Clinical massage & bodywork therapy treats the physical conditions that are caused by physiologically and anatomically malfunctioning systems. Treatment goal is usually focused to the corrective function of the body. It requires more advanced manual techniques.
Any soft tissue or connective tissue issue: such as contracted, restricted; injured, torn, sprained or strained muscles, tendons, or ligaments; pain conditions; postural imbalance; neurological condition and myoskeletal misalignment; in any part of your body!
Clinical massage requires more strict clinical protocols: such as spending more time to investigate the history of the condition, pre-treatment assessment; and post-treatment assessment. It also may require a clear treatment plan and a series of treatment sessions. Written documentation is also required. Therefore, it may meet your health insurance requirements for reimbursed expenses. While therapeutic sessions may require none of above.
Anybody with a serious physical condition, that has restricted or limited normal body functions and requires more than general therapeutic care, should see a clinical therapist for a more advanced treatment, especially if you require an insurance reimbursement.