Our Massage Therapists are highly specialized professionals who work with the soft tissues and joints throughout the body. Specializing in specific release techniques hydrotherapy and stretches, our Massage Therapists affect the local and systemic portions of the body. For these reasons it is apparent that different techniques and methods must be utilized for different cases specified for each patient.
Massage Therapy is essentially the assessment and manipulation of the soft tissues and joints of the body. This includes the skin, muscles, tendons, fascia, ligaments, and joint capsules. These areas are assessed and manipulated by the Massage Therapists by hand with each technique appropriate to each client’s condition and comfort. Massage Therapy works best when the therapist is able to make direct contact with the skin. For this reason many patients are intimidated by the process, here at Alliance our patients are able to remove as much or as little clothing from the area that they wish. This ensures our patients the highest comfort possible. Patients are also draped by a cloth during the process in all areas but that which is being worked on.
The Massage Therapist usually employs an oil or cream to prevent drag across the bodies surface. If you are aware of any allergies you may have to lotions or oils, it is imperative that you let us know before treatment so a supplement can be remedied.
The short term benefits of Massage Therapy can include a decrease in pain, inflammation, swelling and spasms. In addition trigger point methods combined with hydrotherapy can maintain a greater range of motion in the cervical spine.
Long term benefits include the elimination of adhesions, an increase in the motion of joints, the strengthening of muscles, address compensatory changes, as well as accompanying signs and symptoms.
Massage therapy can decrease stress and promote relaxation throughout the entire body resulting in higher levels of energy and wellness.
Your body will experience an increased feeling of relaxation and less pain. You body will have a higher range of motion and circulation. May alleviate symptoms.
Like all activities attributing to the soft tissue there is some risk involved. These may include muscles stiffness/soreness the next day, an aggravation of symptoms, imbalance of medications (insulin) and discomfort between treatments. This being said the benefits of massage therapy including relaxation and decreased stress, along with increased motion and elimination. For many these far outweigh the other problems and are experienced far more often by our clients.
Treatment planning is a process that is best decided by patient consultation so as you can get the most specialized and beneficiary therapy. This will include the patient filling out a medical history forum so the therapist is able to plan the safest, most effective massage therapy. All information collected is of course safe and confidential as per the Regulated Healthcare Professional Act.
OHIP does not currently cover massage therapy treatment. Fortunately it is covered by some extensive healthcare plans that give partial to full coverage for massage therapy. Check with your health plan to learn more about your enablements.
Massage therapists in the province of Ontario must graduate from a recognized Massage Therapy Institute achieving the 2200 hour massage therapy program. These programs include theoretical and practical lessons in:
Students are also required to pass practical and theoretical bar exams once graduated to become a registered massage therapist in Ontario
If you have any further questions about massage therapy please don’t be afraid to contact us, as we would be glad to answer all your questions!
During the massage, the client is draped at all times except for the part being worked upon (i.e. back). The therapist will ask, once they have left the room, that the client undress down to their underpants and to get in between the two sheets that cover the massage table. The reason the therapist requests the client to undress to their underpants is that it allows the therapist maximum access to the skin and muscles. However, the client may wear as much or as little clothing as they feel comfortable with and the massage can be performed through the sheets or clothing if the client is mort comfortable with that.
Hydrotherapy is the use of water, in it’s various forms, internally or externally, for it’s therapeutic effects. It can be applied locally, or as a full body treatment. Hot, cold, and a combination of both temperatures are used depending on stage of injury.
Your therapist may give you hydrotherapy to use at home. This can range from full body hydrotherapy (i.e. Epson salt bath), or a locally applied therapy (i.e. heating pad or ice). This self care supports the soft tissue work done by your therapist and may help to alleviate pain or discomfort due to your injury.
Remedial exercise is another form of self care for the client to use at home to aid in their recovery. These remedial exercises can include stretches or strengthening exercises for the muscles. It is important that clients become active participants in their own health and recovery, and doing these prescribed remedial exercises can help to quicken the client’s recovery time.
Myofascial trigger points reduce full range of motion by preventing full lengthening of the muscle. A trigger point is defined by Travel and Simons as a hyperirritable spot within a taut band of skeletal muscle or it’s fascia, that is painful on compression. It can refer to pain to other areas of the body. If it is painful within a referral zone, it is known as active. If it refers to pain only when it is compressed, it is known as latent.
Within the first four days of injury. Symptoms seen may include one or all of the following: pain, swelling, an increase in temperature at the injury site, redness, loss of movement, muscle spasming.
Within the fourth and fourteenth day after the injury. Symptoms seen may include one or all of the following: some decrease in pain, some decrease in swelling, increased muscle weakness, decreased range of motion due to adhesion formation.
Fourteen to twenty-one days after the injury. There may be restriction of movement due to scar and adhesions, pain and muscle weakness can be present but inflammation is absent. Although chronic inflammation can last for weeks or years, especially after reoccurring flare-ups of acute inflammation (i.e. tendonitis).Back