Orthopedic Massage

Orthopedic Massage

NOTE: Your first session must be booked for 90 minutes, so there is adequate time for postural and movement assessment, as well as hands-on treatment.

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Orthopedic Massage is a form of rehabilitative massage that addresses physical problems often accompanied by acute or chronic pain, nagging discomfort, postural issues and/or limited mobility. Orthopedic Massage focuses on restoring pain-free range of motion throughout the body and integrating complete structural balance. Special attention is given to correct assessment of the problem, proper treatment and client self-care. All work is done without discomfort to the client.

Assessment consists of various range of motion tests to find which joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments are affecting or being affected by the pain. Very specific treatment follows, different from typical massage. I use a myriad of techniques to positively affect the muscles and joints. After the bodywork the client is given carefully selected stretches (for contracted, tight muscles) and strengthening exercises (for weak, overstretched muscles), so they may continue to have lasting benefits, limiting the number of massage sessions needed.

Orthopedic Massage includes several techniques such as Myofascial Release (connective tissue massage), soft-tissue massage, joint mobilization (when safe and comfortable), PNF Stretching / Strain-Counterstrain, multidirectional friction, compressions, breathing and more. This is a customized health-improving session that can have dramatic results.


Orthopedic Massage can help relieve:

  • acute or chronic pain (back, neck, shoulder, hip, etc.)
  • postural misalignment (including the hips)
  • decreased range of motion
  • athletic strain or injury
  • frozen shoulders and frozen hips (adhesive capsulitis)
  • thoracic outlet syndrome
  • rotator cuff injuries
  • tendonitis, tendinosis
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • recurring headaches and migraines
  • stiffness and tightness
  • nerve tingling, numbness
  • disc problems (ruptured, herniated, bulging)
  • muscle cramps
  • repetitive stress injuries

What to Expect

Feel free to call me at (240) 487-9387 for a phone consultation about your physical issue and any questions you may have.

IMPORTANT: Please come to Orthopedic sessions dressed in a tank top or sports bra (women) and gym shorts (men and women) that allow easy and completely unrestricted movement.


Your first Orthopedic Massage appointment must be scheduled for 90 minutes. It will consist of a detailed client medical history interview, postural and movement assessments, including range of motion testing to find structural and functional issues contributing to the pain and restrictions. With this information I customize a treatment protocol designed to mediate your specific symptoms.

Treatment follows while you lie on the massage table, with hands-on manipulation of muscles and connective tissue. I also mobilize affected joints and guide you through specific movements and gentle pain-free stretches, bringing you relief from discomfort and increased range of motion.

At the end of the session you will be given stretching and strengthening exercises to maintain your progress once you are home. These will take you about 5 minutes a day.

Depending on  your problem’s complexity, treatment may be completed in as little as 1-3 sessions.

If you’re considering Orthopedic Massage and have questions or want to discuss your condition, please don’t hesitate to call me at (240) 487-9387.

Rates explained here. NOTE: During an orthopedic massage session, hands-on time may include postural, range-of-motion and movement assessments, or pain education, when warranted.

Check out my blog post: How to Save Money on Your Massage.

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