Massage therapy has been used by many cultures for many reasons – for many years. Its use is documented in writings found in ancient China, Japan, India, the Arab nations, Greece, and Rome. Europeans embraced massage therapy in the mid-1800s and the practice was brought to the United States by two American physicians who had studied massage in Sweden.
In British Columbia, massage therapy is regulated by the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia. Massage therapy Victoria BC practitioners must complete a rigorous course of study, challenging certification exams, and be licensed to practice in BC.
Scientists don’t know why
Scientific studies of alternative therapies, particularly massage therapy, are somewhat limited. Scientists can’t explain why massage works and what changes occur in the body during massage. Do these changes influence health? How? Scientists have not found those response, as long as.
What is evident is that massage therapy is effective: a single session can reduce “state anxiety” (a situational reaction response). It may also reduce blood pressure and heart rate; multiple sessions can reduce general anxiety proneness (“trait anxiety”), depression, and pain. There also is evidence that people who suffer neck or lower back pain may benefit from massage therapy.
Massaging to better health
Massage therapy Victoria BC practitioners use various massage techniques to help provide:
• Pain relief
• Rehabilitate sports injuries
• Reduce stress and increase relaxation
• Anxiety and depression relief
• Aid overall wellness
Therapists rub, press, rub, and manipulate the muscles and soft tissues of the body. They may use their forearms, elbows, or even their feet, in addition to their hands and fingers.
Massage Victoria BC therapy sessions may be brief or last more than an hour. Sessions can take place in a clinic, nursing home, studio, sports/fitness facility, hospital, the workplace, or a patient’s home. Chair massage kiosks are found in large shopping centers where shoppers and retail staff can take a shoulder or back massage break.
What could go wrong – side effects and risks
Your properly trained massage therapy Victoria BC practitioner should follow appropriate cautions and practices; the number of reported serious injuries is very low.
Some side effects of massage can occur, including temporary pain or discomfort, bruising, swelling, and sensitivity to massage oils.
Patients who have bleeding disorders or are taking blood-thinning medications should consult with their primary care provider before scheduling massage therapy. Deep or intense direct pressure over a tumor is also contraindicated. Pregnant women and people with weakened bones should discuss the risks with their medico, prime.
Your massage therapy Victoria BC can be a wonderful healthcare partner. Discuss the possibilities with your doctor and ask for a massage therapist referral. To your and relaxed well-being.