What is the Difference Between a Medical Massage and a Spa Massage?

There are many types of massages available, but what is the difference between a medical massage and a spa massage?

Simply put, a medical massage is a massage that is ordered by your doctor to help with a specific problem, while a spa massage is a massage that you get for relaxation purposes.

Medical Massages

A medical massage is a treatment that your doctor has suggested for you to get from a massage therapist to help with chronic pain and other ailments for which you have been referred by your physician.

Fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome, rotator cuff illness, tennis elbow, muscular strain, sports injury, Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disease, and headaches are just a few of the problems that respond favorably to medical massage therapy.

Massage has been shown to aid in the treatment of a number of ailments, including back pain, surgical recovery, sleeping and eating disorders, and even high blood pressure and diabetes.

A medical massage is frequently outcome-oriented. As a result, the aim of the massage isn’t just to assist with your doctor’s diagnosis but also to assist you to return to your daily activities as quickly as possible.

Spa Massages

On the other hand, the primary goal of a spa massage is a massage that you get for relaxation purposes. It is not necessary to have a referral from your doctor to get a spa massage. The therapist will use different techniques, such as long gliding strokes, kneading, and circular motions, which are all intended to help you relax. The pressure will be much lighter than it would be during a medical massage. Swedish massage is the most common type of spa massage.


So as you can see, while both medical massages and spa massages are intended to help you feel better, they work in different ways.

If you have a serious medical condition that requires treatment, ask your doctor if a medical massage is right for you.

Otherwise, if you’re just looking to relax, you have many other types of massages to choose from. Regardless of what type of massage you’re looking for, Sandra Diaz can help. Book an appointment today!