Stephenson Massage Therapy provides a wide array of massage therapy techniques, designed to manage pain and dysfunction of the body’s soft tissues. Our qualified registered massage therapist offers:
Therapeutic massage; including:
Trigger point therapy
Superficial lymph drainage
Connective (deep) tissue
Joint mobilization, traction and oscillations
What is Massage Therapy?
As one of the oldest forms of complimentary healthcare, massage therapy is a clinically oriented treatment option that has been shown to have positive effects on almost all medical conditions. Its main purpose is to relieve pain and dysfunction using techniques that target specific soft tissues surrounding the effected joints. Registered massage therapists are also trained to use hydrotherapy alongside their techniques to manage blood supply, effect muscle or nerve tissue and promote faster healing times. Remedial exercise is then used during treatment, or as homecare, to strengthen and rehabilitate weak, overused or injured soft tissues.
In Ontario, massage therapy is a regulated healthcare profession governed by the Massage Therapy Act, 1991 and the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991. Therapists must be registered in order to practice. A registered massage therapist is someone who has received a diploma from a recognized school of massage therapy and has successfully completed the registration examinations, offered by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO).
How will Massage Therapy benefit me?
With regular treatments, massage therapy is a beneficial healthcare option that can enhance your overall well being and quality of life. Common, well known benefits include relaxation, a reduction in tension and stress, as well as improved sleeping patterns. Massage therapy is also beneficial in the management of many acute or chronic stage conditions such as sports injuries, scoliosis, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis and post surgical rehabilitation. It is also a great healthcare choice for expecting or new mothers, those who are in palliative care or those who suffer from depression or anxiety disorders.
Other important benefits of massage therapy include:
Reduces or eliminates pain
Stimulates lymphatic drainage, managing swelling and inflammation, while clearing metabolic waste or bi-products from muscle tissue.
Encourages normal blood flow and circulation
Temporarily decreases blood pressure
Promotes a healthy immune system
Increases joint flexibility and range of motion
Increases healing times after injury
Remodels or prevents the formation of scar tissue, adhesion and contracture
Releases endorphins to combat anxiety/depression
Increases postural awareness and promotes a healthy body image