What is Massage Therapy?

According to the Massage Therapy Act (1991), "the practice of Massage Therapy is the assessment of the soft tissue and joints of the body and the treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction and pain of the soft tissue and joints by manipulation to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function or relieve pain."

In short, massage therapy aims to treat dysfunctions and symptoms related to soft tissues (fascia, muscles, ligaments, viscera) and joints through manual manipulation techniques. This type of bodywork is typically done through applying pressure and movement to the soft tissues with the arms and hands, or massage therapy tools, to encourage circulation and relieve tension that cause pain. The role of a massage therapist is to identify your source of pain through the information given in your health history and conducting orthopaedic assessments. Once a clinical impression is formed, the massage therapist will choose and apply specific massage techniques to the indicated soft tissues to alleviate the source of the dysfunction and symptoms it may cause.

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What are the Effects of Massage Therapy?

Massage Therapy is not just about relaxation, although being able to relax during a massage treatment is important. The effects of Massage Therapy are both psychological and physiological in nature and can have both mechanical and reflexive effects. Massage therapy performed on a healthy person can increase muscle flexibility and relaxation, and decreases stress levels. However, Massage Therapy has the biggest effect in areas that have experienced trauma, such as an injury leading to swelling, stiffness, pain, and lack of circulation.

 

Effects of Massage (just to name a few):

  • Pain management

  • Improve postural imbalance

  • Increase local circulation

  • Decrease blood pressure 

  • Decrease swelling and inflammation

  • Increase flexibility

  • Improve respiratory functions

  • Increase activity of immune system

  • Decrease stress

Who can Benefit from Massage Therapy?

Massage Therapy may be beneficial if you experience the following conditions:

 

  • Stress

  • Pregnancy

  • Spasm

  • Knots/trigger points

  • Scar Tissue

  • Swelling/edema

  • Musculoskeletal Injuries

  • Overuse Injuries

 

 

 

  • Postural Dysfunctions

  • Headaches/Migraines

  • Central Nervous System Conditions

  • Peripheral Nerve Lesions

  • Respiratory Conditions

  • Circulatory Dysfunctions

  • Gastrointestinal Concerns

  • Other Systemic Concerns 
    (ex, Fibromyalgia)

And much much more...If you have questions about a specific concern, feel free to contact me.

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