Sports and Orthopedic PT Massage Therapy :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Massage Therapy for Sports and Orthopedic Care

Massage therapy focuses on the body’s soft tissues, using varied types of touch on the body for healing and relaxation, pain and stress reduction and anxiety relief. Massage therapy can focus on one specific area of the body, such as a single muscle, or can be used more globally for the body, such as to stimulate or calm the nervous system.

Benefits of massage therapy include:

  • the release of tight muscles
  • improvements in muscle strength and flexibility
  • a reduction in stress
  • improvements in overall blood flow circulation
  • a strengthened immune system
  • increased relaxation and comfort

To schedule an appointment, call (614) 685-1816.

Types of Massage Therapy

Types of massage therapy include:

  • Swedish Massage: This form uses touch, including gentle stroking, friction, kneading, compression, and passive joint movements, within the normal range of motion.
  • Manual Lymphatic Drainage: This therapy gently moves congested fluids in the body to relieve pain, tension and fatigue, and to reduce edema and swelling.
  • Myofascial Release: Fascia covers and connects every muscle, nerve and organ. When this structure becomes “stuck,” movement can become limited and, over time, painful. Myofascial release involves applying gentle sustained pressure to restrictions to help eliminate pain and restore motion.
  • Sports Massage: This invigorating type of massage therapy prepares the body and muscles for athletic competition or physical activity if performed pre-event. Post-event, calming and rehabilitative massage therapy assists with the aches and pains of activity.
  • Post-Operative Massage: Post-Operative helps improve circulation, reduce scar tissue accumulation and decrease swelling in surgically repaired areas.
  • Trigger Point: A trigger point is a localized “knot” or spasm that is tender when compressed. It not only affects the muscle where the trigger point is located, but also causes “referred pain.” Trigger points are located in a taut band of muscles fibers. The therapist will locate and deactivate them using finger pressure.

Who Benefits from Massage Therapy

  • Kids/teens through 18 years of age
  • Athletes or casual recreational athletes
  • Pre-operative and Post-operative patients
  • Those with repetitive motion injuries (performing artists, musicians)
  • Chronic pain sufferers
  • Those with academic and/or social anxiety
  • Otherwise healthy kids and adolescents who want to maintain their healthy lifestyle

What to Expect During a Massage Therapy Session

  • The massage therapist will talk to you to determine the focus of treatment for the day and will help you become comfortable on the massage table.
  • The massage therapist will explain the massage techniques being used and why.
  • The massage treatment session should not be painful, but it may be uncomfortable at times.
  • We ask that you tell the therapist at any time if you experience pain, discomfort or pressure that is too heavy or too much to tolerate comfortably.
  • Massage therapy sessions are available in 30-and 60-minute treatments.
  • All you have to do is get as comfortable as you can and relax.

Schedule a Massage Therapy Appointment

Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000