Medical Massage ~ Tuina


Ken Harbour is uniquely qualified to treat the physical problems you are experiencing.  He has not only trained hundreds of massage therapists, but has extensive experience in a variety of treatments tailored for chronic conditions.Medical Massage is result oriented and the treatment is specifically directed to resolve conditions that have been diagnosed and prescribed by aPhysician. The therapist may use a variety of modalities or procedures during the treatment, but will focus the Medical Massage treatment only on the areas of the body related to the diagnosis and prescription. 

Medical massage is outcome-based bodyworks, primarily the application of a specific treatment targeted to the specific problem(s) the patient presents with a diagnosis and are administered after a thorough assessment/evaluation by a qualified practitioner.  Few massage therapist have had the training required to understand a diagnosis and prescription by a Physician.  Yet from Classical Chinese Medicine, you actually have to touch the body and spend time working with all levels of tissue for a  specific outcomes in the treatment.  This is the difference between what you might experience at a Physical Therapist office and ours.  Physical Therapy excels at rehabilitation, but not medical body manipulation.  Physical Therapy excels at working and billing at 15min increments, medical massage, as practices at BlueCrane focuses on your body, not the clock.

Physical bodywork has been a part of Chinese Medicine for centuries.  In ancient China, medical therapy was often classified as either “external” or “internal” treatment.  It was called Tuina  and was consideredto be one of the external methods, thought to be especially suitable for use on the elderly population and on infants. Today, Tuina is subdivided into specialized treatment for infants, adults, orthopedics, traumatology, cosmetology, rehabilitation, sports medicine, etc, and is utilized in hospitals all over Asia.

In the United States, medical massage has been considered to be ‘medical massage, since the mid-1800s. In 1886, William Murrell, an English Physician wrote a book Massage as a Mode of Treatment. In 1902, Douglas Graham, MD of Boston Massachusetts wrote Manual Therapeutics, A Treatise on Massagewhich focuses on the treatment of specific diseases and disorders by the method of massage. In During the nineteenth century, massage in Europe was described in the medical literature and was taught at institutions and also offered by lay practitioners. In Russia, M.Y. Mudrov, MD used massage and movement exercises in his medical practice with adults and later applied it to the development of children. Professor Silas Weir Mitchell, (1829-1914) was a neurologist in Philadelphia, PA in the US was thought to be the first to bring massage to the attention of the US Medical Community