Massage Therapy is the science and art of manual therapy to help manipulate soft tissue such as muscles, fascia, ligaments and tendons and other connective tissues for improved performance.
There are various types of massages that can have different purposes.
A relaxation massage is often lighter pressure with broader strokes and can include a full body massage.
A therapeutic massage is more targeted with firmer pressure and different massage therapy techniques and is often used in sports massage or when dealing with an injury.
A trigger point massage includes sustained pressure of specific trigger points to help clear out inflammatory factors and to improve circulation.
It is important to clarify the type of massage therapy services you wish to receive as different types of massage can serve different purposes. However, if you are unsure, you can leave it at the discretion of your therapist to decide which specific massage therapy style or technique is the most suitable for your needs.
What is Massage Therapy?
The term massage therapy is an umbrella term that includes various different techniques and types of massages. In Canada, the most common type is called Swedish massage which can involve long kneading strokes and other techniques such as percussion, kneading, vibration, tapping and rolling.
Other styles include sports massage, clinical massage to accomplish specific goals such as releasing muscle spasms or specific injury healing.
Who is a Massage Therapist?
Registered Massage Therapists (RMT) in British Columbia are healthcare professionals trained in the art and science of manual therapy through therapeutic massage. RMTs are committed to restoring and maintaining optimal health for their patients.
They are educated to assess and treat using techniques such as soft tissue massage, trigger point releases, joint mobilization, hydrotherapy, rehabilitative exercise and patient education.
Therapeutic massages can have different focus realms. It could be more targeted in a sports massage or it could be more like a relaxation massage.
RMTs are trained to help with a variety of conditions including but not limited to headaches, neck pain, lower back pain, knee pain, and carpal tunnel syndrome. RMT is also beneficial for providing an overall stress-reducing effect for patients suffering from cancer, Fibromyalgia, stroke, multiple sclerosis and more.
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6 Types of available massages
There are different types of massages available that are tailored for specific types of situations. All RMTs have training in all these categories of massages. Just let your therapist know beforehand if you wish to receive a specific type of massage.
- Sports Massage
- Myofascial Massage
- Pregnancy and Post Natal Massage
- Kinesio Taping
- Infant and Pediatric Massage
- Wellness and Stress Reducing Massage
How often should I get massage therapy?
Massage therapy needs are different for each individual. If you are going for an acute condition, 2 times a week or weekly is necessary. However, if you are going for maintenance of symptoms, generally once per month is sufficient.
What are the different types of massage therapy?
There are relaxation massages and therapeutic massages.
Relaxation massages are generally less pressure and more surface, but are not designed to treat specific injuries; therapeutic massages are offered by Registered Massage Therapists and can be used to treat specific injuries.
Does massage therapy help pain?
Massage therapy can help pains and symptoms of spinal stenosis but they often need to be combined with other modalities such as chiropractic and physiotherapy for superior results or they can be temporary.
Does massage therapy help sleep?
Massage therapy can help sleep quality as it induces a relaxed state for the mind. It is best to seek relaxation massages for specific sleep quality improvement.
What are the risks of massage therapy?
Some minor swelling or bruising is possible. You may also experience an increase in soreness for 1-2 days post massage.
Can a chiropractor do massage therapy?
Chiropractors are trained in a full-body muscular system and they often can use specific muscle release techniques to target the affected area; however, the traditional 1-hour long massage is best received from a massage therapist.
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