Medical Massage

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Medical massage is outcome-based massage, primarily the application of a specific treatment targeted to the specific problem the patient presents with, following a thorough assessment/evaluation by the medical massage therapist with specific outcomes being the basis for treatment.

There are many massage schools and programs that teach medical massage as a technique. Though medical massage is any massage treatment used to treat specific medical conditions, there is no one technique that is defined as, “medical massage.” Medical massage means to use whatever style of massage the practitioner knows and applying that technique to specific conditions to bring about specific outcomes.

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Massage has been used as a medical treatment dating back to the Chinese over 5000 years ago. More recently Professor Silas Weir Mitchell (1829-1914), a neurologist in Philadelphia is thought to be the first to bring massage to the attention of the US medical community. In 1884, Douglas Graham, MD of Boston Massachusetts wrote, “A Practical Treatise on Massage,” which focuses on the treatment of specific diseases and disorders by using massage as a treatment. In 1885, Dr Harvey Kellogg published the classic textbook, “The Art of Massage, Its Physiological Effects and Therapeutic Actions.”

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During the nineteenth century, massage in Europe was described in the medical literature and was taught at institutions and also offered by lay practitioners. In 1886, William Murrell, an English Physician wrote a book, “Massage as a Mode of Treatment.” In Russia, M.Y. Mudrov, MD used massage and movement exercises in his medical practice with adults and later applied it to the development of children.

The American Medical Massage Association and The United States Medical Massage Association followed with similar goals of lifting the profession to higher standards and, in turn, giving patients a better outcome. The AMMA has worked with the standard medical community to bring massage therapy into the mainstream; they have done this through a board of advisers that includes massage therapists, physicians, chiropractors etc.

Any Licensed Massage Therapist is qualified to do medical massage if they have training on how to treat specific problems.

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Josue Sanchez is our Licensed Massage Therapist. He received his license from the state of Arizona in 2010 after graduation from the MT course at Carrington College, which included specific training in the application of Medical Massage. He has been providing high quality medical massage therapy to the patients of Springbok Chiropractic for over 9 years.

We welcome you to come in and enjoy the relaxing, therapeutic effects of medical massage as a stand-alone service, or as an adjunct to chiropractic manipulative therapy.

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Let’s get you scheduled right now. The sooner you can come in and see us the sooner you can begin to experience real relief of pain and stress.




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