Massage Therapy Ottawa
Massage therapy is a hands-on approach to treating the soft tissues of the body, including muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints. Massage therapy is a wonderful addition to your treatment as it can help you recover from a wide array of health issues. It is best known for benefiting conditions such as stress, tension, anxiety, and pain.
In particular, massage therapy can be beneficial in treating overuse injuries, chronic pain and aiding in rehabilitation. Additional benefits include increased flexibility and relaxation, relief of muscle aches and pains, migraine and headache relief, extension of compressed nerves, improved circulation of blood and the digestive system, and greater amounts of energy. It can also be very beneficial for athletes to minimize injuries and stress to muscles, tendons and ligaments.
Types of Massage Therapy
A registered massage therapist is a regulated health professional who has completed at least 2,200 hours of education and passed written and oral exams provided by government- approved colleges. They have studied the human body extensively, delving into anatomy, pathology, physiology, ethics and more. They are health care practitioners who will listen to both you and your body and work to set and reach attainable goals that you have both agreed upon before each treatment.
Registered massage therapists use different methods and skills for each treatment. The primary method used is Swedish massage—a type of therapy that can relax muscles through pressure and a variety of different strokes. Therapists also use trigger point therapy and joint mobilizations.
Massage Therapy Techniques and Treatments
The Graston method is an instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization technique. Soft tissue mobilization is a “forceful movement of musculofascial elements through its restrictive directions, beginning with its most superficial layers and progressing into depth while taking into account the relationship of the joints concerned” (Gordin & Cantu, 1992). This technique allows for release of fascial restrictions and increased water uptake by muscles. It also stretches connective tissue and muscle fibres, facilitates reflex changes in chronic muscle-holding patterns, promotes fascial mobility, increases blood flow, and allows for a faster return to normal and healthy function. The Graston technique can be used to treat tendonitis, fascial syndromes, sprains, scar tissue adhesions, edema (swelling), nerve entrapment (compression) syndromes, and myofascial pain (trigger points).
Massage therapy may be used to treat carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, whiplash, tension headaches, depression and anxiety, stress and insomnia, injured or torn muscles, pregnancy-related pain and discomfort, diabetes, hypertension, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, Raynaud’s disease, heart disease, scoliosis, and more. No matter what condition you suffer from, there is often a massage treatment that can benefit you.
While massage therapy can be used to treat, heal and optimize the body, it is also very beneficial for relaxation and reducing stress. Massage encourages a calm and peaceful mind, improves concentration, and helps relieve physical and mental stress.