Toronto Registered Massage Therapy
Massage therapy is a comprehensive intervention involving a range of techniques to manipulate the soft tissues and joints of the body. The purpose of massage therapy is to prevent, develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function or relieve pain (Massage Therapy Act, 1991). Each client is provided with a personalized treatment tailored to their individual needs and modified as necessary. Applying their knowledge of anatomy and physiology, massage therapists use a variety of modern and well-established massage techniques, as well as remedial exercise, hydrotherapy (hot and cold) and other therapies to treat their clients. It is a clinically-oriented health option that achieves undeniable results in the relief of an array of discomforts stemming from stress, muscular overuse, injuries and many chronic pain syndromes. There are many different types of massage including, but not limited to: deep tissue, relaxation, lymphatic drainage, pre and post natal, sports, etc.
Physiotherapists help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, electrotherapeutic modalities, education and advice.
A physiotherapist will assess you using detailed history-taking as well as specific physical tests and measures, such as flexibility or range of motion. He or she will then analyze the assessment findings and use clinical reasoning to establish a diagnosis. Together, you will explore your current abilities and functional needs so the physiotherapist can plan treatments that are consistent with your goals and general health status, and which incorporate approaches and techniques supported by the best evidence available.
Physiotherapy treatment may include but is not limited to:
- Soft tissue massage or release
- Active Release Techniques
- Joint mobilization to reduce pain and stiffness
- Electrotherapeutic and thermal modalities including ultrasound, interferential current and Transcutaneous electrical neural stimulation (TENS) to relieve pain, reduce swelling, facilitate the healing process, improve movement and function
- Personalized exercise programs designed to improve your strength, range of motion, and function
- Functional activity testing and training
- Work and occupational re-training and return to work planning