Massage therapy is the systematic manual or mechanical manipulations of the soft tissue. Techniques include rubbing, kneading, pressing, rolling, lifting and stretching. It has evolved from being solely a relaxation experience to also include more medically-oriented, therapeutic treatment components.
Massage therapy treatments are an effective, non-pharmaceutical approach to treating chronic and acute injury or disease and is covered by many extended health care plans.
- 1-2 visits per week until complaint is resolved.
- Every 4-6 weeks for prevention and maintenance.
Registered Massage Therapists
Registered massage therapists are required to pass a provincial board exam and complete continuing education units annually. Subjects of study include anatomy, physiology, pathology, hydrotherapy, remedial exercise, stretching and strengthening prescription, breathing techniques and rhythmic joint mobilizations.
In Ontario, RMTs are certified through the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario
Benefits of Registered Massage Therapy
- Calms the mind
- Unblocks energy flow
- Decreases stress, depression and anxiety
- Vasodilation of arteries & increased blood flow to the area
- Stimulation of peristalsis (digestion)
- Increases and decrease of muscle tone
- Increases activity of organs in abdominal cavity
- Triggers relaxation response
- Soothes and stimulates muscles
- Stimulates the heart & strength of contraction
- Increases immune system efficiency (lymph)
- Increases lymph/ circulation flow
- Loosening of mucous
- Breakdown of fibrosis, adhesions and stretches scar tissue to decrease restrictions
- Decreases muscle imbalances, increases mobility and range of motion