Orthopedic Massage Techniques

Below are descriptions of non-surgical approaches to pain management.  These techniques may be used at the discretion of the Bodywork Master with the client's permission.

Joint therapy

Bob Tricomi's approach to chronic pain management is built on his innovative joint therapy treatment. When pain is centralized in major joint areas, Bob works to balance the dysfunctional joint structures and release tissue stagnation. This offers significant relief from that pain.

Sliding cupping

A procedure borrowed from the acupuncture modality, in which suction cups are applied to stagnated tissues (lumpy or bumpy surface areas) and stimulate blood-flow to amalgamate the underlying tissue. This tissues becomes warm and smooth as adhesions dissipate.  Redness, bruising, or discoloration around the targeted area is normal and usually fades within a few days. 

Trigger point therapy

A treatment used when trigger points (sometimes called knots or adhesions) are found on the fascial tissue.  When these areas are compressed, tenderness is felt not only in that specific area, but also radiates to other parts of the body.

©Lindsey Forg

©Lindsey Forg

©Lindsey Forg

©Lindsey Forg

Gua Sha (also known as "the Graston Technique")

Another method borrowed from acupuncture, where a blunt object (such as a smooth stone, metal spoon, or similar object) is scraped on the surface of the tissue.  This is another technique to break up adhesions.

Myofascial release

©Lindsey Forg

©Lindsey Forg

Fascia is connective tissue, found just under the surface of the skin, which encompasses the whole body (holding the structure of the body together like a diving suit would.) Muscle ("myo") is intertwined with the fascial tissue, and together it makes up the myofascial structure.  A fascial line may connect from toe to hamstring, up to the hip,  to the lower back, up to the shoulder.  When one of these areas is imbalanced or adhered to other tissue, it can disrupt the entire alignment of the structure.

This technique involves a slow, deep movement targeting the origin of the imbalance within the facial line. The area is worked to release tension, potentially built into the system over a longer period of time, eventually releasing the entire structure. 


Reflexology is a form of bodywork that focuses on the feet. It is the application of pressure to areas of the feet that correspond to organs, glands and other systems of the body.