What is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy is one of the oldest yet simplest forms of therapy, dating back thousands of years. It involves hands on techniques such as kneading, compression, tapping, long light strokes, joint movements, and stretching to achieve a therapeutic effect.
Through manipulation of the soft tissues and joints, blood flow can be increased and soft tissue and joint restrictions decreased resulting in decreased pain, swelling and improved movement and mobility. Massage therapy is also on of the best interventions for decreasing stress and tension.
At Back to Basics Physiotherapy Inc. our massage therapist is part of our health care team, consisting of a physiotherapist, and an athletic therapist/ kinesiologist. By working as a team, an overall approach to a person’s health can be better addressed. However, you do not need to be taking part in physiotherapy to receive massage therapy.
Benefits of Massage Therapy
- Whole body relaxation
- Aids in healing
- Improves circulation and decreases swelling and inflammation
- Decreases tension and stress
- Increases muscle extensibility and joint mobility
- Decreases pain and muscle spasm
- Assists in recovery from injury
- Enhances overall well-being
- Improves sleep patterns
- Reduces tension headaches
- Aids in mental relaxation to decrease overall stress
Common Injuries and Conditions Treated with Massage Therapy
- Muscle strains
- Joint sprains
- Headaches, including migraines
- Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)
- Mechanical and discogenic low back pain
- Frozen shoulder
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Thoracic outlet syndrome
- Plantar Fasciitis
What Can I Expect Following a Massage?
Depending on the condition or injury being treated as well as the type of massage you receive, you may experience a variety of sensations. Most people generally feel more relaxed. However, if the massage is deep and decreasing muscle or joint restrictions were the goals of the massage, you may experience muscle tenderness for the first 24 hours. This tenderness will subside but your therapist may suggest using ice following your massage.
Health Insurance and Massage Therapy
Many health care plans cover a portion, if not all of the cost of a therapy session. Some plans require a physician’s referral for coverage or re-reimbursement. Please check with your insurance company prior to booking a massage therapy session.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How long is a massage treatment?
Massage therapy session can be anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour. The length of time depends on the condition to be treated and the plan of care agreed upon by you, the massage therapist, and when appropriate our team.
What do you wear during a massage?
Your massage therapist will ask you to remove clothing appropriate to the body part being treated. This will be discussed with you, and then you can proceed to undress as much as you feel comfortable with. While receiving your massage, you will be covered or “draped” with a sheet and only the body part being worked om will be exposed.