Massage Therapy is a clinically-oriented healthcare option that helps alleviate the discomfort associated with everyday and occupational stresses, muscular over-use, and many chronic pain conditions.
Massage therapy can be used for the treatment of both acute and chronic conditions. RMTs can work with a wide variety of patients, of all ages, in the treatment of illness, injury rehabilitation, and disability.
Massage Therapists today use their knowledge of physiology and anatomy to combine traditional Swedish and modern massage therapy techniques with other therapies to treat their clients. There has been a wide variety of research, published in peer-reviewed journals, proving the benefits of massage therapy for various conditions.
Massage therapy can be an important part of your health maintenance plan by:
Reducing or eliminating pain.
Improving joint mobility.
Improving lymphatic drainage.
Reducing muscular tension.
Managing physical symptoms of stress/anxiety/mental illness
Massage therapy is safe and effective at any stage during pregnancy and can help to:
improve maternal mood
decrease depression and anxiety
decrease maternal stress hormones
improve neonatal health and development
You can lay on your side or try a specially designed pregnancy pillow/bolster that would allow you to lay face down (You never have to commit to just one of these options, you can move/change positions at any point during your treatment).
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Cupping massage is a technique that can be integrated into any treatment and that focuses on addressing any myo-fascial restrictions in the body. Cups that are positioned strategically on the body (based on location of pain, what movements are being restricted and what structures are involved). Air is removed from the cups to create a "suction" to help stretch and manipulate the myo-fascial connective tissue. Cups may be used in a stationary pattern or in a massage like motion.