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Feb 2021

What Is Massage Therapy?

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Information on the massage therapy

Massage therapy is a regulated Health Profession in Ontario. RMTs are primary healthcare providers in Ontario. Massage therapy is the hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues that are found throughout our bodies. These soft tissues are comprised of muscles, tendons, joints and ligaments.

Massage therapy uses specific techniques that are applied to the soft tissue to reduce muscle tension, help decrease pain, reduce stress, increase relaxation and help to optimize our health. The majority of clients seeking massage complain of stiffness or soreness, injuries and stress.

Regular massage therapy is known to help reduce stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, while at the same time increasing endorphins serotonin and oxytocin which helps one feel better and happy.  Massage therapy helps to increase blood circulation, reduces tension and inflammation and helps to promote relaxation throughout the entire body.  

Massage therapy can help treat a wide variety of injuries or conditions such as strains and sprains, RSI or repetitive strain injuries such as rotator cuff and carpal tunnel syndrome, whiplash, sciatica as well as headaches and migraines. The longer we let aches and pains continue it eventually leads to chronic conditions which can be more challenging and take longer to treat. Long term injuries usually contribute to reduced range of motion which limits movements that can be associated with increased pain. Reduced range of motion, surgeries and injuries to scar tissue formation that can contribute to poor posture, reduced flexibility and mobility as well as creating tension. Massage therapy can help improve muscle flexibility, help increase range of motion and reduce scar tissue and also help an injury from reoccurring. 

What to Expect following Massage Therapy?

It depends on what was done during the massage. Most find massage very relaxing with muscle tension reduced and pain diminished usually significantly. Longer term injuries or those considered chronic injuries may require techniques that help improve range of motion and others that help reduce scar adhesions. These techniques may cause some bruising, tenderness and aches. These symptoms may last several days but the improvements help increase range of motion, flexibility and reduced scar tissue. In many cases people that have muscle tension in the neck and upper back may also have tension headaches. Fortunately massage therapy can help reduce tension by relaxing the muscles of the neck and upper back and this can lead to reduced headaches. 

Why live with muscle tension and pain or headaches? Schedule an appointment NOW to help with injuries and pain, reduce headaches or just a relaxation massage. Contact us at 905-273-5433 or at www.dynamicphysiotherapy.ca. Please note you can schedule an appointment for Massage Therapy, Physiotherapy or Acupuncture through our online Portal.

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