Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, to achieve a therapeutic response. It enhances the function of muscles and joints. It improves the circulation of the blood and lymph, relieves pain and stress, and may reduce blood pressure. Massage therapy has a sedative, calming effect.
Massage therapy is designed to rehabilitate, maintain or improve physical function by performing manipulation techniques. Massage therapists are also trained in hydrotherapy and remedial exercise. The therapeutic effects of massage therapy benefit men, women, pregnant women, infants, children and the elderly and can provide relief from a wide variety of mild and acute conditions.
Massage Therapy and Health Care
Massage therapists work in a variety of settings, often in conjunction with other health care professionals such as physiotherapists and chiropractors. A massage therapist does not do spinal manipulations. Massage therapy is not a substitute for medical examination or diagnosis. A massage therapist does not diagnose or prescribe for medical illness, disease, or any other physical or mental disorder