The practice of Massage Therapy is the assessment of the soft tissue and joints of the body and the treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction and pain of the soft tissue and joints by manipulation to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function, or relieve pain (Massage Therapy Act, 1991). Massage Therapy should only be provided by a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT). An RMT is a primary healthcare provider in Ontario and must be registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO). Massage Therapists have a vast knowledge base of anatomy, physiology, pathology, and kinesiology. Your Massage Therapist will require an overall picture of your current health and detailed health history to design a treatment plan that’s right for you.
A variety of techniques can be used including traditional Swedish massage which helps promote healing while targeting pain, injuries, stress and stiffness using gliding, kneading, tapping, friction and light shaking—designed to ease pain and help relaxation. As well as deeper massage techniques that are used to target sore, achy or injured muscles. It involves a deeper pressure used by the therapist – including fascial work, joint mobilization and trigger point therapy. The client will often have to participate by using deep breathing techniques while the therapist works within his/her pain tolerance. Techniques and pressure levels vary and are based on the individual needs and comfort level of the client during each session.
Massage Therapy can be used as a treatment for both acute and chronic conditions. RMTs work with a wide variety of clients in the treatment of illness, injury rehabilitation and disability and can offer significant benefits for a variety of conditions. Massage Therapy can help alleviate musculoskeletal disorders associated with everyday stress, muscular overuse, the physical manifestation of mental conditions and many persistent pain syndromes. Massage Therapy can also be used as part of a preventative care program.
Massage therapy can prove beneficial to many conditions, including but not limited to the following: (RMTAO, 2020)
• Anxiety and Depressions
• Asthma and Emphysema
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
• Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Muscle Tension and Spasm
• Parkinson’s Disease
• Plantar Fasciitis
• Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
• Sports Injuries
• Strains and Sprains
• Stress and Stress-Related Conditions