812 S. Garfield Ave. Suite 2
Traverse City, MI 49686
(231) 932-7187
"Specializing in clinical, manual manipulation of the soft
and connective tissue"
Medical Massage Therapy

What is Medical Massage Therapy?

   Medical massage therapy or MMT is a system of massage that employs various manual
manipulations to specific areas of patient pain and discomfort. This system follows a
medical massage protocol that includes assessing joint mobility and range of motion, taking
soft tissue findings, and applying a soft hand technique to the treatment areas. MMT also
employs the use various treatment modalities which include several different forms of heat,
cold, and water therapy, as well as electrotherapy, light therapy, and medicated oils.  
Medical massage therapy is focused on providing excellent patient education to encourage
each patient to become involved in their own treatment & healing process.   
Who are the Medical Massage Therapists?

   Medical massage therapists or MMT’s are well trained professionals who are adept at
providing patient-specific treatments to improve the overall condition of each client. MMT’s
are trained in human musculoskeletal anatomy & physiology, and use this training to
address chronic and acute patient conditions, provide short and long term treatment goals,
as well as provide patient-specific strengthening and stretching exercises.

What are the Goals and Benefits of Medical Massage Therapy?

Medical massage therapy is aimed at attaining patient-centered goals which include:

  • Decreasing patient pain/discomfort
  • Decreasing soft tissue inflammation
  • Normalizing soft/connective tissue
  • Increasing range of motion  

MMT also provides the following benefits:

  • Reduces muscle spasms
  • Reduces stress
  • Speeds up muscle recovery
  • Encourages the body’s natural healing response
  • Stimulates the immune system
All of our Certified Massage Therapists are graduates of Blue Heron Academy of Healing
Arts & Sciences. They have studied Medical Massage Therapy with the instruction of
human biology principles, anatomical science and the use of hands for soft tissue relaxation,
recovery and rehabilitation. All are members of the American Manual Medicine Association,
and are clinically trained as allied health professionals to work with patients of all ages -
infants to elderly.

Benefits of Massage:

  • Restores normal use and function to specific problem areas
  • Reduces inflammation, spasms and stress
  • Relieves pain, mental and physical fatigue
  • Improves joint mobility
  • Stimulates the immune system
  • Speeds muscle recovery time