Massage for Pain

Most pain is from being in a sedentary position while at work, specifically in the areas of the neck, arms, shoulders and low back. Upwards of 66% of back problems occur in those individuals under the age of 30!  Pain may occur due to injury (lifting a heavy object, twisting, turning), poor posture …

Massage Therapy Benefits

Massage is a hands-on type of therapy that treats the whole body, primarily targeting muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints to optimize health.  It has a therapeutic effect on muscular, nervous, and circulatory systems.  Swedish massage is the most massage type and the foundation for other types of …

Acute Sports Injuries

When you’ve sustained an acute sports injury, there is usually some cell damage to the ligament (sprain) or tendon or muscle (strain) and inflammation. Regardless of the type of injury sustained, the basic principles of treatment still apply. You’ve heard of the injury treatment acronym RICE (Rest Ice Compression Elevation), but …

Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger points are irritated nerve endings that overstimulate tender areas of muscles, presenting as pain, stiffness and spasms.  They are usually located at the base of the skull, upper back and neck, shoulders, forearms, and hips, and they are typically not painful until pressure is applied to …

Massage Therapy for Arthritis

Arthritis can cause significant pain, which can greatly impact an individual’s quality of life. Increasingly, physicians are recommending that people consider non-pharmacological options as part of their treatment plan for arthritis. Massage therapy is one effective option that can help people with …

Back Pain Facts and Myths

Up to 80% of Canadians will experience back pain at least once in their adult life. Despite how common it is, a lot of misinformation exists about what causes back pain and what you should do about it. This article is intended to dispel some of the more common myths and provide an overview of …

Pregnancy Massage

Massage for labour and delivery and for newborn infants was traditionally practiced by midwives and/or helpers. This massage positioned the woman and fetus during delivery and aided in expelling the fetus, and relieving pain. Pregnancy massage can be performed prone (face-down) for …

There are Always More Questions

When someone comes in with a long-standing problem that has not been resolved by another therapist, I ask a number of questions during my assessment, the answers to which lead to more questions (and answers) that help me formulate a treatment plan or plan of care.  During my fact-finding mission, I look at …

Help Me Forget

Normally when patients make a request for specific treatment — usually for a neck and shoulder massage — it’s from spending WAY too much time at their computer or on their phone (text-neck).  But these days, it’s also a plea to forget about COVID-19 at least for an hour or so. COVID-19 is …

Sports Massage

With the weather finally here, we can get out there and enjoy ourselves without the prospect of injury. Here are some strategies to prevent an injury from becoming debilitating. RULES: 1. Know how the injury happened. Check skills and movement pattern, frequency of injury of the specific joint …