Massage therapy encompasses many different techniques such as pressing, rubbing, and manipulating the muscles and other soft tissues of the body.
The team of massage therapists (RMT) in Vancouver, Kitsilano area, are regulated healthcare professionals and registered members of the College of Massage Therapists of BC. At MSK in Vancouver and Burnaby, therapeutic massage therapy is offered to:
- Reduce muscle tension/spasm
- Reduce muscle swelling, pain, inflammation
- Promote healing
- Increase blood flow to strained muscles
- Aid in relaxation
- Injury prevention
Our team of experienced massage therapists have treated professional athletes, Olympic athletes, performing artists and everyday aches and pains including posture related injuries. They have provided coverage on sporting teams and at numerous sporting events within Vancouver and across BC. Our massage therapists use a variety of hands-on techniques to customize a treatment plan that best suits their clients’ individual needs.
One of the functions of the circulatory system is to act as a delivery system for oxygen (O2), which is carried by the blood. Tissues such as muscle, ligaments, bone, and nerves utilize this oxygen in order to produce energy with which they carry out their daily functions. The circulation of blood is also used in order to remove waste products created by the tissues as they perform their tasks.
When a tissue is kept in a tightened or stressed position for a prolonged period of time, the blood supply to that tissue becomes compromised. Some examples in which this may occur is during prolonged endurance sports where the muscles are constantly being used; during repetitive tasks at work; or with poor posture where muscles are constantly being stressed. When an oxygen dependant tissue (such as muscle) does not receive enough oxygen (and thus energy) to function, this is referred to as “tissue hypoxia”. If presented with this situation, your body will begin to replace oxygen dependant tissue with tissue that doesn’t require as much oxygen to function…this tissue is called “Fibrotic tissue” or “Scar tissue”. As scar tissue is deposited into the tissue, the function of the tissue is severely hindered. Using the example of muscle tissue, a scarred or fibrotic muscle will be unable to contract properly, and thus will be unable to carry out its desired function. Therefore your body will begin to recruit other muscles to compensate for the injured muscle. As these muscles begin to do the job of two muscles, they remain tight, become hypoxic, develop scar tissue…etc.
In addition to causing tissue dysfunction, scar tissue (also known as myofascial adhesions):
- Limits the available range of motion in the tissue
- Is a high friction substance thus irritates nerves causing pain
- Has the ability to cause tissues to “stick” (or adhere) to each other thus resulting in increased friction between tissues
Our massage therapists offer the following techniques:
Deep Tissue Massage is a form of massage that can really benefit chronic pain sufferers. Deep Tissue Massage is used to improve chronic muscular tension using slow strokes, direct compression, trigger point techniques or friction on a focused problem area. Often the movements are directed across the grain of the muscles (cross-fibre) using the fingers, thumbs, or elbows. This is applied with greater pressure and at deeper layers of the muscle than Swedish massage, hence the name Deep Tissue Massage.
This technique is often used for athletes. However, it is not just sports people who can reap the benefits of this advanced massage style. If you work in an office, sitting at a desk day after day, or if your work or lifestyle involves you doing many repetitive movements (causing repetitive strain injuries), then you may benefit from deep tissue massage.
Sports Massage is a form of massage typically used before, during, and after athletic events.
The purpose of the massage is to prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries.
Muscle energy techniques (MET) are applied to a patient in order to lengthen shortened or spastic muscles, and to improve range of motion.
This procedure is performed when a patient is asked to contract a muscle for approximately 5-seconds against an anti-force applied by the therapist. The muscle contraction is performed by the client 2 or 3 times in a row in the hopes to stretch the muscle further each time.
Muscle energy techniques can be applied safely to almost any joint in the body. Many athletes use MET as a preventative measure to guard against future muscle and joint injury.
Pregnancy massage is massage therapy specifically tailored for the expectant mother’s needs. It is also called pre-natal massage. The mother’s body is properly positioned and supported during the massage, using a specifically designed pregnancy pillow. Proper positioning ensures comfort and safety for the mother and baby. Some massage techniques, such as deep tissue work, cannot be used. Certain areas of the body should be avoided during pregnancy. It’s a popular complementary therapy during pregnancy for back pain, when choices for pain relief, such as medication, are often limited.
Not only can massage be physically beneficial, but the human touch can be comforting and provide emotional support during pregnancy.
We offer RMT services in ur Burnaby and Vancouver clinics. Contact us by phone or email.