Things to consider when choosing a Massage Therapist
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The word “massage” just sounds relaxing, and rightfully so. The goal of massage is to reduce muscle tension and stiffness caused by anything from sports injuries to repetitive movements (like typing in numbers all day). Anyone with any stiffness or discomfort is a good candidate for massage therapy, but there are a few things to keep in mind when looking for a therapist.
1) It is for a lot of people, but not everyone: There are contraindications to keep in mind. It is recommended that people with acute inflammation, bone injuries (breaks or fractures), deep vein thrombosis, blood clots, open sores or wounds, irritable skin conditions, undiagnosed lumps, malignancies or other tumours, recent burns or inflamed arteries avoid having affected areas massaged without first consulting a physician.
2) There’s some protocol: Many therapists recommend that patients avoid eating 90 minutes before an appointment. They say massage will direct blood flow away from the stomach and towards the areas being massaged, which may make digestion slower or uncomfortable.
3) Insurance: Massage therapy is generally not covered by provincial or territorial health plans. Some or all treatments might be covered by third-party plans if a physician deems the treatment helpful or necessary. Check with your employer or insurance company to find out more about their policy. In some cases, worker’s compensation may cover all or part of your treatment in the event of an injury.
4) Personalization: Your therapist should design a plan that caters to your needs. He or she will personalize plan based on your overall health, age, and condition. Be proactive in your treatment plan to ensure you’re getting the best results. If you’re an athlete, look for a therapist who specializes in sports injuries.