Manual Medicine


Manual Medicine

Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is the assessment and manipulation of soft tissues and joints of the body to effect therapeutic response in the treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction. It can be preventive or restorative, helping to maintain, rehabilitate, augment physical function or relieve pain” Ontario Massage Therapy Association

What can massage therapy do for me?

  • relieve muscular tension, restrictions, and spasms
  • increase range of motion and flexibility
  • tone weak muscles
  • reduce stress and anxiety
  • lowers blood pressure (short-term)
  • promotes relaxation and better sleep
  • interrupt the pain cycle
  • Improves blood circulation – brings increased nutrients and oxygen to tissues more efficiently – metabolic wastes are also removed
  • reduce scar tissue formation or release fascial restrictions
  • reduce lymphedema and fluid retention – depending on the cause
  • improve pulmonary function – breathing
  • stimulate digestion and relieve constipation
  • enhance physical & emotional well-being.

Massage Therapy Techniques Include:

  • Effleurage
  • Petrissage
  • Percussion
  • Tapotement
  • Joint Mobilizations
  • Cross-fibre Friction
  • Myofascial
  • Trigger Point
  • Manual Lymph Drainage

Massage Therapy Affects Various Body Systems:

  • Musculoskeletal
  • Circulatory
  • Lymphatic
  • Nervous
  • Immune
  • Respiratory
  • Gastrointestinal

What is Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy is the hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body to gain a therapeutic response. Soft tissue includes muscles, skin, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, membranes and joints. Therapeutic massage directly affects the muscular, circulatory and nervous systems. Due to injuries, or the stress of daily life, all tissues in the body lose their efficiency in repairing and restoring themselves to a healthy and stress free condition. Massage techniques remove constriction in the tissues, thus increasing the circulation of blood and lymph. This results in the proper flow of metabolic waste out of the tissues and increases the supply of oxygen and nutrients into the cells. This in turn helps to eliminate unwanted pain.

Registered Massage Therapists

Many of today’s health problems arise from stress. Because stress upsets the delicate integral balance of all your body’s functions, regaining this balance requires a holistic approach. Massage therapy not only treats the problematic parts of your body, but also affects your metabolism through normalizing your circulatory, muscular and nervous systems and their interdependent functioning. At StudioHealth -ChiroWorks-, our Registered Massage Therapists are all highly trained with years of experience. Massage therapy is safe and effective if used for stress management, but it is also widely used to help clients obtain relief from many specific problems, including the following:

  • Muscle Spasms/Strains
  • Repetitive Strain Injuries
  • Pre and Post Natal Pain
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Tension Headaches
  • Torticollis (Wry Neck)
  • TMJ Dysfunction
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Post Injury Rehabilitation
  • Neck and Shoulder Tension


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