Massage Therapy Services
Prevention and Maintenance
Sport Massage Therapy is remarkably effective when used as part of a preventive care program. If you regularly participate in physical activities or perform the same motion over and over again you may be at risk of a cumulative injury. It is not uncommon for an athlete to be compensating through a dysfunctional pattern that predisposes them to injury and can decrease their performance. We will develop a maintenance treatment program while also giving you specific home care suggestions of postural awareness, breathing exercises, stretching, strengthening and hydrotherapy exercises to help prevent injuries from occurring. Treatments are 90 minutes for initial and 75 minutes for subsequent.
Injuries can cause us to stop the activities and sports that we love. Sport Massage Therapy is used to treat both cumulative and sudden injuries. Treatment begins with isolating the cause and contributing factors to the injury and then rehabilitating the injured tissue to aid in recovery. We take pride in teamwork and will work not only with the athlete but any medical professionals that they are working with. Treatment is strategically coordinated to help the return to play process happen as soon as possible. Your therapist will go over realistic short term and long term solutions that will engage the athlete as they will be a part of the solution. Treatments are 90 minutes for initial and 75 minutes for subsequent.
Performance – Reset – Reinforce – Reload
It is not uncommon for an athlete to be compensating through a dysfunctional pattern that predisposes them to injury and can decrease their performance. We provide a thorough assessment that highlights areas of opportunity of change, the ability to move with less dysfunction and resistance. Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is used to create a clear baseline of your current capacity. Your therapist will use this screen to create a detailed individual guide on a journey to Reset (therapist intervention to improve mobility or motor control), Reinforce (specific modification of activities of daily living, training, sport, etc. that have been contributing to dysfunction), Reload (the application of corrective exercise to attack the dysfunctional non-painful pattern with a direct exercise plan). (check out blog on SFMA Appointment will be 75-90 minutes long depending on the health history and what is needed.
Pre and Post Event Preparation
Regular Sport Massage Therapy can enhance performance, decrease recovery time between training sessions, reduce injuries and reward you after an event. Recent research found that Massage Therapy helps by: reducing the intensity of delayed onset muscle performance (DOMS), improves immune function, facilitates repair, reduces inflammation, while decreasing the “stress hormone” cortisol linked to chronic inflammation. Treatments will be 60-90 minutes long when performed in clinic depending on athletes need. At sport events its from 5-20 minutes. Visit http://www.csmta.ca/sport-massage/what-is-sport-massagetherapy/ for more information.
“I was referred to Brandy from a friend of mine. She was professional and her treatments helped me resolve my initial concern. Brandy also provided sport massage that became a part of my recovery routine during my off season training.”
~ Justin Schultz, Edmonton Oilers
Injury and Rehabilitation Therapy
Injuries whether sport/occupation/or accident related can cause us to stop the activities we love. Massage Therapy is used to treat both cumulative and sudden injuries. A thorough health history is taken on your first visit to isolate causing and contributing factors, then treatment is provided. After treatment, home care suggestions, corrective exercises and hydrotherapy may be given for the patient to be a part of the solution. Initial appointments are 90 minutes and subsequent 75 minutes. As we evolve and depending on the solution to the problem, appointments of 15 – 30 – 45 or 60 minute duration might be recommended.
Relaxation and Stress Management
Stress is something we experience as we adjust to our continually changing environment; it can be both positive and negative. Positive stress can encourage action, and raise our awareness and excitement. Negative stress can cause feelings of anxiety, depression, create sleep loss, anger, high blood pressure and other medical problems. Massage therapy can reduce the negative outcomes of stress and help to induce relaxation. To extend the benefits from massage, we can provide you with some simple techniques that you can use to recover the sense of relaxation you feel following a massage.
Pain Management for Chronic Conditions
Massage therapy can be effective in helping to improve the quality of life in many circumstances by helping to restore normal function and reducing pain. In cases where chronic pain is a result of a systemic condition or disease, Massage Therapy can help by decreasing the discomfort the patient feels. Massage therapy can not cure these conditions but regular massage can decrease the discomfort and provide a sense of well being for the patient.