Edge Structural Bodywork & Medical Massage Therapy

Edge Structural Bodywork & Medical Massage Therapy

Edge structural bodywork is the concept of taking a structural and functional approach to therapeutic massage. This technique should identify and release tension at the source, diffusing the pain in that region. Edge structural bodywork refers to the technique a massage therapist uses when they apply just enough pressure that is at the edge of discomfort but still enough to release tension. 


Medical massage therapy, on the other hand, refers to a massage that is used to treat a condition or injury that has been diagnosed by a physician. Both forms of massage are built on the functional understanding of the body and how certain disorders can affect how the body functions. 

How do Edge Structural Bodywork and Medical Massage Therapy Work Together?

Muscle tension can be the result of many different injuries and conditions. Tension is typically due to stress, whether it is from overuse of a muscle or connective tissue. When a muscle is overused, it can become unable to relax, resulting in tension that can develop during the recovery period after a surgical procedure. 

A physician may recommend edge structural bodywork and/or a medical massage to relieve patients of this tension. A healthcare professional will likely take the following steps leading up to the massage:

  • Review of health and current history
  • Discussion of symptoms and pain levels
  • Hands-on evaluation to identify painful areas

Who Needs Edge Structural Bodywork and Medical Massage?

Muscle tension is a common symptom of a broad range of injuries and conditions. Tension is a natural response to stress, whether it is caused by overuse of a muscle or tendon, neuropathic pain, or other factors. In cases of chronic pain or repeated overuse, muscles can become unable to relax, resulting in tension that increases pain and impairs mobility. Muscle tension can also develop during the recovery period after a surgical procedure, which can make resuming normal activities more difficult.

If you’re living with pain or an injury that affects your daily life, your doctor may recommend edge structural bodywork and/or medical massage therapy as part of a comprehensive treatment program.

How Much Do These Therapies Cost?

The cost of structural bodywork and medical massage depends on several factors including the number of sessions and insurance coverage. Therapeutic massage may be covered by insurance if your doctor deems the treatment medically necessary. Our patient care coordinators at BEST are happy to work with you to determine how much treatment will cost and your payment options. 

Call BEST Health System to Learn More

To learn more about our conservative treatment programs for acute and chronic pain, reach out to BEST today to speak to a dedicated care coordinator and schedule a consultation. 

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