Clinical Rehabilitative Massage

In 2018, I received the Specialty Certificate in Clinical Rehabilitative Massage from the National Certification Board in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. This Specialty Certificate recognizes advanced training in Orthopedic Massage achieved through a comprehensive online education curriculum, hands-on training and completion of an examination. With this Certificate, I have improved training and skills to help you with your pain and injury conditions.

Clinical Rehabilitative Massage (also called Orthopedic Massage) is the use of assessment, treatment and rehabilitation protocols in order to more effectively apply massage techniques to a wide range of pain and injury conditions.  This approach results in effective, long-term solutions to your pain or injury condition.

You will benefit from working with a therapist certified in clinical rehabilitative massage because your therapist can more accurately identify your problem, apply the correct massage techniques and help get you back to normal in the least amount of time.  You will not always need clinical rehabilitative massage; but when you do, it can quickly put you on the road to recovery.

Clinical Rehabilitative Massage involves four steps:

  • Orthopedic Assessment
  • Matching the Physiology of the Injury with the Physiological Effects of Treatment
  • Treatment Adaptability
  • Understanding the Rehabilitation Protocol

Orthopedic Assessment

Assessment determines what tissues are involved, how they were injured and why they are in pain.  More than a simple intake inquiry, orthopedic assessment utilizes tests and techniques to identify the source and nature of your injury or pain to effectively direct treatment.

Matching the Physiology of the Injury with the Physiological Effects of Treatment

Effective treatment relies on application of massage techniques that fit the therapeutic needs of your pain or injury.  Massage techniques are not benign, massage at times can be contraindicated, and poorly thought out or improper treatment plans can be ineffective or even make your condition or pain worse.  By ensuring a sound physiological rationale for the massage treatment techniques applied, clinical rehabilitative massage will safely and appropriately assist in your healing, providing the highest quality massage treatment for addressing injury and pain conditions.

Treatment Adaptability

Rather than apply a set “recipe” of massage techniques to your specific injury or pain condition, clinical rehabilitative massage involves adapting treatment to your particular circumstances.  In this way, treatment is tailored to your individual needs and evolves to best suit you at each session.

Rehabilitation Protocol

It is very helpful for both you and your therapist to understand the healing process for your particular pain or injury.  Massage is just one element of successful healing.  The complete rehabilitation process often involves other elements, such as physical therapy, stretching and strength training.  Your therapist knows when and how all these elements work together and how you can play an active role in your healing, if you desire.


Clinical Rehabilitative Massage requires skillful, creative and critical thinking, a thorough understanding of the principles of kinesiology and a solid grounding in anatomy and physiology.  A wide range of therapeutic methods are employed so that those techniques most effective for your particular pain or injury can be applied.  These techniques include, but are not limited to: active engagement, PNF stretching, myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, neuromuscular therapy, nerve mobilization techniques, positional release, muscle energy technique, and trigger point therapy.  With clinical rehabilitative massage, you can be assured that your pain or injury condition will be treated with the best that massage has to offer you for your healing and recovery.

Learn more about Clinical Rehabilitative Massage at the Academy of Clinical Massage website: