Massage therapy is the manipulation of body tissues such as muscles, tendons, and ligaments using manual techniques to allow enhancements on the patient’s bodily health, fitness, and well-being.

People get massage therapy for relaxation or for a variety of health conditions:

  • Back pain
  • Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and tendinitis
  • Stress relief and stress-related conditions
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Muscle and related conditions such as spasms, strains and sprains
  • Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Circulatory and respiratory problems
  • Post-injury and post-surgical rehabilitation.

Benefits of Massage Therapy

Massage therapy improves circulation by bringing oxygen and other nutrients to body tissues. It relieves muscle tension and pain, increases flexibility and mobility, and helps clear lactic acid and other waste, which reduces pain and stiffness in muscles and joints.

Massage therapy relieves stress. It is thought to help the body’s stress response by lowering levels of hormones such as cortisol. Massage therapy may enhance the body’s immune function.

Massage can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure. Massage is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being.

Consultation and Assessment prior to Massage Therapy

Firstly, the massage therapist will take a full case history and this will be followed by a physical assessment to identify the nature and causative factors of the problem. Physical assessment skills are important, as is a good foundation in anatomy and massage therapist, in order to identify the source of the problem.

The source of pain may be in another part of the body other than the area it is felt. An individual’s posture or the way he or she uses his or her body to walk, run, or carry out any type of physical activity (even sitting at a computer) can be a contributing factor to a musculoskeletal problem such as back and neck pain. Once the massage therapist has identified and understood the nature of the client’s presenting problem, he or she will determine the most effective way of treating the problem.

Different Techniques of Massage

There are numerous types of massage. Various techniques utilise different strokes, including basic rubbing strokes, rocking movement, posture and movement re-education, application of pressure to specific points, and more. The massage therapist knows what appropriate methods should be applied on specific conditions.

Commonly Asked Questions on Massage Therapy Procedures

Where will the massage session take place?
Should patients be completely undressed?
Is the therapist present upon undressing?
Is my body covered during the procedure?
What parts of the body will be massaged?
How does the massage feel like?
How long will the session last?
What should the patient do during the procedure?
What is the feeling after massage therapy?
Are there medical conditions which can make massages inadvisable?