Massage therapy consists primarily of hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, specifically, the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints for the purpose of optimizing health.
Massage therapy treatment has a therapeutic effect on the body and optimizes health and well-being by acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. Physical function can be developed, maintained and improved; and physical dysfunction and pain and the effects of stress can be relieved or prevented through the use of Massage Therapy.
Modern massage techniques can be traced back to the 1700s and the development of Swedish massage, the first systematic method of therapeutic massage based on physiology. Today’s Massage Therapists use their knowledge of anatomy and physiology to combine traditional Swedish and modern Massage Therapy techniques with exercise and other therapies to treat their clients.(CMTO)
Brief description of what to expect at an appointment
An appointment or session will likely include the following components, each of which will vary in the amount of time required to complete, based on the severity of the condition(s) being treated, the length of the unit and the complexity of the treatment:
– Initial assessment or re-assessment
– Self-care recommendations
– Charting and administration
How will Massage Therapy help my injury?
– decreases muscular tension,
– stretches muscle tissue
– breaks down scar tissue
– decreases pain and inflammation
– relieves trigger points
– promotes blood flow to the area, helping the body to build new and healthy tissue
– removes lactic acid
– decreases post work out recovery time
What conditions can Massage Therapy treat?
Registered Massage Therapists are thoroughly trained to treat over 80 specific ailments, some of which include;
– headaches; tension, migraines and sinus
– neck & back pain
– muscular strains, sprains and spasm
– fibromyalgia and arthritis
– sports injuries