Massage therapy is the hands on treatment of soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments skin and connective tissue) of the body, using primarily Swedish massage techniques as well as hydrotherapy, postural education and remedial exercises. Massage therapy treatments aim to alleviate the discomforts associated with injuries, occupational stresses, chronic conditions and general tension and stress build-up.
An RMT is an individual who has completed a diploma program at a recognized school of massage therapy and who has passed a registration examination offered by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. When looking for a qualified practitioner, look for someone who uses the title Massage Therapist (MT), Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) and the equivalents in other languages.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a massage technique intended to flush excess lymphatic fluid out of the affected areas, towards lymph nodes. The aim of treatment is to reduce and control swelling, prevent swelling from getting worse and to decrease infections.
Clients suffering from venous insufficiency of the legs or chronic swelling throughout other body parts can benefit from wearing compression garments. Clients are assessed and measured to determine the appropriate compression garment and/or prosthetic.
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Naturopathic medicine is a unique form of primary health care that integrates current scientific evidence with the art of natural/traditional medicines. It is based on providing individualized care for specific patient needs with an emphasis on prevention, treating the root cause and optimizing health. A Naturopathic Doctor focuses on naturally occurring substances, minimally invasive methods, and the promotion of natural healing to address health concerns. In order to achieve sustainable health goals, a Naturopathic Doctor’s approach is to understand and address the underlying root cause of disease with a focus on long-term health and disease prevention.
Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) are trained similarly to conventional medical doctors in the respect that they use physical examinations and laboratory testing to help determine a diagnosis. However, an ND's treatment approach differs in that it involves the use of natural therapies rather than pharmaceutical drugs. Treating both acute and chronic conditions, Naturopathic treatments are chosen based on the individual's unique physiological, structural, psychological, social, environmental, and lifestyle factors.
Treatments and Conditions Treated
Naturopathic assessments, diagnoses and treatments draw from a number of modalities (therapies) and depend on the case and patient’s preference for treatment. Treatments are always tailored to the individual and may include a combination of Acupuncture and Asian Medicine, Clinical Nutrition, Botanical (plant-based) Medicine, physical treatments, and lifestyle counselling.
Naturopathic Doctors are highly trained to treat a wide range of health complaints and conditions. Some common conditions treated include digestive issues, stress management, allergies, colds and flus, hormonal imbalances, infertility, pain management, sleep issues, and weight management. Education is a primary principle of Naturopathic Medicine, which allows you to work as a team with your Naturopathic Doctor in choosing the best options for you and your family's health.
Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy that aims to improve and preserve the body's ability to heal itself under musculoskeletal dysfunction and physiological distress through a variety of therapeutic techniques. This form of natural medicine looks at the human body as a continuous and interconnected network of complex systems. An osteopathic manual practitioner uses their hands as a diagnostic tool to palpate and employ gentle manual manipulation to the soft tissues within the bodies’ limits. Aside from gentle mobilizations of the musculoskeletal system, manual osteopathy also addresses any somatic visceral (organs) and/ or craniosacral (nervous system) dysfunctions.
Energy Medicine is composed of Advanced Hands on Healing Techniques and Intuitive Channeling to help benefit – Inherited Dis-ease, Release Childhood, Ancestral and Karmic patterns, pain from surgery or trauma. Tools such as Hands on Healing, Spiritual Coaching, Chakra Balancing and Repair, Regression, Emotional Release, Crystals can aid in optimal healing. Sessions can be done in person one on one or by Distance Healing.
A Few Reasons You Might Book An Energy Medicine Session:
As A Result Of An Energy Medicine Session, You May Experience:
Skin assessment and treatments completed by a healthcare professional, focusing on managing the internal and external factors that affect the conditions of the skin. Sessions include education, medical treatments, and personalised home care plans unique to the individual.
Orthopedic physiotherapy is used to treat injuries and conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system, which is made up of your joints, muscles, bones, ligaments, and tendons. This means any injury or condition affecting the bony or soft tissue structures that causes you pain or restricts movement in your body can benefit from this therapy.
Common injuries and conditions that are treated with Orthopedic physiotherapy may include:
In addition, Orthopedic physiotherapy can also help minimize disability associated with conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, diabetes, cancer, heart disease or balance disorders.
Orthopedic physiotherapy can be used both in the recovery and maintenance of your health.
Pelvic Health Physiotherapy focuses on prevention or improving symptoms or dysfunctions related to the pelvic floor which can be related to urination, bowel movements, sexual health, birth/labour, and lifting/exercising. Pelvic Health Physiotherapists receive additional training to perform internal vaginal and rectal exams if this is beneficial to your care and if you are comfortable.
Pelvic Health Physiotherapy can help anyone who is experiencing/would like help with:
Treatment style involves a variety of manual therapy techniques (i.e., stretching techniques, trigger point and soft tissue release, joint mobilizations, neural gliding, joint compression, and traction, etc.) combined with individualized therapeutic exercise and home programs specific to your needs and goals. When needed, prophylactic and therapeutic taping and wrap techniques can be applied to get you through your activities between treatment sessions.
Acupuncture is a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique in which the practitioner stimulates specific acupuncture points using very thin needles. These acupuncture needles stimulate the flow of Qi (energy) in channels also known as meridians throughout the body as well as regulate and promote the flow of blood. Acupuncture can be used to treat a wide variety of ailments including musculoskeletal injuries, headaches, arthritis, digestive concerns, back pain, insomnia, abdominal pain, stress, anxiety, and many more. The goal of acupuncture is to not only treat the symptom, but the root cause as well.
Cupping is a natural, alternative therapy that is used to promote blood circulation in the area that cups are placed. Cups are placed on the skin to create suction. This suction may help to smooth the flow of Qi (energy). This may relieve tension of the muscles and improve blood flow as well as promote cell repair.
Tui Na Massage
Tui Na massage is a form of alternative medicine similar to shiatsu. Tui Na massage can be used to treat pain and illness, or to maintain good health. There are many different techniques used in Tui Na massage which are effective in reducing stress, encouraging relaxation, and deepening sleep. It’s often used for conditions and injuries related to the musculoskeletal and nervous systems.
Gua Sha is a natural, alternative therapy intended to address stagnation, reduce inflammation, improve circulation and promote healing. Gua Sha involves scraping of the skin with a massage tool and may be used on the back, neck, arms or legs. Gua sha may also be used on the face to improve skin elasticity. The Gua Sha massage tool is similar to the Graston tool that a lot of physiotherapists and RMT’s use.
Acupuncture needles cause "micro trauma" in the skin which invigorates the body to repair the area. Needles in the face directly help increase collagen and elastin production. Results to be expected include: reduction in puffiness, improved skin texture, reduction of fine lines, improved complexion, improved elasticity, reduction in recurrence of acne/rosecea, overall this treatment can also help to lift the face.