by Kip Petch, RMT
Therapeutic Massage is a very popular hands-on approach which can positively affect many systems of the body, more specifically the muscular, circulatory and the nervous systems which helps to relax the muscles. When muscles are loose and circulation is efficient there is less pain, a decreased chance of injury or dysfunction and better health outcomes.
Most people associate Therapeutic Massage with simply relieving pain and soreness in the various body parts. This type of massage, when administered properly, can provide profound healing benefits in addition to soothing your aches and pains.
A Therapeutic Massage is the recommended modality for treating specific health needs related to your physical wellbeing, and can be used to effectively treat a wide range of injuries and conditions.
These injuries/conditions may be the result of:
- Specific traumas (i.e.: motor vehicle accident, athletic injury, a fall, etc.)
- Overuse/Misuse (i.e.: occupational injury, repetitive strain, tendinitis, etc.)
- Conditions which develop over time (i.e.: headaches, arthritis, fibromyalgia, etc.)
- Post-surgical conditions (i.e.: hip or knee replacement, muscle or tendon surgery, etc.)
Physical and emotional stress can also accumulate in our muscles, particularly in the back and neck areas. If you have a poor posture to begin with, any added stress will exacerbate it. Regular massages can help relax your muscles and release tension in those affected joints.
Our Massage Therapists will combine our assessment skills and physiological knowledge along with an integration of our personal experience to provide you with effective care and personalized treatment. We will be able to examine what approach your body requires and we will concentrate on the most important areas in order to provide you the relief that you need from your tense and painful areas.
Ongoing communication with your Massage Therapist is vital to ensure you are getting a treatment that is most effective while staying within your own personal comfort level.
Our Massage Therapists will further educate patients in the proper postural procedures and harmful repetitive strain patterns and will suggest remedial exercises to assist you in the prevention and treatment of certain conditions.
Therapeutic massage can help to treat pain, restore function, and reduce stress, all of which will increase your overall health. When you book a treatment at the ALC be sure to specify that you would like a therapeutic or deep tissue massage. Our Registered Massage Therapists will discuss your specific health concerns and set up a treatment schedule for you which will help to ensure that you receive the appropriate treatment for your unique needs.
Registered Massage Therapists at the Active Life Centre who include Therapeutic Massage into their practices:
Liesl van Jaarsveldt