Our Treatments and Services
Manual Osteopathic Therapy
Deep Tissue Massage Therapy
Lymphedema Therapy (MLD)
Complex Decongestive Therapy (CDT)
Sport massage therapy and rehabilitation
Direct billing to insurance companies
Expert fitting in compression garments
Post mastecomy breast prostheses & bras
Registered Supplier with CancerCare Manitoba
and many more!
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage focuses on all muscle layers from the superficial to the deepest ones. It uses several specific techniques which are very effective in releasing restrictions and adhesions in the deeper muscles and the underlying connective tissue. Deep tissue massage is usually used in a specific affected muscle or group of muscles.
Postural strains may result from the working environment, from stress or prolonged computer use. Deep tissue massage is effective in releasing muscle tension or adhesions resulting from chronic work, poor posture, sports or any other type of injuries, excessive athletic training, and repetitive overuse of any specific muscle groups. This is often incurred by occupations such as prolonged office work (carpal tunnel syndrome, upper back tension, headaches), painting (rotator cuff injury), hairdressing (upper back tension), to name a few. Repetitive strain may also be incurred by high performance athletes with throwing, rowing, hockey, etc. Deep tissue massage is aimed at restoring the structural and functional integrity of the musculoskeletal system.
Orthopedic Massage Treatment
Our body as a whole is a comprehensive and complex system. Orthopedic massage focuses on issues with the patient’s musculoskeletal system. The RMT may implement intrinsic or extrinsic techniques to release tight muscles, apply a stretch to shortened muscles and tendons or strengthen weakened muscles, and decompress joints. The goal is to normalize the soft tissues of the body to allow the joints potential for full range of motion.
Orthopedic massage includes an assessment of the physiology of the soft tissue as it relates to joint mobility. Subjective information of the pain and injury that the patient presents, along with objective findings are considered as the assessment is done by your RMT. Treatments are adapted to the physiological response and adaptability of the tissue. A rehabilitation protocol is provided to enhance the healing process. Orthopaedic massage treatment can be implemented at the acute or chronic state of a patient’s condition. It is beneficial to treat specific conditions as well as helping to keep you in good health.
Medical massage is usually initiated by a patient’s physician with a prescription for massage therapy. Medical massage is then implemented to improve the conditions or treat pathologies that have been diagnosed by your physician. A variety of massage modalities or procedures may be used for medical massage depending on the diagnosed condition. Some of the disciplines that may be considered are:
Lymphatic Drainage Massage for cancer patients
Orthopedic massage treatments
Sports massage therapists provide basic musculoskeletal evaluations, orthopedic assessments, and flexibility analysis of the athlete according to the individual sport requirement. This is to help the athlete perform to the best of their ability and enhance their game. It provides rehab for any injuries that may occur along the way. Along with the knowledge of a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) a sports massage therapist is trained in Pre and Post event massage, onsite injury management, soft tissue release, and kinesiology/proprioceptive taping.
Pre-event massage is applied to enhance performance of an athlete. The techniques applied are quick frictions and fast passed to help increase circulation, stimulate and prepare the nervous system, increase blood supply to less vascular tendons (origin and insertion points of muscles).
Post-event massage is applied to help the athlete’s body recuperate after physical activity. The techniques applied are designed to increase vascular circulation, promote tissue fluid drainage and reduce the tone of muscle tissue. The sports massage therapist will implement techniques increased strength, speed and flexibility during the athletic performance. Their techniques also improve biomechanical efficiency and decrease the potential for injury. In the athlete’s post-event, your sports massage therapist can provide treatment modalities to assist in the cool-down phase of the body to maximize cellular rejuvenation as well eliminate metabolic waste.
Lymphedema massage, also known as MLD (Manual Lymphatic Drainage), is a highly specialized modality in the massage therapy profession. It is a slow, gentle technique used to increase lymph or interstitial fluid movement along the drainage vessels. The movement of lymph fluid removes the metabolic waste in the area while at the same time allowing for an increase in oxygen and nutrition to get to the tissue. MLD is used in any condition where the lymphatic system is compromised in cases such as lymph node dissection (breast cancer, prostate cancer), primary lymphedema (genetic), post-surgical edema, swollen joints, sport injuries, etc.
Complex Decongestive Therapy
(CDT) is used to treat lymphedema and venous insufficiency edemas. This treatment includes a combination of MLD, skin care, compression bandaging using short stretch bandaging, skin care, and an exercises program. Breathing exercises are often implemented into the exercise program due to it being one of the body’s natural stimulants creating lymphatic movement in the body.