North Shore Sports Medicine is proud to offer Registered Massage Therapy out of both our Deep Cove and Brooksbank locations.
Massage therapy is an effective approach to managing pain and maintaining overall well-being. Our massage therapists work with you to develop a treatment plan that may include massage, manual therapy, and carefully selected exercises such as stretching, strengthening and patient education that focus on rehabilitation. Our Registered Massage Therapists are deeply committed to improving the health and well-being of their clients, aiming to optimize health and functional abilities.
The soft tissues of the body are moved during a massage. Commonly used massage tools include hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearms, feet, and devices. Generally speaking, massages are used to cure physical tension or discomfort.
The skin is a wonderful organ that covers the entire outside of the body and is packed with nerve endings, sensors, capillaries, glands, fat, and connective tissue. It is also the largest organ in your body. Meissner corpuscles, a type of nerve cell that is sensitive to light touch, are one example of a sensor in the skin that registers touch and sends messages to the brain to help with relaxing. This means that human skin contains several different kinds of nerve cells, each of which is sensitive to various degrees of touch.
When these various nerve cells are stimulated, signals are sent to the brain, which releases endorphins to make us feel good and relaxed.
Furthermore, the stimulation of our nerve endings causes the capillaries to enlarge, allowing more blood to pass through the channels. This accomplishes several things. The first benefit is that it quickens an exchange that benefits skin elasticity and hydration at the cellular level. Exfoliation and the elimination of dead skin will occur when you are receiving a massage that uses oils, which is also good for your skin. Finally, the manipulation stimulates the sebaceous glands, which are deeper glands, by squeezing, pressing, and massaging them (the effects of which are generally appreciated after a scalp massage). The stimulation of these glands can result in stronger hair follicles and a dry scalp.
When you receive a massage, your body’s blood supply is increased throughout, especially to the area that is being treated. The exchange of materials between the cells is then encouraged. This aids in bringing new nutrients into the cells and eliminating waste, making your body healthy and prepared for action.
The way the massage is performed is also crucial; all properly educated massage therapists will always massage in the direction of the heart, so supporting the body’s natural blood flow (known as the “venous flow”) as well as the circulation of blood throughout the body. This directly affects the neurological system, widens the blood vessels, and frequently lowers blood pressure.
Massage therapy can be beneficial in all populations, including top athletes, students, weekend warriors, and everyone in between! Our therapists can provide a musculoskeletal and neurological assessment and provide pain science education. If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort or just want to maintain your well-being come visit us!
Registered Massage Therapists are Effective in Treating and Providing Relief for a Wide Range of Conditions, such as:
- Headaches, whiplash, or TMJ disorder
- Pregnancy related pain and discomfort
- Arthritis or Osteoporosis
- Symptoms of MS
- Sports injuries
- Post surgical care
- Many other common conditions related to soft tissue and joint dysfunction
Many of our practitioners are able to provide massage therapy to treat pregnancy related pain and discomfort. Pillows and support are available and can be arranged to allow you to lay on your stomach into your third trimester. Massage therapy can be beneficial during pregnancy to treat swelling, headaches, groin and sacroiliac pain, and low back pain.