What is Registered Massage Therapy?
Whether you run 40 kilometers per week, are training for a boxing match, or working from home and feeling stressed, our day-to-day lives can be challenging. Our muscles and tissues are always being asked to perform in the ways that want them to, which can ultimately lead to pain and soreness, no matter the activity.
Therapeutic massage is commonly used by people who are experiencing muscle pain, or are looking for a way to help maintain general health and stress management. It can help in loosening up tight areas, speeding recovery, or providing you with an hour of time to yourself – so you can feel better no matter what life has thrown at you. Contact The Running Physio today to figure out how registered massage can help you.
Your soft tissues and you:
Your muscles are made up of many small, thin fibers that contract on command, working together to mobilize your muscle groups. These muscles are attached to your bones by connective tissues, called tendons, enabling them to move your body parts. Your bones are then connected by tough bands of connective tissue, called ligaments, for added stability. Your ligaments are covered by yet another connective tissue called fascia. All of these connective tissues can be referred to as “soft tissues.”
Soft tissues help in mobilizing your joints and give your body the strength it needs to perform tasks. Your soft tissues provide you with the ability to do many things; however, they also limit you from pushing yourself too far – even if that’s your intention. These can be damaged by certain stresses, especially those caused by repeated actions that often occur with an athletic activity. A tear in the tendon can leave you with significant pain and inflammation. Many athletes also experience sprains, which are caused by a ligament stretching farther than intended.
Many muscle injuries occur in response to the intensity or duration of training, but they can also occur if muscles simply are not recovered fully before you begin a workout. Therapeutic massage can help speed recovery through improving circulation to these tissues.
How Registered Massage Therapy will improve your performance:
Therapeutic massage can be extremely beneficial for everyone. Our Registered Massage Therapist utilizes:
- Deep tissue massage. This type of massage loosens up your muscles and their connective tissues.
- Myofascial release. This type of massage creates room for tissues that may be trapped by distortions or fascial adhesions, freeing them from constriction.
- Acupuncture. Vicky is trained through the McMaster Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program and can provide e-stim or traditional acupuncture points as an adjust to a massage treatment.
By mobilizing and relaxing muscles, tissue health and integrity can be improved overtime, especially when paired with a specific exercise program. Combined, these tools can improve postural pain, sports or running injuries, and also decrease physical and mental stress.Your tissues work hard to make sure your body is functioning correctly, so it is important to help optimize their health and function. If you are in Toronto looking for registered massage therapy, request an appointment from The Running Physio. We are happy to discuss registered massage therapy with you and how it will benefit you.