When to choose massage therapy as a healing modality

by Roger Fontaine,massage therapist
“Active Healing Therapeutic Massage Clinic”

When would someone choose massage therapy as a remedial therapeutic healing modality?
The intent of this article is to provide insights to consumers when choosing a health provider. When is it appropriate to choose massage therapy. My motives are to market my clnic because I am a massage therapist, and partly to be helpful because the public doesn’t know what services massage therapists provide. I also wish to take the burden off physicians, chiropractors, and physiotherapists who are being overtaxed for their services for some treatments which can best be perfomed by massage therapists.

When is it appropriate to go to the massage therapist?
For most muscular and joint aches and pains.

Some doctors don’t think of massage therapy as a healing modality when they have a patient come into their office who may have other more serious symptoms.

Massage therapy has been shown to be beneficial in treating injuries which result from trauma, surgery, or workplace and vehicle accidents. The rehabilitation protocol for restoring full range of motion and strength to muscles and joints is practiced by qualified therapeutic massage therapists. Massage therapists have thorough training in assessment of muscle and joint imbalances and can successfully treat these dysfunctions and restrictions.

Massage therapy has its place in the healing forum. So How to Choose?

There are some healing techniques which physiotherapy performs better and some which massage therapy performs better.

How will you know which treatment is better at the time of rehabilitation? Massage therapy or physiotherapy?

Ask your local professional massage therapist and physiotherapist for a description of their different treatments.Then you can make an informed choice.

How will you know which treatment is for you?

It’s sometimes difficult to decide. So trusting your professionals requires asking some questions!

Sometimes it comes down to training and experience with your particular condition!
Ask your health provider whether they’ve treated this condition before and what the results were.

Why should a consumer choose massage therapy as a healing modality?

Because it is a scientifically proven method of healing. Because it is an established fact that massage therapies are capable of providing relief from pain, relieving the patient of symptoms which either restrict movement or limit range of motion of a particular extremity or body part. Because massage therapies are capable of restorative and maintenance functions in sustaining wellness. Because massage therapists are capable to treat patients in acute, sub-acute, and chronic stages of injury and healing. Because some massage therapists are trained in various modalities of hydrotherapy, cupping, or rehabilitation treatments which complement massage therapy and can be used integrally.