Massage therapy has mostly been known as an intuitive alternative to medicine, however in more recent years there has been scientific research proving positive physiological effects on the body and brain.
Commonly used for pain relief, the general public has become more aware of the message Registered Massage Therapist’s (RMT) have been advocating.
While pain killers such as Tylenol and Ibuprofen are effective, they have short term results as they target and alter pain receptors in the brain and spinal cord. Muscular pain is a result of a lack of oxygen, also known as ischemia due to a sustained muscular contraction (spasm). Because massage therapy has a direct mechanical impact on muscles bringing in new blood and cells on ischemic tissue, it has been proven that massage treatment has longer lasting effects. With assessment and patient to therapist communication, massage treatment is not only used as maintenance in a healthy lifestyle but as a progressive routine resulting in high efficiency movement.
The Absolute PhysioCare massage department works on soft tissue to combat muscle spasms around injured joints prior to chiropractic adjustments. This assists in painless joint manipulation and faster recovery for our patients.
After strenuous physiotherapy sessions, manual massage therapy can help move new blood into areas of muscle fatigue to alleviate lactic acid build-up. When patients have multiple sessions within the clinic, the practitioners meet to discuss the injury to decide the fastest approach to recovery.
Massage therapists utilize many techniques to treat various ailments and depending on your condition they may use several of the following techniques during your treatment.