Have you ever had someone just rub your shoulders or neck for a few minutes and you didn’t want them to stop because it was so relaxing? Or, have you ever had a massage appointment and thought that life would be perfect if you could have their hands massaging you 24/7? Relaxation is one of the primary reasons people go for massages but what if your massage appointment did more for you than just take the pressure of the day away? Did you know that a number of conditions may benefit from massage therapy?
The amazing benefits of Massage Therapy
- Pain relief!
- Decreases muscle tension and stiffness
- Faster healing of injured muscles, tendons or ligaments
- Increases joint flexibility and range of motion
- Expectant mothers can have a shorter labor, less need for medication, less depression and anxiety, and shorter hospital stays
- Enhance physical performance for anyone from first time exercisers to athletes
- Speeds healing after surgery or injuries: decreases pain, swelling, scar tissue
- Improves the immune system
- Improves posture
- Relieves stress!
- Less anxiety
- Alleviates depression
Apart from all of the amazing benefits of Massage Therapy, we aim to empower you by providing you with education, resources and self-care tips.
What to expect on a first appointment?
Prior to your appointment, you will be required to fill out a new patient health history form and informed consent. When you do come for your first appointment, we will spend approximately 10 – 15 minutes reviewing your health history with the Massage Therapist. This may include asking you about any illnesses, past surgeries, medications and other health concerns. During this time, we will also ask you about your pain and conduct a physical examination to assess and diagnose the problem. Sometimes, other additional tests may be required such as x-rays. We will explain the findings of the assessment to you and discuss the treatment recommendations, ensuring your consent to treatment is informed and your questions are answered.
When we do commence treatment, depending on the area that needs to be addressed, you may be asked to disrobe after the Massage Therapist leaves the room. This is done in a professional manner to allow the Massage Therapist to work on specific areas of the body while leaving the rest of the body covered with sheets and blankets. If this is something that you do not feel comfortable with, please do speak with your Massage Therapist as they can adapt their treatment to any circumstance.
How long will I need treatment for?
For most, tangible results are seen early in treatment. Some people experience incredible pain relief and improved quality of life after only one treatment but commonly after 3 – 4 treatments, patients are seeing improvements.
Why Registered Massage Therapists?
At Innate Health Centre, all of our Massage Therapists are registered. The reason for this is that the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) ensures that all of its members undergo rigorous education and testing with a focus on client safety.