Healing You: The Power of Manual Therapy and Massage

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As we get older, our bodies stop working like they used to.  When you are young, you can run like a mad man across the park chasing your friends in games you actually enjoy for pleasure. When you’re in your twenties, you exercise for vanity purpose and while it’s a drudgery to do, you still do it because you can. But when you hit your late forties and fifties, your body just doesn’t function the way it used to. The problem with exercise isn’t that you’re bored of it or don’t WANT to do it, it’s that you can’t do it the way you used to be able to because your muscles aren’t as strong and flexible.  Moving an arm or leg just a certain way can cause a strain and make it impossible for you to run or jog.

Margaret Loland from Windsor says she has been an avid power walker since the 90’s and is now 74 years old.  She started getting into exercise in her later years once she realized that life was getting harder.  Her husband, a physiotherapist said she needed to exercise more if she had any hope of matching him in loving a long and healthy life.  Her husband was her inspiration to get in shape and start working out.  After he had an injury as a young boy, he studied physiotherapy to become more educated in studying the human body and how to fix his own muscle injury. He dedicated his life to the profession and now advocates manual therapy and massage for anyone who suffers from aches and pains.

Margaret visits her husband regularly for check-ups and he has placed her in a manual therapy treatment after she suffered an injury in a car accident.  That is how they met and started their relationship!  He assessed her situation and realized that she needed rehabilitation treatment in order to move the way she used to be able to.  He performed a series of manual techniques including massage and soft tissue treatment to ease her back of aches and pains.  Over time, Margaret got stronger and was able to move with little ease as she was in her early twenties.  Now she maintains her strength of muscles by power walking around the neighborhood and also getting regular massage to release her tight muscles and keep her bones and joints “well-greased like you’d keep your bike from rusting! (in her own words!)

Manual therapy can be very therapeutic as can massage. Not only does it help with fixing the body and repairing old injuries but it also allows you to feel relaxed and stress-free which is very important for your overall physical and mental health.

Kenneth Martin