Scope of Practice
The practice of massage therapy is the assessment of the soft tissue and joints of the body and the treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction and pain of the soft tissue and joints by manipulation to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical dysfunction, or relieve pain (Massage Therapy Act, 1991).
Benefits of Massage Therapy
Although massage therapy promotes relaxation by inhibiting the sympathetic nervous system – there are many benefits that can be attained with massage treatments. These benefits include:
- A decrease in pain and discomfort
- Relieves and reduces tension in muscles
- Increases range of motion of the joints
- Promotes the natural healing process of the body
- Increases flexibility
- Promotes proper posture
- Increases systemic circulation
Massage Therapy Can Help Improve:
- Acute/chronic pain
- Muscle tension and spasms
- Post surgery rehabilitation
- Stress and stress related conditions
- Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and bursitis
- Repetitive strains/sprain injuries
- Postural dysfunctions/imbalances
- TMJ dysfunctions
What is an Assessment?
Assessments are performed to assist in the evaluation of the current state of health of a patient. This process, usually 20-30 minutes in length, consists of a health history, intake, a postural assessment, and an evaluation of the current state of the area of complaint. These tools are used by RMTs to identify the primary problem and to create a treatment that not only relieves the present pain and discomfort but also effectively addresses the underlying cause of these symptoms.
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