It is a common misconception that massage therapy is used to treat only muscle pain or injury. Many people do not know that the benefits of massage therapy can be applied across many different health fields.
For example, a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) can treat the following conditions:
Joint issues such as bursitis and tendonitis
On average 85% of all adults in North America have at least one of the above conditions. For women it is 92%.
Massage Therapy for Stress Relief
Anxiety is a commonly misunderstood condition, and for many people massage therapy can help relieve it. If there is pain involved with anxiety, that may add to it. Often massage therapy helps to relax people and improve their overall health.
When people are stressed out, tense or anxious the body releases cortisol (which is known as the stress hormone). This can bring about poor health and illness. Massage therapy can help with this by releasing serotonin which is known as the happy chemical.
Serotonin helps to calm down nerves and relax the body/mind. Massage therapy can also help by increasing blood flow, which helps the body to heal. The act of massage itself also releases endorphins which can stimulate the immune system.
Massage Therapy for Health Conditions
The benefits of massage therapy are so versatile, and can be used for a number of different health concerns. Registered Massage Therapists are also able to treat injuries such as:
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Pre- and post-natal issues such as: pelvic pain, back pain, sciatica, and edema.
Massage Therapy for Children, Seniors, People with Special Needs & More
Not only do many people not know that massage therapy can treat a wide variety of conditions, they do not realize it has such a widespread application:
Infants, babies and children
People living with special needs
Know the Benefits of Massage Therapy
Since there are so many conditions that can benefit from massage therapy, it is important for people to be educated on the benefits of massage therapy before they suffer from any of these conditions. Pain and muscle soreness can be alleviated by massage. There are different types of massage, such as Deep Tissue, Swedish and Relaxation Massage therapy.
Massage can help sooth the muscles and relax tense areas. Massage therapy will reduce muscle soreness. It can be beneficial for those recovering from surgeries or injuries. The benefits of massage therapy include:
Increased range of motion (especially in the neck)
Reduced stiffness and soreness
Increased blood flow which is essential for healing
One of the benefits of massage therapy is that it is used as:
An activity to help those with chronic pain
A way to rehabilitate after surgery
Massage has been proven to reduce stress levels in situations including postpartum, carpal tunnel syndrome, and even cancer.
For people who suffer from diabetes one of the benefits is that massage therapy can help prevent diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage). Massage therapy helps reduce the effects of diabetes and its symptoms.
Learn More about Massage Therapy
Massage therapy is a valuable tool to help people improve their physical and mental health in an abundance of ways you may have never imagined. If you would like to read more about how massage therapy is used in different health fields, the following website has quite a but of information: https://www.medicinenet.com/massage_therapy/article.htm#what_do_massage_therapists_do_in_treating_patients
**Please note this is not a comprehensive collection of conditions that can be treated by massage therapy. Always mention/ask if your condition could see some benefits from massage therapy.
As of June 2021, massage therapy is provided in our New Glasgow HealthWalks office and will soon be available in our Truro clinic as well.
Find out more about massage therapist, Cory Baynman and watch our video where we talk about your experience with us. https://www.healthwalks.ca/massagetherapy
Services in our New Glasgow and Truro locations are convenient and easily accessible to those living in all of Northern Nova Scotia from Antigonish, Port Hawkesbury and Guysborough to Sheet Harbour, Pictou and Tatamagouche.
Article Submitted by: Registered Massage Therapist in New Glasgow HealthWalks Inc., Cory Baynman