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As part of a full body approach, massage therapy can be crucial to healing the body and aiding in many important body functions. Both the body and the mind can benefit from massage therapy.
Massage therapy is a hands-on treatment performed by a massage therapist. Registered Massage Therapists (RMT) are trained to treat muscle and tendon issues with a deeper understanding of your anatomy. They can safely massage your neck muscles, for example, because their education gives them the knowledge of dangerous areas and safe areas to treat.
Relaxation massage therapists, in contrast, perform very superficial treatments, aimed at relaxation and do not undergo as extensive training as a Registered Massage Therapist.
Registered Massage Therapists perform manipulation of soft tissues in the body, including muscles, tendons, ligaments, and connective tissue, to treat pain, tension, spasm, and other musculoskeletal conditions.
Medical therapy enhances a person’s overall health and well-being. It involves applying pressure, tension, or vibration to the body using various techniques and movements. Registered Massage therapists in our downtown Calgary clinic offer additional healing modalities that include cupping, hot stone therapy, myofascial release, acupressure, Indian Head Massage, hot oil therapy, and herbal compress treatments that are added to your session. The active release is another technique that aids in relieving and treating chronic muscle tension and whiplash
Massage therapy in Calgary offers a wide range of physical and psychological benefits. Here are some ways in which it can help:
Pain management: Massage can alleviate various types of pain.
Muscle pain and soreness from injuries or overexertion during sports or other activities, tension headaches, whiplash, tendonitis, back pain, neck, and shoulder pain.
Chronic conditions like arthritis can respond to regular massage therapy. The manipulation of soft tissues helps improve blood circulation, reduces inflammation, and releases endorphins, which act as natural painkillers.
Improved blood and lymphatic circulation: Massage therapy enhances blood flow throughout the body, which can help deliver oxygen and nutrients to tissues and organs more effectively. Circulation can be impaired when there is injury and scar tissue.
Improved circulation can also facilitate the removal of metabolic waste products from the body.
Muscle relaxation and flexibility: Massage techniques such as kneading, stretching, and friction can relax and loosen tight muscles. Cross Fibre friction (or Cross Fibre release) is a type of active release that is very effective for chronic muscle spasms and stiffness.
Advanced Massage therapy at our downtown Calgary clinic can improve flexibility, range of motion, and joint mobility, making it especially beneficial for athletes or individuals recovering from injuries. Everyone can benefit from therapy today, given the use of devices and computers which cause bad posture and resulting muscle pain and stiffness.
Altered posture is an alarming result of poor ergonomics for children and adults. Shoulders get rounded forward and muscles and ligaments get shortened. The neck moves forward at an unnatural angle. This leads to headaches, neck, and shoulder pain. Down the line, it will result in increased disability and poor function.
Improved immune function: Regular medical massage therapy has been linked to a stronger immune system. It can boost the activity of white blood cells, which are essential for fighting off infections and diseases. Some of this can be explained by the lowering of stress and the improvement of circulation.
Rehabilitation and injury recovery: Massage therapy can be an integral part of rehabilitation programs for injuries, helping to reduce pain, inflammation, and muscle tension. It aids in the healing process by increasing circulation, promoting tissue regeneration, and breaking down scar tissue.
Relaxation and stress relief: Massage therapy promotes relaxation. It also helps lower pain. This reduces the levels of stress hormones like cortisol and increases the production of feel-good hormones like serotonin and dopamine. Massage therapy helps relieve physical and mental stress, promoting a sense of calm and well-being.
Mental and emotional well-being: In addition to its physical benefits, massage therapy can have positive effects on mental and emotional health. It can reduce anxiety, depression, and symptoms of stress-related disorders. The human touch and nurturing environment of a massage session can promote feelings of comfort, relaxation, and emotional balance.
It’s important to note that massage therapy is a complementary therapy and should not be considered a substitute for medical treatment. If you have specific health concerns or conditions, it’s advisable to consult with a qualified healthcare professional before starting any massage therapy.
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