Some days it's nice for massage to be a break from 'regular' medical appointments. To enjoy one-on-one attention, acceptance of where you are as a person, and the relaxing benefits. But before that can happen safely, did you remember to tell your massage therapist what's in your medicine chest? Medications ranging from prescriptions, to over the counter medication, pain-killers, supplements, blood pressure medication, anti-inflammatories, anti-depressants, sleep aids and decongestants will all change which techniques I use, how I apply them, and what I tell my patient.
I treat patients with fibromyalgia between flares to manage pain, stress and inflammation. Some patients have told me that if they feel a flare coming, massage can help them to head it off
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) goes beyond achy joints. It's an autoimmune condition where your body attacks itself - commonly in the synovial membranes inside your joints, eyes, lungs, heart and other tissues. When your body attacks itself, you get the same symptoms as with an injury from the outside: pain, redness and inflammation. We're lucky that … Continue reading Getting a Massage with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Using relaxation techniques, a massage therapist will help your sympathetic nervous system (the one that shoots out adrenaline) to calm down, and tell your parasympathetic nervous system to take over (this one tells you to rest and digest).
Physical therapies, including massage, work with your body to enhance it's innate responses. Benefits of massage can include reduced pain, stimulation or relaxation of the nervous system, increased circulation, decreased inflammation, increased range of motion...
Massage therapy is a growing healthcare industry. In Ontario, your RMT is governed by the Registered Health Professions Act and has attended an intensive, evidence-based (lots of science) massage therapy program at a registered educational institution before completing grueling practical and written exams administered by the CMTO. I chose Mohawk College for my program - … Continue reading Welcome to Massage
This summer I've been taking some of my energy in a new direction. For those of you not already aware, I am currently training for the 2011 Oxfam Trailwalker challenge. The Trailwalker is an "extreme fundraising event" - as a team of 4, you walk 100km in 48 hours (together, not a relay). The funds … Continue reading Oxfam Trailwalker 2011