Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy is one of the oldest methods of healing, as the practice of Massage Therapy can be traced back nearly 4,000 years. Statistics from both Health Canada1 and the American Massage Therapy Association2 show that millions of North Americans use it today.

Registered Massage Therapists use the application of various techniques to treat the soft tissues and joints of the body. Massage techniques most commonly include pressure and compression, kneading, friction, and mobilizing to improve the health and condition of the muscles, tendons, skin, fascia or connective tissue of the body. Massage Therapists as well as Physiotherapists, Osteopaths and nurses are all covered under the Regulated Health Care Professionals of Ontario3.

The “Physician’s Guide to Therapeutic Massage” shows that massage can decrease pain, improve range of motion, improve mood, aid in the circulation of blood and lymph flow, reduce muscle and joint soreness, and improve sleep.

1 Health Canada (2003)Health Policy Research Bulletin. Retrieved May 10, 2005, from http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/iacb-dgiac/arad-draa/english/rmdd/bulletin/mainstream.html#page6
2 American Massage Therapy Association. (2001). Massage Therapy Consumer Fact Sheet

3 http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/hhrsd/about/regulated_professions.aspx

The Benefits of Massage Therapy

Many people benefit from Massage Therapy. Whether you are in search of help in injury recovery and rehabilitation, looking for a healthful way to deal with day-to-day stress or simply interested in maintaining good health, Massage Therapy is a safe and effective form of health care.

Provide Relief

Massage Therapy has been shown to provide relief from the following disorders:

  • Back pain
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Joint pain
  • Limited Joint Mobility
  • Chronic Muscle Fatigue
  • Minor Sports Injuries
  • Whiplash and Whiplash Associated Disorders

Treatment Choice

Massage Therapy may also be considered an important treatment choice for the following conditions:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Tension
  • Mental Stress
  • Insomnia
  • Arthritis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Circulatory Problems
  • Asthma
  • Recurring Stress or Repetitive Strain Injuries

Note: More and more Massage Therapy is being prescribed by physicians to complement traditional medical treatments for illness, injury and pain relief.

Who can receive Massage Therapy?

  • People of all ages, from birth to palliative care
  • Anyone with work related stress, strain or discomfort
  • Anyone dealing with stress, depression and immunity
  • Athletes
  • Pregnant women

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are new to Massage Therapy, we understand that you might have some questions. We are confident that we have the answers to your inquiries.

Below are the answers to the questions that are most commonly asked about Massage Therapy. Should you have additional questions please feel free to contact us.

Your body can let you know. Some people require only a few sessions to treat a specific problem, while others become regular users of Massage Therapy as both proactive and preventative healthcare. Massage Therapy can help maintain good muscle tone, flexibility, and help correct muscular injuries.

The Registered Massage Therapist will review your Health History, perform Orthopedic Assessments if needed and review your goals for the session. You will also be asked to describe any chronic problems that you are experiencing. This will determine the appropriate regions of your body that need attention. A typical massage can involve your back, neck, shoulders, arms, legs, feet, and hands.

Most people report feeling very relaxed, and often experience significant relief from aches, pains and stress after a Massage Therapy treatment. However some people, especially those who require deep-tissue massage, experience mild muscle soreness which may last a day or two. Once the soreness is gone, they often notice an increase in energy and range of motion.

It is not uncommon for first-time clients to be apprehensive with the personal nature of Massage Therapy. Most clients lose this apprehension within the first few minutes of treatment. Massage Therapists are trained professionals who respect your feelings and go out of their way to allow you to feel comfortable.

One of the keys to the success of a your Massage Therapy treatment is for you to feel completely relaxed and comfortable. That is why the decision is yours. You may remove only the items of clothing that you are comfortable with. Traditional Massage Therapy does work best administered directly on the skin, without the barrier of clothing on the treated areas. During a session you will be fully covered with a sheet and blanket, only the area of your body that is treated is uncovered. Before and after the session, you will undress and dress in complete privacy.

Yes. Most extended healthcare plans include massage therapy and some even have on-line billing. Some plans ask you to first receive a physician’s referral. At Remissio we are able to direct-bill to most insurance companies for you!

Yes we do! Massage Therapy is a great way to show someone how much you care. For details please contact our office.

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