In the course of a day, I see a variety of clients with as many ailments. The techniques used to alleviate the discomfort of these ailments have its base in massage therapy. By definition:
Massage is the practice of applying structured or unstructured pressure, tension, motion, or vibration — manually or with mechanical aids — to the soft tissues of the body, including muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, joints and lymphatic vessels, to achieve a beneficial response. Massage Therapy is performed primarily by a professional Massage Therapist but is often used as a form of therapy by other Healthcare practitioners such as Chiropractors, Osteopaths and Physical Therapists.
Massage can be applied to parts of the body or successively to the whole body, to aid the process of injury healing, relieve psychological stress, manage pain, and improve circulation. Where massage is used for its physiological, mental, and mechanical benefits, it may be termed "therapeutic massage" or manipulative therapy.
How does massage help?
The following is a list of conditions for which massage therapy, when provided by a Registered Massage Therapist, can prove beneficial:
|Anxiety and depression||Kyphosis and Scoliosis|
|Asthma and Emphysema||Multiple sclerosis|
|Back, leg, and neck pain||Muscle tension and spasm|
|Carpal tunnel syndrome (repetitive strain)||Palliative care|
|Chronic Fatigue syndrome||Post-surgical rehabilitation|
|Dislocations||Pregnancy and labour support|
|Fractures and edema||Strains and sprains|
|Gastrointestinal disorders||Stress and stress related conditions|
|Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and bursitis||Tendonitis|
Therapeutic massage is an important part of your health maintenance plan, by:
- Reducing or eliminating pain
- Improving joint mobility
- Improving circulation
- Improving immune system functioning
- Increasing lymphatic drainage
- Reducing depression and anxiety
- Reducing tension within muscles
- Increasing body awareness
Massage therapy benefits people of all ages. While it benefits the injured, the ill and the stressed, the real strength of massage therapy lies in prevention.