Medical massage is used as an umbrella term. Your therapist uses multiple modalities rather than just one specific modality during your session to address a specific problem or goal. Each part of the body may need a distinct type of massage to achieve the overall desired outcome. Your therapist will design a specific treatment plan targeted to a specific problem(s) the patient presents after doing a thorough intake and assessment prior to your session. Medical massage usually entails a recommended treatment plan following your initial visit that may include information for self-care at home.