Section what is massage therapy?
What is massage therapy?
"The practice of massage therapy is the assessment of the soft tissue and joints of the body and the treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction and pain of the soft tissues and joints by manipulation to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function, or relieve pain."
(Massage Therapy Act, 1991)
“A natural approach to health through the powers of touch”
What can massage therapy do for you?
- Alleviate pain
- Reduce muscle tension and stiffness
- Relief of muscle spasms
- Greater flexibility and range of motion
- Increase ease and efficiency of movement
- Relief of stress and aide of relaxation
- Promote deeper and easier breathing
- Improve circulation of blood and movement of lymph
- Promote faster healing of soft tissue injuries, such as pulled muscles & sprained ligaments; reduction in pain & swelling related to such injuries
- Improve posture
- Speed healing
- Increase drainage of metabolic wastes
- Promote mental alertness and deeper breathing
some conditions treated by massage therapy
Reduction of pain and increase functioning in: Carpal tunnel, sciatica, tension headaches, tendon & muscle tears, sore/overused muscles, varicose veins
Help treat and manage symptoms or complications of: Gout, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, diabetes, hypertension, reduces risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and autoimmune diseases
Other psychological, emotional, and physical benefits: Improved mood, lowers stress levels, improved sleep patterns, enhances immune system, improves athletic performance and enhances recovery
Information on pain:
- One in five Canadians suffer from chronic pain, children are not spared and the prevalence increases with age (Moulin, Clark et al. 2002; Schopflocher, lovey et al. 2010)
- Uncontrolled pain compromises immune function, promotes tumor growth and compromises healing with increased morbidity and mortality following surgery (Liebeskind 1991)
- President of the Canadian Pain Society, Dr. Mary Lynch, says pain is misunderstood and undertreated, and can be a lifelong struggle