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Massage Therapy

What is it?

Massage practice is a therapeutic, integral healing relationship in which the therapist assists the client in restoring, maintaining and enhancing the well being of the client. (MT Act, 1991)

Scope of Practice…

“The practice of massage therapy is the assessment of the soft tissue and joints of the body and the treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction and pain of the soft tissues and joints by manipulation to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function, or relieve pain.” (MT Act, 1991)

Swedish Techniques

Effleurage and petrissage

  • Affect circulation
  • Decrease muscle tone
  • Lengthen shortened muscles
  • Decrease muscle spasm
  • Decrease muscle fibrosis and adhesion

Non-Swedish Techniques

  • Hydrotherapy
  • Myofascial techniques
  • Neuromuscular techniques
  • Remedial Exercise
  • Joint Mobilizations

What Massage Can and Cannot Do

  • Control Pain
  • Affects local and systemic blood flow
  • Affects Lymphatic system
  • Affects musculoskeletal system
  • Psychological Effects
  • Can not increase muscle tone or decrease cellulite

Treatable Conditions (Just to name a few)

  • Strains and Sprains
  • Dislocations and Fractures
  • Whiplash
  • Tendonitis and Bursitis
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Headaches
  • Postural Imbalances
  • Joint Dysfunction
  • CNS and PNS Disorders
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Disc Herniations
  • Gastrointestinal Concerns
  • Pregnancy
  • Respiratory Conditions
  • Stress Reduction