Whitney Lowe, who coined the phrase orthopedic massage, is a recognized authority on pain and injury treatment with massage therapy. In 2015 he was presented the 2015 Performance Health / Massage Therapy Foundation Humanitarian Award by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), and was the recipient of the ONE Concept Educator of the Year Award for 2013.
Lowe began his research into the complexity of chronic pain conditions and injuries over two decades ago. For several years, Lowe worked and studied with Benny Vaughn, a highly-regarded founder of sports massage therapy in the profession. After working in several orthopedic treatment facilities, training in sports medicine, and developing massage therapy curriculum in advanced clinical massage, he wrote his first book and developed the Orthopedic Massage Program.
In 1994, he founded the Orthopedic Massage Education & Research Institute (OMERI). He began to teach massage continuing education, emphasizing those skills needed most for treating orthopedic soft-tissue disorders. His system of Orthopedic Massage is designed for massage therapists seeking to meet the needs of clients with chronic pain or sports, recreational, or occupational pain and injury conditions.
He is currently the education section editor for the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, a member of the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies, and has been a regular featured author in publications such as Massage & Bodywork, Massage Magazine, Massage Today and the Journal of Soft-Tissue Manipulation.
He is the author of the books, Orthopedic Assessment in Massage Therapy and Orthopedic Massage: Theory and Technique, which are used in training programs and schools nationally and internationally.