Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of soft tissue (i.e. muscles and nerves) to alleviate pain, muscle tension, spasm or trigger points while also aiming to improve mobility and promote relaxation. Massage also has a positive effect on the body’s natural healing processes and compliments physiotherapy and injury rehabilitation. Our registered massage therapists (RMT) will use a variety of massage techniques to help you feel relaxed and rejuvenated or to help facilitate recovery from any injury so that you get “back in action” as quickly as possible. RMTs are trained in common massage techniques described below, as well as treating nervous system injuries and conditions, discomfort associated with pregnancy, gastrointestinal disorders, and healthy lymphatic system drainage.
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Swedish Massage is one of the more popular massage types where long gliding strokes applied in a light to medium pressure help promote circulation, reduce muscle tension and muscle toxins, while also aiming to promote relaxation, stress and pain relief and boosting mood.
Neuromuscular Therapy and Myofascial Release is used to work the soft tissues at varying depths to address muscle imbalances, alleviate pain, recover from injury to muscles, tendons and ligaments, and promote functional movement.
Trigger Point Massage specifically aims to alleviate tight painful areas through cycles of isolated pressure and release. This is helped when the patient actively participates through deep breathing and can be used in conjunction with static or dynamic movement.
Sports Massage is often used as a means to enhance pre-event preparation and reduce recovery time from sport or activity, essentially facilitating performance. This type of massage can help promote flexibility, improve muscle endurance, and reduce muscle fatigue therefore helping prepare the body for optimal performance while also helping in injury prevention.
Muscle Energy Technique(MET) involves voluntary contraction of a guests muscle in a precisely controlled direction. This can be helpful in restoring proper joint mechanics and improving the patients range of motion and is often incorporated with other techniques such as Sports massage and Neuromuscular Therapy.
Osteopathy is a drug-free, non-invasive manual therapy that aims to improve health across all body systems by manipulating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework.
An osteopathic physician will focus on the joints, muscles, and spine. Treatment aims to positively affect the body’s nervous, circulatory, and lymphatic systems.
Manual medicine means that both diagnosis and treatment are carried out with the hands.