The Benefits of Massage Therapy

Benefits of massage therapy from Ottawa's Body Poets

When you have a muscle spasm, a sports injury, tennis elbow, or a frozen shoulder, how can massage help you? If you have anxiety, nerve pain, or arthritis, should you see a massage therapist?

Massage therapists in Ontario go through rigorous schooling and a provincial examination, before becoming registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. We have extensive training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, biomechanics, assessment, treatment, and exercise. We are highly trained to understand and treat injuries to soft tissue (muscle, connective tissue, and ligaments).

When you come to see us with a pain or injury, we do a detailed assessment, a thorough treatment, and can suggest home care to help you recover faster. We regularly spend an hour or longer with you: we have time to listen, to assess your situation, and to take action so that you feel better.

Massage therapy also benefits the nervous system, and can be used to reduce or prevent the impact of stress-related and some neurological conditions, especially when there are soft-tissue symptoms. For example, clients whose muscles are rigid and tense due to muscular sclerosis will often find that massage helps liberate connective tissue and muscle fibre, giving them easier movement and more comfort.

Whether you are taking an hour of relaxation as an antidote to daily stress, getting relief from muscle tension or chronic pain, or using massage to keep your healthy muscles in top shape, you will find that massage therapy enhances your well-being on all levels.