Massage Therapy RMT
The practice of massage therapy is soft tissue manipulation for the purpose of pain relief, to improve flexibility and mobility, or simply for relaxation. Each of our Vancouver Registered Massage Therapists – RMT – are qualified and registered with the Massage Therapists Association of British Columbia and will provide you with an invoice for reimbursement from your extended health plan.
Our therapists are highly trained, undergoing a 3,000-hour professional program at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in Vancouver, BC. RMTs use integrative therapeutic techniques such as myofascial release, trigger point therapy, and active release therapy to help rehabilitate sports injuries, posture problems, or work-related repetitive strain injuries. To prevent further injuries or to speed up the healing process, our RMTs will also be able to help advise you on some stretches and exercises and give tips on postural alignment at the end of each session. Our massage therapists not only treat pain and injuries, but they are also trained in techniques commonly used in deep tissue massage and swedish massage for relaxation, tension, insomnia, and moodiness. Each treatment is unique and individualized to your needs.
The benefits of Massage Therapy in our Vancouver clinic include:
- Alleviation of pain
- Reduced muscle cramping and spasms
- Improved mood
- Reduced anxiety
- Improved circulation by bringing oxygen and nutrients to the soft tissue
- Decreased inflammation in conditions such as arthritis and tendonitis
- Improved range of movement
- Stress relief by lowering levels of hormones such as cortisol
- Enhancing immune function
- Relief towards migraine pain
- A better sense of awareness of postural habits and repetitive movements that could be causing imbalances in the body and pain
Massage Techniques used during an RMT session
Traction is a method used for back and neck pain to relieve pressure on the spine and skeletal system. The goal of traction is to regain alignment, lengthen tight muscles and tendons, alleviate muscle spasms, relieve pressure on pinched nerves, and unload compressed nerve roots and irritated vertebral discs.
Myofascia is the tissue that surrounds your muscle and bones. In a healthy state this tissue is soft and flexible. In a state of inflammation or injury this tissue can become dense and tough. The purpose of this technique is to break down scar tissue, relax muscles, and restore alignment. The technique is applied slowly to help stretch the restricted connective tissue until it releases resulting in pain relief and increased flexibility.
Trigger Point Release
Trigger points are muscular knots created in the neuromuscular junctions of the muscle and myofascial tissue when a muscle is overworked, injured, or unbalanced. When pressure is applied to these areas it can feel extremely tender and refer pain to other parts of the body. The technique of trigger point release helps to relieve pain, redevelop weakened and strained muscles, and restore motion to joints. When a trigger point is accessed, flexibility and strength of the muscle can regained.
This technique may be chosen by your RMT therapist to help reduce muscle guarding. Joint mobilizations are gentle and passive movements that help restore range of motion in a joint and promote healing. Not to be confused with adjustments or manipulations, joint mobilizations are done slowly and are sometimes held for an extended period of time to target the injured area or release the guarded area.
Registered Massage Therapists are trained to prescribe stretching and strengthening exercises to help heal old injuries and prevent new ones from forming. These exercises can be extremely helpful to do in between sessions so that your therapist can work more deeply in follow up visits without causing you discomfort. Your RMT will also be able to discuss with you a treatment plan to resolve your pain and injuries.