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Massage Therapy

What is Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy is a hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, specifically, the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints.

Massage therapy treatment has a therapeutic effect on the body and improves health and well-being by acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. Physical function can be developed, maintained and improved and physical dysfunction and pain can be relieved or prevented through the use of massage therapy.

Modern massage techniques can be traced back to the 1700's and the development of Swedish massage, the first systematic method of therapeutic massage based on physiology. Today's massage therapists use their knowledge of anatomy and physiology, combined with traditional Swedish and modern massage therapy techniques, exercise and other therapies, to treat their clients.

Many of today's health problems arise from stress. Because stress upsets the delicate balance of all your body's functions, regaining that balance requires a holistic approach. Massage Therapy not only treats those parts of you which are a problem, but also affects the whole of your metabolism through normalizing your circulatory, muscular and nervous systems and their interdependent functioning.

Massage Therapy is safe and effective if used for stress management, but it is also widely used to help patients obtain relief from many specific problems, including the following:

  • Migraine
  • Whiplash injury
  • Respiratory problems
  • Circulatory problems
  • Tendonitis / bursitis
  • Neck and shoulder tension
  • Digestive / lower bowel problems
  • Low back pain
  • Muscle spasm
  • Arthritis
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Neuritis / neuralgia

 

Massage can benefit people of all ages and conditions: Babies, children, pregnant women, the elderly, those in chronic care and those who need palliative considerations.

Your Treatment:

Before your treatment, your massage therapist will propose a personalized treatment plan based on an initial assessment and health history. The assessment can consist of various tests to determine the condition of your muscles and joints. Any information you provide to your massage therapist is completely confidential and will be safeguarded. Your health record cannot be released of transferred without your written consent.

Your massage therapist must also obtain your consent to work on any part of the body, regardless of whether you are fully clothed, or fully or partially covered with sheets or blankets. Your privacy will always be respected, and you may withdraw your consent for treatment at any time.

Various specialized hand movements over the skin or clothes make up the massage therapy treatment. The massage therapist will work with your level of pain tolerance during the treatment, and the treatment can be stopped at any time should the treatment become uncomfortable.

Massage therapy is not covered by OHIP, but many private insurance companies cover treatment from a massage therapist as part of their extended health care plans. Please consult your policy.

Massage Therapists in Ontario

A massage therapist is a regulated health professional who has received two or three years of comprehensive training at a recognized school before completing written and clinical examinations, and registering with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario.

Only members of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario are permitted to use the title Massage Therapist (MT) or Registered Massage Therapist (RMT). Through the College, all massage therapists participate in a quality assurance programme that ensures high professional standards and quality client care.

What can Massage Therapy treat?

What can Massage Therapy treat?

  • Migraine
  • Whiplash injury
  • Respiratory problems
  • Circulatory problems
  • Tendonitis / bursitis
  • Neck and shoulder tension
  • Digestive / lower bowel
  • Low back pain
  • Muscle spasm
  • Arthritis
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Neuritis / neuralgia