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Massage Therapy Questions with RMT Sean Moffat

Sean Moffat, RMT at Altum Health

What is the most important thing to cover for a first-time massage therapy visit?

An important part of seeing a massage therapy patient for the first time is to establish the framework for clear expectations. Also, it’s important to establish a dialogue for open and honest communication. In doing so we achieve clarity. Therefore, the client is empowered to understand the steps to recovery. This improves the therapist ability to treat each patient efficiently and effectively.

There are so many different types of massage (Swedish, hot stones, trigger point, deep tissue, etc.). How do I know which one to get?

It can be daunting to choose a route to accomplish your healthcare goals. I would recommend doing a little research on the options. Begin by trying out the disciplines that interest you most. All the different types have their merit and you will learn which you prefer by trying them out. You can also speak to your RMT to discuss what you do and do not like because they can assist in making recommendations.

I’ve had chronic pain for a long time. How can massage therapy help me long term?

Massage therapy can help relieve the discomfort associated with chronic pain. There can be many causes for chronic pain, from neurological to muscular, or joint pain. Massage therapy can assist in alleviating the discomfort. It can improve your health by correcting postural alignment, alleviate tension, increase flexibility and movement, reduce stress and much more. If you suffer from chronic pain, you can speak with an RMT to create a treatment plan that works best for you.

What are the benefits of routinely seeing a massage therapist?

Massage therapy can help with a variety of life’s ailments. Your massage therapist can work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that specifically targets your goals. Massage therapy can assist with pain management or symptom relief, increase performance in an already healthy body or preventative maintenance (such as postural alignment for desk work). For labour intensive or physically demanding work, it can reduce muscular tension.

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