athletes and other patients with soft-tissue conditions.
When used as a complementary treatment, orthopedic massage can be beneficial to patients suffering from a wide variety of soft-tissue musculoskeletal problems, whether they are acute or chronic. It is most commonly recommended to patients suffering from injuries and conditions such as:
Orthopedic massage sessions usually last between 60 and 90 minutes, including an assessment of the patient’s history, their range of motion, and the soft-tissue problem that they are experiencing. Based on the assessment, the massage therapist develops a treatment plan suited to the patient’s condition. Treatment plans are reviewed and may be adapted as the treatment progresses.
Massage therapists also provide homecare exercises or stretches for the patient between sessions as part of the overall treatment plan.
One of the many benefits of a career in massage is that it provides a variety of potential career paths. Orthopedic massage therapy is just one area in which our comprehensive two-year program provides training. By offering a broad range of experience, OVMT prepares students for rewarding careers after graduation in whichever areas of massage therapy they choose to pursue.
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