Massage therapy is the hands-on manipulation of the muscles, joint, ligaments, tendons, and connective tissues that focuses on optimizing the health of the patient.
Massage therapy treatment has positive effects on the body. It boosts health and well-being by acting on muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. It can help improving physical function.
Massage therapy will also relieve physical dysfunction, and alleviate or prevent pain.
Modern massage techniques are actually very old, as they can be traced back to the 18th century. Swedish massage was the first systematic therapeutic massage that took into account the physiology of the human body. Modern massage therapists make use of their knowledge of anatomy and physiology to treat their patients with the right mix of traditional Swedish and modern massage techniques and methods.
When you first meet your massage therapist, he or she will perform an initial assessment of your health history and of your actual condition, in order to develop a custom treatment plan. This assessment consists from a series of tests meant to check the condition of your muscles and joints. Everything you tell to your massage therapist is 100% confidential and will be kept as such. Your patient records won’t be transferred or released to third parties without your prior consent.
Your massage therapist will also ask you for your permission to work on any part of your body, regardless of whether you keep your clothes on or you are fully or partially naked and covered with blankets or sheets. You can rest assured that your privacy will be respected, and you may withdraw your consent whenever you may want.
Massage therapy consists from a carefully selected mix of hand movements that are performed over the clothes or directly over the skin. The massage therapist will adjust the pressure to match your personal level of pain tolerance. The treatment can be adjusted or even stopped at any time, should it become painful.
Although OHIP in Canada doesn’t cover massage treatment, there are some private insurance companies that offer this type of coverage.
Make sure you consult your own policy before starting the therapy.