Massage Therapy

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It happened again. You sat in a chair too long, and your back isn’t happy. Now your plans — working out, playing with your kids, relaxing — are overshadowed by the pain.

You need a massage.

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The 3-Step Foundation Process For Massage Therapy

Step 1: Assessment

Your practitioner discusses what pain you’re experiencing, then uses manual therapy to fully assess your body.

Step 2: Care Plan Discussion

Once you’re assessed, your practitioner goes over treatment options. We want to help strengthen and heal your body so you live pain-free.

Step 3: Your First Treatment

Once we’ve figured out the course of action, we dive into your first treatment. Afterwards, if necessary, we book your next appointment.

Deep Tissue Massaging.

When Is It A Good Idea To Get Massage Therapy?

Massage is excellent for:

Don’t get a massage if you have:

3 Treatments Our Massage Therapists Use

Massage isn’t simply rubbing your back and sending you on your way. There are a variety of ways your massage therapist can give you pain relief and strengthen your body:

Manual Therapy

This is your massage therapist’s assessment technique… By manipulating your muscles and joints, your RMT locates problem areas and treats them accordingly.  

Massage Therapy

Your RMT utilizes various forms of manipulation to relax the soft tissue in your body, such as:

  • Pressure
  • Stretching
  • Friction

These are done with hands, arms, and tools (like rollers).

Some massage types include:

  • Swedish – also known as the “classic” massage, this method uses soft, kneading strokes to lessen tension and help you relax.
  • Deep tissue – your RMT manipulates the deepest layers of muscle and fascia (connective tissue). This is for specific injuries and chronic pain.
  • Myofascial release – this technique breaks up tightness in your body’s connective tissues, restoring movement and lessening pain.
  • Trigger point therapy – trigger points, or “knots,” are balls of tense muscle — your therapist releases these knots through stretching and pressure.

Joint Mobilization

Joints are highly susceptible to injury and often need attention. An RMT manually moves your joint through its proper range of motion, helping flexibility and strengthening the tissue around your bones.

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The 3 Most Common Massage Therapy Myths

Myth #1 - IT SPREADS CANCER CELLS

There’s a common fear that massage spreads cancer, either by breaking up tumours or circulating cancerous cells through the blood.

The Truth

In fact, massage therapy can be beneficial for people going through cancer treatment, helping with:

Myth #2 - THE BENEFITS ARE TEMPORARY

Some assume that massages only feel good on the table, and that you’ll be back to pain in no time.

The Truth

Massage reduces muscle pain, which reduces stress on the body. Less bodily stress now = less chance of chronic pain and stiffness down the road.

Myth #3 - YOU CAN’T STOP THE MASSAGE IF IT GETS PAINFUL

Many people think massages are out of their control. No matter how painful it gets, you must grit your teeth and say nothing.

The Truth

Of course you can ask the RMT to stop — you’re always in control. If the pain gets overwhelming, your therapist adjusts or assesses to make sure nothing problematic is going on.

3 Benefits of Massage Therapy

Massage therapy can treat both acute and chronic conditions. RMTs work with a wide variety of patients in the treatment of illness, injury, rehabilitation and disability.

Here are just a few of the many benefits of massage therapy:

1

Helps Counteract Postural Stress

Many of us spend our days hunched over a desk — this puts stress on the shoulders and back, leading to chronic pain. Massage therapy eases this tension, allowing you to work pain-free.

2

Boosts Mental Health

Anxiety prompts the “fight-or-flight” response in our bodies, resulting in muscle tension. Massage therapy helps combat this response by relaxing the muscles. And nothing raises moods like the pain relief afterwards!

3

Improves Joint Mobility

Massage therapy can help soothe sore joints and muscles by improving circulation and enhancing blood flow to the joints.  This can improve movement and reduce pain for those suffering from joint-related ailments.

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