Massage therapy can enhance both your physical and emotional well being and in turn help to improve your quality of life. It benefits individuals of all ages. Massage therapy treatment may be used to reduce muscle tension, induce relaxation, increase circulation, assist the lymphatic system and improve joint mobility while treating both the acute and chronic stages of conditions.
Massage therapy is a hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, specifically, the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints.
Massage therapy treatment has a therapeutic effect on the body and improves health and well-being by acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. Physical function can be developed, maintained and improved and physical dysfunction and pain can be relieved or prevented through the use of massage therapy.
Modern massage 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, combined with traditional Swedish and modern massage therapy techniques, exercise and other therapies, to treat their clients.
Before your treatment, your massage therapist will propose a personalized treatment plan based on an initial assessment and health history. The assessment can consist of various tests to determine the condition of your muscles and joints. Any information you provide to your massage therapist is completely confidential and will be safeguarded. Your health record cannot be released or transferred without your written consent.
Your massage therapist must also obtain your consent to work on any part of the body, regardless of whether you are fully clothed, or fully or partially covered with sheets or blankets. Your privacy will always be respected, and you may withdraw your consent for treatment at any time. Various specialized hand movements over the skin or clothes make up the massage therapy treatment. The massage therapist will work with your level of pain tolerance during the treatment, and the treatment can bestopped at any time should the treatment become uncomfortable.
Massage therapy is not covered by OHIP, but many private insurance compan1es cover treatment from a massage therapist as part of their extended health care plans. Please consult your policy.
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