Massage Therapy

Advanced Health & Wellness is pleased to offer Registered Massage Therapy to the Peterborough community!

What is Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy consists primarily of hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, specifically, the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints for the purpose of optimizing health.

Massage therapy treatment has a therapeutic effect on the body and optimizes health and well-being by acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. Physical function can be developed, maintained and improved while physical dysfunction, pain and the effects of stress can be relieved or prevented through the use of Massage Therapy.

Modern massage therapy techniques can be traced back to the 1700′s and the development of Swedish massage, the first systematic method of therapeutic massage based on physiology. Today’s Massage Therapists use their knowledge of anatomy and physiology to combine traditional Swedish and modern Massage Therapy techniques with exercise and other therapies to treat their clients. http://www.cmto.com/registrants/about-the-profession/about-massage-therapy/

Massage Therapy is beneficial to anyone who is suffering from any of the following conditions:

  • Back, leg and neck pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome/Tendonitis
  • Repetitive strain injuries/Tennis Elbow/Golfer’s Elbow
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Edema/swelling
  • Headaches
  • Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and bursitis
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Kyphosis and Scoliosis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Muscle tension and spasm
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation
  • Pregnancy related pain/stress
  • Sports injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Strains and sprains
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Postural Disorders
  • Stress and stress related conditions
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Stroke
  • Tendinitis
  • Whiplash/MVA injuries

 

FAQs

Will I be sore after the treatment?

For anyone who is new to massage therapy or requires deep tissue massage, you may experience some discomfort after your treatment but this sensation will not last long and always be sure to let your massage therapist know if you experience any negative effects after your massage therapy treatment.

How many treatments do I need?

Depending on your condition and the length of time between the initial onset of your symptoms and when you seek massage therapy treatment, your massage therapist will conduct a physical assessment and come up with a treatment plan that best suits your individual health care needs.

What do I wear on the table?

Massage therapy techniques are most beneficial when applied directly to the skin but can performed above clothing. During the massage therapy treatment the only area that will be uncovered will be the one that your massage therapist is treating and the rest will always be securely draped.

Is Massage therapy safe for treating acute and chronic injuries?

Yes, it is appropriate for recent injuries (sprains, strains, whiplash) and also chronic musculoskeletal conditions. Massage therapy can be safely adapted to almost all diseases and medical conditions.

Different Types of Massage Therapy

Swedish massage

This massage technique is performed to promote circulation and relaxation. It is our lightest form of massage and it is designed to relieve tension and stress for anyone looking for relief from mild aches and pains.

Deep Tissue Massage

Therapeutic massage increases in intensity to diminish the effects of chronic tension. This massage promotes circulation and relaxation while penetrating deeper to help alleviate aches and pains caused by chronic musculoskeletal conditions.

Myofascial release therapy

Specific techniques target the underlying fascia surrounding muscle tissue that can cause muscles to shorten and become painful and cause dysfunctions in the body.

Prenatal Massage

Designed to alleviate symptoms and conditions associated with pregnancy (SI joint dysfunction, piriformis syndrome, etc.) and relieve pregnancy related pains and stress. While pregnant, it is not recommended that the woman lie on her stomach or back as it can put pressure on associated nerves and veins and cause more pain and symptoms. Our massage therapists will treat you in a side-lying position with pillows specifically placed to increase your comfort level during this safe and effective massage therapy treatment.

Hydrotherapy during Massage Therapy treatment

The use of heat during a massage therapy treatment is beneficial to our clients because heat…

  • Increases local tissue metabolism
  • Increases local circulation bringing nutrition and removing waste products
  • Viscosity of blood is reduced which increases blood flow
  • Increases lymphatic fluid flow, removing cellular waste and debris
  • Increases the extensibility and elasticity of various connective tissues
  • Relaxes deeper muscles through neurological effects
  • Decreases hypertonicity (tension) in deep muscles
  • Reduces pain and muscle spasms

 

Chiropractic Care and Massage Therapy in Combination

Our team at Advanced Health and Wellness works together to give our patients the most effective and long lasting care possible. These health professions compliment each other well as dysfunction in the muscles are sure to cause dysfunction in the joint, and vice versa. Combining therapeutic massage therapy treatment with chiropractic adjustments will relieve pain, improve function and will retrain the muscles when the body is misaligned. Loosening the muscles and their attaching tendons allows them to conform to the new position post adjustment. Addressing both muscular and skeletal components of pain and disorders leads to increase relief and longer lasting results. Maintaining these improvements leads to a better quality of life and less reoccurrence of injury.

Resources:

RHPA (Regulated Health Professions Act)

MTA (Massage Therapy Act)

College of Massage Therapists (Code of Ethics)

College of Massage Therapists (Massage Therapy Competency Standards)

Massage Therapy Program Standard