Manual Therapy, is a physical treatment primarily used by massage therapists.
With their touch, therapists relieve pain, help rehabilitate injuries, improve circulation, relieve stress, increase relaxation, and aid in the general wellness of clients.
They use their hands, fingers, forearms, elbows, and sometimes feet to knead muscles and soft tissues of the body.
Massage is the manipulation of soft tissues of the body including muscles, connective tissues, tendons, ligaments, joints. This involves working and acting on the body with pressure.
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Benefits of Massage
Increases circulation, allowing the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs.
– Increased circulation of blood and lymph systems improves the condition of the body’s largest organ – the skin.
– Relaxes and softens injured and overused muscles
– Reduces spasms and cramping
– Increases joint flexibility.
– Reduces recovery time, helps prepare for strenuous workouts and eliminates subsequent pains of the athlete at any level.
– Releases endorphins – the body’s natural painkiller – and is being used in chronic illness, injury and recovery from surgery to control and relieve pain.
– Reduces post-surgery adhesions and oedema and can be used to reduce and realign scar tissue after healing has occurred.
– Improves range-of-motion and decreases discomfort for patients with low back pain.
– Relieves pain for migraine sufferers and decreases the need for medication.
– Provides exercise and stretching for atrophied muscles and reduces shortening of the muscles for those with restricted range of motion.
– Assists with shorter labour for expectant mothers, as well as less need for medication, less depression and anxiety, and shorter hospital stays.
– Infectious skin disease, rash, or open wounds
– Immediately after surgery
– Immediately after chemotherapy or radiation, unless recommended by your doctor
– People with osteoporosis should consult their doctor before getting a massage
– Prone to blood clots. There is a risk of blood clots being dislodged. If you have heart disease, check with your doctor before having a massage
– Pregnant women should check with their doctor first if they are considering getting a massage. Massage in pregnant women should be done by massage therapists who are trained in pregnancy massage.
– Massage should not be done directly over bruises, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumours, abdominal hernia, or areas of recent fractures.