REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPY
The registered massage therapists at Redefined Health Downtown Edmonton are trained to customize a treatment to fit your specific needs, ailments or athletic goals. Massage can be used to decrease pain, increase muscle flexibility, decrease stress levels, and improve posture. It is an excellent addition to chiropractic or acupuncture treatment. Please let us know if you have any questions relating to massage therapy.
REDEFINED HEALTH OFFERS VARIOUS TYPES OF MASSAGE THERAPY
Therapeutic massage – treatments are focused to improving a specific area of discomfort. This treatment would focus on reducing pain, improving range of motion. This style of treatment can be used to treat both chronic and acute conditions.
Sports Massage – pre and post race/event techniques are used to assist the athlete to reach their full potential. This includes increasing range of motion, increasing muscle flexibility and helping the athlete eliminate soreness. Massage can be performed before and after a race. It can also be used as a preventative tool to avoid injury during an athlete’s regular training routine.
Pregnancy Massage –treatments are focused on assisting women during their pregnancy while alleviating any discomfort she may be experiencing. All of our therapists are trained to provide a safe pregnancy massage.
Deep Tissue Massage – a form of massage therapy used to target the deeper levels of muscle and connective tissues. Deep tissue massage works within each client’s pain tolerance, ensuring the best treatment possible.
Relaxation Massage – promotes mental and physical relaxation. This style of massage improves circulation, can ease sore or tense muscles. This style of treatment is often performed to the full body to achieve maximum relaxation.
All of our Registered Massage Therapists at Redefined Health have over 2200 hours of training, are highly skilled and are registered with Massage Therapists Association of Alberta (MTAA). Call us to book your appointment. We look forward to customizing a treatment to fit your needs.
Everyone can benefit from massage therapy. A common list of conditions massage therapy can help:
- Back, neck and leg pain
- Jaw pain
- Headaches or migraines
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Other nerve entrapment
- Sports injuries
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and bursitis
- Kyphosis and Scoliosis
- Strains and sprains
- Ankylosing Spondylitis
- Soft Tissue Therapy
Soft tissue therapy is a general term referring to various specific muscle lengthening (or muscle stretching) techniques designed to relax short and overly contracted bands of muscle usually present after an injury that involved trauma, repetitive use or sustained load due to things like poor posture. Soft tissue issues and injuries can also develop from poor movement patterns, muscular imbalance, or improperly functioning joints.
MUSCLE STRETCHING TECHNIQUES
Named manual techniques you may see include Post Isometric Relaxation (PIR), Contract Relax Antagonist Contract (CRAC), Active Release Technique, and various Massage Therapy techniques. You may also run into general terms like myofascial release, muscle energy technique, soft tissue mobilization or myofascial therapy. Other techniques that can be very effective for soft tissue mobilization include acupuncture and IMS therapy, which both use dry needling, as well as various instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) techniques like Graston or FAKTR. For recommendations on providers for some of these alternatives, see our recommended page.
Dr. Fix was full body certified in Active Release Techniques for the first time in 2007. He uses soft tissue techniques regularly to compliment our sports injury treatment and rehabilitation services.
Like most of what we do here, WHY we are doing things is often more important than simply what we are doing. Practitioner skill in applying therapy is obviously something that requires training, diligence, and practice to develop, but and understanding of where and why to apply therapy and when and where not to apply therapy is absolutely essential to achieving lasting results and improving function and performance.
Forcing a muscle or any other soft tissue to lengthen or relax without addressing why it was unhealthy in the first place does not make sense. You will find yourself fighting against your body and the results will often be disappointing. If a muscle is tight because it is inhibited (shut off) or weak and we force it to relax without addressing the imbalance, results will be temporary even with the most effective soft tissue therapy techniques. Most of the time, your body is making an intelligent “choice” given the situation it is in with respect to what tissues are tight. If your brain wants a muscle to be tight, it is going to be tight and stay that way until you address the reason it is tight. This is why exercise rehabilitation is essential to any treatment plan and should focus on restoring proper movement patterns, as well as muscle strength and balance. This is also why addressing any problems with joint function is important.