Massage Therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues (muscles, skin and connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and membranes) of the body to gain a therapeutic response. It provides a safe, drug-free alternative to help deal with muscular pain and dysfunction. Massage affects all systems of the body, most particularly circulatory (blood and lymph), muscular, fascial and nervous.
Massage Therapy is also effective in the control of pain (chronic or acute), in stress reduction and in creating a sense of relaxation and well-being. Chronic injuries, occupational stresses, muscle overuse and common pain syndromes are rarely managed properly and most often are taken care of only after a crisis. Massage Therapy is a pro-active approach which can decrease both pain and recovery time when utilized correctly.
Ultimately, your body has the capacity to heal itself, and working with a Massage Therapist can teach you how you can become part of the process.
Massage Therapy is covered by most extended health care plans.