Practitioners of medical massage have a strong background in pathology, disease, illness and injury, and the contraindications of specific massage techniques related to various medical conditions. Medical massage therapists frequently work under the direction of or at the request of physicians.
Orthopedic massage combines several massage and medical massage techniques to treat pain and soft-tissue injury. It focuses heavily on injury assessment and rehabilitation, emphasizing the importance of selecting the appropriate modality to treat the injury. Orthopedic massage is often used in conjuction with sports massage protocols. Detailed treatment of soft tissue which will decrease pain and increase mobility. Examples include but are not limited to: Aches and pains, Osteo or Rheumatoid Arthritis, Muscle strain, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, TMJ or Diabetes.