FAQ Frequently Asked Question
Massage therapy uses a combination of techniques. Some are soothing and flowing to relax the body; others are deeper kneading or frictioning methods that reduce pain and tension in problem areas.
All strokes manipulate the soft tissues of the body such as muscle, ligaments, tendons, and the skin. Massage therapy may also include the use of hydrotherapy, remedial exercises and orthopedic assessments to facilitate the best treatment for you. What to Expect? On your first visit to the clinic, a confidential medical history form will be completed by you, enabling the therapist to develop a proper treatment plan. Your privacy and comfort are the utmost concern to your therapist. After the case history is done and any assessments are made you will be left in a private room to undress to the extent to which you are comfortable. Then you will get on the table under the sheets and blanket provided. The therapist will announce re-entry and appropriate draping techniques will be used and only the area being worked on will be uncovered. If at any time you feel uncomfortable, you may ask the therapist to stop treatment or to clarify the purpose of a particular technique being used.
Benefits of Massage Therapy
Massage therapy provides an alternative health care option to aid and alleviate the succession of the pain cycle. This therapy stops the discomfort due to occupational stresses, muscular overuse and many chronic pain syndromes. Another significant benefit is the stabilization and maintenance of the body’s homeostasis, including circulatory, muscular, nervous, lymphatic and immune systems. As a result, stress is diminished and managed, muscle flexibility is increased and muscular pain decreased. Massage therapy can benefit any age group from infants to geriatric patients. How Long is A Massage? An hour is the most common length. This is enough time for a thorough relaxing massage or a more in-depth treatment of a particular area.
A half-hour treatment can be excellent introduction to massage, allowing plenty of time for a partial massage, such as back, neck and shoulders or legs and feet.
15-minute massages are good for children or people with paralysis.
The pain cycle is a chain of events that reinforce each other. The cycle usually begins with injury or illness, but each state especially stress, can add to or even start the cycle. Massage is the element that has the ability to stop the pain cycle as it addresses the components that trigger the succession of events.
Treating the cause of the pain is particularly important. Sometimes the pain could be in one part of the body, but the reason for the pain could be in another due to compensation or injury to a neurovascular bundle. Research suggests that massage stimulates the release of natural pain-relievers such as endorphins, which could help the pain due to stress or allow the body to heal itself while not experiencing the pain. As well massage helps relieve the pain of functional problems by increasing the circulation and decreasing the adhesions and toxins in the soft tissue. The adhesions and lack of circulation precipitate muscle tension, trigger points, muscle shortening and restricted movement. Alternatives When you have pain, especially when the origin is unknown, always seek medical advice. Such pain may indicate a serious health condition. As well, since massage therapy is not appropriate for all conditions let your physician know you are receiving massage therapy and always inform your massage therapist about any medical problems.
Conditions Treated by Massage
Massage and Stress
When stress is unrelieved, our bodies tense further into an anxious, irritable posture. Stress-induced muscle tension and impaired circulation can and do contribute directly to the cycle of pain. Ironically, chronic pain itself is a major source of stress. The pain drains you emotionally, robbing you of the patience and stamina needed to get through the day.
Massage acts on the nervous system to counteract the body’s response to stress by relaxing muscle tone and allowing heart rate, blood pressure and circulation to return to normal. As well, allowing someone else to give you the care and comfort of a relaxing massage gives you the emotional support you need in times of stress. How Will I Feel After My Massage? After a massage most clients feel very relaxed. Many experience freedom from aches and pains that have built up from months of tension. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience an increase in energy that can last for several days. Watch for further changes over the next few days; if the massage is of a deeper nature the client may feel residual tenderness because a deep massage can be compared to an exercise workout.
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OHIP does not cover massage therapy treatments; many extended health care plans, however, include coverage for massage therapy (a physician’s referral may be required). No Fault automobile insurance has been increased in recent years for treatment of injuries sustained in automobile accidents. Each treatment is paid per session.