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 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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
2020 has surprised everyone by being 2020. I was lucky enough to give birth just before the pandemic, so that my family and a few friends got to greet my little man. Our family unit has enjoyed this insulated time to get to know each other and we've leaned in to our already outdoorsy habits.… Continue reading 2020 Update – Returning to Massage Therapy
I'm delighted to announce that I am on a leave of absence, effective February 1, 2020. I'm expecting my first child this month, and I appreciate how many of you have wished me luck with this new adventure.
Let's take the brighter weather as a sign to tune into our bodies and take care of our health.
As with anything else, there are benefits and risks with Massage Therapy. Because Massage Therapy falls under the Health Care Consent Act, it is absolutely mandatory that your massage therapist explains what they will do during the treatment, how your massage will help you to set healthcare goals, and risks or side effects of the… Continue reading Safety and Consent for Massage Therapy Patients