Bumblebee Bodyworks

Orthopedic Massage for Chronic Pain or Injury
We specialize in helping people with pain, tingling, tension, or tightness reduce or eliminate these symptoms through orthopedic bodywork and yoga as therapy

What is Orthopedic Massage?

Most people in O'fallon, Belleville, Fairview Heights, and the surrounding Scott Air Force Base areas have no idea what orthopedic massage therapy is.


They hear the words “massage therapy” and think of wellness massages or day spas. Then they hear “orthopedic,” and think of sports massage, deep tissue massage, or some form of painful treatments.

The literal definition of orthopedic is to straighten or correct, and that is what orthopedic massage therapy does.  In reality, orthopedic massage therapy is a specialty that identifies and corrects musculoskeletal issues in people’s bodies.


Unlike traditional massage therapy, Orthopedic Massage describes a comprehensive system, rather than a single technique, that involves therapeutic assessment, manipulation and movement of soft tissues to resolve pain and dysfunction. 


Its focus is restoring function and structural balance throughout the body for both prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal dysfunctions. 

Orthopedic Massage is the manipulation of the soft tissue in the body as they pertain to orthopedic conditions with the disciplined intent to promote a healing environment. 


It is target-specific, purposeful bodywork that aims to eliminate the symptoms of pain and dysfunction by focusing on the source of it all.

A typical session of orthopedic massage involves an initial intake of your medical background, daily activities and areas of concern.  We ask a lot of questions to help discover the best treatment plan.  


Gait and postural analysis may be used, along with some muscle testing and movement screening.  The time spent on the treatment table is unlike what you would expect from your run-of-the-mill spa or wellness center.  This is not a “fluff-and-buff, spa massage”.


It is effective, medically supported manual therapy for hurting bodies.


Undivided attention is given to the chief areas of complaint for the maximum benefit of the client.  With the right approach, touch and sound reason for treatment, a client once hindered and disabled by sciatic pain (for example) can walk out of a therapists’ office, pain-free and unrestricted.


If you suffer from a longstanding pain with little-to-no improvement over time and under treatment, you may benefit greatly from the knowledgeable and skilled hands of a manual therapist.

Orthopedic Massage provides you with a means to heal more quickly from painful conditions, a recent surgery, or perhaps avoid surgery altogether.

If any of these statements sound familiar, or if you suffer from longstanding pain with little to no improvement over time and under treatment, you may benefit greatly from Orthopedic Bodywork.

  • My body is falling apart.  Everything hurts.

  • I was too hard on my body when I was younger and now it hurts all the time.

  • My knee hurts when I run.

  • Neck pain runs in my family

  • Back pain runs in my family.

  • I've had this headache for years.

  • I have a bad back.

  • I have bad knee's.

  • I have bad ankles.

  • I must have slept wrong.

  • I get headaches on my forehead, above my ears, or at the base of my skull all the time.

  • I'm getting old and my body is wearing out.

  • I need to lose weight for the pain to go away.

  • I need to have surgery for this to feel better.

  • I need shots for this to feel better.

  • I moved the wrong way and hurt my xyz.

  • It hasn't been the same since the surgery.

  • Physical therapy did not help very much.

Who benefits from Orthopedic Massage Therapy?

Clients who benefit from orthopedic massage suffer from various conditions including:

  • Sciatica

  • SI Joint Pain

  • Tension & Migraine Headaches

  • IT Band Syndrome

  • Thoracic-outlet syndrome

  • Rotator-cuff injuries

  • Bicipital tendinitis

  • Shoulder impingement

  • Frozen Shoulder

  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Knee Pain

  • Muscle Pulls and Tears

  • Foot Pain

  • Neck Pain

  • Tendonitis

  • Tennis Elbow

  • Bursitis

  • Nerve entrapments

  • Progressive joint arthritis

  • Lumbar or Thorasic back pain

  • Hip Pain

  • Patella Syndrome

  • Miniscus Tears

  • Bulging Disks

  • Spinal Degeneration

  • Tight Muscles

  • Ankle Sprains

  • Recovery From a Competition or Event

  • Post Exercise Soreness

  • Scar Tissue

What guests say about their Orthopedic -

Pain Therapy Sessions

A wonderful place,

Melissa is amazing and has helped me tremendously, after only one visit.


She is very attentive and kind and makes your care a priority.

Thank you Melissa for coming to O'Fallon!

— Sarah, O'Fallon Illinois

Orthopedic Massage Therapy utilizes three major processes:

• Functional musculoskeletal assessment
• Customized and integrated massage and bodywork 

(Examples:  deep tissue, trigger point, myofascial, thai bodywork

• Systematic strength or stretch training and yoga based exercises

Properly performed, Orthopedic Massage Therapy restores the body’s structural balance, significantly reduces acute soft tissue pain, and improves flexibility.

Orthopedic Bodywork

(Pain Therapy @ Bumblebee)

​The intention of Bumblebee's Pain Therapy Program is to improve or eliminate  pain patterns by tapping into the body's natural ability to restore balance and supporting the body in functioning with less resistance.

Ideal for​ carpal tunnel symptoms, sciatica symptoms, persistent back pain, neck, shoulder, hip, foot, or knee pain.


Guiding people towards feeling less pain and more flow is what Bumblebee is all about...


we do it one person. and one body at a time.

     Owner Spotlight:  


Melissa Lea Garcia, LMT, E-RYT500, CTP

  • Licensed Massage Therapist 

  • 500 Hour Registered Yoga Instructor

  • 300 Hour Thai Yoga Instructor

  • Orthopedic Bodyworker

  • Personal Trainer

  • Reiki Master Teacher

      Advanced training in:

  • Yoga Therapy

  • Thai Bodywork

  • Pain Patterns

  • Resistance Stretching

  • Trigger Point Therapy

  • Myofascial Unwinding

 Businesses and Schools I've contracted with...

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120 W. State Street, O'Fallon, IL  62269

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