Functional Movement and Pain

An interesting comment I heard recently after a treatment was that my client said that they had more movement after their massage. This is interesting as it first looks like this has occurred.  Technically, the only way to improve movement and strength is through stretching and exercise outside of the clinic. The main goal of […]

Medical Imaging

When injured, many of us visit the doctor to understand what is going on and hopefully get a treatment plan or referral.

There are generally 4 main types of scans a doctor will prescribe; X-Ray, Ultrasound, CT or MRI. What are each of these for and what do they reveal?

Following is a generalised overview of each type of scan. Keep in mind that this list covers most issues that are associated with the field of soft tissue and what I may experience in my clinic. These scan are used to provide information on much more than is listed here.

X-Ray – are used to detect broken bones, joint dislocation, spinal fusions, abnormal bone growth, arthritis, kyphosis, spondylolisthesis, arthritis and boney changes. X-Ray will expose the patient to radiation.

Ultrasound (sonography) – Is used to capture a live image inside your body. It is the best option when looking at soft tissue such as muscle, ligaments and nerves. Ultrasound does not expose the patient to radiation.

CT (cat-scan) – Is used to detect issues with nerves, bulging discs, tumors, infection or changes caused by trauma. CT scans will expose the patient to radiation.

MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) – Will show just about everything. Common uses are to detect abnormalities of the joint, tumors, cysts and other injuries to the body. MRI does not expose the patient to radiation.

Feather. Brick. Truck.

What do these 3 items have to do with massage therapy?

Basically, the universe will send you 3 messages with almost everything. Let’s take a headaches for an example.

You find that you helped move that lounge over the weekend you started to feel a little tender through the neck and shoulders. That’s the universe sending you a gentle message with a feather. You should maybe get it looked at before it develops into something more painful.

If you chose to ignore the first “message”, the universe will up the ante and give you a bit more of a nudge. So, maybe now you start to develop some stiffness when turning your neck, for example, to look over your shoulder in the car. That’s the universe using a brick to tell you to get something done.

If you ignore the first 2 warnings the universe will then smack you with a truck; a full-blown headache, pain and limited movement.

If you pick up on the warning earlier enough you can prevent a lot of unnecessary pain and discomfort.

Things I will and will not do when you come in for a massage.

There are many kinds of massage therapists around and many different styles of treatments and techniques, clinic setups and personalities.

So how do you pick a massage therapist when many list a short essay on the conditions they treat and education they have? And it’s a risk to drop your hard-earned cash on a massage, not knowing if that therapist is right for.

Am I the therapist for you? Whether you are looking for a treatment for pain or a general maintenance massage there a a few things to consider. Read more

Why did I become a Massage Therapist?

A question I am asked often is why did I get into massage?

My journey wasn’t the stereotypical “I want to help people” answer. I started out studying Naturopathy via distance education. About 12 months into it I couldn’t see myself spending another 3-5  years studying, I wanted something quick and easy, massage therapy appeared like a good choice. Read more