Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy Clinic - Mississauga

What is Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy is a hands on manipulation of the tissues of the body, these tissues are generally the muscles and connective tissue in order to enhance your health. Massage Therapy is based on modern concepts of anatomy, including a wide variety of modalities that go beyond the original framework of Swedish massage. At our Mississauga Massage Therapy Clinic, we help alleviate muscle discomfort associated with everyday and occupational stresses, muscular overuse, and many chronic pain syndromes. It can also greatly reduce the development of painful muscular patterning if begun early enough after accidents involving trauma and injury.

Massage has been shown to increase the body's production of pain-killing endorphins and the mood-altering hormone serotonin. It can also slow the release of the stress hormone cortisol. Tense muscles that may also compress blood vessels and stretch nerves, restricting blood flow and causing pain. As the affected area is massaged, the muscles gradually release their stranglehold on the irritated nerves, and the pain eases. The same mechanisms also make massage helpful in the recovery process for an injured muscle.

 

 

Massage Therapy at MyHealth Care Centre

Our massage therapists are fully certified and registered massage therapists and are up to date with the latest techniques. The therapists have had a great deal of experience and are able to cater to the needs of the patient, whether it be for athletic purposes or for relaxation purposes. we have a couple of locations available in Mississauga.

At MyHealth Care Centre, the massage therapists will create personalized treatments based on the individual’s initial assessment and health history. This will lead to optimal healing. Massage therapists at our clinic will ask for consent before working on any part of the body, regardless of if you are fully clothed, partially clothed. The massage therapist will work with your level of pain tolerance during treatments, and treatments can be stopped whenever you feel uncomfortable. Lastly, your privacy is important to us and we will never disclose any personal information you tell us without written consent

Our most important goal is to allow individuals to live life pain free and have a good sense of control over their health. This in addition to the advanced techniques MyHealth Care Centre has to offer will allow patients to maximize their quality of life as well as allow them to experience life to their fullest.  We invite you to discover massage at our Mississauga massage clinics.

Does MyHealth Offer Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy is a hands on manipulation of the tissues of the body, these tissues are generally the muscles and connective tissue in order to enhance your health. Massage Therapy is based on modern concepts of anatomy, including a wide variety of modalities that go beyond the original framework of Swedish massage. At our Mississauga Massage Therapy Clinic, we help alleviate muscle discomfort associated with everyday and occupational stresses, muscular overuse, and many chronic pain syndromes. It can also greatly reduce the development of painful muscular patterning if begun early enough after accidents involving trauma and injury.

Massage has been shown to increase the body's production of pain-killing endorphins and the mood-altering hormone serotonin. It can also slow the release of the stress hormone cortisol. Tense muscles that may also compress blood vessels and stretch nerves, restricting blood flow and causing pain. As the affected area is massaged, the muscles gradually release their stranglehold on the irritated nerves, and the pain eases. The same mechanisms also make massage helpful in the recovery process for an injured muscle.

 

 

Massage Therapy at MyHealth Care Centre

The massage therapists at MyHealth Care Centre are fully certified and registered massage therapists and are up to date with the latest techniques. The therapists have had a great deal of experience and are able to cater to the needs of the patient, whether it be for athletic purposes or for relaxation purposes.

At MyHealth Care Centre, the massage therapists will create personalized treatments based on the individual’s initial assessment and health history. This will lead to optimal healing. Massage therapists at our clinic will ask for consent before working on any part of the body, regardless of if you are fully clothed, partially clothed. The massage therapist will work with your level of pain tolerance during treatments, and treatments can be stopped whenever you feel uncomfortable. Lastly, your privacy is important to us and we will never disclose any personal information you tell us without written consent

At MyHealth Care Centre, our most important goal is to allow individuals to live life pain free and have a good sense of control over their health. This in addition to the advanced techniques MyHealth Care Centre has to offer will allow patients to maximize their quality of life as well as allow them to experience life to their fullest.

We invite you to discover massage at our Mississauga massage clinics.



What is Deep Tissue Massage?

Deep Tissue Massage focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It aims to release the chronic patterns of tension in the body, through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on the contracted areas, by either following or crossing over the muscle fibres, fascia and tendons. Usually used to address specific problems associated with chronic muscular pain, injury rehabilitations, sporting and occupational injuries, RSI, and physical and mental fatigue. The techniques can include Trigger Point Therapy, deep tissue massage and stretching thereby creating an improved range of motion through the joints. It’s important to drink plenty of water after a deep-tissue session to help eliminate toxins from the body.

We can help you get relieve and relax those sore and stiff muscles call to make a massage therapy appointment.

What are The Benefits of Prenatal Massage Therapy ?

Along with the eager anticipation that comes with waiting (for nearly 40 weeks) to meet your little bundle of joy, expectant mothers endure the common aches and pains associated with your growing baby and changing body.

One of the most pleasant and effective ways to reduce minor discomforts that go along with being pregnant is to get a professional prenatal massage from a certified prenatal massage practitioner.

Prenatal Massage TechniquesPregnant Lady

Prenatal or pregnancy massage treatments are performed by a trained perinatal specialist, many methods of massage therapy can also be combined with physiotherapy or chiropractic so provide techniques are both effective and safe prenatally and during labour and postpartum periods of women’s pregnancies.

Prenatal specific massage techniques can reduce pregnancy discomforts and concerns and enhance the physiological and emotional well-being of both mother and the baby. Skilled, appropriate touch facilitates labour, shortening labour times and easing pain and anxiety.

In the postpartum period, specialized techniques rebalance structure, physiology, and emotions of the new mother and may help her to bond with and care for her infant. Specialized, advanced training in the anatomy, physiology, complications, precautions, and contraindications is highly recommended, and many practitioners require referrals from physicians prior to therapy.

Benefits of Prenatal Massage

BabyPrenatal massage shares many of the goals of regular massage ­– to relax tense muscles, ease sore spots, improve circulation and mobility, and just make you feel good. But it's also tailored specifically to the needs of pregnant women and their changing bodies, and our Mississauga prenatal therapists who are trained in prenatal massage adjust their techniques accordingly.

Prenatal massage has many benefits for you and your baby. First of all, massage reduces stress levels. Since very few women go through this major transition without some degree of stress and anxiety, a supportive massage is just what is needed to override the harmful effects of stress. Studies indicate your attitudes and stress levels have a direct consequence on your growing baby.

Dont forget that when you are uptight, nervous and anxious, so is your baby. The opposite also is true: When you feel good, relaxed and confident about your pregnancy, your baby is happiest. These benefits continue even after your baby is born.

 Mississauga Clinics for Prenatal and Postnatal

Our Mississauga prenatal massage therapist knows where a pregnant woman's sore spots are likely to be and may be able to provide some relief. Still, it's important to communicate with her and tell her where you need attention. Let her know right away if anything during the massage – including your positioning – is causing you any discomfort.

If you experience stress and would like to take a natural approach to health, we can help. Our Mississauga massage therapy clinic has an approach to better health. Call to make a prenatal / pregnancy massage therapy appointment.

Massage Therapy Helps Alleviate Muscle Discomfort

What is Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy is a hands on manipulation of the tissues of the body, these tissues are generally the muscles and connective tissue in order to enhance your health. Massage Therapy is based on modern concepts of anatomy, including a wide variety of modalities that go beyond the original framework of Swedish massage. At our Mississauga Massage Therapy Clinic, we help alleviate muscle discomfort associated with everyday and occupational stresses, muscular overuse, and many chronic pain syndromes. It can also greatly reduce the development of painful muscular patterning if begun early enough after accidents involving trauma and injury.

Massage has been shown to increase the body's production of pain-killing endorphins and the mood-altering hormone serotonin. It can also slow the release of the stress hormone cortisol. Tense muscles that may also compress blood vessels and stretch nerves, restricting blood flow and causing pain. As the affected area is massaged, the muscles gradually release their stranglehold on the irritated nerves, and the pain eases. The same mechanisms also make massage helpful in the recovery process for an injured muscle.

 

Massage Therapy at MyHealth Care Centre

Our massage therapists are fully certified and registered massage therapists and are up to date with the latest techniques. The therapists have had a great deal of experience and are able to cater to the needs of the patient, whether it be for athletic purposes or for relaxation purposes. we have a couple of locations available in Mississauga.

At MyHealth Care Centre, the massage therapists will create personalized treatments based on the individual’s initial assessment and health history. This will lead to optimal healing. Massage therapists at our clinic will ask for consent before working on any part of the body, regardless of if you are fully clothed, partially clothed. The massage therapist will work with your level of pain tolerance during treatments, and treatments can be stopped whenever you feel uncomfortable. Lastly, your privacy is important to us and we will never disclose any personal information you tell us without written consent

Our most important goal is to allow individuals to live life pain free and have a good sense of control over their health. This in addition to the advanced techniques MyHealth Care Centre has to offer will allow patients to maximize their quality of life as well as allow them to experience life to their fullest.  We invite you to discover massage at our Mississauga massage clinics.

What is Myofascial Release Therapy?

A gentle blend of stretching and massage, myofascial release therapy uses hands-on manipulation of the entire body to promote healing and relieve pain. Just as its name suggests--myofascial comes from the Latin "myo" for muscle and "fascia" for band--therapists use the technique to ease pressure in the fibrous bands of connective tissue, or fascia, that encase muscles throughout the body. Sheaths of this dense and elastic connective tissue weave about blood vessels, bones, and nerves as well, forming an intricate, 3-D web that supports your organs and joints from head to toe and acts as the body's shock absorber.

According to practitioners of myofascial release, scarring or injury to this network of connective tissue is a major cause of pain and impeded motion. The therapy's easy stretches aim to alleviate these problems by breaking up, or "releasing," constrictions or snags in the fascia. People with longstanding back pain, fibromyalgia, recurring headaches, sports injuries, and a host of additional complaints (see Health Benefits, below) are all said to benefit from the technique.


The therapy itself is relatively new. Osteopathic physician Dr. Robert Ward of Michigan State University taught the first course entitled "myofascial release" at that school in the 1970s, and references to it first began to appear in the medical literature in the 1980s. However, as a holistic treatment that looks at the body as an integrated whole, its roots go back a long way, to the soft-tissue manipulations and stretches of osteopathy, which was first done in the nineteenth century. The therapy is also reflected in naprapathy, an offshoot of chiropractic and in the soft-tissue manipulations of Rolfing, a form of deep-tissue bodywork created by Ida P. Rolf in the 1930s.

Over the past two decades, physical therapists like John F. Barnes, director of the Myofascial Release Treatment Center in Paoli, PA and Sedona, AZ, have popularized the technique, training thousands of other physical and massage therapists, craniosacral therapists, osteopaths, and chiropractors, among other practitioners, in the method. Indeed, like many alternative therapies, myofascial release is part of a larger philosophy of healing that emphasizes the importance of mind-body interactions and preventive care. It may also be part of a pain management program that would include behavioral health techniques, acupuncture, drug therapy, nutritional counseling, and relaxation techniques.

How Does Myofascial Release Work?

Myofascial release therapy is based on the idea that poor posture, physical injury, illness, and emotional stress can throw the body out of alignment and cause its intricate web of fascia to become taut and constricted. Because fascia link every organ and tissue in the body with every other part, the skillful and dexterous use of the hands is said to free up, or "release," disruptions in this fascial network. Pressure on the bones, muscles, joints, and nerves is relieved in the process, and balance is restored.

Like a "pull" in a sweater, the effects of tension and strain are thought to snowball over time. Abnormal pressures can tighten or bind the fascia to underlying tissues, causing "adhesions," or dabs of scar tissue that cling to muscle fibers. Even though these adhesions do not show up on x-rays or other scans, they can stiffen joints or contribute to painful motions, such as rotator cuff injuries. If they occur near a nerve, causing numbness, pain, and tingling, as with sciatica or carpal tunnel syndrome.

The gentle and sustained stretching of myofascial release is believed to free these adhesions and soften and lengthen the fascia. By freeing up fascia is impeding blood vessels or nerves, myofascial release is also said to enhance the body's innate restorative powers by improving circulation and nervous system transmission.

Some practitioners contend that the method also releases pent-up emotions contribute to pain and stresses in the body. In a variation of the technique that therapist John Barnes calls "myofascial unwinding," moving various body parts through a range of postural positions is said to unleash, or unwind, repressed "memories" that the tissues have unconsciously come to "store." This leads to both physical and psychological healing.

What You Can Expect from Myofascial Release Treatment

Whereas muscles often respond to the firm strokes and thrusts of massage, fascia is thought to respond to a much milder touch. And unlike a typical chiropractic manipulation, which focuses on improving the motion and function of a particular joint, myofascial release works on a broader swath of muscles and connective tissue. The movements have been likened to kneading a piece of taffy--a gentle stretching that gradually softens, lengthens, and realigns the fascia.

The therapist will first ask about your complaints and closely inspect your posture as you sit, stand, walk, and lie still. The bones in your neck, chest, pelvis, back, or other areas will be felt and the skin stretched to feel for areas of tightness. Using the fingertips, knuckles, heel of the hand, or arm, the therapist then feels, or "palpates," deeper layers for any areas of bound-down fascia. When a restricted area is found, the tissues are stretched gently along the direction of the muscle fibers until a resistance to further stretch is felt.

The stretch is held for one to two minutes, and sometimes for up to five minutes, before a softening, or "release," is felt. The release indicates that the muscle is relaxing, fascial adhesions are slowly breaking down, or the fascia has been realigned to its proper orientation. The process is then repeated until the tissues are fully elongated.

It should be very comfortable and relaxing. Because the fascia is an interconnected network, sometimes work is done on many parts of your body, and not just those that hurt. To help you relax, you may be encouraged to breathe deeply or make sounds. If there is any discomfort, most people describe it as "good" or "healing."

Some people immediately feel better, even free of pain, and are able to move their joints more freely as soon as the session is over. Others feel some increased discomfort that night or the next day. Any soreness should subside within a day or two, however, and you should feel less pain and move more easily than you did before.

Sessions typically last 30 minutes to an hour and may be given one to three times a week depending on your condition. Costs per session range from about $35 to over $125 and may be covered in part by insurance as an adjunct to a chiropractic or physical therapy program prescribed by your doctor. A simple pulled muscle sometimes responds completely after a session or two, whereas longstanding myofascial pain may require three months of regular treatment, coupled with a home program of exercise and stretches.

In fact, you should ask to be given exercises to do at home. Unlike stretching routines for specific sports, these exercises will be designed to lengthen the muscles and connective tissues in various directions. To relieve tightness in the pelvic region, for instance, you may lie with your hip resting on a small foam ball for several minutes. Exercises are tailored to your individual needs.

Health Benefits of Myofascial Release

Myofascial release therapy has not been extensively studied but is gaining increasing notice among mainstream doctors. A 1999 study in the New England Journal of Medicine, for example, found that chiropractic and osteopathic spinal manipulation, including myofascial release, was as effective as standard therapies for the relief of lingering low back pain but had an added benefit: Those who received hands-on therapy required far fewer costly painkillers, muscle relaxants, and anti-inflammatory drugs, which could have potentially dangerous side effects.

In addition to back pain, myofascial release is used to treat a wide array of painful ailments affecting the muscles and connective tissues. These include fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, muscle spasms, whiplash injuries, and carpal tunnel syndrome. People with diabetes, who are at increased risk for painful plantar fasciitis and frozen shoulder, also benefit. Elite runners, and Olympic athletes have used the technique for stress injuries (it has also been used in racehorses and their riders), as have weekend warriors with tennis elbow or golfer's elbow, shin splints, or a bad sprain/strain that is having trouble healing.

The therapy is used for many other conditions as well in people of all ages. Those with jaw pain, discomfort from the scars of surgery, headaches, and chronic fatigue syndrome can all benefit. In women, the technique is sometimes used for relief of pelvic pain, menstrual problems, incontinence, and even infertility. It is also offered to children with, among other conditions, birth trauma, head injuries, cerebral palsy, and scoliosis.

What do I wear during the massage treatment?

Depending on the primary technique your therapist uses, you may or may not need to undress. If you prefer to wear clothing, avoid anything tight or restricting, wear something roomy and comfortable. For a full body massage, most people undress to uncover the body areas being massaged. However, you may choose to wear underwear. Your massage therapist will give you privacy to undress, and you will be covered with a sheet and blanket at all times except the area being worked on.

Do I have to remove my clothes for treatment?

No. Your comfort as a client is of the utmost to all Registered Massage Therapists, whether that is in the context of the clothing you wear or the treatment you receive. Massage Therapists can provide important treatment whether you elect to remove any, some, or all of your clothing. All RMTs are trained in proper draping procedures to ensure that your privacy is completely respected at all times during treatment. Your comfort and ability to relax is paramount to effective treatment.

Registered Massage Therapists will also describe the treatments to be provided to ensure that you are comfortable with them. Your consent is sought before treatment is provided. If you are uncomfortable, your RMT wants you to let them know immediately, whether that discomfort involves the treatment, draping or any pain you may experience.

Contact our Mississauga clinics, and be sure and discuss the most effective means of treatment with your Massage Therapist.

What is Acupressure?

Acupressure is part of Chinese Traditional Medicine and is often described as ‘acupuncture without needles’. Deep finger pressure is applied at certain points and can reduce tension, increase circulation and offer pain relief for many complaints, and removes energy blockages to promote good health. These points follow the energy channels of the body’s meridian lines. Acupressure encompasses the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit.

How will I feel After The Massage Therapy Treatment?

Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage. Massage therapists sometimes recommend a hot Epsom salt bath that encourages the release of toxins that may have been stirred up from the massage treatment.