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Massage Therapy

What is Massage Therapy?

Deep tissue massage by a registered massage therapist offers many medical benefits and is one of the best methods to improve mobility, relieve stress, headaches and pain. The physiological results of massage are astounding, including a reduction in pain, faster muscle recovery during sports and fitness activities, and a more balanced, relaxed body. Endorphins are released by our bodies during a massage. These natural pain reducing/anti-stress hormones calm the body and mind and may make it easier to sleep at night. Massage has a direct effect on reducing muscle tension and headaches. Reducing stress gives you more energy, improves your overall well being, and can prevent injuries and illness in the process. Massage helps reduce inflammation by increasing circulation, which removes waste products and toxins and brings nutritive fluids to injured cells. Certain massage techniques can limit scar formation in new injuries and can soften scar tissue around old injuries

Who could benefit from Massage Therapy?

Massage Therapy can help anyone by working to alleviate the many discomforts that can be associated with everyday stresses, overuse of muscles, physical injuries, and a number of acute and chronic pain conditions. Feeling stiffness in your muscles following a workout? Are you the weekend warrior type? Past injuries keep reminding you to reduce your activity? Poor or prolonged posture causing significant physical change in your body? All of these could be helped by therapeutic massage by a registered massage therapist.

Are there different types of Massage Therapy?

Yes, there are many different techniques utilized alone, or in combination with other techniques to achieve the desired outcome for your concerns. Many therapists will transition from technique to technique with varying degrees of pressure, stroke, depth and stimulation, to help you reach your optimal health.

Massage Therapy can help with:

  • Migraine and tension headaches
  • Sports/Work/Motor Vehicle Injuries
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Insomnia
  • Asthma and Emphysema
  • Muscle tension and spasm (severe cramps, muscle contusions)
  • Strains and sprains (eg. Whiplash, shoulder, knee)
  • Back pain and neck pain
  • Kyphosis and scoliosis
  • Stress and stress related injuries
  • Recovery time from repetitive strain injuries (ex. carpal tunnel and tennis elbow)
  • Dislocations
  • Fractures and edema
  • Joint pain and immobility
  • Fibromyalgia symptoms
  • Discomfort associated with pregnancy
  • Digestive and gastrointestinal disorders
  • Lymphatic congestion
  • Paresthesia and nerve pain
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation
  • Sport injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Cancer symptoms
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Inflammatory conditions (ex. arthritis and bursitis)
  • Parkinson’s disease symptoms
  • Palliative care
  • Stroke rehabilitation

How does Massage Therapy work?

Massage Therapy creates two different physiological changes in your body that work together to produce both physical and emotional benefits. These two changes are the relaxation response and the mechanical response.

The relaxation response is an involuntary response that comes from the nervous system when the body is being touched and massaged. During this response, your heart rate and breathing rate begin to slow while your blood pressure and hormone levels decrease. All of these changes allow your muscles and their associated joints to relax. The relaxation response helps to ease the physical effects that stress has on your body while aiding in the elimination of risks associated with prolonged stress (i.e. hypertension, anxiety, fatigue, digestive disorders, insomnia, and other psychological issues).

The mechanical response is a physical response that includes increased circulation of blood and relaxation of the body’s soft tissue. Increased blood circulation promotes the body’s healing by increasing oxygen supply and waste removal in the muscle cells, making these processes more efficient. Through soft tissue relaxation, nerves and deeper connective tissues are allowed to release any tensions. When muscles are used, they can compress or pinch the nerves that are nearby. When these same muscles relax, the nerves are no longer being compressed or pinched and can return to their regular function. Sometimes our muscles do not properly relax; applying pressure and touching the skin around them can help to bring about this proper relaxation.

Which Massage is Right for Me?

Following a physical examination and detailed health history, your registered massage therapist will discuss in great detail their findings and decide on the type of massage technique(s) to use. Short term and long term goals will be discussed and a treatment plan will be implemented to meet your health care needs. The therapist may also discuss additional on-site therapies or provide you with home instructions to enhance your recovery. Following the recommendation made by your therapist is essential to a positive outcome. Contact our clinic and make an appointment to see a registered massage therapist. Please remember that if you have multiple areas of complaint, you will likely benefit from booking a longer massage therapy session.