Massage Therapy is effective in controlling chronic and acute pain, reducing stress, and creating a sense of relaxation and well being. It is proven to provide relief for a variety of problems, including lower back pain, tendonitis, sprains, strains, carpal tunnel syndrome, jaw pain, migraine, muscle tension headaches, whiplash, and neck and shoulder tension.

At Healing Touch Massage Therapy, dedication, professionalism and compassionate care are of the utmost importance. Our registered massage therapists are trained in the latest massage techniques to provide you with a treatment plan tailored to suit your needs. We offer a wide variety of treatments including Laser Therapy, Manual Lymph Drainage, Myofascial Release and Myofascial Osseous Integration, Hot Stone Therapy, Pregnancy Massage and Infant Massage Instruction.

New study confirms massage improves blood flow, treats muscle soreness

Massage therapy improves general blood flow and alleviates muscle soreness after exercise, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The study, reported online in advance of print in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, also showed that massage improved vascular function in people who had not exercised, suggesting that massage has benefits for people regardless of their level of physical activity.

Improved circulation and relief of muscle soreness are common claims made for massage’s benefits, but no studies have substantiated such claims, even though massage therapy is increasingly used as an adjunct to traditional medical interventions, said Shane Phillips, UIC associate professor of physical therapy and principal investigator on the study.

“Our study validates the value of massage in exercise and injury, which has been previously recognized but based on minimal data,” said Nina Cherie Franklin, UIC postdoctoral fellow in physical therapy and first author of the study. “It also suggests the value of massage outside of the context of exercise.”

The researchers had set out to see if massage would improve systemic circulation and reduce muscle soreness after exercise. Healthy sedentary adults were asked to exercise their legs to soreness using a standard leg press machine. Half of the exercisers received leg massages, using conventional Swedish massage techniques, after the exercise. Participants rated their muscle soreness on a scale from 1 to 10.

As expected, both exercise groups experienced soreness immediately after exercise. The exercise-and-massage group reported no continuing soreness 90 minutes after massage therapy. The exercise-only group reported lasting soreness 24 hours after exercise.

Exercise-induced muscle injury has been shown to reduce blood flow. In this study, brachial artery flow mediated dilation (FMD) — a standard metric of general vascular health, measured in the upper arm — was taken by ultrasound at 90 minutes, 24, 48 and 72 hours after exercise.

For the exercise-and massage-group, FMD indicated improved blood flow at all time points, with improvement tapering off after 72 hours. As expected, the exercise-only group showed reduced blood flow after 90 minutes and 24 and 48 hours, with a return to normal levels at 72 hours.

“We believe that massage is really changing physiology in a positive way,” said Franklin. “This is not just blood flow speeds – this is actually a vascular response.”

Because vascular function was changed at a distance from both the site of injury and the massage, the finding suggests a “systemic rather than just a local response,” she said.

“The big surprise was the massage-only control group, who showed virtually identical levels of improvement in circulation as the exercise and massage group,” said Phillips.

“The circulatory response was sustained for a number of days, which suggests that massage may be protective,” said Phillips.

For people with limited mobility or those with impaired vascular function, further research may show that regular massage offers significant benefits, the authors say.

Dr. Mohamed Ali, Austin T. Robinson and Edita Norkeviciute of UIC are co-authors on the study.

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New Fee Schedule 2013

Starting October 1st, 2013 our fee schedule will change. Please check our fee schedule page for more details.

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Massage Therapy Sessions Explained

The Registered Massage Therapists Association of Ontario (RMTAO) office often receives questions regarding what is included in a massage therapy session. Both practitioners and patients have indicated confusion about what portions of the massage therapy process are included in paid time.

All RMTs are expected to follow  Standards of Practice provided by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. These include intake/interview, initial assessment or re-assessment, treatment, self-care recommendations, charting and administration. All of these activities will vary depending on the needs, complexity and conditions of the individual patient. It is important for patients to understand that all of these activities are part of a massage therapy session and are required as part of the Standards of Practice for the profession.

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New Extended Hours

To serve you better our schedule has changed.

Monday from 2:00 pm to 8:15 pm
Wednesday and Friday from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Tuesday and Thursday from 9:15 am to 4:15 pm

Check our on-line booking for availability.

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Massage Therapy and Osteoarthritis of the knee

This month an article was published in PLoS One titled Massage Therapy for Osteoarthritis of the Knee: A Randomized Dose-Finding Trial . The clinical trial determined the optimal massage dose for management of osteoarthritis of the knee to be 60-minute sessions once weekly. The study participants showed improvements in pain and functionality scores after 8 weeks of care. Read the study

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