Massage therapy involves the manipulation of the body’s soft-tissues, which aids in alleviating discomfort associated with injury, occupational and emotional stresses, chronic pain and diseases, and the “wear and tear” of activities of daily living.
Massage therapy can be beneficial for everyone. You do not have to be in pain or injured to enjoy the benefits of massage. Massage therapy is also a great way to improve sports performance and make day to day activities easier as it allows your muscles to move and perform at their best.
All individuals can benefit from massage therapy. At REP Physio, we offer a multi-disciplinary approach to care. Many of our clients see a Massage Therapist as well as one of our other disciplines concurrently (Physiotherapist, Acupuncturist, Dietitian) to maximize therapeutic outcomes. Massage therapy is also clinically beneficial for those involved in car accidents. Motor vehicle insurance does cover the costs of massage for those involved in a collision. WCB does not cover massage. We offer both male and female massage therapists.
TYPES OF MASSAGE THERAPY
Deep Tissue: A deeper pressure essential to releasing muscle tension. This therapy focuses on manually stretching individual muscle fibers, tendons, and fascia.
Sports: This form of massage helps maintain/improve range of motion and flexibility while enhancing recovery so an athlete can return to activity and achieve optimum performance.
Therapeutic: Generally describes any type of massage that helps to relieve pain and stress. During these treatments, the therapist’s focus can be injury or dysfunction specific.
Stamina®: A massage technique that focuses on alignment principles and the painful and/or debilitating effects that occur when muscles are improperly aligned. Stamina trained therapists align muscles using directional strokes within a continuous massage flow to eliminate or reduce compensation patterns, muscular pain/tension, and other debilitating symptoms while improving optimal function. Pre and post-treatment functional testing is also used to assess treatment response.
Cupping: Cups are suctioned to the skin at key areas to improve blood flow, release toxins, and normalize muscle function.
Pregnancy massage: A special massage table is used to maximize comfort for the mom to be. Massage therapy for expectant mothers is a great way to minimize stress on their body and help manage pain associated with changes to their body due to pregnancy.
BENEFITS OF REGULAR MASSAGE THERAPY
- Alleviates pain
- Assists in athletic recovery
- Assists with pregnancy and labour
- Eases medication dependence
- Increases flexibility
- Improves sleep quality
- Lessens depression and anxiety
- Promotes tissue regeneration
- Improves muscle function and sports performance
- Reduces cramping, inflammation, and spasms
- Relieves pain and pressure associated with headaches, migraines and TMJ dysfunction