Benefits of Massage Therapy

Benefits of Massage Therapy: Quick Fact Cards


Explore the Benefits at www.massageforlife.ca


Make an appointment with your RMT today or find an MTAM Massage Therapist in your area!


Personal Story Series

A video showcase of the benefits of Massage Therapy. With thanks to Picante Advertising and all the individuals who allowed us tell their stories. Click on a picture below to view the video from "dropbox".

    


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 Canada1135% 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%)