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What is massage therapy?

Massage Therapy is an alternative therapy that focuses on manual manipulation of muscle, ligament, tendon, joint, and fascia. Obtaining and maintaining soft tissue health is the primary purpose of massage. Massage therapy and healing touch has been used therapeutically since 2000 B.C. It is used for both acute and chronic conditions. RMT's can work with a wide variety of clients, of all ages, in the treatment of illness, injury rehabilitation and disability. Massage therapy is beneficial to a variety of conditions, most commonly including:

Massage at Mount Royal Health CenterMuskuloskeletal Pain
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Sprains/Strains
Overuse injuries
Digestive issues (constipation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
Asthma/Breathing issues
Bronchitis/Emphysema
Motor Vehicle Accident relief

A typical massage session ranges from 30-90 minutes, depending on the amount of areas that require attention. It begins with a short health history form and assessment of your current condition. The client then disrobes and lays on the massage table, fully covered between two sheets, while the therapist leaves the room to wash their hands.

Several different techniques may be utilized during the course of the massage therapy treatment. These could include:

Effleurage- long soothing superficial strokes
Pettrisage- deeper manipulating strokes ie: kneading, scooping
Tapotement- gentle stimulation of the muscle fibres ie: tapping, cupping, chopping

We offer the following types of massage therapy at Mount Royal Health Center:

- Deep tissue/therapeutic massage

- Myofascial release

- Myofascial Cupping

- Acupressure massage

-Pre/Post natal massage

- Injury rehabilitation

-Relaxation massage

Some of these techniques are stimulating to pain receptors, but this is typically a temporary stimulus. Your therapist will explain to you the reason for this temporary stimulus, and work to decrease the discomfort as quickly as possible. As a client, you always have the right to stop or modify treatment as you see fit. Massage therapy is meant to be a comfortable and relaxing experience, so should you feel uncomfortable, do not hesitate to inform your therapist. You are in control of the pressure, the length, and the areas that are addressed in a session. Your job is to try to relax your body and breathe deeply through the techniques aiding your soft tissue to benefit most from the treatment.

After the completion of your massage therapy treatment, the therapist will then advise you on specific exercises and stretches that will benefit you most, in order to maintain the relaxed state of your body. This is a self- care plan designed just for you. Adhering to the self-care plan created by your therapist will ensure proper rehabilitation and recovery. It may take 6-12 treatments in order to treat some conditions fully, and regular massage will aid in decreasing the recurrence of symptoms.

What are the benefits of massage therapy?

There are tremendous benefits to be achieved through regular massage therapy treatments. Whether your need is to have a moment of relaxation, reduce muscle tension or attain relief from chronic pain, a therapeutic massage can enhance your overall sense of emotional and physical well-being.

Massage therapy can be an important part of your health maintenance plan by:

-Reducing or eliminating pain

-Improving joint mobility

-Improving circulation

-Improving lymphatic drainage

-Reducing muscular tension

What is hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy is the use of hot and cold for therapeutics effects. The effects of hydrotherapy vary depending on the temperature, how it is applied and length of application. Your RMT may instruct your to apply hydrotherapy at home following your treatment and will provide you specific instructions to ensure safety and effectiveness of hydrotherapy for you and your condition.

Hot Hydrotherapy

Cold Hydrotherapy

Contrast Hydrotherapy


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