Massage Therapy involves the kneading and manipulation of soft tissues to gain a therapeutic response. Many people think physiotherapy and massage therapy are the same thing or very similar; in fact they are quite unique and different from each other. Massage Therapy is great for decreasing the development of painful muscular patterning after trauma/injury and for accelerating rate of recovery.
A Registered Massage Therapist requires enrollment in a government- approved massage therapy school. They receive over 2200 hours of anatomical, physiological, and clinical education along with intensive practical instruction. They then pass a provincial exam and become licensed and registered under the Regulated Health Professions Act.
At Novo Healthnet, we provide therapeutic massage by a Registered Massage Therapist for chronic pain, fibromyalgia, sports injuries, muscle spasms, and many other conditions. Clients suffering from headaches, whiplash, arthritic pain, and muscular pain during pregnancy often respond very favourably as well to massage therapy. We find that in some cases physiotherapy and massage therapy compliment each other extremely well; they may be focusing on different structures yet at the same time trying to improve function of the same region.
Whether its Swedish Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release, or just Relaxation Treatment, most people are significantly surprised at first by the truly therapeutic effects of Massage Therapy. It is a powerful adjunct and wonderful compliment in the treatment of acute and chronic injuries. As well, many people don’t realize that most extended healthcare plans have separate coverage for massage.