Therapeutic massage treats chronic health conditions such as headaches or back pain. It can even be used in palliative care for relief from cancer treatment symptoms.
Therapeutic massage sessions are setup quite differently from a spa massage. A first time client may spend extra time at his or her session to complete a very thorough intake form detailing current and past health complaints. This type of session may retain a large relaxation element to it but advanced techniques such as deep tissue massage and trigger point therapy are used for pain and chronic health issues.