Registered Massage Therapists (RMT's) in Ontario are Committed Health Care Professionals
We are educated and trained to assess the soft tissue and joints of the body in order to treat and prevent physical dysfunction by manipulation. Techniques may include, massage, joint mobilization, orthopedic or neurological testing, hydrotherapy and rehabilitation exercises such as stretching, strengthening and patient education. Massage Therapy is an effective approach to pain management and rehabilitation. RMT's are effective in treating and providing relief for a wide range of conditions such as: migraine headaches, tendonitis, arthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, sports injuries, as well as many other common conditions related to soft tissue and joint dysfunction.
An overall increase in public interest in non-surgical and drug-free treatment options makes Massage Therapy very popular today.
The most current research suggests that there is a direct link between our physical well-being and mental or emotional state, which can be positively affected by massage therapy. Research also supports the use of massage therapy as an effective approach in injury management and rehabilitation, as well as part of a preventive care program.
Standard educational requirements include comprehensive studies in health sciences such as anatomy, physiology, pathology, kinesiology and neuro-anatomy. Other studies include clinical sciences such as manual skills, orthopedic assessment, remedial exercise, hydrotherapy and patient education. The management of chronic diseases, injuries and the effects of long-term stress are also studied extensively.
What type of techniques are used during treatment?
This is the most popular form of Massage Therapy used in North America. A lotion or oil is used to reduce skin friction. The therapist uses a variety of Swedish Massage techniques to relax muscles. Massage increases blood flow, which flush lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic waste products from the muscle tissues. Ligaments and tendons are stretched increasing their suppleness. Nerves are stimulated and relaxed, and stress is reduced.
Deep Tissue Massage
This technique targets chronic muscle tension. The therapist's strokes are slower, using more direct pressure and friction. Depending on the texture of the deeper layers of muscle and tissue the therapist will periodically adjust their hand positions, strokes, and intensity to work the tissues to release tension.
Myofascial release is a therapy used to release tension stored in the fascia. Fascia are sheets of fibrous tissue that encase and support muscles, separating them into groups and layers. Following injury or protracted postures, the fascia and muscles may shorten restricting blood flow. The techniques used in myofascial release relax muscle tension and break up myofascial adhesions.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger points are tiny, tight nodules that form in muscles, sometimes, causing referred pain. Often, myofascial pain can be linked to one or more trigger points. Treatment goals include, alleviating muscle spasms, improving circulation, and releasing trigger points. The therapist applies direct pressure to a trigger point to cause its release. During the massage, the therapist may return several times to a stubborn trigger point to elicit its release.
What are the Benefits of Registered Massage Therapy?
Reducing or eliminating pain
- Improving joint mobility
- Improving circulation
- Improving the function of the immune system
- Increasing lymphatic drainage
- Reducing depression and anxiety
- Reducing tension within muscles
- Increasing body awareness