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Spa Massage vs. Registered Massage Therapy – What’s the Difference

Many people assume that massage is the same no matter where you go. However, that isn’t the case.

There are many different massage modalities, as well as techniques for application. Further, no two therapists will apply massage techniques in quite the same way. It can all get a tad confusing. 

If you're not keen on the distinctions between various types of massage therapy, don't fret! Keep reading, and we'll fill you in on what you need to know.

 

What Is Massage Therapy?

In most general terms, massage therapy is the manipulation of the body's soft tissue. The techniques used to manipulate the tissues inform what type of massage you get.

People get a massage for various reasons. Among them are enhancing wellness or addressing an injury/chronic condition.

Enjoying massage is nothing new. Massage therapy has been around in almost all cultures throughout human history. Something we can all be thankful for.

 

Massage Therapy Outcomes

Depending on the type of massage you get, the outcomes can be very different.

In a clinical setting, such as a chiropractor's office, the goal is often to help alleviate specific conditions. These conditions are often either postural or impact-related.

Whereas in a spa setting, treatments are most likely not injury focused. The main intention of massage therapy, in that case, may be to promote relaxation.

Neither is good or bad, or better than the another. Both massage settings serve essential functions and can help many people experience relief.

 

Different Massage Therapy Techniques for Different Circumstances

If you are looking for some general, all-around, feel-good work, then a spa may be the right setting for you. Massage therapists in these settings are often able to address many common issues.

However, pay attention if you:

  • have been injured
  • receive a referral from your doctor
  • have chronic pain
  • have mobility issues

In these cases, registered massage therapy in a clinical setting may be a better choice.

 

Why Get a Massage in a Chiropractic/Physiotherapy Clinic?

There are many reasons to get your massage in a multi practitioner clinic. For one, you have a whole team of professionals at your disposal.

At Northgate Physiotherapy Chiropractic & Massage Therapy Centre, you have the opportunity to work with a chiropractor, massage therapist, and physiotherapist. All conveniently practicing under one roof.

Together, our team can help to assess your condition. From there, we will provide targeted relief for your issue. Over time, we can even help you correct postural problems.

Our therapists will take a targeted approach to your specific needs. They will use techniques like Myofascial release and Trigger Point therapies. Both techniques are well known for getting to the root of the dysfunction.

 

Ready to Feel Your Best?

Whatever your situation or condition may be, we can help. Our team is highly skilled and able to develop treatment plans for your unique situation.

If you feel like you're a candidate for massage therapy in a clinical setting, we'd love to hear from you! Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.

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