What is massage therapy?
Massage therapy is commonly used in Edmonton, AB to help those whose muscles may have experienced extended periods of overuse. It helps in loosening up any tight areas and making recovery quicker and easier. Book an appointment at ProActive Physiotherapy today to figure out if massage therapy can help you!
Your soft tissues and you:
Your muscles are made up of many small, thin fibers that contract on command, working together to mobilize your muscle groups. These muscles are attached to your bones by connective tissues, called tendons, enabling them to move your body parts. Your bones are then connected by tough bands of connective tissue, called ligaments, for added stability. Your ligaments are covered by yet another connective tissue called fascia. All of these connective tissues can be referred to as “soft tissues.”
Soft tissues help to mobilize your joints and give your body the strength it needs to perform tasks. Your soft tissues provide you with the ability to do many things; however, they also limit you from pushing yourself too far – even if that’s your intention. These can be damaged by certain stresses, especially those caused by the repeated actions within athletic activity. Massage therapy can help to loosen up your muscles, and may even prevent future injuries from occurring.
How massage therapy will improve your life:
Massage therapy can be extremely beneficial for people of all ages. An Edmonton, AB therapist may recommend specific types of massage to complement your physiotherapy treatments, including:
Deep tissue massage.
This type of massage loosens up your muscles and their connective tissues.
This type of massage creates room for tissues that may be trapped by distortions or fascial adhesions, freeing them from constriction.
This type of massage relaxes any stiff or tense muscles you may have, allowing for increased blood flow and fluid drainage from swollen areas.
Benefits of Therapeutic Massage
- Helps reduce stress and promote relaxation
- Provides increased joint flexibility and range of motion
- Helps to alleviate muscle tension and stiffness
- Increases blood circulation and promotes movement of lymphatic fluids
- Promotes healing of overworked and strained muscles, sprained ligaments
- Reduces excess pain and swelling
- Reduces formation of scar tissue and breaks down existing scar tissue
- Reduces muscle spasms
- Reduces blood pressure
- Enhances athletic performance
- Enhances pre- and post-operative recovery
- Improves posture
- Enhances deeper and easier breathing
- Enhances overall well being
Massage therapy promotes tissue healing, so you can get back to living your life as quickly as possible. By working to mobilize, loosen, and relax your muscles, you can help them stay limber. This will decrease your risk of future strains, sprains, and ruptures.
Does massage therapy hurt?
For the most part massages are quite relaxing, but there are times, or procedures, where you may feel a little discomfort. For example, breaking up scar tissue requires the application of pressure. However, at no point should the massage cause you to feel unduly distressed, and our registered massage therapists in Edmonton are known for delivering beneficial treatments with minimal discomfort. If at any time you feel pain during your massage, simply let your therapist know.
Do I have to take my clothes off for a massage?
Massage therapy works best as a skin-to-skin treatment. Undergarments may be left on; ladies should consider removing their bras if the back is being worked on. Our registered massage therapists in Edmonton are professionals in every aspect – at no point should you feel uncomfortable with your treatment. If you are feeling shy or wish to remain more covered up for personal or cultural reasons, please discuss this with your therapist beforehand. We do everything we can to ensure your comfort.
What’s the difference between therapeutic massage and sports massage?
Therapeutic massage reduces pain, breaks up knots in muscles, and increases movement/range of motion. Sports massage directly targets the muscles needed by the athlete for their sport of choice, and manipulates those muscles to promote better, stronger, and faster performance.
Do You offer Direct Billing to my insurance?
Yes we direct bills to most of the insurance companies if your plan allows for that. We may be able to direct bill to following Insurance Companies:
Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan, Cowan, Desjardins Insurance, The Canada Life, GroupHEALTH, GroupSource, Industrial Alliance Financial Group, Johnson Inc., Johnston Group, Manion, Manulife, Maximum Benefit, Standard Life, Sun Life Financial, Alberta Blue Cross, Greenshield Canada, Medavie Blue Cross, Pacific Blue Cross, Canadian Benefit Provider, Cooperators.
How do I get the best massage therapy/massage therapist in South Edmonton/ West Edmonton?
Referrals are not necessary to get some of the highest rated massage therapy/massage therapist in South Edmonton. You can book an appointment directly whether you need therapeutic massage for chronic back pain, to treat whiplash, or for any other reason. Call our clinic or book through our website. We look forward to enhancing your wellness and being part of your holistic journey.
Your soft tissues work hard to make sure your body is functioning correctly, so it is important to help optimize their health and function. If you are in Leduc, Beaumont, St. Albert, Spruce Grove, or Edmonton, AB looking for massage therapist, book an appointment from ProActive Physiotherapy therapists are happy to discuss our massage service with you and how it will benefit your life.