8 benefits of massage therapy

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Maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle can often come with aches and pains. Just because someone is active and healthy doesn’t mean they don’t experience their fair share of stress and sleepless nights.

If your busy schedule is taking a toll on your body, you should consider massage therapy.

Who doesn’t love a gentle, relaxing massage? But not everyone realises that regular visits to your massage therapist could have other unexpected health benefits. Today, massage therapy is more popular — and accessible — than ever before. It’s grown to be a staple in many healthcare regimens.

What is massage therapy?

Massage therapy is a regulated healthcare approach that promotes a balance between a patient’s mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing. It’s performed by a registered massage therapist (RMT), who must be registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario to legally practice massage therapy in the province.

RMTs work with patients to design a personalised treatment plan for illness, injury, rehabilitation and disability. There are several types of massage regularly used by RMTs, depending on the patient’s needs. These include deep tissue massage, sports massage, prenatal massage, scalp/facial massage, relaxation massage and myofascial release.

RMTs can safely and effectively treat infants, children, and the elderly. In fact, age-related health conditions, such as arthritis and muscle tension, are best treated with massage therapy.

If your condition would be better treated by a different healthcare professional, your massage therapist will be happy to make the appropriate referral.

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What can massage therapy do for you?

Whether you suffer from chronic pain, an acute injury or even just those pesky aches and pains of everyday life, one of the biggest benefits of massage therapy is pain relief. Massage therapy is so effective against pain because it targets the root of the issue rather than simply treating surface pain. Massage also stimulates the release of “feel-good” hormones like dopamine and serotonin, reducing the sensation of pain.

An unexpected but critical long-term benefit of massage therapy associated with pain relief is improved circulation. This happens over time and is more noticeable in patients who receive massage therapy on a regular basis. Improved circulation causes a snowball effect, removing lactic acid from your muscle tissue while allowing blood to circulate more freely to heal damaged, stiff, and tense muscles.

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    Many people have preconceived notions that massage is only a feel-good way to pamper yourself. Instead, think of it as a tool to help you take charge of your health and well-being.

    Your massage therapist can even teach you helpful tips for using massage at home, with a partner or even by yourself.

    Whether you’re looking for ways to treat a specific health condition, or simply find some much-needed stress relief, massage therapy might be the missing puzzle piece you need.

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