Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of your muscles and other soft tissues to loosen tense muscles, assist recovery from injuries and manage stress levels. At our Nepean physiotherapy center, our Registered Massage Therapists are able to provide massage treatments to our patients that can help to manage a wide range of issues, including abnormal levels of stress.
What is a massage?
Massage is a form of passive therapy — where our staff provide external manipulation or stimulus to you body to help treat injuries or illness—in which the client's soft tissues, including their tendons, ligaments and muscles are manually manipulated to help reduce tension held in the body, improve mobility and flexibility, aid in the healing process and help to reduce and alleviate stress or anxiety.
Because of this wide array of applications, massage therapy has become increasingly popular as a treatment for clients in North America, with estimates from 2006 stating that 1 in 6 Americans had at least one massage throughout the year.
At Nepean Sports Medicine & Physiotherapy Centre, we have a team of Registered Massage Therapists on staff who regularly work with the physiotherapists in our physical therapy clinic department, to provide comprehensive rehabilitation therapies for our patients.
The massages and manual therapies offered at our Nepean physiotherapy center are able to provide relief and treatment for the following:
Massage Therapy for Stress Relief
Massage therapy has long been used to help treat stress relief across countries and cultures.
The physical manipulation of your muscles, tendon and ligaments to help relieve the places you are holding stress is a time-proven means of helping to partially alleviate even the worst anxiety—especially when it relates to problem-solving, test-taking, work stress or anticipation of an upcoming stressful event.
During a typical massage therapy session, your comfort is important and this goes doubly so for masses targeted at relieving stress.
Everything from remaining dressed to your comfort level, to your own position and the force with which your therapist manipulates your tissues are all meant to help you relax and have an experience that not only alleviates aches and pain, but is deeply soothing and allows you to better manage ongoing stress and anxieties.
Generally, the Registered Massage Therapists at our Nepean physical therapy clinic use Swedish massage techniques when administering treatment for stress, since its long, slow and deep movements are designed to help energize and relax you.
Massage Therapy for Other Conditions
While it is quite effective at doing so, the massage therapy services offered at Nepean Sports Medicine & Physiotherapy Centre aren't only for helping to encourage relaxation and alleviate stress, but mostly to help solve a problem/impairment!
Our Registered Massage Therapists are able to offer therapeutic treatments aimed at helping to treat a wide variety of illnesses and injuries—often in tandem with the other physiotherapy treatments, we have available to our clients.
Using massage therapy, we are able to treat neck and back pain (especially stemming from sitting at your desk all day), arthritis, degenerative disc disease, sports injuries, muscle spasms, headaches, migraines and more.
Our staff are trained in both sports, deep tissue, and myofascial release massage techniques in addition to the one described above.
These techniques are designed to help relieve tension caused by injuries and chronic pain in your muscles and soft tissues.
When done in tandem with other therapies like hot and cold packs, acupuncture and dry needling, and active physiotherapy exercises, massages are able to help alleviate pain, encourage circulation, promote mobility, improve recovery times and help strengthen your body.
Are your feeling stressed or sore and are craving a massage?
Our team of specially trained physiotherapists and Registered Massage Therapists are here to help.
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