Massage Therapy can be a valuable self-care routine. Consider reducing muscular tension as "soft-tissue hygiene"!
A treatment is formulated and tailored to each client, based on a client’s health history, interview and assessment testing. Massage techniques are used to reduce tension and restrictions in the bodies’ soft tissues. Pressure is based on response of the tissues and comfort of the client.
Massage can be helpful through all stages of life. Being pregnant or recovering from pregnancy can be the most challenging times in your life. Taking care of our pregnant or postpartum body should be at the top of our priorities. It can help reducing aches and discomfort, reducing stress levels, and improving your quality of life drastically. Our location is equipped with quality treatment tables and pregnancy hollow pillows to allow the expectant mothers to lay down on their belly during treatment if desired.
In order to treat a long-standing issue, the therapist must conduct a thorough assessment. The therapist will start with an interview. The therapist will also observe how the client walks, their standing posture and the range of motion in their major joints. A treatment plan will be developed, based on the client’s goals. Home care exercises will be assigned, as an extension of the treatment plan.
Manual lymphatic drainage is a gentle, non-invasive massage technique that reduces swelling and enhances functioning of the immune system. The therapist works directly on the skin and applies a gentle stretch, which encourages a draining effect in the tissues. The technique is very specific and is rhythmic in nature. Manual lymphatic drainage can also have an analgesic effect, by stimulating receptors in the skin called mechanoreceptors; which thus decrease the transmission of pain receptors to the brain.
Massage can be used to help the body recover from surgical intervention. Treatment will be customized to address the client’s current and adapting needs, as the body continues to recover. The therapist will select a variety of techniques to address any swelling, fascial restrictions, reduced range of motion and or scar tissue. Areas that have not been directly impacted may also be treated, in order to reduce compensation patterns.
Massage can be helpful through all stages of life. With previous experience as a Personal Support Worker, your therapist is very familiar with risk factors, associated with the aging body. Although some issues may be structural, massage can be a great benefit to pain relief and maintaining function.
Did you know that
massage therapy consists primarily of hands-on mobilization of the soft tissues, specifically, the muscles, tendons, ligaments, connective tissue, and joints for the purpose of optimizing health and wellness?
According to the College of Massage therapists of Ontario: "Massage therapy treatment has a therapeutic effect on the body and optimizes 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 and the effects of stress can be relieved or prevented through the use of Massage Therapy."
- CMTO, www.cmto.com
This answer will be different for everyone and will depend on your goals of treatment. The minimum amount of time between appointment is 24-hours. I have worked with individuals with different treatment frequencies from bi-weekly to every few months.
In Ontario, MLD and cupping is within the scope of a Registered Massage Therapist, meaning it will be billed as a Massage Therapy Treatment. For specific information about your insurance plan, please contact your insurance provider.
A through assessment helps your therapist to develop a clinical impression on why you may be experiencing discomfort or your chief concern. An assessment also helps to establish a baseline on which progress can be measured.
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