Medical Massage- Fairly new branch
of massage focusing on treatments of injuries, pathologies and rehabilitation.
There has been some talk of having medical certification in order to work
with physicians, bill insurance and working with the health care systems
of today. It is important to participate in the process of developing
this field so all modalities are included. Will this affect practitioners
right to bill insurance companies? What about modalities such as
structural integration, reiki, or polarity that heal injuries in other
less direct ways?
Myofascial Release- There are many
methods of myofascial release. It is used to evaluate an treat restrictions
in the body's connective tissue (muscles and fascia). Fascia is a
complex supportive web throughout the body that affects all components
of the muscloskeletal, nervous and visceral systems. Myofascial release
can be used to treat chronic pain, injuries, general aches and pains.
Myotherapy- Bonnie Pruden's
trigger point release therapy that is followed by re-education of affected
muscles to its normal resting state. Extensive 1300 hour training
program with 45 hours of training every 2 years to maintain certification.
Naprapathy- A system of bodywork
founded in 1905 by chiropractic professor Oakley G. Smith, author of Modernized
Chiropractic (1906). It includes nutritional, postural, and exercise counseling.
Naprapathic theory holds: (a) that soft connective tissue in a state of
contraction can cause "neurovascular interference," (b) that this "interference"
may cause "circulatory congestion" and "nerve irritation," and (c) that
reducing this "interference" (primarily by hand) paves the way for optimal
homeostasis. Treatment focuses on the contracted connective tissues
mainly near the spine. Uses repetitive, rhythmic, thrusts to gently
stretch the contracted tissues.
Neuromuscular therapy (sometimes referred
to as trigger point therapy)- Uses advanced concepts in triggerpoint
therapy to return the body to normal neuromuscular balance. Has both
European and American origins. In Europe, Stanley Leif started the work
in the 1930's and passed it on to his cousin Boris Chaitow, his son Peter
Lief and Leon Chaitow. The American version comes from Raymond Nimmo,
DC, Janet Travel and later Paul St. John and Judith Walker Delaney.