Massage therapy is known as the manipulation of soft tissue in the body including muscles, connective tissue, ligaments and joints.
Did you know that the practice of massage therapy is considered one of the oldest health care practices know in history? Dating back over 4000 years, massage therapy has been used by many cultures to relieve pain, promote wellbeing and help to restore balance in the body.
3 Common massage therapy stereotypes that are untrue.
1) Massage is only good for relaxation
One of the most pervasive stereotypes of massage therapy sees massages as a luxury, reserved for the carefree afternoons in decadent locations such as spas or resorts. There is no shortage of stock photos depicting beach-side massages, fluffy robes and candlelight. Although there is something to be said for the psychological response to an hour of unwinding on the table, RMTs are trained for far more than opulent back-rubs. Registered massage therapists are well trained healthcare professionals, many of whom posses an in-depth knowledge of neurological, orthopaedic and muscular assessment and various modalities of treatment. Beyond that, different therapists may specialize in specific areas such as athletic performance, lymphatic drainage or pregnancy massage.
2) Massage therapy only provides temporary relief
Much like doing one workout from a fitness program, you can’t expect to achieve long lasting change from a single massage treatment. Massage therapists are trained to design a goal-oriented treatment plan for patients. Successful treatment requires the effort of both the therapist and patient, potentially over several treatments. Depending on the goals, it might also require intervention from multiple professionals working together to achieve a goal. At One80 Health, our philosophy is integrated healthcare. With our team of talented professionals, we can make sure that each patient receives well rounded and effective care
3) Massage therapy is different than other soft tissue techniques.
In the age of social media where content is spread and shared rapidly, it seems like every few months brings the next 'game changer' in the world of treatment. Assisted stretching, different tools, new machines and fancy brand name techniques are being promoted by every athlete, therapist, and influencer each time you turn on a screen. It is easy to get swept up in the hype and start researching who in your area is trained in this particular trademarked modality.
However, all of these techniques, regardless of how well they are marketed, fall under the umbrella of soft-tissue manipulation(STM). STM covers a range of interventions that all aim to improve the health condition of a soft tissue (including muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin, fat, vessels and nerves) and RMTs are trained in a variety of these techniques as a part of their education.
Although your RMT may not have certification for every new trademarked and branded modality, inquire about these various treatment types and you may be surprised to find that your therapist is able to do a very similar technique.