The Science Behind RMT Massage

RMT Massage

A massage from a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) is primarily a therapeutic massage that helps you find relief from aches and pains. Many massage clients also report feeling much calmer and serene after their massage, which has great psychological benefits to their overall lifestyle. 

Keep reading to learn how it works and what conditions and pains it can help you find relief from. 

What is an RMT Massage?

A certified massage therapist gives an RMT massage. This massage can help you find physical and psychological relief from aches, pains, and other medical conditions. 

RMT massage applies gentle to heavy pressure on your skin through the therapist’s hands, wrists, arms, and sometimes elbows (for deeper relief). The goal is to loosen soft tissues and promote circulation throughout your body. 

Usually, RMT massages are covered under medical health plans. They are often the go-to to “fix” injuries related to Worker’s Compensation or car accident claims. A massage from a registered or certified massage therapist can:

  • Promote the flow of blood and oxygen to your muscles.
  • Loosen tight muscles and joints.
  • Leave patients feeling calm and rejuvenated.

Depending on the root of the injury, massage can help relieve symptoms from many acute or chronic pains. 

Here are some examples of injuries and conditions and how RMT can help you find relief and healing:

Cancer

While massages are not proven to treat the disease, they can help ease symptoms in some cancer patients. It can help reduce pain and induce feelings of calm. If you see an RMT and you have cancer, discuss it with your practitioner before your treatment, as the massage shouldn’t be performed directly over known tumours or metastases.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel causes severe pain in the wrist and hand. Massage can promote blood flow to these areas to help reduce or slow down carpal tunnel symptoms and relieve symptoms and pain. RMT massage can reduce pain, help increase your range of motion, reduce numbness in your wrists and hands, and promote overall relaxation.  

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia comes with a wide range of painful symptoms throughout your body. Your massage therapist can adjust the pressure to your preferences if the touch hurts. Gentle massage can help ease the severity of your headaches, boost your mood, and help you sleep better.

Headaches

An RMT may help you find relief from tension, migraine, cluster, or sinus headaches. The calming effect of a massage benefits those with headaches resulting from anxiety or stress. For headaches caused by an injury elsewhere in your body, your RMT massage can help improve circulation toward the injury site to prompt healing at the source. 

Lower back pain

Back pain is often the result of an injury to the back area. It can also be a side effect of an injury elsewhere in your body that affects how you walk and your posture, which leads to strain in your lower back. A massage can help increase circulation to help decrease pain and muscle spasms in your lower back and promote healing to the muscle injury site. Ask your RMT for advice on safe stretches to help you heal and find relief between massage sessions. 

Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

MS causes overall muscle weakness, affects your posture, and misaligns your body, leading to pain and discomfort. Massage can help loosen your muscles and ligaments to promote a greater range of motion, strengthen weakened muscles and joints, and help you relax and enhance your quality of life. 

Osteoarthritis 

RMT massages can also help with joint pain and dysfunction, like osteoarthritis. A massage therapist can provide extra massage to these joint areas to help combat joint pain and the loss of mobility from osteoarthritis. This promotes circulation so you find relief with reduced pain, increased mobility and function, and even a better night’s sleep. 

Plantar Fasciitis

Sharp pains in your heel and foot make it difficult to walk. Massage is becoming recognized as a safe alternative to surgical methods to reduce the symptoms of this condition. Through a combination of at-home exercise stretches and in-clinic massages, patients often experience decreased pain, tenderness, and swelling in their feet. 

Pregnancy

A woman’s body undergoes many physical, chemical, and psychological changes during pregnancy. Some of these can be painful, and many women want to avoid medications and invasive procedures to avoid any potential of harming their baby. Massage therapy is non-invasive and safe for most women during pregnancy. It can help them calm their mind, reduce pregnancy-related physical strains on their body (such as their back, legs, ankles, and neck), and help them improve their mood and sleep quality. 

Sports injury

RMT massages can help athletes prevent injury or support whole-body healing after a big event or injury. Regular massages can reduce delayed muscle soreness and promote flexibility and a better range of motion to avoid injury and help you heal. 

Stress

At Oceana, many clients come for RMT massages to help release stress. The act of a massage increases blood flow around yoru body and helps boost your mood. It also gives you a moment to shut the busy world out for an hour during your massage. RMT massages can help you relieve stress-related physical ailments like loss of sleep, decreased appetite, sore muscles (neck and shoulders), and overall muscle tension.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD)

Did you know jaw pain can be lessened with an RMT massage? If you have TMD, you can find symptom relief through massage while you deal with the root of your injury (such as stress or jaw traumas). Massage therapists can gently massage trigger points to release the “knots” that lead to jaw pain. 

Whiplash

If you get whiplash in a car accident, it can affect your bones, muscles, and other soft tissues in your neck and back. An RMT can help you realign your body tissues to reduce pain, spasms, and headaches and help restore your muscle strength, endurance and tone. 

So….Is an RMT massage an effective therapy for me?

Yes. Unless you have specific counter-indications, an RMT massage can help relieve some or all of your pain or symptoms. It’s also generally safe to use with other natural or Western medicine therapies and treatments. 

If you’re ready to get started or have questions about whether an RMT massage can be used with other medical care you’re receiving for your injury, book a complimentary consult with our team today.