Medical massage is any massage deemed medically necessary and is prescribed by a physician for a specific reason. Medical massage is not a specific modality or technique. Common massage and manual therapy techniques most often employed in a medical massage include myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy, therapeutic stretching, and manual lymphatic drainage.
Diagnosing is not within the scope of practice for massage therapists. We rely on the prescribing physician for diagnosis.
A prescribed massage is usually a series of sessions. As with any prescription, one for medical massage includes a suggested treatment plan and suggested time frame based on the physician's diagnosis codes.