What is Medical Massage?

What is a medical massage?

It’s becoming increasingly more common for the medical profession to incorporate massage therapy into a patient’s treatment plan, and is often prescribed by a doctor. This prescribed massage, referred to as a medical massage, is often prescribed by a physician and performed by a specialized therapist after an accident or chronic pain injury.

Who performs a medical massage?

A massage therapist must be a certified medical massage therapist in order to receive referrals from doctors or work in a hospital. To become certified, therapists must undergo between 300 – 500 hours of training.

Most massage school courses include an obligatory internship or externship in medical massage therapy. This gives them practical experience before a therapist sits for the national massage examination.

Training for a medical massage certification includes these modalities:

Neuromuscular therapy

Myofascial release

Lymphatic drainage massage

Muscle testing

Trigger point therapy

Rehabilitative stretching procedures

What types of injuries can be helped by a medical massage?

Through massage, people have found relief for:


Carpal tunnel

Back and neck pain

Sports injuries

Work-related injuries

To see if a medical massage will work for your condition, we recommend seeking the advice of a medical professional.

Do you need a referral for a medical massage?

No. However, insurance companies may cover massage therapy sessions if prescribed by a physician as part of a treatment plan.

Article byDemi Powell