What is orthopedic massage therapy? 

Orthopedic massage focuses on the tissues and muscles surrounding the joints of the body. While it aims to alleviate the source of bodily pain and tension, orthopedic massage also works to restore balance to these physical structures.

Orthopedic massage can also be used to treat surgery-induced tissue damage, such as after a knee repair surgery. Research shows that massage can be an effective method to speed recovery and limit pain following surgery.

Other conditions that can be improved by orthopedic massage include carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, golfer elbow, tendinitis, and plantar fasciitis.

While the main goal of orthopedic massage is to rehabilitate the affected tissues, the technique can also prevent future injuries.

Orthopedic Massage Benefits

It enhances circulation and promotes healing of tissues by bringing in fresh blood and lymph, it reduces muscle tightness and pain, it can release tight fascia and free mobility of fascial tissues, it relaxes the body as a whole, and has a positive effect on the immune system.


This pain could be post-surgical pain, pain from an acute injury, or pain from overuse strain due to a repetitive motion from an activity like tennis, working, lifting, running etc. Whatever the cause of the muscle damage, the intent of the orthopedic massage is to lengthen and soften the muscles and ligaments, permitting better range of motion of the affected joints.

Muscle aches and pains are common and can involve more than one muscle. Muscle pain also can involve ligaments, tendons, and fascia. Fascias are the soft tissues that connect muscles, bones, and organs.

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"Brought me back onto the tennis court!"

"Gabriella's orthopedic massage on soft-tissue injuries can make the pain go away. Over the last 8 years, she has helped me many times, especially with my chronic knee injuries. Her healing hands has time and time again brought me back onto the tennis court … and kept me away from surgery!"

– Rick L.