About Massage Therapy
Massage therapy consists primarily of hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, specifically, the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints for the purpose of optimizing health.
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.
Modern massage techniques can be traced back to the 1700s 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 to combine traditional Swedish and modern Massage Therapy techniques with exercise and other therapies to treat their clients.
What are the benefits of Massage Therapy?
There are tremendous benefits that can be achieved through regular massage therapy treatments. Whether you are using massage therapy as part of a preventative care program or to attain relief from a specific aliment, a therapeutic massage can enhance your overall sense of emotional and physical well-being.
Massage Therapy helps to alleviate soft tissue discomfort associated with everyday occupational stress, muscular overuse from an active lifestyle and many chronic pain conditions. If employed early enough after accidents involving trauma and injury, massage therapy can greatly reduce the development of painful muscular patterning.
Massage therapy can be beneficial to people of all ages and is widely used to help obtain relief from many specific problems, including:
- Neck, back, and hip pain / tension
- Stress relief and stress related conditions
- Anxiety and Depression
- Headaches and Migraines
- Inflammatory conditions such as Arthritis, Tendinitis and Bursitis
- Muscle injuries including Spasms, Strains and Sprains
- Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITB)
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Repetitive Strain Injury
- Sciatica, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Post-injury and post surgical rehabilitation
- Joint dysfunctions such as Degenerative Disc Disease
- Sports Injuries
- Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries
- Pregnancy related symptoms including neck and back pain and sciatica (our clinic provides a pregnancy cushion)
Before a treatment, your Massage Therapist will propose a personalized treatment plan based on an initial assessment and health history. The assessment consists of various tests to determine the condition of your muscles and joints. Any personal and health information you provide to your Massage Therapist is completely confidential and will be safeguarded. Your health record cannot be released or transferred without your written consent.
Your Massage Therapist must also obtain your consent to work on any part of your 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 movements of the hands, 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.
Many private insurance companies cover treatment from a Massage Therapist as part of their extended healthcare plans. A referral or prescription is not required to visit a Massage Therapist, although some insurance companies may require this. Please consult your policy.