Medical massage is a term that encompasses several therapeutic methods: therapeutic massage, lymphatic drainage and compression therapy, reflexology, massage for connective tissue and electrotherapy.
It is thanks to the diversity of these methods that the therapist can interpret the human body in different ways. The therapist aims to be as holistic as possible, keeping in mind the definition of health outlined by The World Health Organisation (WHO):
“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”.
The treatment is performed therapeutically, i.e. with short, medium and long terms objectives, set in agreement with the patient. It requires compliance on the part of the patient in order for them to realise that they are the main influence on their health.
Massage complements other disciplines, e.g. osteopathy, Chinese medicine, homeopathy, physiotherapy, psychotherapy and is often necessary to achieve the goals set with the patient.
A medical massage therapist undertakes several years of training after which they are awarded a national qualification. The title ‘medical massage therapist’ is certified and protected.