Whether you are looking to relieve stress or rehabilitating from an injury, massage therapy can benefit you in your recovery. Massage therapy is a hands-on manipulation of soft tissues such as your muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia and skin. Physiological effects can help both inhibit muscle spasm or stimulate and enhance muscle function.
Some benefits of massage therapy:
- Reduces or eliminates pain
- Improves joint mobility
- Improves circulation
- Improves immune system functioning
- Increases lymphatic drainage
- Reduces depression and anxiety
- Reduces tension within muscles
- Increases body awareness
The psychological benefits of massage should not be ignored either. Stress can play a huge role in our health and on how we feel overall in our day to day activities. By combating stress, your overall health can benefit. These effects are experienced by people of all ages. The injured, ill and stressed can benefit, but the real strength of massage therapy lies in prevention.
What happens on your first visit?
On your first visit, you will complete a confidential health history as part of your assessment. This is important, as your Massage Therapist needs to know if you have any medical conditions or are taking any medications. Your Massage Therapist will listen to your concerns; assess your individual needs as well as other factors that may be contributing to your injury (lifestyle, nutritional status, etc.). Your Registered Massage Therapist will then develop a treatment plan with you to ensure you receive appropriate treatment that will help you return, as much as possible, to your normal activities.
What Conditions can Massage Therapy treat?
This is a partial list of some of the conditions for which massage therapy, when provided by a Registered Massage Therapist, can prove beneficial:
- anxiety, stress and depression
- athletic injuries/ muscle spasms
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- chronic fatigue syndrome
- constipation/irritable bowel syndrome
- disc herniations
- dislocations, fractures and ligament sprains
- fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue syndrome
- frozen shoulder
- gastrointestinal disorders
- inflammatory conditions (arthritis, bursitis, edema)
- muscle pain, tension and strains
- palliative care
- parkinson’s disease
- pregnancy and labour support
- post-surgical rehabilitation and scar tissue work
- respiratory conditions (asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema)
- temporomandibular joint syndrome and /or dysfunctions (TMJ)
- tendonitis/repetitive strain injuries
- thoracic outlet syndrome
- whiplash/motor vehicle accident injuries