According to the RMT Association of BC , "it is widely understood that massage therapy decreases stress and helps control pain. Perhaps less known is the effectiveness of massage therapy in treating deeper structures of the body such as ligaments, bones and joints, fascia, blood vessels, organs and other soft tissues of the body. Massage therapy can provide relief for many common conditions. Current research suggests that there is a direct link between our physical well-being and our mental or emotional state, which can be positively affected by massage therapy. Research also supports the use of massage therapy as an effective approach in injury management and rehabilitation, as well as part of a preventive care program."
Fascial Stretch / Release
Fascia or ‘connective tissue’ surrounds and interweaves all layers and types of tissues throughout the body from head to feet. Current research is recognizing the degree to which fascia impacts the health of the whole body. Restrictions at one part of the body can affect and cause symptoms in tissues at seemingly distant parts of the body. Believe it or not, a restriction at your toe may affect your shoulder! Myofascial Release aims to treat restrictions at the felt level of fascia in order to improve tissue function both ‘locally’ and systemically.
CranioSacral Therapy involves using a gentle touch to evaluate the craniosacral system and treat restrictions within it. The craniosacral system is comprised of the soft tissues and fluid that protect your brain and spinal cord, and it has a profound impact on your central nervous system. Tension around these tissues can compromise the function of the central nervous system, which in turn can affect the performance of nearly every other system in your body. CranioSacral Therapy releases these tensions to allow the entire body to relax and self-correct.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger Point Therapy involves treating muscles and surrounding soft tissues to release trigger points – areas of pain and tenderness that show referral patterns and cause a ‘shortening’ (restriction in range of motion) of affected muscles. Stretching and/or contraction of the affected muscle usually produces pain, and there is likely also a decrease in circulation and muscle weakness.
Muscle Energy Technique
Muscle Energy Technique (MET) can be used to improve musculoskeletal and joint function affected by various conditions. MET involves contracting various muscles against resistance and stretching during the course of treatment to help regain proper muscle function and joint range of motion, to stretch and/or strengthen muscles, and to relax muscles.
Joint Mobilization focuses on treating joints – where a bone articulates with another bone – and surrounding tissues such as ligaments, tendons, capsules, cartilage, fascia, etc.
*sometimes tendons may ‘snap’ over/around a joint or bone or another tendon, resulting in a similar sound and/or sensation – this is normal and NOT considered an ‘adjustment’.
Your body is highly intelligent and knows what it needs to repair itself and restore equilibrium.