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Chronic pain, safety, Self-care, Treatments, yoga

Massage Therapy and MLD in Milton

Exciting News! I'm thrilled to be starting a home based practice in the Coates Neighbourhood in Milton (Yates and Louis St-Laurent). I'll be taking Registered Massage Therapy appointments, Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Combined Decongestive Therapy, Reiki (level 2) and private/semi private yoga and meditation. My next available appointments are October 20, 2021 - please contact… Continue reading Massage Therapy and MLD in Milton

safety, Self-care, Treatments

Should You Try Manual Lymphatic Drainage After Surgery

The lymphatic system helps to filter excess fluid and return it to your circulatory system.  Manual lymphatic drainage is a specialized massage technique (taught in Canada by Dr. Vodder School International) which systematically stimulates your lymphatic system to reduce congestion and swelling. Even before we had research demonstrating the benefits of manual lymphatic drainage (MLD)… Continue reading Should You Try Manual Lymphatic Drainage After Surgery

Chronic pain, Treatments

Is Pain Affecting Your Work?

Chronic pain can affect workplace performance by limiting your work duties, interfering with sleep/leaving you fatigued at work. You might not be performing regular work tasks like sitting comfortably in a meeting, or being able to stand for long periods. In a physical job, you could be completely unable to work. A big part of… Continue reading Is Pain Affecting Your Work?

Self-care, Treatments

Lymphedema Treatment

If your lymphatic system doesn't have enough capacity to carry fluid away from an area, you end up with chronic swelling: lymphedema. As a Vodder-certified lymphedema therapist, I am trained to assess lymphedema using a series of measurements. ,I treat patients using manual lymphatic drainage (slow rhythmic massage that increases the action of your lymphatic system) and bandaging to bring down swelling.

Self-care, Treatments

Massage Therapy Helps Muscle Recovery

Massage therapy can help active people maintain flexibility and can help them feel better after strenuous activity. I've seen numbers as high as 60% faster recovery with massage therapy.

Chronic pain, Self-care, yoga

Postpartum Recovery – Resources You Can Use at Home (and how to avoid the mistake that led me to chronic pain)

So that's my first suggestion. Don't try to DIY your post-partum journey. It isn't the same as a regular muscle, joint or even disk injury. Your pelvis may not have stabilized, your abdominals haven't recovered from pregnancy, and your posture hasn't recovered. Instead of a quick 2-4 week recovery, I spent 8 months frequently in too much pain to turn over, wincing when I lift 20 pounds of baby, and with a stabbing pain when I hopped down out of our car.

I very strongly suggest working with your pre-and post natal medical team postpartum. Shoulder, back, neck, hip, glute and arm injuries are common, and most new parents don't have the energy to work on themselves. Even your regular RMT, physio or acupuncturist may want to take extra training to strengthen their knowledge of how your body knits itself back together post-partum - it's just as incredible as the journey of pregnancy itself.

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Is it Safe to Get a Massage During a Pandemic?

You need to think about a lot before booking a Massage Therapy treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic: Is it safe? Is it smart? Are you following provincial guidelines to stay at home (except for essential services). First, yes, it's legal and safe(ish) to book a Massage Therapy appointment right now, but only if you need… Continue reading Is it Safe to Get a Massage During a Pandemic?