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Massage therapy encompasses many different techniques. Typically, therapists press, rub, and manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body in order to maintain health and restore the body to optimal functioning.
Massage therapy can help:
- Post-surgical scars can be treated through massage therapy in order to reduce movement-limiting and painful restrictions.
- Radiation fibrosis, or thickening of soft tissues, can result from radiation treatments. Over time, this can result in decreased range of motion and discomfort. Gentle massage is effective in reducing radiation fibrosis.
- Chemotherapy can leave you feeling unwell and with numbness or tingling in your hands or feet. A focused massage treatment can help to reduce these unpleasant side effects.
- Pain can also be better managed using massage. Less pain results in better quality of life and improved sleep.
Further, for your support person, massage therapy can help ensure that they maintain their health, an essential consideration while they fill the many roles required to help you, family and friends.
During your first appointment, the massage therapist will review your health history. This is necessary in order to provide a treatment that is tailored to your specific needs and adapted for your comfort.