Massage Therapy Ottawa

What Is Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy is a form of physical therapy that uses manual techniques to manipulate the soft tissues of the body, including muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints. It is used to promote relaxation, improve circulation, reduce pain, and improve range of motion.

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It's sometimes confused with chiropractic care, because massage therapists use their hands, fingers, forearms, elbows, and sometimes even feet to apply pressure to specific areas of the body. Massage therapy can be used to treat a wide range of conditions such as neck pain, headaches, muscle tension, sports injuries, stress-related issues, and more.

Massage therapy is also a clinically-oriented healthcare option that helps alleviate the discomfort associated with everyday occupational stresses, muscular over-use and many chronic pain conditions.

Registered massage therapists work with a wide variety of patients to create treatment plans for illness, injury rehabilitation and disability.

Benefits of Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is all about improving your quality of life, and includes massage techniques that target:

  • Reducing and Eliminating Pain
  • Reducing Depression and
  • Anxiety
  • Inducing Stress Reduction
  • Better Quality of Sleep
  • Improving Joint Mobility
  • Relieving acute injury
  • Improving Blood Flow
  • Reducing Muscle Tension
  • Increasing Sports Performance
  • Increasing Range of Motion
  • Overcoming Chronic Injury
  • Break Down Muscle Knots/Adhesions
  • Normalize Lymphatic System (Lymphedema Massage)

One of the greatest factors impacting our overall health and well-being is stress.

We're all familiar with negative stress, but even good events cause stress as our minds and bodies adjust to change.

Stress is an unavoidable part of life, and it can manifest itself in many different ways. It can cause physical symptoms such as headaches, muscle tension, fatigue, and digestive issues.

It can also lead to emotional distress like anxiety, depression, irritability, and difficulty concentrating.

Fortunately, massage therapy is a great way to reduce stress in our lives and improve overall health.

Patient's Feedback

  • Not only is he very friendly and professional, he effectively helps manage my fibromyalgia. Which is honestly hard to find when looking for a chiropractor because most medical professionals don't... read more

    Emily Hurst Avatar Emily Hurst
    27 January 2022
  • I went to OPRC and had a great massage with John! He was able to help with my neck pain and felt much better afterwards. If you need a great... read more

    Karen Stoltz Avatar Karen Stoltz
    19 June 2023
  • Dr. Greg had a level of expertise, listening skills, explained ever step of the way including pictures and explanations. Truly a five star experience. I feel and... read more

    Greg LaRocque Avatar Greg LaRocque
    18 August 2023
  • It took convincing to get me back to a chiropractor as I had previously had a bad experience. One session with Greg changed that. His confidence became my... read more

    Lorna Kennedy Avatar Lorna Kennedy
    6 April 2022
  • Honest, professional and effective. I have been suffering through back pain for the past 2 years. I spent thousands of dollars on physiotherapy, massage, and other forms of relief. The... read more

    Daniel Polan Avatar Daniel Polan
    27 March 2022
  • Amazing Chiropractor, very knowledgeable and feel more like a friend then a practitioner. He removed lots of tension I had near my neck and shoulder. I would definitely recommend his... read more

    Eric Chan Avatar Eric Chan
    27 August 2021

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What To Expect on Your First Visit

A typical first massage will take place as follows:

  • Before having to change, you will first have a meeting with your therapist to discuss your health history and the reason you are looking for massage treatment. You will be asked to fill out a health history form in order for the therapist to provide the best and safest treatment possible.
  • After the assessment and you give your consent to start treatment, the therapist will leave you alone in the massage room to change. You can choose to take your undergarments off if you wish but they usually do not interfere with the treatment; it all depends on your comfort level. You can then lie down on the bed, covering yourself with a sheet provided by the therapist and wait for him/her to return.
  • Remember that you are in no way obligated to talk with your therapist during your massage and that asking for a 'quiet' massage is absolutely normal. We want you to have a positive, relaxing experience.


The following are some of the most frequently asked questions about massage therapy in Ottawa:

What Are the Different Types of Massage Therapy?
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The range of massage therapy techniques is large. Some of the most common types of massage are deep tissue massage, aromatic massage, Swedish massage, therapeutic massage, cupping massage, Ashiatsu massage and relaxation massage. There is even a pregnancy massage for expectant mothers and a hot stone massage that uses heated basalt rocks.

Is Massage Therapy Covered by OHIP?
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No, massage therapy is not covered by OHIP. However, it is covered by many insurance plans. Contact your insurance company's customer service to see if your insurance includes massage therapy.

Do I Need a Referral To See a Massage Therapist in Ontario?
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No, you do not need a referral to see a massage therapist in Ontario. However, if you are planning on having your insurance cover the cost of a massage session, then you may need to be referred by a physician.

Why Choose Ottawa Physical Rehab Centre?
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We are dedicated to aiding people in regaining an active lifestyle, expanding physical function and meeting their fitness goals. At our clinic in Ottawa, we specialize in physiotherapy and pride ourselves on providing excellent and attentive patient care at competitive prices. We also have an experienced team of physiotherapists who can help you with any injury or condition, and offer free parking on-site. Come see how our collaborative care model and commitment to quality of care can help you!

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