What is Massage Therapy?
Massage Therapy is a treatment process developed to use gentle stretching, mobilization and soft tissue massage techniques to treat a variety of conditions. It is a clinically-oriented healthcare option that helps alleviate the discomfort associated with everyday and occupational stresses, muscular over-use and many chronic pain conditions. Massage therapists are trained in the principles of anatomy, physiology, pathology, kinesiology, massage theory and the practical uses of massage. They are also versed in stretching techniques, remedial exercise and gentle mobilization. Throughout Canada, massage therapists work in collaboration with physicians, dentists, chiropractors, physiotherapists and other healthcare professionals.
The Benefits of Massage Therapy
There are tremendous benefits to be achieved through regular massage therapy treatments from a Registered Massage Therapist. Massage therapy can be an important part of your health maintenance plan by:
- Reducing or eliminating pain
- Improving joint mobility
- Improving lymphatic drainage
- Reducing muscular tension
Massage therapy can be used for the treatment of both acute and chronic conditions. RMTs can work with a wide variety of patients of all ages in the treatment of illness, injury rehabilitation and disability. There has been a wide variety of research published in peer reviewed journals proving the benefits of massage therapy for various conditions.
The following is a list of conditions for which massage therapy can prove beneficial;
- Anxiety & Depression
- Acute and chronic pain management
- Stress and stress related conditions
- Post injury and surgical rehabilitation
- Muscle tension and spasm
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Tension Headaches/Migraines
- Strains and sprains
- Sports injuries
- Jaw pain (TMJ)
Massage Therapy can also be used as part of a preventative care program. This includes sports training, injury prevention, ongoing stress management and more. The treatment plan will be developed by you and your therapist and can be changed at any time. You have no obligation to undergo any part of treatment and your treatment begins after you’ve given your informed consent.
Massage Therapist Association of Saskatchewan (2019) from https://www.saskmassagetherapy.com/?page=2
Registered Massage Therapist’ Association of Ontario (2019) from https://secure.rmtao.com/massage_therapy/