From simple relaxation to critical injury rehabilitation and everything in between, Massage Therapy is a powerful, proven method for helping people return to or maintain a healthy active life!
Hi! I’m Tricia Lovegrove, a member of the Hands on Therapy team at Empower Health and I’ve been practicing Massage Therapy since 1998, treating over 5000 patients with a wide variety of conditions. Despite the increase in popularity of this treatment over the last few years there some common misunderstandings about how Massage Therapy works. So I have put together this two-part series of FAQs to help you get the most from your Massage Therapy experience. Enjoy!
What can Massage Therapy do for you?
In general, massage therapy can:
- Help to improve blood and lymph circulation
- Help to ease muscle tension and pain
- Assist in post-operative and post-traumatic healing,
- Help to reduce joint stiffness
- Help to calm agitated babies
- Assist in keeping scar tissue supple and also help to make old scars more mobile
- Enhance warm-up and cool-down routines in sports
What specific conditions respond to Massage Therapy?
There are numerous conditions that respond to Massage Therapy. Some of the more commonly treated complaints include:
- Neck, shoulder and back pain
- Whiplash-related issues
- Some neurological conditions, such as Cerebral Palsy and Multiple Sclerosis. (note: while Massage Therapy will not cure CP and MS, it will help relieve signs and symptoms.)
What can you do to enhance the treatment?
There are a variety of exercises and therapies, which provide a powerful compliment to Massage Therapy. These include Bowen Therapy, which is a subtle but highly effective form of therapeutic touch offered by our Bowen expert at Empower Health, Dr Julie Cahill, ND. Also very effective are any type of gentle but targeted movement or exercise regimens that complement the Massage Therapy process by loosening stiff joints and muscles and easing tension in the tissues.
What’s so great about these methods is they can often be undertaken at home once a person has received some basic instruction on the proper techniques and purchased some basic equipment such as a roller. A great example of this type of complementary movement therapy is the MELT Method offered by our MELT Method instructor, Dr Rae St Arnault, ND.
And there is nothing like Magnesium Salts for extending the relaxation process that happens in the Massage Therapy session! Use up to four cups of the salts in a warm bath, and then soak in the solution for about 20 minutes. A few drops of essential oils, such as the excellent quality Rae Dunphy line we sell at the clinic, can help prevent drying of skin.
The fact that I can support my clients with the most effective methods that I have learned over my many years of practice as well as offer them access to a range of high quality, complimentary services and products that will accelerate their healing process is the best reward of being part of the team at Empower Health!
Coming up in the 2nd part of the series, learn about specific approaches such as Myofascial release and deep tissue therapy!
In the meantime use our easy and convenient online booking system to schedule your session with me or call 604-336-2844.