The Massage Therapy Scope of Practice
“The practice of massage therapy is the assessment of the soft tissue and joints of the body and the treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction and pain of the soft tissues and joints by manipulation to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function, or relieve pain.” (Massage Therapy Act, 1991)
Massage therapy offers a natural non-invasive treatment approach that addresses musculoskeletal pain and injuries. Our registered therapists provide massage tailored to the client’s specific condition and injury.
All our therapists have graduated from accredited 2200 hour programs and are registered with the Prince Edward Island Massage Therapy Association. They are educated and trained to assess and treat with techniques that include massage, hydrotherapy, joint mobilizations and rehabilitative exercises, such as stretching and strengthening.
Treatments are available from 30 minutes to 1 and 1/2 hours. The client’s condition and preference are considered when deciding how much time to book.
Benefits of Massage
Massage therapy treats specific soft tissue conditions as well as positively affecting the body as a whole. While it helps with many acute and chronic conditions, regular massage can also prevent many illnesses and conditions from developing or worsening.
Research studies and published clinical trials show massage regulates heart rate, lowers blood pressure, increases circulation of blood and lymphatics, relaxes muscles, improves range of motion and increases endorphin production (the body’s natural pain relief). Although it cannot increase muscle strength, massage can stimulate weak, inactive muscles, thereby compensating for lack of exercise and inactivity resulting from illness or injury. Massage can hasten healing and lead to a more complete recovery.
Some mental and emotional benefits of massage
- Fosters peace of mind
- Promotes a relaxed state of mental alertness
- Helps relieve mental stress, tension and anxiety
- Enhances capacity for calm thinking and creativity
- Satisfies need for caring touch
- Increases awareness of mind-body connection
- Gives the client a sense of control over their body and health
The Naturopathic Approach:
“A system or method of treating disease that employs no surgery or synthetic drugs but uses special diets, herbs, vitamins, massage, etc., to assist the natural healing processes.”
[SOURCE: Dictionary.com Unabridged. Retrieved Oct 27, 2013]
The goal of naturopathic approach is to address the root cause of the ailment rather than focusing on the symptoms. The naturopathic healer works with the body’s natural healing abilities to restore wellness. Before a treatment, an in-depth and detailed case history is taken; then a healing plan is formulated based on the treatment options we offer. We recognize and respect that each person is unique and therefore the healing plan that is developed must be based on each individual’s goals, abilities, and interests.
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