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Specialty Techniques Provided at MMTC

Massage therapy is a combination of manual therapeutic techniques used to manipulate the soft tissues of the body. The following specialty techniques are provided at the Metcalfe Massage Therapy Clinic. Your treatment may include a combination of these therapeutic techniques depending on your request and what your therapist feels would work best for you:

Deep Tissue Massage
Relaxation Massage
Active Release Techniques (ART)
Sports Massage
Neurokinetic Therapy *** NEW ***
Myofascial Release (MFR)
Selective Functional Movement Assessment *** NEW ***
Craniosacral Therapy (CST)
TMJ Massage
Pregnancy Massage
Labor Support
Manual Lymph Drainage
Swedish Massage
Trigger Point Therapy
Palliative Care
Radial Shockwave Therapy

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage focuses on releasing and relaxing deep layers of muscles and connective tissue. Although based on Swedish massage techniques, it can be used in combination with other techniques such as Active Release Techniques® (ART), Myofascial Release (MFR) and Trigger Point Therapy. In contrast to relaxation massage, Deep Tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem, pressure is deeper and more concentrated. It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas. Your massage therapist will be checking in with you throughout the treatment to ensure your comfort is being maintained.

Therapists offering Deep Tissue Massage: Sylvie, Angela, Basil, Nadine, Andreina , Luke, Elise-Marie, Liam

Relaxation Massage

Relaxation massage, typically based on Swedish massage techniques, is used to remove the tightness and inflammation from tired muscles to promote a feeling of relaxation. Pressure can be light, medium or deep depending on the comfort level of the patient.

Therapists offering Relaxation Massage: Sylvie, Angela, Basil, Nadine, Andreina , Luke, Elise-Marie, Liam

Active Release Techniques® (ART)

The Active Release Techniques Soft-Tissue Management System, also known as ART®, is a highly successful approach to injuries of soft tissue designed in 1985 by P. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP. Adhesions (scar tissue) may develop from injury or repetitive strain. These adhesions may result in poor circulation, neurological symptoms (e.g. tingling/numbness/pain), tension, weakness, and/or reduced flexibility. ART is used to free up these adhesions, allowing the tissue to return to its normal function. This technique has proven to be very successful for athletic injury rehabilitation as well as dealing with neurological conditions such as sciatica and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS).

Refer to the ART website, www.activerelease.com for further details including locating an ART service provider in your area.

Therapists offering Active Release Techniques®: Sylvie, Angela, Nadine

Sports Massage

Sports Massage is designed to support and prepare the body for the conditioning ahead. The aims are to flush from the athlete's body the causes of muscular fatigue, spasm and soreness (e.g. fascial restrictions, trigger points) that can potentially lead to injury. The athlete returns to training able to work at maximum capacity. Sports massage can be incorporated at various stages of the athlete's program. Pre and post-event massage occurs directly before or after training or competition to help the body perform at its peak and recover efficiently. Numerous techniques such as Active Release Techniques® (ART), Myofascial Release (MFR) and Trigger Point Therapy can be incorporated in a sports massage depending on what stage in training the athlete is at and what conditions the athlete presents with.

Therapists offering Sports Massage: Sylvie, Angela, Basil, Nadine, Andreina , Luke, Elise-Marie, Liam

Neurokinetic Therapy

Neurokinetic Therapy® (NKT) corrective movement system is a sophisticated bodywork modality that can be used as both an assessment and rehabilitative technique for low back pain, neck pain, carpal tunnel, and other injuries.” It targets the brain-body movement connection by testing it and then if any imbalances were discovered, a treatment plan would be created according to the results.

Therapists offering Neurokinetic Therapy: Andreina

Myofascial Release (MFR)

MFR is a highly successful and popular technique, especially with people noticing any restrictions in their muscle's ability to stretch and strengthen. 'Myo' meaning muscle and 'fascia', a connective tissue overlaying the muscles, tend to stick together which causes postural tension and stiffness, muscle pain, and reduced muscle strength. Myofascial restrictions develop in the body as a result of poor posture, dehydration, stress, trauma or injury causing scarring. This technique slowly yet effectively releases adhesions between the muscle and fascia by using firm pressure and no lotion. The result is reduced pain and tension and an increase in the muscles' capacity to stretch and strengthen.

Therapists offering Myofascial Release: Basil, Nadine, Luke, Elise-Marie, Liam

Selective Functional Movement Assessment

Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is an assessment tool that helps to identify the root cause of musculoskeletal pain. It breaks down movement patterns through a systematic process for the client to follow; and this way breakdown if the pain comes from a mobility problem, or a stability or motor control problem. After the assessment is completed, a treatment plan is created specifically for each client with the necessary home exercises that are needed to maintain the effects of the therapy.

Therapists offering Selective Functional Movement Assessment: Andreina

Craniosacral Therapy (CST)

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a non-invasive approach to treat the craniosacral system. This system consists of membranes and cerebral spinal fluid, which protect the brain and spinal cord. Using 5 grams of pressure on the sutures of the cranium and other protocols, CST helps free up lesions and allows the body's natural healing mechanism to decrease stresses that dysfunction puts upon the Central Nervous System. This treatment is used for various conditions such as; Migraine Headaches, Scoliosis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and TMJ just to name a few. Unlike massage, the client remains fully clothed and is lying on their back during the entire treatment. This modality can also be combined with massage with the CST treatment occurring in the second half when the client is lying supine and fully draped.

Therapists offering Craniosacral Therapy: Sylvie

TMJ Massage (temporomandibular joint)

The jaw is frequently unacknowledged as a source of pain in many head, neck and face conditions. TMJ work can help clients that have jaw pain and/or tension associated with headaches, TMJ dysfunction, motor vehicle collisions, sport-related injuries, work injuries, grinding and clenching their teeth during sleep or stress, or have had dental or orthodontic procedures. Assessment begins with looking at how symmetrically the mouth opens and closes. The function of the sinuses, ears, cranial bones, speech and breathing patterns will be considered. Massage therapy's holistic approach will have a contribution in these related issues as well.

Therapists offering TMJ: Nadine, Elise-Marie

Pregnancy Massage

During pregnancy, a woman's body undergoes tremendous changes for the body to adjust in a relatively brief period of time. Pregnancy massage aims to lessen any musculoskeletal pain that the mother is experiencing, as well as promote a healthy pregnancy by inducing relaxation. The massage can focus on any area that is in discomfort, such as lower back pain or sciatica (leg and hip pain). The goals of the massage can be to decrease muscle tension, spasm, or swelling or simply to promote relaxation. At home pregnancy-specific stretches and hydrotherapy suggestions are given to the mother to prolong the beneficial results of the massage.

Therapists offering Pregnancy Massage: Sylvie, Angela, Nadine, Elise-Marie, Luke

Labor Support

Labor support provided by an R.M.T. is an effective way to help reduce labor pains and stress during all stages of labor. Massage techniques, as well as mental and emotional support, are used to ease tension in the body and encourage the progression of labor by relaxing and assuring the mother and partner. Labor support providers offer a variety of comfort measures backed by their knowledge and training to ensure that the mother and partner are supported throughout the labor and delivery process. R.M.T.s who provide labor support are sometimes also doulas, who go through more specific training regarding birth and the process of labor.

Therapists offering Labor Support: Elise-Marie

Manual Lymph Drainage

Fluids released from the blood vessels into the body's tissues are gathered up and carried back again to the blood by the lymphatic system. As this is a passive system there can be times of fluid build-up when the body experiences swelling in an area that is not clearing itself of lymph fluid. Specific massage techniques, using far less pressure than in usual Swedish massage, move lymph by mechanically pumping the lymphatic fluid through the lymphatic capillaries. This is used to reduce swelling and ease the pain caused by it, lower the chance of scar tissue formation and remove metabolic wastes produced by swelling and inflammation.

Therapists offering Manual Lymph Drainage: Basil, Elise-Marie

Swedish Massage

For thousands of years, people have used massage as a reliable and effective therapy. Only in the past few hundred years, however have these massage techniques been defined and expanded upon and given the generic term Swedish massage. A Swedish massage incorporates all the basic techniques required to promote good muscle health. Additional special techniques may be added to the Swedish massage treatment, but the traditional Swedish massage alone will always include a variety of soothing effleurage strokes and kneading-like petrissage manipulations. Your Swedish massage may also include the use of heat or cold hydrotherapy with therapist assisted stretches and take-home remedial exercises to achieve the goals of your treatment.

Therapists offering Sweedish Massage: Sylvie, Angela, Basil, Nadine, Elise-Marie, Andreina , Luke, Liam

Trigger Point Therapy

A trigger point is a hyperirritable area usually found in a band of tight muscle or fascia, commonly felt as a "knot". These points can be tender when touched and may refer pain to predictable areas elsewhere in the body. A trigger point may also affect the strength and length of a muscle, limiting your flexibility. Trigger Point Therapy reduces the pain of the point (and any referring pain) and diminishes the "knot". As tension headaches are often the result of trigger points in the shoulder and neck, trigger point therapy is also a highly effective technique to eliminate and prevent headaches.

Therapists offering Trigger Point Therapy: Sylvie, Angela, Basil, Nadine, Elise-Marie, Andreina , Luke, Liam

Palliative Care

As people become seriously ill and bedridden, their contact with the outside world is greatly diminished. At this stage, one has to come to grips not only with a fatal illness, but often a sense of isolation, and the difficult emotional process of grieving that follows. Possibly one of the most profound effects of massage therapy is its ability to lessen stress, pain, isolation and anxiety, and to enhance one’s psycho-emotional health by offering a caring, safe and compassionate touch.

Therapists offering Palliative Care: Nadine

Radial Shockwave Therapy

Radial Shockwave Therapy involves the application of a series of high-energy acoustic pulses to the affected area; there is no “Electric” shock involved. These travel faster than the speed of sound. The shockwave accelerates the regeneration of tissue by causing a therapeutic inflammatory response. Metabolic rate in the area is increased and therefore blood circulation, which in turn causes a neovascularization and an increase of the body’s ability to heal itself. To read more about this, Click here for more information

Refer to the Radial Shockwave website, www.shockwavecanadainc.com for further details about this treatment.

Therapists offering Radial Shockwave Therapy Care: Nadine

 



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