Massage Therapy is rubbing the soft tissues of the body, such as the muscles. Massage may be helpful in reducing tension and pain, improving blood flow, and encouraging relaxation. Massage therapists usually apply pressure with their hands, but they can also use their forearms, elbows, or feet.
When we talk about massage here at Sport & Spinal Solution Clinic, we always focus on what it does for our patients. The medical benefits have been the key focus of our massage therapy program.
What are we looking for when we use massage with our patients?
We think the number one thing is Stress Reduction. Stress can suppress immune function. It can lower wound healing. We know anything we can do to bring stress reduction is going to be helpful.
We think the second thing we see with a massage from a medical standpoint is its ability to help with the pain. So certainly in some of the studies with open-heart surgery patients who have a lot of back pain. When we work back there with a massage therapist, a lot of times that pain reduction is dramatic. We have done some studies trying to compare what happens when you get massage versus patients who have usual care where massage isn’t part of that. And almost all of those studies, what we show is that patients who get massage lower their anxiety, lower their stress levels, lower their muscle tension all over.
In the last ten or 20 years, there’s thousands of studies on massage. And so now we have enough evidence that we can start to say yes, massage in certain instances can be a very important part of how we care for our patients. It’s becoming very clear that there are certain conditions or diseases where we know massage can be very beneficial. Back pain, fibromyalgia, stress and anxiety, very high on the list of things. Or we think massage can be very helpful if you’re going to choose a therapist, have an interview, spend some time, ask them questions, find out what their philosophy is while they work with your primary care team or your physician team. And of course, there’s a number and we think a growing number of resources that patients can tap into or consumers can tap into.
Certainly, the CMTA, Canadian massage therapy association website has a resource that you can put in your zip code and find out who in that area is a CMTA member. Bottom line, do some homework and invest a little time to find the right person. And when you do find the right person, it’s still an ongoing dialogue. Keep the communication open so you get the full benefit so they can respond to your needs. And we think that’s where we’re going to see the optimal use of massage.
Covid 19 pandemic has changed the way the world looks for all of us. Health centers are no exception well one thing that hasn’t changed is making sure you have access to world-class care where you need it when you need it safely and conveniently.
We have taken many steps to ensure that our clinic is safe. Everyone at our location is asked to wear a mask at all times. Each person is asked to clean their hands when they arrive and frequently while they’re here. Changes have been made to support social distancing, and we’ve designed special processes to assure care for Kovach patients while protecting other patients.
Every single person that works at Sports & Spinal Solutions Clinic is committed to keeping you safe.
All of our personnel Wash and sanitize their hands before and after each physical contact.
We clean and disinfect the clinic after each shift of operation.
We clean and sanitize the waiting area/front desk/chairs/switches/door knobs/ periodically during the operation.
We clean and sanitize all the equipment/beds after each use.
We wash and disinfect sheets, towels and gowns after each use when is in contact with the client.