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Massage Therapy and it’s Facts!

April 03 | 2023
Posted by Erin Mills Physiotherapy

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What is Massage Therapy?

Massage TherapyMassage Therapy, provided by a Registered Massage Therapist includes manipulation of soft tissues of the body. These soft tissues may include muscles, tendons, fascia, ligaments, and connective tissue. The therapist will use a variety of different massage techniques and provide pressure to alleviate pain, discomfort, and stress. For example, some of the most popular massage therapy techniques include deep tissue massage, Swedish massage, trigger point release, and myofascial release.

How was massage created?

The concept of therapeutic touch and a healing touch in relation to massage therapy can be dated back in time to over 5 000 years ago. It was found to relieve pain, help to heal, reduce stress and increase relaxation.  Historically, in China, these methods were thought to fix the flow of energy throughout the body and realign the body’s natural state. However, in India, it was practiced as a sacred method of healing.

Although, massage is a well-established career today that focuses on a patient’s health from a holistic perspective. Also, new techniques have been discovered over the years but ultimately the focus is the same as years ago.  Pain management and prevention, and maintaining a healthy body and lifestyle.

What are the benefits of massage therapy?

Though, massage therapy has been increasingly researched over the years. It has been found to be beneficial for many different injuries, and illnesses and also plays an important role in preventative care.

Some benefits of massage therapy include its ability to

  • Firstly, reduces stress
  • Second, relieve muscle pain and tightness
  • Improve joint mobility
  • Improve sleep
  • Increase the effectiveness of the immune system
  • Alleviate neck pain and headaches
  • Alleviate acute pain from injuries
  • Lastly, injury prevention

Furthermore, massage therapy has also been found beneficial in dealing with consequences of chronic conditions like,

  • Cancer and cancer-related pain and fatigue
  • Heart disease
  • Fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Parkinson’s Disease (PD)
  • Burns and scarring
  • Lastly, Sciatica

 What should you expect from a first massage appointment?

On your first visit, your massage therapist will ask you some questions to get a better understanding of your health and condition. They will develop a treatment plan with you that addresses your issues and injuries. Also, will ask you which parts of the body you are having issues with. Your massage therapist will communicate with you to ensure that you feel comfortable throughout the treatment and will check in with you to determine the best type of massage style. At Last, will ask you about the intensity of pressure that is best suited for you.

PhysioNow was rated one of the Best Massage Therapy Clinics in Oakville. We have 7 clinics across the GTA which offer massage and physical therapy, 2 of which are located within Oakville, Maple Grove, and the Burloak clinics. To conclude, Call or visit us in person with any inquiries or to make your first appointment with PhysioNow today!

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