Massage therapy can be an important part of your health maintenance plan by:
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|
|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|
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.
Studies support what more and more women are discovering about massage therapy during pregnancy – it has been shown to:
Massage therapy can be helpful through the labour and birthing process for similar reasons. It helps to:
Massage therapy may also have other long term effects such as decreased length of labour, shorter hospital stay and less touch sensitivity.
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.
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.
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