What Is Medical Massage?

may be defined as the combination of movements/manoeuvres applied firstly onto the skin and indirectly onto the deeper tissues or the tissues located at a distance from the massaged spot (reflexogenic massage). Generally speaking, the massage may be: medical or prophylactic.

Types of massages offered by Laurus Medical clinics:

  • ● massage for chronic and degenerative conditions, spinal cord disorders (kyphosis, kyphoscoliosis, scoliosis), joint and muscle disorders;
  • ● post-traumatic disorder massages (fractures, sprains, strains);
  • ● anti-cellulite massage;
  • ● massage for rheumatic neuralgia;
  • ● massage for numerous neurologic, vascular, dysmetabolic disorders, geriatric and psychogenic conditions.

The services are available in the following Laurus Medical Network clinics:

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Medical massage is recommended to:

  • correct posture and body alignment;
  • increase articular mobility and strength;
  • increase flexibility;
  • reduce muscular contraction;
  • recover and enhance muscular force and strength;
  • re-educate coordination and balance;
  • increase the capacity of the body to withstand effort;
  • respiratory re-education;
  • sensitivity re-education, etc.

Approached conditions:

  • sprains;
  • strains;
  • contusions;
  • lumbago;
  • sciatic;
  • kyphosis;
  • scoliosis;
  • spondylitis;
  • rheumatoid polyarthritis;
  • arthritis
  • degenerative rheumatisms;
  • arthrosis (coxarthrosis, gonarthrosis);
  • strokes
  • spine trauma;
  • degenerative inflammatory nervous system diseases;
  • neurologic syndromes;
  • obesity;
  • neuro-muscular dystrophy.

Therapeutic massage may be further divided into

  1. Sedative massage general relaxation). The relaxation massage is indicated to anyone, except for those suffering from severe diseases (e.g. cancer).
  2. Decontracting massage (specific for certain conditions and/or anatomic areas: cervical, dorsal, lumbar, etc.).
  3. Tonifying massage (energetic manoeuvres meant to attenuate muscular atrophies).

Sedative (relaxation) massage may be performed in association with the music therapy and the chromotherapy and it is performed in slow, light movements, meant to calm and relax the muscles.

The benefits of the relaxation massage:

  • relaxes the muscles;
  • stimulates circulation;
  • alleviates stress and fatigue;
  • reduces muscular contraction;
  • maintains the elasticity of the skin;
  • maintains the mobility of the joints;
  • eliminates insomnia;
  • normalizes the activity of the brain;
  • boosts the immune system;
  • accelerates the natural body recovery processes.

It is a well-known fact that massage helps release endorphins and serotonin, thus having a powerful psychological impact.

Decontracting massage is a special massage using manoeuvres such as friction, vibration or pressure on specific areas and has as effects:

  • muscular relaxation;
  • improvement of the circulation and local metabolism;
  • local analgesia.

  • Coxarthrosis;
  • Coxarthrosis;
  • Gonarthrosis;
  • Muscular contractions;
  • Kyphosis;
  • Muscle strains;
  • Spinal disc herniation;
  • Joint pain;
  • Back pain, etc.
  • The frequency of the decontracting massages is individually set, depending on the specific pathology.
    Tonifying massage addresses patients with muscular atrophies of various etiologies (convalescence, strokes, lengthy post-trauma immobilization). This type of massage also is recommended to stimulate denervated or partially denervated muscles. Some of the energetic manoeuvres specific to this type of massage are kneading, tapping and pinching, all meant to improve local (blood and lymphatic) circulation, as well as to enhance the muscle tone.

    The tonifying massage offers multiple effects:

    • activation of the circulation in the capillaries and in the veins crossing the muscles, as well as the increase of the local temperature;
    • the activation of the circulation through the compressions of the deep blood and lymphatic vessels;
    • the enhancement of the muscle fibre tonus;
    • the enhancement of the metabolic processes in the muscles;
    • the maintenance and stimulation of the muscle fibre quality;
    • the prevention of muscle strains and contractions;
    • the removal of stasis and mineral deposits;
    • the regeneration of the muscle tissue;
    • the removal of dead and ageing cells.

    Counter indications:

    • Skin irritations;
    • Pregnancy;
    • Menstruation;
    • Muscle inflammation;
    • Contagious diseases.

    On the day following the tonifying massage session, you may experience muscle soreness, articular pain, chills, (occasional) insomnia, agitation due to the excess of blood flow toxins pursuant to the detox effect of this type of massage. The frequency of the tonifying massages is individually set, depending on the atrophy and damaging level.

    Other Types of Massages

    Lymphatic drainage is a category that has been recently added to the therapeutic arsenal of medical massage and it contributes to the drainage of the blood lymph from the peripheral network to the large vessels (thoracic duct and the large lymph vessel). This procedure detoxifies the body, stimulates the immune system, treats conditions such as cellulite and it is an adjuvant therapy in the treatment of chronic venous insufficiency.
    The lymphatic drainage performed through the pressure applied onto the lymphatic nodes, not onto the muscles, accelerates microcirculation and the elimination of negative residues, toxins, metabolic waste from the body.
    Anti-cellulite massage is indicated in the prevention and treatment of cellulite. The results are quickly noticeable, after the very first sessions. This massage focuses on the affected areas, such as: thighs, abdomen, buttocks, arms.

    The benefits of the anti-cellulite massage:

    • Stimulates and improves blood flow;
    • Eliminates cellulite;
    • Reduces the adipose tissue;
    • Helps increase skin elasticity.

    Facial massage is indicated to counter the effects of fatigue, stress and ageing. The effects of this massage are immediate and help the complexion regain its vitality and brightness.

    The benefits of the facial massage:

    • Helps slow the ageing process;
    • Tones facial muscles;
    • Improves the appearance of the skin;
    • Reduces wrinkles;
    • Stimulates circulation;
    • Relaxing effect.