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Massage Therapy Treatment

Massage Therapy provides an alternative health option to help alleviate the soft tissue discomfort associated with everyday muscular aches and pains, occupational overuse and many chronic pain syndromes. If employed early enough, Massage Therapy can reduce and eliminate painful muscular patterning associated with trauma and injury to the body.

Your massage takes place in an atmosphere of safety and confidence. It is a partnership between you and your Therapist, who will help you understand the processes behind your pain and how you can work together to alleviate that.

Your Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) will help you understand that ultimately your body has the capacity to heal itself, and will work with you to learn how you can become part of this natural process.

Massage therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body to gain a therapeutic response. Soft tissue includes muscle, skin, fascia (connective tissue), tendons and ligaments.

What Type of Massage Techniques Are Used At Erin Mills Optimum Health?

Swedish massage is currently the most common form of massage therapy practiced; however our Registered Massage Therapists incorporate many various massage techniques, such as deep tissue release, craniosacral therapy, trigger point therapy, and swedish massage. Read more about the different massage techniques we use:

Swedish Massage

If you are looking for a full-body relaxational massage treatment, then Swedish Massage is for you. This form of therapy is known as “the best-known type of bodywork performed today”, with the primary goal of the technique focusing on relaxing the entire body. In your appointment your Registered Massage Therapists will perform this treatment by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation and has been proven to be exceptionally beneficial for increasing the levels of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving your body’s circulation and flexibility, all while easing tension. An article in the New York Times reported on a research study involving volunteers who had a 45-minute Swedish massage. The research found that volunteers who received Swedish massage experienced significant decreases in levels of the stress hormone cortisol in blood and saliva, and in arginine vasopressin, a hormone that can lead to increases in cortisol. They also had increases in the number of lymphocytes, white blood cells that are part of the immune system. Volunteers who had the light massage experienced greater increases in oxytocin, a hormone associated with contentment, than the Swedish massage group, and bigger decreases in adrenal corticotropin hormone, which stimulates the adrenal glands to release cortisol.

What is Swedish Massage Therapy?

The most common Swedish Massage Therapy techniques include circular pressure that is applied by the hands and palms, firm kneading, percussion-like tapping, bending, along with stretching. Before your treatment, as well as during your session, it is always important to communicate with your Registered Massage Therapist. Open communication will help ensure that your therapist can customize your treatment to your specific needs. Contact us for Massage Therapy in Mississauga.

Deep Tissue Release

Deep tissue massage is very similar to Swedish massage, but it goes more in depth. With a Deep Tissue Massage it targets the inner layers of your muscles, tendons, and fascia (which is the dense connective tissue in your body). A Deep Tissue massage treatment uses many of the same movements as a Swedish massage, but there is far more pressure involved. Sometimes people can find that the pressure is painful.

Deep tissue massage is best geared towards athletes, runners, and people with injuries. It can also be beneficial to people with chronic pain conditions such as Fibromyalgia as well as lower back pain.

The main purpose of deep tissue massage is to promote healing, which is done by releasing contracted areas of muscles and tissues. This can help increase the blood flow to the soft tissues and may help to reduce inflammation.

It’s always best before a deep tissue massage to discuss any of your concerns or problem areas with you Registered Massage Therapist or RMT. A treatment can be a full-body massage or focus only on one area. Most deep tissue massages will begin as a more traditional relaxation massage. It is only once your muscles are warmed up that your Registered Massage Therapist will begin to work deep and target your problem areas. During a deep tissue massage your therapist will use their palms, finger tips, and knuckles; your therapist may also incorporate their forearms or elbows to increase the pressure depending on what you have previously discussed.

It is always important during any massage to have open communication with your therapist about the level of pressure you wish during your treatment. This amount of pressure may be different for different areas throughout your treatment. All Registered Massage Therapists are trained to know and understand your muscles and many feel that too much pain is counterproductive to the healing process.

After a Deep Tissue Treatment, you may experience some soreness either immediately after, or in the days following your massage. It is always best to discuss this with your therapist as they will recommend follow up care for you; such as ice, heat, or even stretching.

For a Deep Tissue Massage at our Mississauga Massage Clinic, contact us!

Cranial Sacral Therapy

CranioSacral therapy is known to be a non-invasive, hands-on form of therapy whose main goal is to help enhance the body’s own healing capabilities. According to the Upledger Institute, “CST (CranioSacral Therapy) uses a touch of under 5 grams to ‘release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system’.” With CST you will experience a light touch which has been proven to affect the pressure and circulation of the cerebrospinal fluid; which is the fluid located around the brain and spinal cord.

What studies indicate the benefits of CST?

  1. A 2010 study (A randomized controlled trial investigating the effects of craniosacral therapy on pain and heart rate variability in fibromyalgia patients) examined the effects of CST on people with Fibromyalgia. A total of 92 people with the condition received either craniosacral therapy or a placebo therapy for 20 weeks. Results showed that those who underwent craniosacral therapy experienced improvements in medium-term pain.
  2. Another study (Influence of Craniosacral Therapy on Anxiety, Depression and Quality of Life in Patients with Fibromyalgia) on CST therapy and Fibromyalgia suggests the therapy may reduce anxiety and improve quality of life in those with the condition.

Our Registered Massage Therapist, Mercedita Naoe, is trained in CranioSacral Therapy. If this is something you feel would be beneficial to you it is always best to discuss the treatment with your therapist. Contact our Massage Therapy Clinic in Mississauga for an appointment.

Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger Point Therapy is a specialized form of Massage Therapy in which direct pressure is applied to specific points on your muscles to help reduce muscle tension and promote pain relief.

Within your body each muscle has a trigger point which can become activated with overuse, inflammation, trauma, electrolyte imbalances, nerve pain, or even infections. Sometimes these spots can cause pain directly at the impacted site; but other times these affected muscles and radiate/refer pain to other areas of the body. Your Registered Massage Therapist will be able to feel the trigger paints upon examination and get to the root cause of the pain.

Studies have shown that muscles with active trigger points are usually always weaker than normal muscles and therefore unable to access their full range of motion. This is often because these muscles are unable to perform their normal functions and have therefore had to rely on other surrounding muscles to help perform any movement. Over time these secondary muscles can develop trigger points as well as they are then overworking/over compensating for the original muscle, if not treated.

Trigger Point Therapy can be used for most patients; but it is always best to discuss any treatment with your therapist beforehand. Most Registered Massage Therapist will incorporate Trigger Point Therapy into your massage treatment along with using general relaxation techniques as well.

Massage Therapy is safe and effective for everyone. Whether you seek Massage Therapy for stress management or for rehabilitative care, massage helps to balance not only the problem areas but also your whole body.

What Are Common Conditions That Massage Therapists Work With?

Whiplash

Many times, people associate whiplash with being in a car accident; however, it can also be seen in people who play contact sports, experience being struck by a falling object, or even after a hard fall/landing. At any time that your head “jerks” forwards or backwards, the impact that it can have will put strain on your sternocleidomastoid (SCM) muscles.

The SCM muscles are located on either side of your neck and those are what you use to assist you in tilting your head along with turning it from side to side. It is after a sudden, unexpected, movement that these muscles can stretch or even tear the muscles or the tendons. If this occurs, this injury is known as whiplash; sometimes people will also refer to it as hyperextension injury, cervical strain or sprain, or acceleration-flexion neck injury.

Some common symptoms of whiplash can include:

  1. Tightness, stiffness or general soreness in your neck
  2. Swelling, bruising, redness and/or tenderness
  3. Dizziness or pain when moving your head
  4. Headaches, ringing in your ears, or blurry eyesight

It is due to the above symptoms, and others, that you may experience trouble sleeping, concentrating during the day, or carrying out general everyday activities.

Massage therapy has been shown to help individuals who are suffering from whiplash by using specific techniques to address each patients’ individual needs. The most common forms of massage therapy techniques used to help address whiplash are Trigger Point Therapy, Deep Tissue Massage, and Swedish Massage Therapy.

It is always best to discuss your specific treatment and individual needs with your Registered Massage Therapist prior to beginning any form of treatment. Open communication before, during, and after your treatment will ensure that you receive the best care possible which will be tailored to your individual needs.

Headaches

Surprisingly, “every year, 45 million people suffer from chronic headaches (28 million from migraines) and more than 10 million people visit a doctor or [emergency room] because of a headache, according to the Academy of Pain Medicine.

There are many factors that can cause a headache such as (but not limited to); stress, muscle tension, hormones, environmental factors, food allergies, and eyestrain. Depending on the severity of the headache it can sometimes put you out of commission until it has subsided.

There have been many studies done on the effects of Massage Therapy and dealing with headaches and their symptoms. One of the most common techniques used to help combat a headache is Trigger Point Therapy. By releasing the muscle spasm and the pressure in the specific area it has been shown to decrease the headache severity along with some of the common symptoms; such as, pain, nausea, and pressure.

Although everyone is different many patients find that Massage Therapy helps them to almost instantly relax and helps bring a reduction of pain or eliminate their headache entirely once the treatment is complete.

Muscle Spasm

Most athletes at one point in their career have experienced some form of muscle spasm or cramp. These are both painful as well as involuntary and depending on their severity can sometimes leave you stunned until they go away.

A muscle spams is an involuntary contraction of any muscle. There are two types of spasm

  1. Alternating cycles of relaxation and contraction
  2. Continuous periods of muscle contraction with no relaxation

There are many factors that help contribute to muscle spasms; the main causes are:

  1. Nutritional deficiencies
  2. Ischemia
  3. Exercise-associated muscle cramping
  4. Splinting

Once you can address the root cause of the muscle spasm it is easier to alleviate them and hopefully prevent them from occurring again in the future. While your muscles are in active spasm it is not advised to seek Massage Therapy for treatment, doing this could damage your muscle.

Registered Massage Therapists are trained to help relax your muscles after the spasm has passed and try to help prevent future occurrences. The most common techniques used to treat muscle spasms are Trigger Point Therapy along with Deep Tissue Massage to address the affected area.

Massage Therapy can be effective a few days following a muscle spasm to help keep the muscles loose and increase overall blood flow to the area to promote healing. If you are experiencing chronic muscle spasms or cramping be sure to speak with your therapist to ensure they are aware of your situation and they can help with you to resolve your concerns.

Pregnancy

A Prenatal Massage is very similar to a regular Swedish Massage, in that it’s focused to help you relax tense muscles, improve your overall circulation and mobility, and help ease any sore areas of your body. Unlike a regular massage a prenatal massage is customized to your individual needs as a pregnant woman and your changing body. Registered Massage Therapists are trained to adjust their techniques and treatment to your individual needs.

It is through extensive education and training that Registered Massage Therapists gain the knowledge as to the points of the body not to stimulate as you do not want to induce early labour. Your therapist should also be aware of essential oils that are safe to use during your pregnancy as to help you relax and enjoy your session to the fullest.

Depending on the stage of your pregnancy you be uncomfortable laying facedown on the massage table, or you may have reached a point in your pregnancy where it is dangerous for you to do so. Our therapists are well versed in prenatal massage and will position you on your side, with pillows, to maximize your comfort and promote relaxation during your treatment.

It is always important to have open communication with your therapist during your treatment to ensure the highest quality treatment.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

After being involved in a motor vehicle accident (MVA) many patients find visiting a Registered Massage Therapist to be extremely helpful in relieving sore muscles and easing any pain or discomfort you may be experiencing.

There are many different techniques which can be utilized after a motor vehicle accident; it is always best to discuss your specific situation and concerns with your Registered Massage Therapist to ensure that your treatment is tailored to your individual needs for recovery.

After discussing your concerns with your therapist, they will assemble a comprehensive treatment plan that will focus on your recovery and rehabilitation. Depending on your individual needs this treatment plan may involve other professions in our clinic to help ensure your optimum recovery.

The main goals of Massage Therapy following any accident are to:

  • Help reduce stress
  • Reduce pain and swelling
  • Improve your circulation to promote healing
  • Work on and improve any range of motion that may have been affected
  • Help restore balance to your body and nervous system

Directly following a motor vehicle accident seeing a Registered Massage Therapist can help with the prevention of scar tissue build up within your body. During the weeks following your accident your therapist will address any specific issues or injuries you may be experiencing from your accident; this can include whiplash, upper and lower back pain, headaches, neck pain, shoulder sprains or strains, etc.

It’s always important to remember that communication with your therapist is essential to your recovery. Since no two car accidents are the same, and every patient responds differently to treatment, an open line of communication is always best so that your therapist can create a treatment plan customized to you and your individual needs.

Massage Therapy From The Perspective of our Massage Therapist, Sandra Dale

Over my 20 years in massage therapy, I have had the privilege to get to know patients, as well as their ailments. I feel quite happy that this profession has let me help the general public, the Mississauga community, and my neighbours with things as daily stresses to devastating accidents.

I went back to school at a difficult time in my life, having just lost my husband to an unknown illness. Having two young children to support I was looking for something that I could achieve financial security with, as well as something that I felt passionate about. I had originally started with reflexology which had led me to aromatherapy and through my process of trying to find something new, massage therapy was the next natural profession I should do.

Massage therapy has given me the chance to work in a variety of settings such as private clinics, chiropractic clinics, spas, DAL facilities ( Data assessment centers for motor vehicle accident), corporate massage and in-home massage therapy.

I have worked with BACK-SAFE professional dancers and have attended many health symposiums over the years. I like to incorporate all of the different modalities and interests that I have into my massage treatments. In the future I would like to study different forms of massage such as Hawaiian Lomi Lomi and further my studies in Ayurveda (Indian) techniques.

In 2017 I complete my Yoga instructors course and have been greatly enjoying all of the information learned from the course and how it can be applied through the Massage clinic in Mississauga.

Contact us for Massage Therapy in Mississauga!


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