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Therapeutic Medical Massage

Many people think all massages are the same. In reality, different types of massages target different areas. Not all massages are created equal. Also, the type of massage you’d get from a spa or massage center isn’t the same type of massage you’d get from a medical massage practitioner. While both medical massage and spa massage contain the word massage, that’s typically where the similarities end. By learning the difference between medical massage and a spa massage, you’ll be more prepared for any appointments you have for either kind of massage.

What Is Medical Massage?

If you have a certain injury or recurring health problem, you may seek out more targeted therapy to find solutions and relief. With medical massage, your practitioner will use a more personalized approach to find out what the cause of your injury is. This means you’ll have more face-to-face interaction at the start of the appointment to go over what the problem is. Be honest and upfront about your symptoms, as it will help your practitioner in designing your treatment plan for the day.

What Is Spa Massage?

On the other hand, a massage from a spa or wellness center is designed to help you feel better overall while not necessarily focusing on a specific area on your body or an ailment. These kinds of massage are more so designed to relieve stress and tension that aid in treating or healing overworked muscles. Different techniques may be used and some may be combined to help in your relaxation. If your goal is relaxation, a massage from a spa or a wellness center is your best bet for getting a massage.

Similarities Between Them

The biggest similarity between a medical massage and a spa massage is that both provide you with a massage. Both also work to provide you with specific results, though those results are different. With a spa massage, the ultimate end goal is that you feel relaxed. Whereas the point of a medical massage is to feel pain relief from a medical issue. Both types of massage also have different techniques and different types of massages to achieve maximum relaxation or pain relief.

The Major Differences

A medical massage is target-based. You will most likely keep getting medical massages until you feel completely better. However, with a spa massage, you may view it as a “special treat” that you get sporadically. Additionally, with a medical massage, you will receive additional instructions on what to do on your own time because you developed a treatment plan with the practitioner. Those additional instructions will help you in feeling better faster and it’s important to follow them to avoid further injury.

A medical massage and a spa massage are two different categories of massages. By knowing the differences, you will better articulate to your massage therapist the problems you have and the solutions to fix those problems. At Therapeutic Medical Massage, Aruna will help with your medical ailment and provide solutions that work. Call now to set up your appointment.

For an active teenager, the worst thing for them is a sports injury. No two sports injuries are the same, so their treatment plans shouldn’t be the same either. At Therapeutic Medical Massage, we focus on assessing the sports injury and providing techniques to make the issue doesn’t recur. Aruna has worked with countless athletes in the area to get them back to their pre-injury level. With rehab and sports injury massage, Aruna aims to help athletes learn new techniques to warm up and recover after events.

Pre-Sports Massage

Any athlete knows that stretching is a crucial part of a warm-up. By taking the time to warm up the muscles, they are less likely to straining or pulling during exercise. A pre-sports massage can take that one additional step further. A pre-sports massage is done before physical activity starts. The massage consists of short, invigorating strokes to warm up the muscles more. Additionally, Aruna uses positive reinforcement to help athletes prepare for the game or meet ahead of them. With her office located right by the Mason City Schools sports complex, it’s easy for athletes to have a quick pre-sports massage.

Post-Sports Massage

Since a pre-sports massage is done before a game or match, a post-sports massage is done afterwards. Once a sports event is done, your muscles are still working on overdrive. The purpose of a post-sports massage is to help the muscles calm down while providing the athlete with the chance to relax. This type of massage features more drawn out movements. The slower movements give muscles the chance to relax while flushing out waste and stimulating the repair and restoration process.

Different Techniques

Aruna uses different massage techniques on different athletes. Each athlete is an individual, so what works for one athlete may not work for another. Additionally, different sports require different massage techniques. What works for one sport may not work for another. As long as the athletes are honest with Aruna about what they want to achieve, it should be an easy and simple process.

Kinesiology Tape

If recurring injury is a common problem, Aruna may suggest using kinesiology tape. This special kind of tape is used after massages and is designed to help your body heal and improve function. K-tape as it’s referred to by many athletes helps with a variety of problems, including pain reduction, reduced recovery time, and improvement in sports performance. Different injuries also benefit from the use of k-tape. The brand Aruna uses is latex-free, meaning it won't trigger an allergic reaction in people, and is able to remain on the body for seven days.

Sports injuries don’t have to be the end of an athletic career. By providing sports injury massage and sports rehab, athletes will be able to return to their sport quicker and with better techniques to avoid a repeat injury. If you’re looking for a certified fitness trainer who can provide massage techniques, turn to Aruna at Therapeutic Medical Massage. Contact her now to get started.

When you’re looking for a massage, you’re looking for something specific. Unfortunately, walking up to a massage therapist and saying you want a massage isn’t going to do much for them or you. There are many different types of massages that exist in the world. At Therapeutic Medical Massage, Aruna specializes in different types of massages designed for healing and relaxation. By knowing the right massage for you ahead of time, you’ll maximize your time and heal faster.

Massage for Relaxation

Everyone needs to find relaxation techniques that work for them. At Therapeutic Medical Massage, we offer massages designed to help you relax. Whether it’s a hot stone massage or a Swedish massage, relaxation is just a phone call away.

Massage for Pain Relief

Maybe you want to relax but are more considered about pain relief. Turn to a pain relief massage to start feeling better. Different massage techniques will target different areas, so it’s important to be upfront during your initial consultation what your health issue is.

Cupping Therapy

Cupping has become an incredibly popular therapy in the last few years. If you’re looking to reduce pain, increase range of motion, cupping therapy may be for you. Many athletes use cupping after an event to recover faster.

Sports and Rehab Massage

Massage before and after sporting events can help prevent injuries. By changing the type of massage to match the setting, athletes are less likely to get injured and are able to heal faster.

Pregnancy Massage

Regardless of the stage of your pregnancy, massage can help. These massages are designed specifically for pregnant women and are designed to alleviate any discomfort you feel.

Lymphatic Massage

Just like how your sinuses get congested, your lymphatic system also gets congested. Aid your body in naturally getting rid of waste with a lymphatic massage. This massage is designed to assist the body in getting rid of waste naturally, helping you feel better overall.

Oncology Massage

If you have cancer, an oncology massage is right for you. Whether you’re looking to ease the pain from radiation burns or are tired of pokes from needles, this massage will ease your body and soul.

Chair Massage

Ready to feel better after sitting hunched over all day? A chair massage does just that by assisting in realigning your body.

Myokinesthetic Massage

Need a total reset on a persisting problem? Turn to myokinesthetic massage. This massage targets a certain area and helps reset it to go back to normal.

Knowing the right massage for you is crucial when it comes time for your appointment. By reading up and researching to find the right massage for you, you’ll have a better appointment overall. At Therapeutic Medical Massage, we take the time to get to know you and figure out why you’re here. By doing this, you’ll find we’re able to pinpoint what is happening with your body and help you resolve it. If you’re ready to schedule your appointment, contact us now.