Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to enhance a person’s health and well-being.
The Benefits of Massage Therapy
RMT’s work to treat a variety of patients with illness, injury rehabilitation and disability. Massage therapy can be beneficial to a wide variety of conditions.
- Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
- Exercise, relax, soften and stretch– injured, weak, tired, overused or atrophied muscles.
- Reduce spasms and cramping.
- Increased joint flexibility.
- Help athletes prepare for and recover from strenuous workouts.
- Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
- Reduce post surgery adhesions and swelling.
- Skin improvement.
- Promote tissue regeneration– reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
- Boost the immune system by stimulating the body’s natural defense system.
- Lessen depression and anxiety.
- Relieve migraine pain.
- Ease medication dependence
- Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.
- Make delivery for expectant mothers easier and shorten maternity stays at the hospital.
What is a RMT?
A Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) is the best and safest way to get a massage that will be beneficial to your overall health and well being. An RMT is an individual who is registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO).
The CMTO is responsible for quality assurance and complaints in order to protect the public and holds therapists accountable to the standards of practice that are taken from the Regulated Healthcare Professional Act (RHPA). Only people with the CMTO are permitted to use the title RMT or Massage Therapist (MT). A RMT can also provide a receipt that will be accepted by your extended health benefits plan for reimbursement, provided you plan covers massage therapy.
To determine whether someone is an RMT or MT, you can search for them on the CMTO website.
A Powerful Ally
There’s no denying the power of massage therapy. Whether you call it pampering, therapeutic, a luxurious treat, stress relief, or pain management– massage therapy can be a powerful instrument in your healthcare regimen.
Experts estimate that upwards of 90% of diseases are stress related, and nothing ages people faster– internally and externally– than high stress. Massage therapy can, without a doubt, help manage stress.
What does this mean for you:
- Decreased anxiety.
- Enhanced sleep quality.
- Greater energy.
- Improved concentration.
- Increased circulation.
- Reduced fatigue.
Many people often feel a change of perspective or more clarity after receiving a massage. The emotional balance and restoration massage therapy provides can often be just as vital and valuable as the physical benefits. The body’s response to massage therapy cascade throughout the body creating physiological and chemical changes with profound effects.
Research shows that with massage:
- Arthritis sufferers note fewer aches and less stiffness and pain.
- Asthmatic children show better pulmonary function and increased peak air flow.
- Burn injury patients report reduced pain, itching, and anxiety.
- High blood pressure patients demonstrate lower diastolic blood pressure, anxiety, and stress hormones.
- PMS sufferers have decreased water retention and cramping.
- Preterm infants have improved weight gain.
Increased Benefits with Frequent Visits
Getting massages often can do a world of good for you. Just because massages feels like pampering doesn’t mean it is any less therapeutic. Consider massage appointments a necessary part of your over all health and wellness. Work with your practitioner to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs.
To book an appointment for a massage contact:
Emily Wolff, RMT
C: (647) 239-5390
King City Natural Health Centre
Call (905) 773-5122 for an appointment or clinic for clinic hours.
Go to http://www.kcnh.ca/ for more information.