Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy in Calgary: Relieve Pain & Stress

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Therapeutic massage is an age-old healing art. It involves the scientific method of working the body with the hands, forearms, and elbows to detect and treat problems in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments, to relieve muscle pain and restore function after an injury, release tension and reduce stress, as well as improve circulation, and overall well-being. Massage therapy can help heal injuries sustained from common household accidents to repetitive actions on the job to motor vehicle accidents. Massage can relieve tension from everyday stresses that cause all kinds of problems that, too often, take up permanent residence in your body. These treatments are proven to be suitable for everyone from premature babies to pregnant women.

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Some of the most common types of chronic pain are:

Stress
Painful or tight muscles
Headaches
Delayed onset muscle soreness
Sports injuries
Prevention of new injuries
Pain or restriction in joints
Posture
Pregnancy massage
Prenatal pain
Motor vehicle injuries
Postnatal pain
The effects of forced inactivity
Fluid retention

Our massage therapist in Calgary can utilize several different massage therapy techniques to treat each unique patient’s symptoms effectively. Some of the massage therapy techniques used at our Calgary clinic includes:

Therapeutic Massage at Our Calgary Clinic

Therapeutic massage (also known as deep tissue massage) will loosen tense musculature and often break down scar tissue to increase the range of motion in a specific area. Typically, deep tissue massage benefits chronic injuries. Our massage therapists in Calgary will either relax or stimulate muscle tissue to increase circulation, so blood flows freely, carrying oxygen and nutrients to the areas needed. It is a technique that focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It aims to release the chronic pain patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger or elbow pressure on the contracted areas, either following or going across the fibres of the muscles, tendons, and fascia. It also helps break up and eliminate scar tissue that builds up in the body and reduces inflammation-related pain caused by tendonitis and arthritis.

Swedish Massage by Our Massage Therapists in Calgary

The most widely recognized and commonly used category of massage is the Swedish massage. The Swedish massage techniques vary from light to vigorous. Swedish massage uses five styles of strokes. The five basic strokes are effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fibre or with the fibres), and vibration/shaking. Interestingly, the term “Swedish” massage is actually only recognized in English and Dutch-speaking countries. Elsewhere (including Sweden), the style is referred to as classic massage.

Sports Massage at Alberta Back and Neck Rehab in Calgary

Sports massage refers to massage primarily used on the neuromusculoskeletal system to treat pain and disability. It most commonly incorporates a combination of techniques, including kneading, stretching, compression, friction, toning, and trigger point response technique similar to acupressure or shiatsu. This treatment tends to be deeper and more intense. These techniques effectively reduce muscle waste, cooling down your body, and stretching your tissue for the prevention of injury. Post-event massages are usually performed within 24 hours of your event. Often two days before your sporting event, your massage therapist will treat the principal muscles involved with your sport to prepare your muscles for strenuous activity.

Trigger Point Therapy

Sports massage refers to massage primarily used on the neuromusculoskeletal system to treat pain and disability. It most commonly incorporates a combination of techniques, including kneading, stretching, compression, friction, toning, and trigger point response technique similar to acupressure or shiatsu. This treatment tends to be deeper and more intense. These techniques effectively reduce muscle waste, cooling down your body, and stretching your tissue for the prevention of injury. Post-event massages are usually performed within 24 hours of your event. Often two days before your sporting event, your massage therapist will treat the principal muscles involved with your sport to prepare your muscles for strenuous activity.

Hot Stone Massage Therapy in Calgary

A hot stone massage uses water-heated stones to apply pressure and heat to the body. The therapist can also use stones coated in oil to deliver various massaging strokes. The hot stones used are commonly Basalt stones (or lava rocks), which have become extremely polished and smooth over time. As the stones are placed along the recipient’s back, they help retain heat, which then deeply penetrates the muscles, releasing tension. Sixty or ninety minutes of massage with soothing hot stones, and you will feel the profound relaxation and release of tension. Your circulation will rapidly be altered when stones are used and this increased blood flow, so you will have improved healing and detoxification.
Relaxation Massage by Our Calgary Massage Therapists
Relaxation massage is a smooth, gentle style of massage designed to improve circulation, range of motion, and reduce swelling due to injury, relieve minor muscle pain, decrease stress, and promote overall relaxation.

Massage Therapy for Pregnant Women​

All moms and moms-to-be deserve time alone to focus on themselves during these changes. Massage helps relieve the pain caused by the ligaments loosening and aids in reducing the edema (swelling) that some women experience. Alberta Back and Neck Rehab & Sports Injuries Clinic in Calgary has pre-natal body bolsters available, allowing pregnant women to lie on their stomachs, possibly up until the ninth month.Relaxation Massage by Our Calgary Massage Therapists
Relaxation massage is a smooth, gentle style of massage designed to improve circulation, range of motion, and reduce swelling due to injury, relieve minor muscle pain, decrease stress, and promote overall relaxation.

Proven Beneficial Effects of Massage Therapy in Calgary

Pain relief: Relief from pain due to musculoskeletal injuries and other causes is a major benefit of massage. And when combined with education and exercises, massage might help sub-acute, chronic, non-specific low back pain. Furthermore, massage has been shown to reduce pain experienced even in the days or weeks after your massage.

Anxiety: Massage therapy has been shown to reduce mild anxiety.

Blood pressure and heart rate: Massage has been shown to reduce blood pressure and heart rate temporarily.

Depression: Massage has been shown to reduce subclinical depression.

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