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Massage therapy originates back thousands of years in ancient China and Egypt where hands-on relaxation techniques aids in promoting healing, relaxation with joint and muscle enhancement. Performed by a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT), oftentimes includes the use of lotions and oils to improve blood circulation to a particular area to speed up recovery.
Research shows that massage therapy is able to lower blood pressure, reduce heart rate, increase blood circulation and lymph flow, increase endorphins (body’s natural pain killer), relax muscles and increase range of motion.
Massage therapy can be used either as a method for rehab or relaxation
As a method for rehab, massage therapy can increase range of motion, decrease muscle stiffness and pain sensation.
As a relaxation method for patients, massage therapy can help reduce stress, depression and anxiety levels.