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Massage Therapy

Massage therapy has a therapeutic effect on the body and optimizes health and well-being by acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems.

Physical function can be developed, maintained and improved.

Physical dysfunction and pain can be relieved or prevented.

Registered Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to enhance a person’s health and well-being. There are dozens of types of massage therapy methods (modalities).

People seek massage therapy for a variety of reasons; to reduce stress and anxiety, relax muscles, rehabilitate injuries, reduce pain, and promote overall health and wellness.

Anatomy Drawing

Some Modalities We Use...

Muscle Stripping


Stripping strokes are one of the many massage techniques that therapists use everyday. This technique involves the application of slow, deep, gliding pressure along the length of the muscle fibers. Stripping strokes release and elongate tightened muscle and fascia, flush the muscles with fresh blood, and erase trigger points (trigger points are hyperirritable muscle tissue that refers pain). Stripping strokes are performed using the elbow, forearm, knuckles and thumb. The elbow and forearm are used for larger muscles, and the knuckles and thumbs are used for detail work and smaller muscles.




Deep Tissue Massage


Deep Tissue Massage uses firm pressure and slow strokes to reach deeper layers of muscle and fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles). It's used for chronic aches and pain and contracted areas such as a stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders. While some of the strokes may feel the same as those used in Swedish massage therapy, deep tissue massage isn't the same as having a regular massage with deep pressure. It's used to break up scar tissue and physically break down muscle "knots" (trigger points) or adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) that can disrupt circulation and cause pain, limited range of motion, and inflammation.




PNF Stretching


Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (or PNF) is an advanced type of flexibility therapy. PNF is built on a series of exercises that focus on stretching; first contracting then relaxing, stiff or painful muscles in the body. PNF is very effective when it comes to improving flexibility, strength and range of motion in a damaged or stiff muscle. It's often used to treat lower back, neck and shoulder pain associated with poor posture. PNF exercises are meant to re-educate clients on the safest and most natural ways to move their bodies. The theory behind PNF is that a person will often develop sloppy postures and habits when they move. These bad movements, when used repetitively over time, can put chronic strain on the muscles, causing soreness, stress and eventually leading to injury if not corrected.




Swedish Massage


Swedish massage techniques are the most common soft tissue manipulations employed through massage therapy. It is designed to relax the body and release muscle tension. Swedish massage may also be beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, and improving circulation and flexibility.




Trigger Point Release


Trigger points are hyperirritable spots in a taut band of skeletal muscle which produce pain locally and in a referred pattern. Trigger point therapy is a bodywork technique that involves the application of pressure to tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body. It may also be called myofascial (myo meaning muscle, fascial meaning connective tissue) trigger point therapy. Trigger point therapy is sometimes regarded as one of a group of treatment aproaches called neuromuscular therapy or NMT.




Joint Mobilizations


Joint mobilization, performed by a massage therapist, is a gentle and safe alternative to joint manipulation, performed by a chiropractor. Joint mobilization is done when a bone, or individual vertebrae, is moved in order to release painful tension, stiffness, chronic pain, and in some cases to improve the range of motion of a joint. Joint mobilizations consist of joint play, traction and gliding mobilizations.




Myofascial Release


Myofascial release is a manipulative treatment that attempts to release tension in the fascia due to trauma, posture, or inflammation. Connective tissues called fascia surround the muscles, bones, nerves, and organs of the body. Points of restriction in the fascia can place a great deal of pressure on nerves and muscles causing chronic pain. Practitioners of myofascial release employ long stretching strokes meant to balance tissue and muscle mechanics and improve joint range of motion in order to relieve pain.




Neuromuscular Therapy


A form of soft tissue manipulation to treat underlying causes of chronic pain by addressing trigger points, circulation, nerve compression, and postural and biomechanical issues that are often caused by repetitive movement injuries.





 

Pediatric


  • Colic
  • Infant Massage




Female Health


  • Pregnancy (Prenatal & Postnatal Care)
  • Labour Care
  • Pelvic Pain




Neck & Back Pain


  • Sciatica
  • Degenerative Disc Disease (Slipped Disc)
  • Facet Pain
  • Whiplash & Associated Disorders
  • Scoliosis
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome




Hand Disorders


  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Osteoarthritis of the Hand
  • Dupuytrens’ Contracture




Neurological Disorders


  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Spastic Paralysis
  • Stroke
  • Parkinsons




Headaches


  • Tension
  • Migraine
  • TMJ Dysfunction




Autoimmune Rheumatic Disorders


  • Raynaurd’s Disease
  • Systematic Lupus Erythematosus




Bursa, Muscle & Tendon Disorders


  • Bursitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Tendinopathies (Tendonosis)
  • Contusions
  • Muscle Tension/Spasm
  • Sprains
  • Strains




Foot & Ankle Disorders


  • Medial Plantar Nerve Entrapment
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Plantar Fasciosis




Joint Disorders


  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis




Shoulder & Elbow Conditions


  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Golfers / Tennis Elbow (Tendonopathy)




Hip, Leg & Knee Disorders


  • Illiotibial Band Impingement Syndrome
  • Patellar Tracking Dysfunction
  • Shin Splints (Compartment Syndrome)
  • Ligament Tear




Cancer Care


  • Post Mastectomy Care
  • Nausea
  • Pain
  • Lymphedema




Respiratory Care


  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Emphysema




Psychological Disorders


  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)





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