In massage therapy, a trained, certified medical professional (massage therapist) manipulates the soft tissues of your body — muscle, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and skin. The massage therapist uses varying degrees of pressure and movement.
Massage is generally considered part of integrative medicine. Medical centers are offering it more and more as a treatment along with standard treatment. It may be used for a wide range of medical conditions.
Cecilia Borden, RMT, discusses massage therapy for whiplash injuries.
Bodhi Haraldsson, RMT, Registered Massage Therapist discusses whiplash and some self help tips towards recovery.
As you’re recovering from your whiplash injuries, there are a couple of key components for you to keep in mind. The first one is, the more positive you are about the outcomes, the more engaged you are with your process, the rehabilitation and the recovery, the better outcome you’re going to have.
We know from those patients that stay engaged and are positive in their recovery process, they do better. Those patients that tend to withdraw, not do as much, and be more fearful, tend to have a longer recovery process.
One of the key components of recovery after a whiplash injury is to stay active, and to stay engaged in your normal day-to-day activities. Now having said that, it’s also important to listen to your body and modify your activities and your exercises based on how your neck feels.
In some instances, in the very beginning of your healing process, it may be necessary to limit some of the activities that you are doing. Now it’s important not to stop doing them, but just to limit the amount you do, how much you do, the intensity.
Those types of limiters are okay in the beginning, but not to stop. You only stop if your therapist or your medical doctor instructs you to do so, because those can be negative effects, and actually prolong your healing and prolong your journey to get better.
For further information on how to stay active and understanding your limitations, go see your physiotherapist, massage therapist, or chiropractor.
Local Practitioners: Massage Therapist
Hiroko Hasegawa, RMT, discusses pregnancy massage therapy.
So some of the techniques that can be used for pregnancy massage is myofascial release, definitely Swedish technique and some very gentle joint play or joint mobilization, and just range of motion as well.
Sometimes we incorporate stretching. Usually, many people come in with certain complaints – lower back pain, sometimes leg cramps, shoulder and neck tension, and sometimes edema as well, especially towards the end of pregnancy.
Oftentimes, it is upper back and then lower back, and that comes with just the changes in the body. And sometimes people get headaches from it because of the tension in the neck and the shoulder area, and the lower back pain sometimes it causes referring pain down the legs, like especially on the backside and for the upper back its usually later on unless they already have postural issues.
As the pregnancy progresses their breasts start to enlarge and there’s a weight in front of the body so people tend to get into a slouched postures and goes up the upper back, shoulder, and then increased tension in the neck.
And for the lower back naturally the baby would bring your pelvis forward. And your arches, your back arches forward, and that creates a lot of tension in that area. And massage therapy is a great way to decrease that tension and achiness. So when we start massage treatments we usually ask where they are at obviously and also if this is their first pregnancy or not and ifit is then we ask if they have any issues, any complications.
One of the things that we are most concerned about is pre-eclampsia, which is hypertension during pregnancy, which can be dangerous so we want to know what’s happening.
So we do certain assessments and we use the pregnancy cushion so its more comfortable for them to lie on their stomach and we can treat their back or we can also have them sidelined if that’s more comfortable and then we can go from there.
And we also ask them the pain tolerance so it’s not too deep, it’s not too light, just right for their comfort level.
If your pregnancy has been smooth sailing and health you can just seek out a massage therapist who – some of them are trained well in advanced courses so you can seek out those therapists.
If you have had issues let’s say in the first pregnancy you might want to check with your doctor first if that’s ok.
Local Practitioners: Massage Therapist
A Registered Massage Therapist is a health care professional who specializes in helping patients reduce pain, relax and achieve optimal health. He or she has completed education, clinical hours and passed an exam to become registered. A Registered Massage Therapist performs techniques such as craniosacral massage, Manual Lymph Drainage, neuromuscular massage and prenatal massage. In treating patients the therapist can also educate them on massage for muscle pain and massage for sports injuries.