Our bodies are in constant motion and that is a very good thing…we are made to move and to move relatively pain free. Musculoskeletal disorders caused by postural problems, repetitive stress, trauma and disease can inhibit normal body movements and set up pain cycles that diminish quality of life. These disorders are one of the primary reasons that people seek medical attention.
Therapeutic Massage Therapy is very effective in the treatment of soft tissue disorders and helps reduce and eliminate pain. This form of medical massage therapy restores your body to optimum health. A few of the different techniques used in Therapeutic Massage Therapy to achieve quantifiable results are: Myofascial Release, Frictions and Swedish styles and techniques. Resulting physiological changes that promote healing in the body include improved fluid mechanics (blood and lymph), neuromuscular, connective tissue and reflex effects.
Registered Massage Therapists (RMT’s) are highly trained health care professionals and know how to match the treatment to the injury/disorder for the best outcomes. We adhere to the principles of Evidence Based Practice as a means to provide sound validation for our methods so that we can provide the best possible care to our patients and further the body of knowledge of Therapeutic Massage.
Tuina (Tui Na) is an Oriental Bodywork Therapy that has been used in China for 2,000 years. Tuina (Tui Na) uses the traditional Chinese medical theory of the flow of Qi through the meridians as its basic therapeutic orientation. Through the application of massage and manipulation techniques Tuina (Tui Na) seeks to establish a more harmonious flow of Qi through the system of channels and collaterals, allowing the body the naturally heal itself.
Tuina (Tui Na) methods include the use of hand techniques to massage the soft tissue (muscles and tendons) of the body, acupressure techniques to directly affect the flow of Qi , and manipulation techniques to realign the musculoskeletal and ligamentous relationships (bone-setting). External herbal poultices, compresses, liniments, and salves are also used to enhance the other therapeutic methods.
In a typical session, the client, wearing loose clothing and no shoes, lies on a table or floor mat. The practitioner examines the specific problems of the client and begins to apply a specific treatment protocol. The major focus of application is upon specific pain sites, acupressure points, energy meridians, and muscles and joints. Advanced Tuina (Tui Na) practitioners may also use Chinese herbs to facilitate quicker healing. The client usually feels relaxed but energized by the treatment.
Antonella Amabile, DTCM, R.Ac
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