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Registered Massage Therapy (RMT)

Is your movement restricted because of pain? Injuries due to sports, household activities, repeated actions at work, and everyday tensions from stress can cause problems that all too soon become permanent residents in our bodies.

Massage Therapy can help. Massage is a gentle therapy that relieves pain, decreases inflammation, decrease stress and increases the client's overall feeling of well being. Massage Therapy can help, in concert with other health professions, to optimize the clients health and wellbeing.

How can it help you?

Stress Management
Massage is a well known reliever of stress. Massage can increase your energy, improve your outlook on life, and in turn decrease the likelihood of further injuries. Massage can also play a part in the relief of symptoms of such conditions as asthma and insomnia, which can be aggravated by anxiousness. Due to its powerful role in stress reduction, massage has become a complementary therapy for individual in psychological counseling or addiction therapy.

Painful or tight muscles
Massage helps relieve many forms of muscles tension, from muscle cramping to habitual jaw clenching or shoulder tightness. Through stretching and kneading motions, massage directly affects muscles. It also encourages the nervous system to relax muscles indirectly.

Delayed muscle soreness
Massage therapy also helps muscles release internal waste which can cause soreness following exercises using hydrotherapy and flushing techniques. Massage can be very beneficial before, during, and after physical activity.

Pain or tingling in arms or legs
Muscles can become so tight that they can press on nerves in the arms, hands, & legs. This can be due to chronic poor posture, overuse, or muscle imbalances. These can lead to chronic conditions such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Sciatica. Your Massage Therapist can identify and treat the specific muscles that are causing this tightness and help relive the nerve compression.

Massage can assist in the healing of acute and chronic injuries, such as tendonitis that can develop overtime, as well as ligament sprains or muscle strains caused by an accident. Massage decreases inflammation by increasing circulation, which helps bring nutrients to and dispose of wastes from injured cells. Certain massage techniques can limit scar formation in new injuries and can reduce or make scar tissues more pliable around old injury sites.

Secondary pain
Massage can aid in the relief of secondary pains which can outlast the origin of its cause. Such secondary pains include, but are not limited to, headaches from eyestrain, low backache during pregnancy, and protective tightening of healthy muscles around an injury.

Pain or restriction in joints
Besides the relaxing of tight muscles that can restrict joint movement, massage works directly on your joints to improve circulation, stimulates production of natural lubrication, and relieves pain from condition such as osteoarthritis.

Massage releases limitations in muscles, joints and facia, the muscles' tough connective tissue covering, and enables your body to return to a natural posture. Massage can also relax aching muscles caused by abnormal curvatures in the spine, and brings relief to such conditions as scoliosis. Your Massage Therapist will work with you to correct postural imbalances which may be the cause of your pain and discomfort.

The effects of forced inactivity
There are numerous reasons for you to be in a state of inactivity, such reasons include a lengthy hospital stay due to injury or surgery, paralysis and even normal aging. When this takes place, massage is important in bringing relief to your aches and in improving the health of your skin, muscles and connective tissue by increasing circulation.

Fluid retention
Massage enhances blood circulation by draining tissues of excess fluid caused by recent injury, surgery or pregnancy.


How will a massage feel?

Massage on normal tissue is usually a pleasant sensation. Massage in an area of injury or chronic pain may first cause discomfort, the level of which lessens as the massage session progresses. Your therapist is familiar with ways to reduce pain, and will work within your pain tolerance. It is a good idea to communicate how you feel to your therapist so they can make adjustments to better meet your needs.

Personalizing Your Plan
On your first visit, your massage therapist will ask general health questions and review any referring practitioner's recommendations. Your massage therapist will assess your concerns to determine how best to approach it, by checking any restricted or painful movements, feeling for tone, tenderness and pain, and observing your posture. Your massage therapist will then work with you to create a personalized treatment plan to help you regain a feeling of wellness. This plan may include massage, hydrotherapy, homecare exercises, and stretching.

Is massage therapy always appropriate?
There are some instances where massage is not appropriate, so always tell your Massage Therapist about your existing medical conditions, even if it is a minor one. Some conditions require close communication between your massage therapist and your practitioner. Your massage therapist at Sanjiu will gladly provided them with regular updates on your progress if you request.

Self-care techniques
Your greatest benefit from massage is to learn ways to release tension or to speed up healing process of an injury outside of your massage sessions. Your massage therapist will share with you techniques and easy exercises for effective movements of the muscles.

Your Massage Therapist
Massage therapists (RMTs or MTs) have received intensive training that includes massage techniques, hydrotherapy, anatomy and physiology, and knowledge of when massage is or is not indicated. A growing number of provincial associations license massage therapists. In Ontario, Massage Therapists are licensed by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO). Therapists must adhere to a strict code of conduct which governs their profession. To learn more about these regulations or about the profession of Massage Therapy please visit the College's website at .

Insurance coverage
Personal injury protection and/or primarily car insurance, will sometimes cover massage in aid to recovery from and accident. With a practitioner's prescription, worker's compensation plans may also cover massage for on-the-job injuries. Also your extended health insurance may cover Massage Therapy, check your policy for current coverage restrictions.

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