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How massage therapy is changing to keep you safe

Friday, Jul. 31, 2020

In many provinces across Canada, Registered Massage Therapists have been permitted to begin providing services again. At the moment, patients with essential care needs are being prioritized while practice is gradually resuming. A patient is considered to have essential care needs when their health or function could decline considerably without treatment and could lead to hospitalization or other serious health issues.

The safety and security of our patients and team members remains our highest priority, which is why we’ve put into place several new measures in our clinics such as social distancing, health screenings, protective equipment (including masks), frequent cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces and more. You can read more about the Lifemark S.A.F.E.R initiative here.

New rules, same benefits

The physical nature of massages makes social distancing difficult, but the new measures in place will ensure that Registered Massage Therapists can minimize risk while providing key services. While patients should expect a slightly different experience at their clinic, the new rules are simple and easy to follow and allow Massage Therapists to provide the care their patients need.

Though there are new rules in place, the positive benefits of massage therapy are still the same Massage therapy can treat acute and chronic conditions such as stress and anxiety, headaches, neck and back pain, sports injuries, arthritis and more. Moreover, massage can provide tremendous relief from pain on its own or can be integrated as part of a complete wellness strategy. It can complement a physiotherapy or rehabilitation program.

Massage therapy maintains and improves physical function in the body by acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. Massaging soft tissues can relieve pain, improve circulation and lymphatic flow, decrease heart rate and promote relaxation and stress relief.

Scheduling an appointment

If you’ve suffered an injury at the start of the COVID-19 crisis and have been waiting to be able to get a massage therapy appointment, give us a call. Depending on where you live, we can evaluate your needs and help you determine the best options available to you.

For more information about massage therapy, you can consult our Massage Therapy page on lifemark.ca. You can also check out our Locations page to find a Lifemark clinic near you or book online to schedule an appointment.

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