Massage therapist (Swedish,Sports,Acupressure..++)
People use massage for a variety of health-related purposes, including to relieve pain, rehabilitate sports injuries, reduce stress, increase relaxation, address anxiety and depression, and aid general wellness.
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THE BENEFITS OF MASSAGE THERAPY
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 depressionAsthma and EmphysemaBack, leg, and neck painCancer symptoms Carpal tunnel syndrome (repetitive strain)Chronic Fatigue syndromeDislocationsFibromyalgiaFractures and edemaGastrointestinal disordersHeadachesInflammatory conditions such as arthritis and bursitisInsomniaKyphosis and ScoliosisMultiple sclerosisParkinson’s diseaseMuscle tension and spasmPalliative carePost-surgical rehabilitationPregnancy and labor support sports injuriesStrains and sprainsStress and stress-related conditions.
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 the treatment. Your treatment begins after you've given your informed consent.
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Massage Therapy is a Regulated Health Profession in Quebec, and Massage Therapy should only be performed by a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT). RMTs are primary health care providers in Quebec.
Types of Massages & Massage Techniques
There are many different types of body massages offered today by a range of trained (and sometimes untrained) massage therapists. Some of the most common types include:
- Swedish Massage: This is the most popular form of massage worldwide. It works by stimulating circulation and involves five basic kneading strokes (which can be performed either soft/gently or firmer), all flowing toward the heart to manipulate soft tissue.
- Deep Tissue Massage: These massages utilize deep-tissue/deep-muscle movements to affect the sub-layer of musculature and fascia. They are normally used for treating chronic muscular pain, injury rehabilitation and reducing inflammation-related disorders such as arthritis.
- Sports Massage: Sports massages are often performed on athletes to warm the body, improve blood flow to muscles/tissue, and help prevent or treat injuries. They are performed pre-event, post-event, and part of preventative injury treatment plans.
- Prenatal Massage: Pregnancy massages have been found to be both effective and safe or both mother and fetus. They are usually performed with the woman on her side and can help reduce pregnancy discomforts like lower back or leg pains, along with emotional well-being.
- Thai Massage: Thai massages (also called nuad bo rarn) have been practiced in Thailand for over 2,500 years and are often included in sacred ceremonies. They are performed on a firm mat on the floor instead of on a table, and feature kneading and positioning that stimulates tissue and organs according to certain energy lines.
- Soft Tissue Massage/Release: This method was developed in Europe to help treat athletes and runners. It works by placing the muscles in a certain position and softly manipulating them so they stretch in a very specific direction or plane.
- Acupressure: Acupressure is an ancient Eastern healing art that uses the fingers to press key points on the surface of the skin. This stimulates energy channels (sometimes known as Qi), helps improve blood flow and lowers muscular tension.
- Shiatsu: Shiatsu is an Ancient Japanese massage that is similar to acupressure that concentrates on unblocking the flow of life energy and restoring balance in the body’s channels/meridians.
While massage is the application of soft-tissue manipulation techniques to the body, “bodywork” therapies and “somatic” treatments are also similar in many ways. Bodywork encompasses various forms of touch therapies that use manipulation, movement and/or repatterning, while somatic therapies focus on the meaning “of the body” and its energy channels along with the body/mind connection. When you combine the fields of massage therapies, bodywork, and somatic treatments, around the world the most popular modalities include:
- Improved mood
- Reduced anxiety
- Lower stress levels
- Lessening of depression
- Reduced anger and aggression
- Improved sleep patterns and decreased sleep disturbance
- Reduced fatigue
- Enhances immune system
- Improves athletic performance and enhances recourse of oils, lotions, and powders
What specific conditions can massage therapy help?
Massage therapy may help the body in many ways. Massage can relax muscle tissue, which may lead to decreased nerve compression, increased joint space, and range of motion. This may lead to reduced pain and improved function.
Massage therapy may also improve circulation, which enhances the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to muscle cells and helps remove waste products. These circulatory effects of massage may have value in the treatment of some inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis or edema (an excessive accumulation of fluid in body tissues, which may be reduced using manual lymph drainage).
Massage therapy is also thought to induce a relaxation response, which lowers the heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood pressure; boosts the immune system, and generally decreases the physical effects of stress.
These effects suggest that massage may be helpful for a wide range of conditions. Some of these are listed below.
Decreases pain and increases functioning in these conditions: Helps treat and manage symptoms or complications of: Other psychological, emotional, and physical benefits:
- Carpal tunnel
- Tension headaches
- Tendon and muscle tears
- Thoracic outlet syndrome
- Varicose veins
- Pregnancy-related back pain and other discomfort
- Myofascial pain
- Sore or overused muscles (prevents and treats)
- Muscle injury (offers rehabilitation)
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Muscular dystrophies
- Raynaud's Disease
- Hypertension and congestive heart failure
- Reduces risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune diseases