Specific Therapy Skills

The following are some of the methods employed by medical massage therapists.

  • Postural Analysis---This tool allows the therapist to identify body stress areas.  Undue stress and pain is often caused by "guarding", unconsciously holding muscles in locked position.
  • Extensive patient history---having a clear medical history and information about environment, work, pastime interest, and other activities provides the therapist with a blueprint from which to begin.
  • Muscle resistance testing---To help identify muscle-tendon tears.
  • Advanced Form of Trigger Point Therapy---This intriguing technique is safe and effective in reducing or removing pain by releasing the tissues that are feeding the trigger point.
  • Myofascial Release Therapy---Sometimes fascia can become stuck through injury or holding patterns.  The traction methods of this therapy are very helpful in restoring normal range of motion.
  • Transverse Friction Technique and Multidirectional Friction Technique---This is a valuable tool to soften scar tissue, and break down adhesions.
  • Repetitive Use Injury Technique---This wonderful method can break pain barriers and restore normal function of injured muscles.
  • Pelvic Stabilization--This protocol is designed to balance the core muscles.
  • Eccentric Scar Tissue Alignment Technique--Aligns scar tissue in direction of movement.
  • Differentiating Between Muscle/Tendon Tears and Trigger Points.
  • Differentiating Between Tight Constricted Muscles vs Weak, Overstreched Muscles.

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Gary D. Jones, LMT/ Master Level Therapist
MMPA Certified,
Licensed in Arkansas at Master level and Texas at Instructor Level

© Gwen Childs Jones, Ph.D. 2014