During their extensive training, Massage Therapists study more than just anatomy. Courses cover physiology, pathology, neurology, pharmacology, and more. Your RMT will have knowledge of how to provide a safe treatment if you have a disability, an injury or an illness, or are taking medications.
An acute injury is one that starts suddenly, in one muscle or muscle group, and is usually the result of a traumatic event. A chronic injury is one that develops over time. It could be an overuse or repetitive use injury. If an acute injury is not rested and treated properly, it could re-injure and result in a chronic injury.
Massage Therapists today use their knowledge to combine traditional Swedish and modern massage therapy techniques with other modalities to treat their clients. There has been a wide variety of research, published in peer reviewed journals, proving the benefits of massage therapy for various conditions.
Massage therapy should also be considered an important part of a preventive care program. Along with proper diet and exercise, massage therapy is beneficial not just for injury, but also for wellness.
The following is a list of conditions for which massage therapy, when provided by a Registered Massage Therapist, can prove beneficial:
- Athletic injuries
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Frozen shoulder
- General muscle tension
- Headaches and migraines
- Low back pain
- Muscle spasm
- Muscle strains
- Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI)
- Respiratory problems
- Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD)
- Tendonitis (tennis/golfers elbow, jumpers knee, achilles)
- Thoracic outlet syndrome
- Whiplash Associated Disorder