Common Conditions Treated by Massage Therapy

Mention massage therapy, and the first thing that comes to mind for many people is stress relief. While it's true massage therapy has powerful stress-relieving properties, the beneficial effects of massage go well beyond relieving chronic stress and tension to helping alleviate an array of acute and chronic medical conditions. At The Health Network in London, Ontario, our registered massage therapists are skilled at developing therapeutic massage therapies aimed at treating injuries and other medical issues so patients can achieve optimal outcomes. 

Arthritis

Arthritis is a painful condition that causes inflammation and stiffness in the joints, eventually resulting in decreased range of motion and loss of flexibility. Osteoarthritis is the most common musculoskeletal condition associated with aging, but it can also occur as a result of injury and overuse. Massage helps relieve inflammation by promoting circulation and releasing built-up toxins that can increase painful symptoms. Plus, it can aid in restoring range of motion and reducing stiffness to support other therapeutic interventions like physiotherapy. 

Headaches

Headaches are one of the most common medical complaints, occurring as a result of injury, chronic stress, postural deficiencies or other factors. Massage is an effective treatment for headaches, especially those caused by stress, muscle strain and nerve impingement, helping relax tension in the neck, scalp and upper back and release painful trigger points that can cause headaches to recur.

Neck & Back Pain

Neck and back pain can be debilitating, effecting your activities at work, at school and in your social life, and even interfering with your ability to get a good night's sleep. Neck and back pain can be caused by many issues, including accidents, poor posture, carrying heavy backpacks or laptop bags, repetitive strain and even surgery. Massage works to relieve painful back and neck symptoms by stimulating the body's natural healing response, promoting circulation and lymphatic drainage so inflammation, irritation and tension are eliminated and flexibility and range of motion are restored.

Muscle & Tendon Injuries (tension, sprains, strains)

Muscle and tendon injuries are common among athletes of all levels, but they can also occur as a result of accidents at the workplace, on the road and at home. Most soft tissue injuries are related to extreme forces like twisting or turning, resulting in significant inflammation and acute and chronic pain. Massage treats muscle and other soft tissue injuries by relaxing tension and engaging natural healing processes to reduce and resolve pain and restore flexibility, strength and range of motion. In addition to providing its own benefits, massage therapy also works well with other approaches, including physiotherapy.

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition that affects the bottom and side of the foot and the heel. It occurs when the fibrous band that stretches across the bottom of your foot – called the plantar fascia – becomes inflamed and irritated, resulting in sharp pain that's usually worse after a period of rest. Massage therapy helps by relieving built-up tension that develops in the foot as well as relaxing stiff muscles and fibers so walking is less painful. Plus, massage works well in conjunction with other therapies designed to improve flexibility and range of motion, including stretching exercises and physiotherapy.

Pregnancy

Pregnancy can be an exciting time of life, but it can also cause aches and pains that occur as a result of excess weight and added strain on muscles, tendons and ligaments that support the expanding uterus. Many women experience pain in the back, hips and legs, especially as they reach the end of the second trimester. Massage helps by relaxing tension and restoring healthy circulation to the soft tissues that surround and support the uterus, including the muscles of the low back and pelvic girdle. Plus, massage can help reduce the discomfort associated with childbirth by keeping muscles and ligaments loose and flexible.

Sciatica

Sciatica describes painful inflammation and irritation of the sciatic nerve, a long nerve that extends from the back down two branches into the legs. Sciatica can occur as a result of injury, heavy lifting, postural deficiencies or even prolonged sitting, and finding relief can be problematic. Massage helps by promoting circulation to reduce irritating inflammation, reducing nerve impingements so symptoms are eliminated at the source. Plus, by helping improve flexibility in the low back, massage helps prevent injuries that can cause the condition to recur. 

If you're suffering from these or other chronic or acute conditions, our massage therapists can help. Call The Health network today at 519-433-7400 to book an appointment. We offer treatment 7 days a week so you can get the care you need when it's most convenient for you.