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Benefits of Massage Therapy

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The Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba is proud to give the public a way to explore the benefits of Massage Therapy at

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A Wide Range of Benefits for Everyone

Great benefits may be achieved through regular massage therapy treatments from a Registered Massage Therapist. Whether you need to have a moment of relaxation, reduce muscle tension or attain relief from chronic pain or injury rehabilitation, a therapeutic massage can enhance your overall sense of emotional and physical well-being as well as your quality of life.

Massage therapy has a wide range of benefits for people of all ages including infants, children, older adults, pregnant women, athletes, office workers, and so on.

These benefits are known to include: effective reduction and management of pain, alleviation of depression and anxiety, improved immune function, reduction of inflammation, facilitation of weight gain in pre-term infants, improved body awareness, decreased body dissatisfaction in patients with eating disorders, decrease in stress hormones, enhanced healing of scar tissue, improved sleep, reduction of muscle tension, improved joint mobility, improved posture, and improved lymphatic drainage.

Massage therapy can be used in the treatment of both acute and chronic stages of conditions. While massage therapy can benefit the injured, the ill and the stressed, the strength of massage therapy in preventing illness and conditions before they develop should not be overlooked.

The therapeutic benefits of massage continue to be researched. Recent research indicates the effectiveness of massage therapy for the following conditions:

  • Cancer-related fatigue.1
  • Low back pain.2
  • Osteoarthritis of the knee.3
  • Reducing post-operative pain.4
  • Boosting the body’s immune system functioning.5
  • Decreasing the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.6
  • Lowering blood pressure.7
  • Reducing headache frequency.8
  • Easing alcohol withdrawal symptoms.9
  • Decreasing pain in cancer patients.10

According to the 2007 Fraser Institute report on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use in Canada11,  35% of Canadians and 38% of Manitobans have used massage therapy in their lifetime, and the top 3 health conditions for which people seek massage therapy treatment are:

  • Back or neck problems (39%)
  • Relaxation (8%)
  • Muscle problems (6%)

List of Conditions for which Massage Therapy provided by a qualified RMT may be beneficial...

Anxiety and depression  |  Asthma and emphysema  |  Back, leg, and neck pain  |  Cancer  |  Carpal tunnel syndrome & repetitive strain injuries  |  Chronic fatigue syndrome  |  Dislocations  |  Fibromyalgia  |  Fractures and edema  |  Headaches  |  Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and bursitis  |  Insomnia  |  Kyphosis and scoliosis  |  Multiple sclerosis  |  Parkinson's disease  |  Muscle tension and spasm  |  Palliative care  |  Post-surgical rehabilitation  |  Pregnancy & labour support   |  Sports injuries  |  Strains and sprains  |  Stress and stress-related conditions  |  Stroke  |  Tendinitis  |  Whiplash 

To find a comprehensive list of conditions for which Massage Therapy provided by a qualified RMT may be beneficial - please visit our website

1. Currin, J. Meister, E.A. (2008) A hospital-based intervention using massage to reduce distress among oncology patients. Cancer Nurs. 31(3):214-21.
2. Preyde M. (2003) Effectiveness of massage therapy for subacute low back pain: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Soft Tissue Manipulation, 8, 4 – 10.
3. Perlman AI, Sabina A, Williams AL, Njike VY, Katz DL. (2006) Massage Therapy for Osteoarthritis of the Knee. Arch Intern Med. 166(22):2533-8.
4. Piotrowski, M., Paterson, C., Mitchinson, A., Kim, H. M., Kirsh, M., Hinshaw, D. B. (2003) Massage as Adjuvant Therapy in the Management of Acute Postoperative Pain: A Preliminary Study in Men. Journal of the American College of Surgeons, 197(6), 1037-1046.
5. Rapaport, M. H., Schettler, P., Bresee, C. (2010) A Preliminary Study of the Effects of a Single Session of Swedish Massage on Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal and Immune Function in Normal Individuals. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 16(10), 1-10.
6. Field, T., Diego, Miguel, Cullen, Christy, Hartshorn, Kristin, Gruskin, Alan, Hernandez-Reif, Maria, Sunshine, William. (2004). Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms are lessened following massage. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. 8:9-14.
7. Hernandez-Reif M, Field T, Krasnegor J, Theakston H, Hossain Z, Burman I (2000). High blood pressure and associated symptoms were reduced by massage therapy. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 4, 31 – 38.
8. Quinn C, Chandler C, Moraska A. Massage Therapy & Frequency of Chronic Tension Headaches. (2002) American Journal of Public Health. 92(10):1657-61
9. Reader M, Young R, Connor JP. (2005) Massage therapy improves the management of alcohol withdrawal syndrome. J Altern Complement Med. 11(2):311-3. PMID: 15865498.
10. American College of Physicians. (2008) Massage Therapy May Have Immediate Positive Effect On Pain And Mood For Advanced Cancer Patients. Science Daily 16 September.
11. Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Canada: Trends in Use and Public Attitudes, 1997-2006.