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There are tremendous benefits to be achieved through regular massage therapy treatments from a Registered Massage Therapist.  Whether your need is to have a moment of relaxation, reduce muscle tension or attain relief from chronic pain, a therapeutic massage can enhance your overall sense of emotional and physical well-being.

Massage therapy can be an important part of your health maintenance plan by: 

  • Reducing or eliminating pain.
  • Improving joint mobility. 
  • Improving circulation. 
  • 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.

Massage Therapists today use their knowledge of physiology and anatomy to combine traditional Swedish and modern massage therapy techniques with other therapies to treat their clients. 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, when provided by a Registered Massage Therapist, can prove beneficial:

Anxiety and depression Asthma and Emphysema
Back, leg, and neck pain Cancer symptoms 
Carpal tunnel syndrome (repetitive strain) Chronic Fatigue syndrome
Dislocations Fibromyalgia
Fractures and edema Gastrointestinal disorders
Headaches Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and bursitis
Insomnia Kyphosis and Scoliosis
Multiple sclerosis Parkinson’s disease
Muscle tension and spasm Palliative care
Post-surgical rehabilitation Pregnancy and labour support
Sports injuries Strains and sprains
Stress and stress related conditions Stroke
Tendinitis Whiplash

Massage Therapy can also be used as part of a preventative care program. This includes sports training, injury prevention, ongoing stress management, and more! Together, you and your therapist will develop a treatment plan based on your needs. The treatment plan can be changed at any time and you have no obligation to undergo any part of treatment. Your treatment begins after you've given your informed consent. 

Interested in massage for pregnancy and labour? We've provided further information here.  

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The information contained on this page was graciously provided for use by the RMTAO (Registered Massage Therapy Association of Ontario). Thank you to the RMTAO for allowing us to share this information.

Pregnancy can be an exciting but likely very demanding time. Massage Therapy is a simple way to help to alleviate stress and labour pain, and improve your soon-to-be-born baby’s health while also reducing the risk of complications. The practice of massage therapy can help to provide these benefits and many more to you and your unborn baby.

How massage will benefit you during your pregnancy, labour and birthing experience

Studies support what more and more women are discovering about massage therapy during pregnancy – it has been shown to:

  • improve maternal mood
  • decrease depression and anxiety
  • decrease pain
  • decrease stress hormones in pregnant women 
  • decrease obstetrical complications, and
  • improve neonatal health and development.

Massage therapy can be helpful through the labour and birthing process for similar reasons. It helps to: 

  • decrease pain in all three stages of labour (latent, active, and transition),
  • reduce anxiety in the latent stage,
  • reduce stress during labour

Massage therapy may also have other long term effects such as decreased length of labour, shorter hospital stay and less touch sensitivity. 

Your newborn baby benefits too

A study published in the peer reviewed journal, Infant Behavior and Development concluded that preterm (premature) infants receiving massage gain 47 percent more weight, increase their bone density and leave the hospital sooner.  

Common Concerns about Pregnancy Massage

Many people are concerned that pregnancy or newborn massage can be dangerous. Massage therapists are professionally trained to work with you to develop an effective and safe massage therapy treatment plan during your pregnancy that will compliment the care you are receiving from your doctor and other healthcare providers. Specially designed massage tables, ergonomic cushions and supports are available to ensure your comfort and safety during your massage therapy treatment. RMTs are also prepared to address the subtle needs of expectant mothers, including hte potential need for frequent restroom breaks, and the use of unscented massage oil so as to not aggravate the sense of smell. Good communication with your therapist will result in the most beneficial and rewarding pregnancy massage. 

There is also a concern that newborn massage can be dangerous or damaging, but Registered Massage Therapists are trained to work with patients of all ages,  including infants, and the benefits of infant massage have been shown in several studies. 

Many women experience lower back and pelvic pain caused by pregnancy, as well as depression and fatigue, and massage therapy can be a great way to alleviate those symptoms.  

Massage therapy is a safe and effective way to improve the experiences of pregnancy and of birth.




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