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Category: Definintions of Massage Therapy

Clinical Massage Therapy

CLINICAL MASSAGE is the use of massage techniques to safely work with patients who have diseases, disorders, or injuries. Therapists working with clinical cases may use a variety of assessments to formulate treatment plans that focus on therapeutic or palliative goals. Clinical massage may also refer to the settings where massage services are provided such as specialty clinics (e.g., physical therapy clinics, physical rehabilitation clinics, chiropractic clinics, sports clinics, and hospice care clinics) and polyclinics […]

Integrative Medicine

World Health Organization The World HealthOrganization (WHO) defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” 1. Integrative medicine seeks to restore and maintain health and wellness across a person’s lifespan by understanding the patient’s unique set of circumstances and addressing the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that affect health. 2. Through personalizing care,integrative medicine goes beyond […]

Massage therapy defined

Associated Massage and Bodywork Professionals (ABMP)   Massage & Massage Therapy Massage, or massage therapy, is a system of structured palpation or movement of the soft tissue of the body. The massage system may include, but is not limited to, such techniques as: Stroking Kneading Gliding Percussion Friction Vibration Compression Passive or active stretching within the normal anatomical range of movement Effleurage (either firm or light soothing, stroking movement, without dragging the skin, using either padded […]

Definitions: Bodywork

Body of Knowledge definition Bodywork–Bodywork is a term used in complementary and integrative medicine (CIM)to describe any therapeutic, healing or personal self-development practice which may include massage, touch, movement or energetic work. One form of bodywork is massage therapy and the terms massage therapy and bodywork are frequently used interchangeably. However, while bodywork includes all forms of massage therapy, it also includes many other types of touch and incorporates many other skills and techniques to […]

Medical Massage Therapy

“It was Timothy L. Fitzgerald, M.D. at Mary Free Bed Hospital that first suggested the use of the descriptive identity “Medical Massage” by the American Medical Massage Association” according to the AMMA.  https://www.americanmedicalmassage.com/history.htm Medical Massage Practitioners of America definition: Medical Massage is result oriented and the treatment is specifically directed to resolve conditions that have been diagnosed and prescribed by a Physician. The therapist may use a variety of modalities or procedures during the treatment, but […]