Therapeutic Massage FAQ’s

What is orthopedic massage?


Orthopedic massage is like Therapeutic Massage. In fact it is a branch of medically-oriented Therapeutic Massage. It is an advanced discipline, or modality, that focuses on corrective changing soft tissues, helping them recover from overuse, disease, and misuse. The intent is to improve conditions or pathologies that have been diagnosed by a physician. To perform orthopedic massage usually requires 100 hours of advanced training.
At Baltimore Orthopedic Massage, we are proud to offer a number of complementary modalities to improve your orthopedic massage experience. Ask your massage therapist whether neuromuscular therapy, myofascial release, or lymphatic drainage might be appropriate for you.

What can I expect from an orthopedic massage?


Orthopedic massage is equal parts medicine and massage. We start with your doctor’s diagnosis of your condition to isolate key factors in your condition. Your first appointment will include a thorough medical history, examination, and consultation. Our therapists will ensure that they have all of the facts before designing and beginning a course of treatment.
No two cases are alike. Even if two people appear to have the same injury, differences in their individual constitutions and health histories may change how the injury is presented and how it can best be helped. Our therapists will design a unique program to suit your needs. We will fully explain this treatment plan to you so you understand what combination of orthopedic, myofascial, neuromuscular, and other modalities will help you best. Once you understand your treatment plan, we can start the massage. Orthopedic massage generally takes sixty minutes to two hours, depending on your individual condition and goals.

How can Therapeutic massage help me?


Meg Lindsay, Licensed Massage Therapist Bel Air md, Therapeutic Massage specialist

Meg Lindsay, Licensed Massage Therapist Bel Air md, Baltimore Orthopedic Massage

Our therapists have over 1000 hours of advanced training. We can treat common problems like back pain and headaches as well as serious medical issues. Our goal is to work in close conjunction with your doctor to manage your condition and allow you relief from pain. Here are just a few of the more common ailments that orthopedic massage can help:

  • Sports Massage Fallston, MD General pain and stiffness
  • Limited range of motion
  • Poor knee tracking
  • Poor posture
  • Rotator cuff issues
  • Sciatica
  • Tension headaches
  • TMJ (Temporomandibular joint dysfunction)

Orthopedic massage can also be used to address serious and chronic conditions

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Pre-developed or small heel spurs
  • Shin splints
  • Sprains and strains
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Whiplash


Is 60 min or 90 min better?


Short answer is it depends on what your goals are. The conscious is that a one-hour massage is good enough enough for relaxation and most therapies. A two-hour session provides maximum relaxation works the full body with various massage techniques. An hour and a half session is good for relaxing or if your massage therapist needs extra time to deal with stubborn tightness.

You can get a Swedish, Deep Tissue massage, Sports massage, or Orthopedic Massage in any of those lengths, but for Sports massage or specialized Therapies, best go for 90 min or 2 hours.

How often should I get a therapeutic massage?


Again, it depends on what are your goals. If your suffering come in once a week until you can function. If you’re not in constant pain but it still hurts, go for every 2 weeks. At some point we will get the pain reduced to an occasional flare so then you would come in once a month. What you do between massages also plays a role. At the end of every session your Massage Therapist will tell you what is happening in your body. You might need stretching or to breath different. The more you do at home the less we need to do in the office.

What is Oncology Massage


Oncology Massage Therapy is caring for Clients with Cancer. Oncology massage is an approach to massage therapy based on an understanding of cancer and what it’s treatment does to the body. Massage therapists specialize in oncology massage therapy treatments because they understand the experience of cancer. Often they will have undergone cancer treatment themselves.

Scientific studies on this type of therapeutic massage indicates patients see an improved quality of life.  Benefits include improved relaxation, sleep, and immune function as well as relieving anxiety, pain, fatigue and nausea. Oncology massage therapists are trained to meet people where they are in their experience with cancer and apply a highly individualized massage treatment to comfort, nurture and support them in their process. 

Do I need to leave a tip?


We would appreciate it if you showed how much you liked therapeutic massage but its not required. We are not a spa and our main goal is getting you back to who you are.

What therapeutic massage is best for me?


The one that works for your goals. We’ll help you decide, because that’s our job. We’re the experts who can talk to you and pick out one or two massage therapies that will help the most from thousands available.

Do I need to take off my cloths?


No. Its very easy to massage over cloths for most types of massage therapy.