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Relieve Pain with Medical Massage

Great Lakes Clinical Massage, a member of the American Medical Massage Association, now offers medical massage, with three treatment rooms fully equipped to facilitate soothing healing. Owner Christine Watts, BS, CMT, MMT-P, M-MMT, HHP, states, “Medical massage therapy 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.” It may also employ different forms of heat, cold and water therapy, as well as electrotherapy, light therapy and medicated oils.

            The goals of medical massage therapy include decreasing patient pain/discomfort; decreasing soft tissue inflammation; normalizing soft/connective tissue; and increasing range of motion in order to reduce muscle spasms; reduce stress; speed muscle recovery; encourage the body’s natural healing response; and stimulate the immune system. All of their certified massage therapists are graduates of the Blue Heron Academy of Healing Arts & Sciences.


Location: 723A Duell Rd., Traverse City. For appointments and more information, call 231-409-7960 or visit