Massage Therapy

1. What is Massage Therapy?

Massage Therapy is the manipulation of the body’s soft tissues including the muscles, connective tissue, ligaments, tendons, and joints. The goals of massage therapy are to reduce and prevent any pain or physical dysfunction of the body; as well as, maintain overall health. Massage therapy can improve joint mobility, lymphatic drainage, and circulation, while reducing muscular tension and preventing physical damage. Much like working out, massage therapy yields the best results when experienced regularly.

2. What conditions can Massage Therapy treat?

Massage Therapy can be used for the treatment of both acute and chronic physical conditions. Registered Massage Therapists have the knowledge and expertise in working with a wide variety of patients in the treatment of illness, disability, and the promotion of rehabilitation. Registered Massage Therapists understand the anatomy and physiology of the body; and are trained in specialized hands-on techniques that can help to correct body mechanics while creating a calm state of mind.

Some of the most common conditions that can be treated with Massage Therapy are:

  • Low back and hip pain
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Ligament sprains 
  • Dislocations, fractures, and edema
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
  • Asthma and emphysema
  • Insomnia
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Multiple Scoliosis
  • Muscle tension, strain, and spasms
  • Post-Operative Rehabilitation
  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJD)
  • Whiplash
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Tendonopathy
  • Stroke
  • Stress-related conditions
  • Bodily changes as a result of pregnancy

3. What are some additional benefits of Massage Therapy?

Other benefits of Massage Therapy to overall mental and physical health include:

  • Endorphin release and enhanced mood
  • Decreased symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress
  • Increased levels of energy 
  • Improved immune system functioning
  • Normalization of blood pressure

4. What types of Massage Therapy are offered at Lumira Wellness?

Lumira Wellness offers a range of different types of Massage Therapy including:

  • General Swedish massage
  • Prenatal massage
  • Soft tissue release
  • Craniosacral therapy
  • Fascial therapy
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Joint mobilization
  • Lymphatic drainage techniques
  • Trigger point release

5. Are there certain health conditions or injuries where Massage Therapy is not indicated?

There are a several conditions that preclude clients from receiving any form of Massage Therapy. Clients with an infectious disease or skin condition, sepsis, appendicitis, or bacteremia, for example, are not to proceed with massage and will be screened prior to therapy.

Other contraindicated conditions include fever, intoxication, unstable hypertension, meningitis, acute stroke or heart attack, metastatic cancer, pitting edema, chronic active hepatitis, severe atherosclerosis, acute pneumonia, hemophilia, hemorrhage, endocarditis, advanced organ failure, and lung abscess or tumor.

Clients who experience any of these illnesses or conditions must first receive the “OK” from their primary care physician prior to receiving Massage Therapy.

There are also some instances where massage therapy is locally contraindicated. For instance, massage should avoid areas of acute inflammation, neuritis, Buerger’s Disease, or areas of inflammatory flare-ups, such as in rheumatoid arthritis. Massage Therapy should also not be performed over a deep vein thrombosis (DVT), an open sore or wound, the site of a recent burn or surgery, or a severe varicose vein.

6. Is Massage Therapy safe during pregnancy?

Yes, it is safe to receive prenatal massage during all stages of pregnancy. Women experiencing pre-eclampsia during pregnancy should not undergo Massage Therapy unless cleared by a physician. Otherwise, prenatal massage can offer many benefits to mum and to baby, such as:

  • Reduced muscular discomfort and tension
  • Reduced symptoms of sciatic nerve pain
  • Reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression
  • Improved sleep and energy levels
  • Improved flexibility and circulation throughout the body, which reduces swelling of the extremities

Although Massage Therapy is safe during pregnancy, there are still some precautions of which to be aware. Registered Massage Therapists will also avoid applying deep pressure over the abdomen, inside of the legs and applying deep pressure over the low back and/or sacral area during the first trimester. It is advised that new mums consult with their primary healthcare provider prior to receiving Massage Therapy during pregnancy.

7. Do you offer gift certificates?

Absolutely! Gift certificates can be purchased at the clinic. Inquire within or contact us for more information.