What is Medical Massage
Medical Massage, Therapeutic Massage, Orthopedic Massage and Sports Massage
The term Medical Massage and Therapeutic Massage means the same thing. It is called Medical Massage because the founders and researchers who developed this method called it Medical Massage. Massage therapy is therapy by means of massage. Therapy means health benefits to the human body and that is what medical massage therapy stands for. Medical Massage could also be called segment-reflex massage.
Massage Therapy encompasses different disciplines, specializations and expertise. For example, Full Body Medical Stress Management Massage associates important methods in managing side effects of stress including high blood pressure, anxiety, tension headaches, ulcers as well as prevention of aforementioned pathologies. Orthopedic Massage is also a Medical/Therapeutic Massage deals with procedures designed to treat back and limb disorders that could be results of sports related injuries, industrial injuries, car accidents and etc… Another area of expertise is the sports massage including pre and post event sports massage procedures. Pre-event sports massage helps us prepare athletes to perform better as well as prevent sports related injuries. Post-event sports massage is series of methods that focuses on rehabilitating professional athletes and gym enthusiasts from the side effects of vigorous exercise and overtraining.
I believe that scientifically designed step-by-step protocols are much easier to study, provide faster and sustained results as well as prevent practitioners from aggravating their client’s conditions. It is not important whether to call our method medical massage, therapeutic massage or just massage therapy. What is important is to realize that massage therapy is a simple, powerful and safe therapeutic tool.
Why Medical Massage?
Medical massage is one of the most effective and simple tools for reaching rapid and sustained results in various disorders including sciatic nerve neuralgia, hypertension, impingement syndromes, and lower back disorders. Medical massage is a comprehensive method of soft tissue mobilization consisting of connective tissue massage (fascia mobilization), muscular mobilization, trigger point therapy (if trigger points exist), skin mobilization, and other components. In his DVD’s, Boris demonstrates and explains how to palpate and detect abnormalities in the skin, fascia, muscles. He also offers techniques for the elimination of tension in fascia and muscles, trigger point therapy, and reduction of high skin density. The elimination of these abnormalities leads to immediate results, including reduction of pain, and release of nerve impingements. All the protocols that Boris teaches in his DVD’s are easy to learn and are clearly and extensively explained as Boris demonstrates their hands-on application. Boris strives to supply the viewer with both a thorough understanding of the physiological effects of medical massage, as well as a thorough demonstration of all techniques.
Recently, I had a conversation with a massage therapist who took many of my continuing education classes. Coincidentally, this practitioner also has a strong background in marketing. His opinion was that my medical massage programs are so valuable that students, like in any other school, should be required to pass an interview and entrance exam in order to be accepted into my school, especially for advance classes. My reply was that I believe in a simple approach to medical and sports massage. I believe that everyone regardless of their academic background, who wants to treat people with their hands, should have an opportunity to become a massage therapist if they want to. What sets a good therapist apart is his/her ability of deliver results, and not his/her ego, social status, intellectual level, ethnic background, etc.
Based on my experience of educating more than 7500 students, I have come to the conclusion that in the beginning of the training process it is very difficult to predict, which individual will become a better practitioner. To discover one’s potential as healer, it takes will, desire and dedication, right philosophical approach and understanding. I share my professional experiences and philosophical approaches in my book “Simple Approach to Massage Therapy.” I hope that this book could help you to find the right direction in unleashing your true potential.
How valid is Medical Massage?
Medical massage was initially researched and proposed in 1936 by the Russian physician Anatoli Sherbak, M.D., Ph.D. About 20 years later, two German physicians, Dr. Glezer and Dr. Dalicho, developed maps of reflex zones abnormalities in the skin, fascia, muscles, and periosteum. Their work was based on the database of Dr. Sherbak. The first edition of the textbook by Drs. Glezer and Dalicho was published in 1955. Reflex zones maps of Drs. Glezer and Dalicho help tremendously to detect and find the above-mentioned disorders of the support and movement system and of inner organs. Most importantly, you can be sure that you are utilizing safe and effective techniques, as all of these protocols were developed through research. Through their massive utilization in most European countries and all over the world since 1955, all of these procedures have been clinically proven to be safe and effective. Boris deeply believes that studying scientifically-developed protocols is much easier than studying other methods. The reason is that the scientifically-developed protocols offer a step-by-step method design.
America is notorious for adopting solid inventions, methodologies and ideas as it was with the idea of sandwich that originally came from the name of the 18 century English Earl and then was refurbished, reinvented as famous “Hamburger” and given back to the World. In spite its Russian origin, Medical Massage that was introduced to the United States about 20 years ago, is quickly becoming Americanized and widely used.
What is Medical Massage methodology?
Medical Massage protocol always starts from the level of innervation. If the innervation region has tightness in local muscles or fascia, then the nerve innervating the target muscle, could be depressed, producing additional pain. No amount of stimulation of the target region would alleviate this impediment. Hyper toned tissues can potentially cause problems. On the way to target tissue, a therapist must, verify which tissues has hyper tone. It is very possible that the problem or pain is caused not only by one target muscle, but by a group of muscles in a particular region. Therefore in order to positively affect the target muscle a therapist must eliminate (clean up) all the existing or potential problems in the region adjacent or covering the target muscle. Each successive layer needs to be cleaned up: fascia tightness, muscle tightness, spikes , etc.
As a therapist moves along to the target muscle, it is also imperative to find all the trigger points including, those that manifest themselves and sleeping trigger points, and eliminate them. Trigger points signify insufficiency of blood supply in certain points of regions. Until this supply is reinstated, the target region continues experiencing problems. Trigger point therapy, their investigation and elimination could be slow and tedious. But this is a very necessary work, requiring much patience from a therapist.
Usually, there are no absolutely clear syndromes. The same symptoms could be caused by several similar groups of muscles. It’s a matter of some of them being in more acute state. If a client complains on the pain that could be localized to a certain muscle, it is possible that the muscle itself is producing the pain, but it could be that this muscle hurts because other muscles make their adverse affect on it. That’s why when a therapist eliminates adverse effects of other muscles, the remaining effects would be pertaining to only the target muscle.
To refocus, the essence of this approach is an attempt to eliminate all possible other detrimental influences that could produce negative side effects on the target region.
The target muscle has to be accessed from all sides, wherever massage therapist can get the best access. If any part of a muscle would be left with high resting tone, then the entire muscle would re-accumulate tension once more. A client should be positioned so that the target muscle is exposed. Therefore a part of a protocol could be turning a client on the back, stomach or a side. This might not happen in a protocol right away, because all possible side effects, on the way from the innervation region to the target region, must be “cleaned out” first.
Therefore in order to cover all the possible problems Medical Massage there employed a standard protocol. This standard protocol covers all possible areas of the problem and it has to be done every time a massage therapists works with this specific disorder. Because if the entire protocol would not be applied to the target muscle, it could very quickly re-accumulate tension. And if it would be re-accumulating tension then massage therapist would be stuck.
The protocol should be applied every time during repeated treatments, because it is possible that some of the muscle tension, or trigger points, or fascia tension could be missed the first time around.
Do the DVD’s contain the Glezer & Dalicho maps?
The “bonus materials” section of every DVD contains maps of Glezer & Dalicho’s reflex zones abnormalities (for cervical disorders, elbow and knee disorders, cardiac disorders, and more!) We highly recommend using these maps as a guide. These maps can direct you to the potential localization of trigger points, fascia and muscle tension, and more.