Massage therapy, or manual therapy, is the manipulation of muscles and soft tissues to assist in injury recovery, manage stress levels and loosen tight muscles. At our Manotick physical therapy center, our Registered Massage Therapists are able to provide massage treatments to clients to help manage a wide range of issues, including abnormal amounts of stress.
What is a massage?
Massage is a kind of passive therapy (therapies where our staff provide external stimulus or manipulation to your body to treat injuries) where your soft tissues, tendons, ligaments and muscles are manually manipulated to reduce tension held throughout the body. This treatment can also help to improve flexibility, mobility, healing and reduce stress and alleviate 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.
Manotick PhysioWorks's physiotherapist team includes Registered Massage Therapists who work with the rest of our staff to provide comprehensive rehabilitative therapies for our clients.
The massages and manual therapies offered at our Manotick 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 muscles, tendons and ligaments can help to relieve the places you're holding stress. This is a time-proven way of helping to partially alleviate even the worst anxiety. This is especially the case when the stress relates to problem-solving, work stress, test-taking anticipation and upcoming stressful events.
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 position as you lay down to the force used by your massage therapist to help you relax will alleviate your aches and pain as well as soothe you. This experience can help you to better manage ongoing stress and anxieties.
Generally, the Registered Massage Therapists at our Manotick 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 can be quite effective at encouraging relaxation and alleviating stress, the massage therapy services offered at Manotick PhysioWorks are mostly used to help solve health issues or physical impairments.
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 can treat back and neck pain (especially pain stemming from sitting at a desk all day), arthritis, sports injuries, muscle spasms, degenerative disc disease, 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 conducted alongside other therapies like cold and hot packs, dry needling and acupuncture and active physiotherapy exercises, massages are able to help alleviate pain, prompt mobility, improve recovery times and help to strengthen your body.