Treatment Modalities

Fascial Therapy – Fascia is a connective tissue found practically everywhere in our bodies.  It surrounds and is woven through our muscles and holds together almost all of our bodies’ structures.  It is argued that without fascia we would not have the forms we do or be able to resist gravity.  Fascial adhesions can result from trauma, disuse, and overuse.  The release of fascial adhesions is a subtle process that takes time because it encourages plastic (long-term, lasting) tissue changes.

Trigger Point Release – Myofascial trigger points (TrPs) can refer pain to areas of the body that are distant and seemingly unrelated.  In the case of TrPs, treating the painful, symptomatic area often provides only temporary relief.  Using referral patterns developed by Dr. Travell’s research with many patients, assessment and treatment of the appropriate trigger zone areas can lead to significant and lasting alleviation of symptoms.  Contributing factors in your life that might need to be modified or avoided in order to prevent the TrP from persisting will also be addressed.

Joint Mobilization – Sustained or oscillatory glides and tractions of fibrosed (hardened) joint capsules can quickly and significantly increase range-of-motion and decrease pain.  Joint play grades 1-4 are within the scope of practice of massage therapists in BC; grade 5 joint play is reserved for chiropractors.

Swedish Massage – Muscular dysfunction, fatigue, and soreness from a variety of conditions can be greatly reduced by the movement of blood and lymphatic fluid encouraged by Swedish massage.

Therapeutic Exercise – Pain, dysfunction, and muscle imbalances frequently result from poor biomechanics (occupational and/or recreational), posture, and sleeping position.  Simple modifications to your daily activities can have significant and long-lasting benefits.  Relevant stretching and strengthening exercises, combined with hydrotherapy recommendations, are your tools for preventative self-care.

The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.  ~ Thomas Edison