Therapeutic Massage Therapy is the mobilisation of soft tissue, for example: muscle, fascia and body fluids, to restore normal systemic and biomechanical, or functional, use.
Massage is used to treat most musculo-skeletal and associated problems.
Massage contributes towards improved circulatory, lymphatic and neurological functioning.
Massage can be stimulating or soothing depending on the technique, depth and speed used and is both safe and effective when carried out by a trained registered therapist who, with the co-operation of the patient, helps to create balance and harmony from within.
Therapeutic Massage is indicated as a relevant choice of health care in the following:
- Health maintenance and health promotion – Promotes general tissue health and encourages lifestyle and general health awareness.
- Stress management – Helps relieve associated muscular tension and encourages general relaxation.
- Post-operative care – Helps reduce recovery period and speeds up elimination of anaesthetic, as well as reducing pain and stiffness associated with bed-rest.
- Emotional and/or psychological disorders – Releases endorphins that help to uplift and reduce depression.
- Terminal illness – Helps reduce pain and discomfort associated with long term bed-rest as well as providing support and reducing the effects of emotional stress for the patient as well as the family.
- Chronic pain – Helps break the “pain – spasm” cycle whilst reducing associated muscle tightness.
- Care of the disabled – Provides emotional support as well as assisting in the maintenance of general tissue health.
- Sports’ participation – Improves performance and recovery and reduces the likelihood of serious injury.
It is important to choose a registered Therapeutic Massage Therapist with care. Members of MTA are required to abide by a Code of Ethics that ensures patients are treated according to recognised professional and ethical standards. All members of MTA are registered with the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa.