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What is Massage Therapy?
Massage Therapy involves working externally with the body to enhance the physical health and quality of life of the recipient. Massage Therapy can be performed manually or with therapy tools to affect changes through pressure, movement, and other techniques. The routine application of healthy touch can have a positive impact on an individual’s overall health and well-being. Benefits of receiving regular Massage Therapy can include increased flexibility, relief of tired and sore muscles, improved sleep patterns, and a decrease in anxiety. There are many modalities or types of Massage Therapy, each with its own unique benefits. HCT specializes in Rehabilitative Massage also known as deep tissue, medical, therapeutic, or clinical massage.
What do Massage Therapists do?
Massage Therapists apply concentrated, hands-on methods designed to increase circulation in the body’s soft tissues (muscles, connective tissue, tendons, and ligaments) which can result in profound relaxation. Over time, massage can also have a positive effect on range of motion, joint mobility, and general physical capability. Massage can be beneficial to individuals of all ages who are recovering from a wide range of illnesses, injuries, and surgeries. Massage can also be used as a treatment for various muscular skeletal ailments, an advantage for athletic performance, or just to relieve stress and invoke a general sense of pleasure. A primary role for HCT Massage Therapists involves assessing each client individually before designing a customized treatment plan to affect the client’s goals and improve their quality of life.
What clients do Massage Therapists serve?
HCT’s Massage Therapists serve a wide range of clients with special needs, including children and adults with Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Post-Surgery Rehabilitation, and the Elderly. Massage Therapists will design a customized massage treatment plan based on each client’s individual capabilities and goals.
How are Massage Therapy Services different from other types of therapy?
Massage Therapy is different from the other services provided by HCT because it utilizes direct physical manipulation of a client’s soft tissues in order to achieve a desired result, whether it be increased flexibility, decreased joint pain, or general relaxation. Massage Therapy is especially beneficial for meeting the physical goals of clients who may be affected by illness, injury, surgery, or mobility issues. Massage Therapy’s ability to target specific areas that may be of issue for a client can result in profound benefits and improvement to quality of life.
What are the Benefits of Massage Therapy?
The Physical Benefits of Massage Therapy include:
The Psychological Benefits of Massage Therapy include:
What are a Massage Therapist’s Education, Qualifications, and Credentials?
HCT Massage Therapists are certified and licensed to practice in the State of Texas and have graduated from an established program providing supervised instruction. All therapists are well-versed in risk management and various physical therapy modalities used in massage. Standard Massage Therapy coursework required for certification includes detailed studies of human physiology, kinesiology, anatomy, pathology, medical ethics, and clinical practicums providing hands-on experience in both basic and specialized massage modalities and techniques. All Health Care Therapies Massage Therapists are insured and CPR certified.
What is the process for receiving Massage Therapy Services from Health Care Therapies?
In order to receive Massage Therapy services from HCT a client evaluation must first be scheduled. An HCT Therapist will meet with the client and their family to discuss the client’s overall health as well as their capabilities, goals, and challenges they experience. After the initial client evaluation, HCT therapists work with the client as well as the client’s family and doctors to create a comprehensive treatment plan that will benefit the client to help them reach their goals. The customized treatment plan may feature various components including Massage Therapy, Recreational Therapy, Music Therapy, and Aquatic Therapy. The massage components of a client’s treatment plan are typically performed in the client’s home, and feature manual techniques that target affected areas in order to reduce pain and improve physical function.