ATHLETIC EDGE
Sports Medicine
Sports Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation
 540 BRYANT ST, PALO ALTO, CA 94301
(650) 815-6552

Voted Best Sports Therapy Clinic in the San Francisco Bay Area 2010-2016!

Orthopedic Medical/Clinical Massage Therapy

ORTHOPEDIC MEDICAL MASSAGE CARE (Also Called Clinical/Sports Medical Massage) AND INJURY REHAB


Have you been in an accident? Do you suffer from a repetitive stress injury, poor posture or chronic pain? Do you have a sports injury? We understand that these pain patterns can be physically and mentally challenging. Allow us to support you with treatment-oriented therapeutic massage to help provide the relief you’ve been looking for.

Therapeutic Massage Can Help!

                  • Reduce soft-tissue restrictions
                  • Increase range of motion
                  • Reduce pain & recovery time
                  • Decrease scar tissue
                  • Reduce stress related to injury or medical condition
                  • Speed pre/post operative recovery



         Our Massage Therapists Will Support You!

Athletic Edge therapists evaluate and provide treatments for sports related injuries, chronic pain, and therapy directed towards preventing injuries and enhancing future performances. Treatments are typically designed for athletes and active individuals stretching their physical limits through movement, seeking to perform to the best of their abilities, that don’t have time to be slowed down by pain or injuries. The bodywork you receive is custom tailored to you and your specific needs. If your need is to address a specific injury or complaint, the bodywork is focused around that. If your need is for a more generalized full-body session to help remove lactic acid buildup, the session is focused in that direction. Our massage therapists will always assess your symptoms and design a session best suited to your current needs. We always educate you about the causes of the injury, assess your postural imbalances to avoid future injury and include stretches, exercises and awareness to prevent future injuries.

The goal of Orthopedic Massage is to induce a change in the structure and function of the neuromusculoskeletal soft tissue to promote healing of the whole person. Orthopedic Massage combines elements of myofascial release, neuromuscular reeducation, soft tissue mobilization and muscle energy techniques taken from the world of osteopathic medicine. One of the unique concepts at the heart of Orthopedic Massage is that muscles, tendons and ligaments have a normal position relative to the neighboring soft tissue and the joint they affect. If soft tissue has a normal, specific alignment and placement within the body, relative to the surrounding tissue, then injury, either as a result of accidents, sudden impacts or strains, chronic postural problems or repetitive stresses, can cause the soft tissues to fall out of correct placement and alignment. Orthopedic Massage aims to correct alignment through the use of specific directional soft tissue mobilization, active resisted contractions of the affected muscles (Muscle Energy Technique) and joint mobilization.

 

When receiving a treatment using Orthopedic Massage, the client receiving the treatment is not completely passive, as would be the case in more traditional deep tissue massage. Orthopedic therapy offers a unique combination of deep tissue massage, acupressure, structural integration, trigger point therapy, neuromuscular therapy, myofascial release, PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation), joint mobilizations, as well as assisted stretching, to treat and prevent injuries, and enhances performance and active lifestyles. Each treatment is a program specifically designed to meet your body’s individual needs. Often the therapist works with the client in performing specific isometric contractions of the affected muscles, a system known as Muscle Energy Technique. Since these assisted contractions are in a specific direction, habitual patterns of holding and involuntary spasms can more easily be released. Having the client become aware of the contractions allows strengthening of weak muscles that have been endorsed due to the overly tight muscles that oppose their motion. Combining release of overly tight (hypertonic) muscles and strengthening of weak muscles, the muscular tensions around a specific joint are normalized, thus reducing pain and increasing awareness, both conscious and unconscious.

 

When doing soft tissue mobilization and myofascial release, the therapist will work each muscle in the particular direction needed in order to correct the positional dysfunction that is creating pain. For example, when the big muscles along the spine in the back, the erectors, become very tight, they also shorten, moving closer to the spine itself. Using Orthopedic Massage techniques, the therapist would work to release this dysfunction by moving the muscle gently away from the spine, freeing up the joints to move in a wider range of motion, without pain. Often after a treatment, clients will report feeling "lighter" as the joints no longer having irregular compressive forces on them, allowing them to feel freer. 

 

Along with work on the table, it is often very helpful to have the therapist work with the client on stretches and exercises that can be done at home or at work in order to help the client strengthen and release the muscles around the tight and painful joints. In order to truly get all the benefit possible out of your treatment time, home exercises and stretches are a must. The client needs to be actively involved in their own recovery, reversing the affects of poor posture or repetitive stresses created in the work environment. The combination of PNF/MET and home stretching/strengthening is the core of the neuromuscular reeducation. If you have an injury or chronic pain in any joint or muscle, caused by an accident, or repetitive stresses, please call us to schedule an initial evaluation and a series of treatments to relieve yourself of these pains.

 

 

The ultimate goal is to alleviate any discomfort and quicken your return to your normal everyday activities. In order to achieve this goal, sessions are tailored to your specific need, injury or complaint. At the initial consultation, your therapist will listen to your requests; discuss them with you, and set short-term and long-term goals. Sessions begin with commitment and consistency. You must make an effort to participate in your training and/or rehabilitation. Self care suggestions and home exercises will be suggested to encourage a speedy recovery. We will re-evaluate after several sessions / the short-term goal date, to discuss any changes that may be necessary to accomplish the long-term goal and maintain a lifestyle free of pain.


Common Dysfunctions Treated With OrthoMed:

  • Back Injuries
  • Sciatica
  • Neck Injuries
  • Herniation/ Disc Dysfunction
  • Structural Imbalance
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Stress/Pain Dysfunction
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Myofascial Restriction
  • IT Band Syndrome
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Chronic Pain / Fatigue Syndrome
  • Migraines



Adding Orthopedic Medical Massage to your health care is a comprehensive approach to addressing your physical dysfunction needs.  OrthoMed Often works in conjunction with your medical doctor, chiropractor, and/or physical therapist.