Orthopedic Massage Education & Research Institute (OMERI)Matching the

Physiology of the Injury With the Physiological Effects of Treatment
Treatment Adaptability
Understanding
the Rehabilitation Protocol
Orthopedic
massage is a system made up of a variety of different techniques. Despite
the difference in techniques there are several underlying principles that
are essential to the system. The first is assessment and evaluation skills.
When working with soft tissue pain and injury it is essential the practitioner
be able to assess the nature of the condition and understand its physiological
make-up. In order to determine if massage is appropriate, and what kind
of massage, if any, should be done, the practitioner must have some method
of systematic evaluation of the client’s condition.
Not only should the
practitioner be familiar with the condition, but also with the most frequently
used massage techniques. Therefore, the second component of the orthopedic
massage system is to match the physiology of the injury with the physiological
effects of the treatment technique. There is no single massage modality
that will effectively treat all of the diverse types of pain and injury
conditions. Rather, in some situations a particular technique will be
highly beneficial, yet when used on another condition it may be contraindicated.
Therefore, the massage therapist must understand the physiological effects
of the treatment that s/he chooses.
The
third component of orthopedic massage is treatment adaptability. Clearly,
with the diversity of conditions, the practitioner should not rigidly
adhere to one set of techniques. In addition, each client will provide
a unique presentation of the pain or injury condition. As such, the practitioner
will most effectively treat their client with a protocol that is individually
suited to that person.
Finally, the orthopedic
massage system recommends understanding the rehabilitation protocol. Rehabilitation
protocol is a phrase used to describe the most effective progression through
the stages of soft tissue healing. It includes knowledge of proper tissue
healing and injury prevention. While it is not appropriate for the massage
therapist to prescribe a rehabilitation plan, the practitioner of orthopedic
massage often works in conjunction with other health professionals and
it is important that s/he understand these rehabilitation factors.
Orthopedic massage
is an exciting new approach to the treatment of numerous pain and injury
conditions previously treated only with conventional methods. Providing
a comprehensive system of treatment that incorporates a wide variety of
massage treatment techniques, orthopedic massage enables the practitioner
to choose the most effective treatment for a particular condition. The
orthopedic massage practitioner is knowledgeable and skilled in their
understanding of pain and injury conditions and massage treatment techniques.
This combination of expertise provides for the most effective treatment
of soft tissue pain and injury conditions using massage therapy.