Everyone loves a great massage. Relaxing on a table, soft hands gently massaging the skin, the smell of oils, and that stress-free feeling at the end. Sense Massage clinic in Richmond offers all those sensations, but with a therapeutic focus. Edward Chang is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) for Sense Massage.
"The big difference is that an RMT is regulated," Edward explains. "And we're trained to identify your injury and to treat it accordingly. We will also educate you on how to take care of your body after the treatments by giving you some home exercises and advice on when to use ice and when to use heat."
Wrapping ice on a sprained ankle is something most people would probably do, but Edward explains why that's important as opposed to using a heat pad.
"When the muscle is first injured," he says, "there will be microscopic tears in the blood vessels, which means there will be a lot of inflammation. There will be poor circulation due to damage on the blood vessels, thus swelling occurs. If you use heat, it will exacerbate the problem because it will open up the capillaries to allow further blood flow to the injured muscle. Ice will close down the blood vessels, thereby decreasing the volume of blood at the site and decreasing the pain."
Edward recommends ice for the first 24 – 72 hours after a sprain or muscle injury.
"Of course, everyone is different," he says. "At Sense Massage, we decide on a case by case basis. For example, a young person will recover quicker than an older person. So, we may want to use heat treatments earlier for young people and delay heat for seniors."
Registered massage therapists are also trained to work with and educate their patients.
"Massage therapy is not as simple as taking medicine," Edward explains. "At Sense Massage, we offer a consultation where we ask a lot of questions to determine the problem and devise a plan to help the patient. At the same time, we will teach you about your body and educate you on how to take care of your body and keep it healthy."
Applying the right pressure is also important, Edward says.
"Some spa massages work on the basis of no pain, no gain. But research has found that assumption to be false. For muscles to relax, you need the right pressure at the right point. A Registered Massage Therapist is trained in the correct technique."
For more information on Sense Massage and their services, call 604.284.0288, visit the website, email, or stop by the clinic at 172-8180 No. 2 Road, Richmond. Sense Massage can also be found on Facebook.