Although Swedish massage is primarily focused on relieving symptoms Registered massage therapists can provide different types of treatments. Before you schedule a massage session to ease sore muscles or to treat an injury learn how to select the massage therapy services that work the best fit for your needs.
As I’ve started my new job as an Certified Massage Therapist (RMT) I’ve been amazed by the lack of information that people are aware of the types of treatments that an RMT can provide, as well as the distinction between a registered Massage Therapist and other massage professionals that are offered.
RMT Education and Training
RMTs are licensed by an authority in the province. They receive up to 3000 hours (this amounts approximately 2.5 continuously a year) of training in physiologic and orthopaedic health sciences. We must successfully pass a examination that comprises a written as well as a practice test before being an officially licensed RMT.
All RMTs must earn annual continuing education credits to keep their registration with the governing body of their particular profession and in BC it’s known as the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia (CMTBC). In light of all this knowledge, what does an RMT offer?
Swedish Massage as opposed to. Corrective Treatments
The majority of people are familiar with massage therapy through the rubbing and kneading of muscles and soft tissue that is a part of the treatment method that is Swedish massage. This method of treatment is that is taught to every RMTs in the beginning of the semester of their studies and provides amazing therapeutic benefits. It’s known as the “feel nice” massage, which is efficient in alleviating tension and muscle tightness.
Swedish massage is primarily focused on relieving symptoms, however there are other types or techniques that could aid in removing and, more importantly, resolve your issues. Treatment for corrective issues is broad term used to define the various methods that are designed to alleviate symptoms of clinical.
There are a variety of treatments that fall under this category, including joint mobilization, muscle energy therapy (MET) myofascial relaxation, neuromuscular facilitation therapy, visceral manipulative craniosacral therapies and the manual drainage of lymph. All of these therapies are focused on different symptoms and outcomes that are desired. For instance, neuromuscular facilitation is a great benefit for those recovering from strokes or spinal cord injuries, as well as patients suffering from neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis. The purpose of this procedure is to aid in “re-train” muscles and movement patterns by working with the central and peripheral nervous systems. These are the systems that control the muscle’s function.
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The benefits of myofascial release therapy
I have had excellent results from myofascial release therapy. This kind of therapy is becoming more popular not just RMTs but also with other health professionals too as research into fascia continues to advance. The treatment focuses on reducing fascial adhesion across the body’s musculoskeletal systems. Fascia is an interesting and distinctive kind of connective tissue all over the body. It forms an intricate web-like support system which plays an important role in protecting tissues from injury. If not addressed properly the fascial issues may cause problems with mobility, pain and performance.
The best advice I could offer anyone who is who is new who is new to RMT treatments is to inquire what methods can be assuredly offered through the RMT. Any good therapist has an established network of RMTs as well as other health care professionals they can suggest in the event that they don’t know the particular form of treatment you require.
If you’re seeking an RMT to get that reassuring treatment, ask them what alternative techniques are available to alleviate your discomfort. As RMTs we aren’t allowed to claim we are specialists in any kind of treatment, but most RMTs (after several years of experience) tend to limit on one or two kinds of treatments and this is something to consider when looking for the right Therapist.
So, I’m challenging you not to be uneasy about asking your RMT questions the next time you get treatment. You might be amazed at how much they have to provide.