Therapeutic massage reaches deep below the surface
Human touch is a powerful force for healing. For thousands of years, people in all cultures have used massage to relieve pain, loosen tight muscles, and ease away the psychological stresses of everyday living.
The therapeutic massage team at COHA are masters of their art. They practise a wide range of hands-on, manual therapies that go straight to the cause of your problem.
Sports massage – Ashwin Nathi
It’s not just international athletes who use massage to improve performance or get back on form after injuries. Anyone who plays sport or has an activity-related injury can benefit.
- Promotes speedy recovery and rehabilitation following injuries
- Reduces the risk of injury when used before and after sporting activity
- Decreases inflammation, increases blood circulation and relieves pain
Therapeutic massage – Ashwin Nathi
Therapeutic massage goes straight to the heart of 21st-century living. It eases long-and short-term stress and removes modern-day pollutants.
- For stress reduction and management
- Improves blood circulation
- Eliminates toxins from the lymphatic system
- Calming nervous system & Help to improve sleep
Isolated stretching – Ashwin Nathi
By working on the right muscle groups, we can undo much of the damage caused by modern life. Isolated stretching is a precision technique for treating a wide range of problems.
- For sports injuries
- For hard-working people
- For seniors
- Improves mobility
- Increases the range of movement
Orthopaedic Massage – Sifu Cann
Injuries and poor posture can lead to numerous problems including chronic pain. Orthopaedic massage repairs the damage done by a lifetime of hard knocks.
- Improves posture
- Promotes healing
- Speeds recovery from injuries
- Decreases inflammation, clears out metabolic waste
- Relieves pain and dysfunction
Tui Na / Chinese Medical Massage – Sifu Cann and Ashwin Nathi
Tui na (pronounced ‘twee-nar’) is a system of oriental body massage that combines acupressure techniques with soft-tissue massage. Everyone can benefit.
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Improved Recovery and Rehabilitation after Injury
Massage for recovery and recuperation is an accepted part of many rehabilitation programs related to sports, injuries and stress and variations of massage technique are used depending on the type of injury a person might have. Therapeutic sports massages are a type of rehabilitation option that focusses on reducing the pain associated with injuries sustained during sports or recreational activities. Such massages are also used to accelerate the healing and recovery process.
Athletes have long been utilizing sports massage treatments for general aches and pains and the stress of experiencing sports at extreme levels, and individuals who have experienced serious injury have also obtained massages for faster, successful recovery. The science behind why many people feel that such massages enhance recovery after injury deals with how a massage impacts the muscles and the blood flow throughout the body. Improved blood flow has been linked to better endurance for extreme athletes and has also been shown to offer a reduction in blood pressure and heart rate stress.
Science also suggests that by manipulating the muscles through sports massage, more nutrients and important fluids may be introduced into the tissues, which will accelerate rehabilitation efforts and will also increase the rate at which the body processes and removes waste from its system.
Beyond the physical benefits of a massage, the mental improvements granted through the relaxation associated with massages can offer significant benefits regarding recovery and rehabilitation. Just like recuperating in the home instead of a hospital can yield a shorter recovery time, reducing stress and improving mood through massage can offer the same benefits.
Not only can a sports massage reduce recovery time, but regular massages are also an important way to lower overall potential for injury. If an individual is likely to be putting his or her body under great stress at regular intervals, the introduction of regular sports massage appointments can reduce the potential for injury.
This idea regarding lower injury rate extends well beyond extreme athletes who spend most of their hours during the week doing some sort of stressful activity. Sports massages can even help the performance level of individuals who are close to sedentary and who have just started a healthy program of exercise and better lifestyle habits.
As an option for faster rehabilitation, safer workouts and better peace of mind, sports massage treatment is a valuable and proven method for enhancing an athlete or individual’s life.
Reduced Injury Risk
Sports medicine has evolved a tremendous amount over the last few years. One of the key elements of this evolution has been the addition of complementary therapy to supplement the medical treatment. Sports massage has become an important part of that process, as it has allowed athletes to get back on the field or court much quicker than in the past. Though sports massage treatment cannot take the place of primary sports medicine, it can provide its own benefits to those individuals with joint or muscle issues.
Sports massage treatments are very similar to traditional massage treatments, though the sports treatments are specifically geared toward athletes of all kinds. Sports massage therapists focus on problem areas, and those problem areas will differ depending upon the sport that an athlete plays. Our therapist, Ashwin Nathi, will focus on rejuvenating muscle groups that are damaged or overworked in that athlete’s sport. Depending upon the athlete’s condition, the therapy could be designed to rejuvenate muscles after a difficult game or workout. Sports massage therapy can also be used in the lead-up to a big sporting event, as the therapist can prepare the muscles and joints.
Sports massage therapy can be an effective secondary treatment for individuals with a host of different medical problems. Ashwin can target those muscle-tendon junctions where so many injuries take place. For people with diagnosed muscle injuries, a massage session can target the surrounding muscle groups, promoting strength and flexibility in those muscles. In addition, sports massage therapy can be used during the recovery period of an injury. In order to rehabilitate a joint, one must go through significant strength workouts. These can take a toll on the muscles, and sports massage can help bring those muscles back. The massage techniques help the muscles recover quickly, and this can allow an athlete to get back in the rehab room right away.
For someone who has suffered a sports injury, sports massage therapy is an absolute must. It serves as a worthy complement to the treatments that a sports physician will administer. Whether the injury is something routine like a muscle pull or the injury is catastrophic, massage therapy can play an important role in rehabilitation. Our therapist understands how to target their treatments to specific athletes and specific injuries incurred by those athletes.
Increased Blood Circulation, Decreased Inflammation and Pain Relief
It is not only professional athletes who can benefit from sports massage therapy. Techniques in this practice are beneficial for athletes of any sport at all levels. This type of massage therapy focuses on areas of the body that are injured, consistently under stress, or receive great amounts of use. The treatment is generally geared towards the specific conditions of each patient. The techniques used in sports massage therapy have numerous benefits which include pain management, improvements in flexibility, a lowering of the blood pressure, and reduction in inflamed tissue. In addition to these positive aspects of the treatments, sports massage techniques are being increasingly employed as measures to decrease fatigue, improve athlete endurance, and serve as a preventative measure against injury.
Sports massage therapy differs from other types of massage by focusing its attention on muscle-tendon connections. These are the areas responsible for flexibility and any restriction of motion in the body or limbs. Athletes who experience sports therapy massages both before and after exercise also report fewer instances of muscle soreness. The amount of therapy needed to achieve desirable results can depend on the area of the body and the length of physical activity. For most athletes, massage regiments are performed once a week or once every two weeks.
These techniques assist in managing pain by reducing the restriction present in muscles and ligaments. Easing pain, even temporarily, is shown to heighten mood and cause less anxiety in the patient. These benefits contribute to better sleep and faster recovery times for any type of injury. Muscles that experience complete relaxation are also able to provide greater strength on a more regular basis. A large majority of the positive benefits of this therapy are due to an increase in blood circulation. The pressure occurring during the massage actually forces the blood through areas where it might have otherwise been restricted. As blood is transferred through the tissue, new blood makes its way into muscle and the surrounding tissue. The new blood is beneficial in easing soreness and reducing tissue inflammation, resulting in relief for the patient. Poor blood flow contributes to fluid build-up in joints and can cause a rise in blood pressure, resulting in greater amounts of stress.
Healing time is dramatically increased in patients because the increased blood flow is bringing in more oxygen and nutrients to damaged tissue and vital organs. The increased nourishment dramatically increases the healing process in the injured areas. Used in conjunction with traditional therapeutic techniques, sports massage therapy can also restore flexibility and take the frustration out of many rehabilitation processes.
Stress Reduction and Management & Relaxation
Massage is a very ancient form of treatment, so ancient that one may consider its history to be as old as that of mankind. In its simplest form, massage therapy is a stroking and manipulation of the skin and muscles to produce the desired result of relaxation and pain relief. Different distinct methods have evolved over the years to achieve therapy goals. Our massage therapist, Ashwin Nathi, may use a combination of these methods in order to find the appropriate therapeutic protocol for each client.
Therapeutic massage therapy is particularly effective in the reduction and management of stress. Stress occurs on two levels, psychological and physical. Not only does massage therapy reduce psychological or perceived stress, scientific studies have shown reductions in heart rate, blood pressure and cortisol levels, all of which measure physical stress.
Psychological stress manifests itself in physical stress, which increases muscle tension. Stress also causes increased heart rate and shallow breathing, which decreases circulation and results in a lower absorption of oxygen. Massage therapy relaxes the mind and relieves muscle tension. This lowers the heart rate, promotes deep, measured breathing and restores circulation. This restores a sense of balance and well-being. In 2009, a study was conducted by the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies which investigated the immediate benefits of massage therapy. The study showed a significant reduction in anxiety and muscle tension in the patients who had received thirty minutes of massage therapy as opposed to thirty minutes of bed rest.
Massage therapy is becoming recognized by the medical community as an effective way to relieve and manage stress. As people become more aware of potential side effects of common anti-anxiety prescriptions, many seek massage therapy as a safe, natural alternative that is much more effective at treating the cause of anxiety and stress. Those who receive massage therapy report a sense of calm, well-being and relaxation that enables them to manage their stress more effectively.
Improved Blood Circulation
One of the oldest recognized methods of promoting healing, massage therapy is referenced in medical texts that date back as far as 4,000 years ago. Modern day massage therapy typically consists of bodywork techniques that include actions such as rubbing, applying pressure, vibrating, rocking, kneading, and using compression with the hands to manipulate the muscles and other soft tissue. Massage therapy is typically employed with the main goal of healing the musculoskeletal, nervous, circulatory, lymphatic, and other systems of the body. During a massage, both the superficial and deep layers of tissue may be manipulated. A massage therapist my use hands, fingers, elbows, feet, forearms, knees, or therapeutic tools throughout the course of a massage session.
In addition to easing pain in the joints and muscles, massage therapy can be particularly beneficial to the circulatory system. Massage therapy can help a client achieve improved blood circulation, resulting in more blood flow to the vital organs, skin, and muscles. Blood carries oxygen and vital nutrients throughout the body and is essential to cognitive function and helps prevent stroke. Adequate blood flow also prevents muscle cramping and helps to maintain healthy functioning organs and skin.
Massage therapy can also increase the oxygen content of the blood, which can be helpful in the removal of toxins like lactic acid, metabolic waste, and uric acid from the body. This can lessen the pain of stiff joints and result in fewer headaches, reduced stress, and improved recovery time from injuries and illnesses. The boost the circulatory system receives from massage means the heart is not required to work as hard to pump blood throughout the body. The blood vessels become dilated, which further helps to improve circulation. Pulse rate and blood pressure are lowered. Patients with conditions that cause swelling may experience a reduction in this symptom as blood flow increases. Furthermore, the body’s immune system is boosted as more red and white blood cells enter the blood flow.
Having healthy blood flow is essential to healing and maintaining excellent health. Massage therapy may be a key element in recovering from illness and/or injury as well as simply experiencing an improvement in overall well being by providing a beneficial boost to the circulatory system.
Toxin Elimination of the Lymphatic System
Therapeutic massage is intended to treat or alleviate a broad range of health issues. It is different from non-therapeutic massages, which is usually performed to relax the recipient. Although therapeutic massage has the added benefit of relaxation, our massage therapist, Ashwin Nathi, uses specialized techniques to achieve a specific health benefit for the client. He may use more pressure than a standard relaxation massage while creating cross-fiber friction to reduce adhesions (commonly called “knots”) and aid in faster healing. The client may suffer from an acute or chronic ailment, or perhaps they simply wish to improve the functionality of a specific body part or system without the side effects of modern medicine.
Therapeutic massage can be used to treat or improve nearly every system in the body. Popular ones include the muscular, circulatory, and nervous systems. Because every system in the human body links to another, therapeutic massage that is intended to treat one system often has the added bonus of improving others. The lymphatic system is one of the most crucial components of the human body, yet so many people overlook it. It distributes nutrients throughout the body and removes waste materials from the blood stream. If the lymphatic system becomes overworked, it can become congested with these waste toxins. The buildup in toxins results in inflammation, a weakened immune system, and an overall feeling of exhaustion. Therapeutic massage can effectively stimulate the lymphatic system, eliminating toxins and improving the body’s overall immune and metabolic function. This is commonly referred to as lymphatic massage.
The lymphatic massage works in harmony with the lymphatic system. The therapist emphasizes the lymph node areas, and applies gentle thumb pressure in their direction. This helps to breakdown the toxins that are clogging the lymphatic system and accelerates their removal from the body. One massage session generally lasts anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on whether the massage is localized or over the entire body. After a lymphatic massage, recipients report a variety of remarkable improvements in their health and overall well being. Those susceptible to frequent illnesses often find that their immune system is significantly stronger. People with chronic fatigue, depression, and stress-related emotional problems often see marked improvements in their conditions. Because the circulatory system is improved, lymphatic massage also lessens the likelihood of sports injuries. When the lymphatic system is functioning at an optimal level, every system in the body is stronger.
Calming Nervous System & Help to Improve Sleep
Many people resort to a massage when they need some form of relaxation. However, aside from this, a massage can give different kinds of health benefits. This is known as a therapeutic massage treatment. Though it can be relaxing, it is not offered to promote relaxation but rather to treat certain health conditions. A massage, such as this, does not only improve an individual’s life through relaxation but also treats a variety of injuries with the use of certain techniques of treatment. So, therapeutic massage can treat a particular area, which is experiencing pain and discomfort.
Therapeutic massage treatments aim to achieve different therapeutic goals. At times, they are recommended by health professionals as part of a treatment plan. As an example, a therapeutic massage treatment can help someone undergoing physical therapy because of an injury, by loosening muscles, enhancing muscle tone, and boosting flexibility. This can be used as a supplement to cancer care, wound care, and several other treatments. In addition to its physical benefits, psychotherapists can recommend therapeutic massage in their practice because of its psychological benefits such as reducing severe depression, increasing trust, promoting relaxation, and treating other conditions.
To help calm the nervous system, there are different types of therapeutic massage treatments, and among these, it is the Swedish massage that effectively calms the nervous system. It reduces stress levels, both physically and psychologically. For this reason, it is recommended as a part of stress management programs. Daily stress can affect the smooth functioning of the nervous system, and this therapeutic massage can ease the problems it brings.
For the body to renew itself, it is a requirement to take 6 to 8 hours of sleep. This is part of the normal biological process. However, some people have trouble sleeping. Therapeutic massage improves blood circulation. It also allows the body to relax and be relieved of its neuromuscular problems. All these help in improving sleep, especially when it is given right before bedtime.
Any professional massage is considered as a therapeutic massage treatment with health benefits such as calming the nervous system and improving sleep. It is more intense than a relaxation massage. It can sometimes deal with long-term health issues. Since more people are realizing its benefits, therapeutic massage treatment is seen to grow in the future and play an important role in addressing the healthcare needs of many individuals.
Isolated Stretching Treatment for Sports Injuries
Isolated Stretching Treatment is an alternative method for stretching muscles to lessen pain and improve flexibility. The basis of this treatment is to stretch muscles for only two seconds, then relax and repeat about ten times. This method often results in a greater range of motion in the muscles. Another important part of this treatment is that the participant needs to contract the muscle opposite the one being stretched. The exercises may be done with assistance from a therapist or partner, or by doing them yourself using an eight-foot long rope. You wrap the rope around one of your feet or legs in certain mandated ways. Isolated Stretching Treatment is indicated for problems such as back and neck pain, sciatica nerve pain, Parkinson’s disease, neuropathy, arthritis, migraine headache and many others. It is also very helpful in treating sports injuries such as injured ligaments and tendons, shin splints, neck and leg injuries.
Our practitioner, Ashwin Nathi, uses this method of treatment for sports injuries, also often uses the standard rest and deep massage in addition to Isolated Stretching Exercises. For example, in an injury to the sciatica ligament, a person would do about 60 different stretching movements of the legs, hips and back. There are reports of patients recovering in about two weeks instead of the usual six weeks. This method of treatment also seems to result in break-up of scar tissue.
Stretching and strengthening muscles is essential in reducing the chances of injury during sports activity. As the muscle becomes stronger, it is able to absorb the brunt of forceful contact. When your muscles become more flexible, they can stretch further before the muscle is strained and possibly injured. Then if an injury does occur, Isolated Stretching Treatment after injury can shorten recovery time and discourage the development of scar tissue.
Another common sports injury is shin splints. Those who do a lot of running in their sport are vulnerable to this injury. It can be very painful and debilitating. It can be caused by poorly-fit shoes, awkward movements or calf muscles that aren’t flexible enough. Doing Isolated Stretching Exercises for the calf muscles can help you recover from shin splints and continued use of the exercises can help prevent future flare-ups.
Using Isolated Stretching Treatment for a variety of sports injuries is an effective way to hasten recovery, prevent scar tissue from developing and help to make injured muscles more flexible and stronger. The goal is to prevent future sports injuries.
Hard Working People
Isolated stretching takes full advantage of the body’s built-in reflexes to promote flexibility and avoid injury. This technique falls into the category of dynamic stretching, which calls for multiple repetitions of stretches in short durations of less than two seconds.
The technique uses the body’s protective reflex known as reciprocal inhibition. This reflex involves complementary sets of muscles and means that when one set of muscles is contracted, the other is relaxed. For example, when the quadriceps muscles, located on the front of the thigh, are contracted the hamstrings, located on the back of the thigh are relaxed. In isolated stretching, a quadriceps stretch relaxes the hamstrings and a hamstring stretch relaxes the quadriceps.
Stretching reduces the risk of injury by increasing flexibility, promoting proper circulation and encouraging full range of motion. Since sprains and muscle strains are the most commonly reported workplace injury, isolated stretching can decrease time off from work due to work related injury.
Isolated stretching can also help those whose jobs involve pain from overexertion and repetitive movement. Overexertion can cause large muscle strain by lifting, carrying or throwing heavy objects. Repetitive movement injuries, like carpal tunnel syndrome affect the small muscles and are often caused by activities such as typing. Neck and shoulder pain are reported by those who cradle a telephone for long periods. Calf pain is caused by long periods of standing in one position.
In each of these cases, isolated stretching can relieve pain in the associated muscle groups. It also will prevent recurrence of injury by promoting flexibility, better posture and balance, and better muscle health. When muscles are strong and flexible, workers report less fatigue which allows them to work longer with greater productivity.
Improper stretching can do more harm than good. If a muscle is stretched too far or too suddenly, injury may occur. Pay attention to pain, it is your body’s signal that something is wrong. Before beginning any kind of stretching program, be sure to learn the proper technique from our trained professional.
For many years, stretching exercises for flexibility and mobility have been done in at least two different ways. One kind is static stretching, holding the position for up to 60 seconds. Another is bounce stretching. These types of stretching can cause soreness and at times injury to a joint or muscle.
About 40 years ago, Arthur Mattes designed an innovative type of stretching called Isolated Stretching Treatment, (IST). It is a method of exercise that stretches joints and muscles to increase strength, attain better balance and increase flexibility. During the process muscle and joints are isolated. Basically, this is how it works. Flex one muscle for just two seconds, while keeping the muscle near it relaxed. Gradually add repetitions. Assisted stretching can be done by a partner – it should be gentle stretching.
This type of exercise is ideal for seniors. By age 60-65, most people have joints that are not as functional as they used to be. You can either have a physical therapist assist in the stretching or do it by yourself. Starting gently and increasing repetitions of the two second stretches should alleviate some pain and increase flexibility in the joints. Repetitions should be done two to five times.
Another benefit of IST for seniors is that it can benefit the circulatory system and lymphatic system. Blood flows more easily through the body bringing oxygen and nutrients to where they can be beneficial. Stretching helps to take away cellular waste products. As people age, the cardiovascular system needs to be stimulated so the blood moves efficiently through the veins. It’s never too late to improve the function of body organs. Seniors will also like the fact that this kind of exercise is simple to learn and costs very little.
Retaining balance becomes a challenge for many seniors and it’s important for seniors to maintain good balance because falls can bring devastating results. IST can improve balance. Seniors have more than their share of injuries and need numerous surgeries. Doing Isolated Stretching Treatment in the injured area can help to improve healing and recovery.
Isolated Stretching Treatment is an excellent choice for seniors. It helps with age-related joint problems, with balance and generally improving the cardiovascular and lymphatic systems of the body. Use of these exercises is beneficial when healing from injury or surgery. It is quite easy to learn, and if done properly there should be a minimum of soreness. Noticeable benefits will be seen in time.
Improved Mobility and Increased Movement
Active Isolated Stretching or AIS treatment is a popular treatment used today to enhance all aspects of a person’s mobility no matter what activity he or she chose to participate into. This kind of treatment procedure is especially beneficial for athletes, injured patients, or perhaps housewives.
There are three major principles of Isolated Stretching which will help you better understand the concept of this method. Here are the principles involved in active isolated stretching:
Adhering to the Correct Stretch Time. The first principle used in this treatment option is that this uses one’s body laws to facilitate positive results. The stretching exercises are held for 1.5 seconds to 2 seconds, and the exercises are completed by means of repetitions. The reason behind the maximum allotted time of 2 seconds is that when a stretch exercise is held for a longer time, a protective mechanism known as myotatic stretch reflex may be triggered. This kind of reflex hinders positive results from injury rehabilitation. Moreover, when this type of reflex occurs, oxygenation is depleted from the muscle tissue that is being stretched. When this happens, the positive result may not be achieved.
Active Involvement during Stretching. The second principle of this type of treatment would involve active involvement during the stretching process. The person performing the stretches moves his or her own body part even before he or she uses a rope for assistance or through the help of a therapist. The perfect state to stretch a muscle is during the time when the muscle is relaxed. This is achieved when performing active isolated stretching.
Proper Breathing and Ample Oxygenation. The third principle involves proper breathing. Optimizing oxygen in the muscles is essential in achieving positive results. A person should exhale during the working phase of the stretch. This way, proper oxygenation is delivered to the part of the body which is being treated. This is actually the optimal result that is desired regardless of whether the stretching is performed for rehabilitation, athletic performance, or simply for daily activities.
Active isolated stretching is indeed the best stretching exercise which helps increase movement and improves mobility. Isolated stretching provides you with a functional as well as physiological restoration of deep facial and superficial planes. The stretches will provide maximum benefit, and this can be done without triggering any resulting trauma or perhaps, any opposing tension.
Postural imbalances within the body can be corrected through orthopaedic massage treatments. When postural imbalances occur within the body, the musculoskeletal system reacts by compensating for these imbalances. The body consists of two types of muscles: postural (muscles that hold the body upright and maintain posture) and phasic (muscles that move the body). When these two types of muscles are not working together in harmony, postural imbalances occur – postural muscles contract (tighten) and the phasic muscles weaken (lengthen).
To determine the cause of the postural imbalance, the massage therapist, Dr. Cann, performs orthopaedic assessments. Once the involved muscles have been identified, he can utilize orthopaedic massage techniques that are designed for lengthening and stretching the contracted postural muscles. Lengthening and stretching the postural muscles allows for increased blood flow, improved nerve functioning, and efficient muscular movement.
The best way to explain is through an example. Let’s say a client complains of pain between their scapulae (shoulder blades). The result is the shoulder girdle collapsing toward the front of the body (rounded shoulders). One would assume that the cause of this postural imbalance are the muscles in between the scapulae – rhomboid major and rhomboid minor. However, the massage therapist performing the massage knows that the rhomboid major and rhomboid minor are weakened. The muscles responsible for holding the shoulder girdle in the correct posture are the pectoralis major and pectoralis minor. While the pain is felt in the rhomboid region, the cause of the rounded shoulders is due to contracted pectoralis muscles. For the client to experience less pain and maintain proper posture, the pectoralis muscles must be lengthened and stretched. Using orthopaedic massage techniques, the massage therapist is able to effectively treat the pectoralis muscles to correct the postural imbalance and relieve the associated pain. The massage therapist can then show the client stretches to help lengthen the pectoralis muscles at home (backward shoulder rolls).
Lengthening and stretching the postural muscles also improves circulation, relieves nerve tension, and leads to more effective muscular movement in the region. Correcting posture imbalances also reduces the risk of injury to the affected area. In some cases, restoring postural balance through orthopaedic massage also enhances physical performance.
There are many forms of massage therapy, which may alleviate pain caused by injuries. orthopaedic massage treatment makes use of several techniques in one session and is focused on understanding the injury to find the best treatment for it. This will promote better healing and lead to a smoother recovery. While this is used to address injuries pertaining to soft tissues, it also has the ability to enhance performance. For this reason, athletes undergo this treatment regularly.
Orthopaedic Massage is a system, which combines different massage techniques. This aims to relieve pain, restore motion, and increase function by moving and manipulating soft tissues. It is ideal for those who have injuries or soft tissue pain since it stabilizes the body’s soft tissues to treat particular conditions and allow clients to remain fit and healthy.
The first element of an orthopaedic massage is an assessment of an injury. The assessment tries to find out the cause of the injury, the tissues that were affected and the reason for the pain. It is more than just an inquiry; this involves tests to discover the source of the injury and pain to be able to find the most effective treatment.
For a treatment to be effective, the massage techniques that need to be applied should suit the therapeutic needs of an injury or pain. When the wrong choice of massage technique is applied, the treatment can either be ineffective or will even worsen a condition. With the proper massage techniques, orthopaedic massage will lead to safe healing, giving high quality treatment to address injury and pain.
Instead of applying a standard set of massage techniques, for a particular condition, our treatment is adapted to each specific situation. This way, treatment is personalized to meet the individual needs of a person.
The healing process not only involves massage but also other elements like stretching, strength training and physical therapy. With our skilled therapist, one can actively participate in healing. The road going to injury recovery can be a long and tiring process but with orthopaedic massage therapy, the injured area that is recovering becomes more flexible and heals at a faster rate. This is done through circular movement and muscle relaxation. Massage lets the body pump more oxygen into vital organs and tissues. It also helps in managing pain.
Improved Injury Recovery
Orthopaedic massage is a kind of massage therapy that is focused on treating conditions associated with pain, which usually affects soft tissues of the body. Our massage therapist will integrate a wide array of techniques to treat various health conditions. Moreover, the therapists will also use techniques basing on the individual needs and preferences of each patient. Orthopaedic massage treatment may be recommended by a health care provider to a patient who needs multiple treatment options. However, anyone can also see a therapist independently.
An orthopaedic massage therapist focuses on the problems of the musculoskeletal system of a patient. The techniques used in orthopaedic massage will help release tight muscles, decompress joints, as well as stretch shortened tendons and muscles. The primary goal of this type of treatment is the normalization of the physical and physiological aspects of the musculoskeletal system. The massage therapists who handle this kind of treatment need to undergo extensive training as improper massage techniques could cause harm to the patient.
When undergoing orthopaedic massage treatment, the first step that is performed is assessment. During this time, Dr Cann will discuss with the patient the health problems experienced. In addition to this, he will also examine the affected part of the body. After assessment is thoroughly performed, Dr Cann will formulate a treatment plan where he or she will consider the physiological effects of the techniques that will be utilized. Orthopaedic massage is a flexible treatment option. The goal of the treatment is to improve the patient’s health condition using a wide array of massage techniques.
The second step would entail the actual treatment procedure. The therapist will use varied soft tissue massage techniques, which aim to alleviate pain caused of the stress and strain on the soft tissues of the body. Depending on the condition of the patient, multiple sessions may be needed to treat the condition. Multiple sessions would also help build strength as well as resistance on the affected part of the body so this will not recur.
Undergoing orthopaedic massage treatment is an effective procedure that promotes physical health and overall well being. Moreover, this treatment option would also help in promoting healing and fast recovery from injuries associated with the musculoskeletal system.
Decreased Inflammation and Metabolic Waste
When people go through a surgical procedure or acquire an injury, it may take time for them to recover, and orthopaedic massage treatment can help in this recovery. This aims to heal through the manipulation of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and soft tissues involved in the surgery or injury. Different techniques of stretching and strengthening are used for the recovery of an injury. These include neuromuscular techniques for coordination and movement; myofascial techniques to lengthen and strengthen the connective tissues surrounding the muscles and joints; and triggerpoint treatment, which helps reduce pain and increase range of motion. These techniques are done in one session as they work in synergy with one another to gain back the function, which would not be possible with other methods.
Orthopaedic massage treatment is a comprehensive system that integrates a range of the most effective massage techniques in treating soft-tissue pains, injuries, and dysfunctions. This system is characterized by four components, which include orthopaedic assessment, matching the tissue injury physiology with the physiological effects of treatment, understanding the rehabilitation procedure and treatment adaptability.
Orthopaedic massage has both lymphatic and circulatory effects that can help in reducing inflammation and increasing blood flow. This results to healing and a speedy recovery. Pain and damage are often associated with an injury. Inflammation can further add to the pain suffered by the affected person. The least that can happen is that this will prolong the process of recovery. The worst effect is that this can turn out to be a chronic illness, which can cause permanent immobility to the affected part. Orthopaedic massage is one of the most effective ways to deal with inflammation associated with recovery from injury or surgery. This can involve circulatory and lymphatic techniques.
In order for the damaged tissue to heal, it needs proper flow of blood. Soft tissues and muscles produce by-products of healing and building and chemical wastes. When an injured area is immobile in pain, blood does not flow properly to that area. orthopaedic massage therapy, when performed by an expert therapist, can improve blood circulation. These will flush out the metabolic wastes, and so the building tissues will get the circulation needed to heal and function in the proper way.
Orthopaedic massage treatment makes use of several massage techniques as this combination is most effective in treating injuries and chronic conditions.
Pain Relief and Dysfunction
Due to repetitive work habits and motions, we sometimes feel a nagging pain that comes and goes every now and then. If we are experiencing discomfort all the time, it is about time to go for an orthopaedic Massage Treatment. This is a comprehensive system, which consists of a therapeutic evaluation, movement and manipulation of soft tissues to address pain and dysfunction. Our therapist incorporates a variety of techniques to treat the painful conditions. Since each person’s body is uniquely different, the practitioner adapts a style, which best suits his/her client.
The aim of orthopaedic massage treatment to restore structural balance and function all through the body to prevent and rehabilitate musculoskeletal dysfunctions. This seeks to determine the origin of the pain and dysfunction from postural imbalances or trauma-induced injuries that worsen the pain by means of everyday activities. The common orthopaedic conditions can come from sports injuries, scar tissue from a traumatic injury, or surgery and chronic pain, among others.
When a person has complains of painful and tight muscles, no amount of exercise, stretching or regular massage seems to help. This is due to an excessive scar tissue, which may have been caused by an injury, surgery or inactivity. To free the muscles and tendons from the scar tissue’s stickiness, this requires Orthopaedic massage procedure, which involves multiple techniques such as stretching, compression, friction, and myofascial release. This should be done simultaneously in one session. These gentle and pain free massage styles work in synergy with one another to release restrictions of scar tissues. As a result, muscles will feel free and loose, with enhanced flexibility and immediate pain relief.
Since orthopaedic massage is focused on treating medical conditions, this should be done by our skilled therapist, Ashwin Nathi, who has undergone extensive training. Ashin focusses on issues with the musculoskeletal system of the client. He can release tight muscles, stretch shortened decompress joints, tendons, and muscles. Its purpose is to restore the body’s soft tissues to their normal state to treat certain conditions and to let the clients stay fit and healthy.
The most effective way to fully recover from injuries and get faster pain relief is through orthopaedic massage therapy. This system really works by getting to the root of the problem.
Tui Na Chinese Medical Massage for Improved Relaxation
The history of Tui na massage dates back to 1700 BC. Unlike most bodywork techniques utilized in the western world, Tui na has specific therapeutic applications. This form of Chinese massage is frequently applied to treat conditions of the bones, joints, muscles and internal organs. It is particularly effective when managing chronic pain. Tui na massage falls under the treatment umbrella of traditional Chinese medical theory. Therefore, treatment seeks to balance yin-yang energy and enhance the flow of qi through the body’s meridians using bodywork techniques derived from established medical theory. Practitioners of Tui na massage have rigorous training and stand with equal merit alongside other practitioners of eastern medicine.
Many individuals have lost the innate ability to relax so that the body and mind can restore and regenerate. The reasons for this loss are too numerous to mention. Feelings of stress and anxiety are pervasive in modern life. Individuals feel pulled in many directions simultaneously and often do not know any other way to live. One may feel stress arising from difficult external circumstances such as care giving for a family member, dealing with one’s own illness, or the loss of employment or a loved one. Stress almost always results from obsessing over circumstances beyond our control, and we are a culture determined to control events in our single-minded pursuit of goal achievement. However, we instinctively know that one cannot be stressed and relaxed at the same time. These two experiences cannot coexist. However, paradoxically, some make relaxation the new goal without realizing that pursuit is inconsistent with the goal. Relaxation flows naturally from balance.
When a client presents stating that he or she cannot relax, the holistic Tui na practitioner will begin with the usual battery of diagnostic questions and observations. Through treatment, the practitioner will directly affect the energy balance of the client through specific Tui na massage techniques. He or she may recommend other complementary treatments that have a basis in traditional eastern medical theory. Regarding other treatment approaches complementary to Tui na massage, please refer to other sections of this website that discuss specific health concerns that may affect the ability to relax. Our discussion of anxiety disorders may be pertinent as may our article on the art of tai chi. Knowledge of other beneficial approaches related to your concerns will enable you to better communicate with your Tui na therapist and assist with designing your treatment plan.
The restoration and maintenance of yin-yang balance and the unobstructed flow of qi will naturally lead to a more balanced life. The heightening of the individual’s level of consciousness will transform one’s priorities and behaviours. A favourable by-product of treating the whole individual is that the individual can once again relax.
Tui Na massage is a therapeutic approach to wellness having its origins in ancient China. Consistent with other eastern approaches to health restoration and maintenance, Tui na treatments focus on the flow of qi through a network of pathways known as meridians as well as the remedying of yin-yang imbalances. The application of a particular Tui na massage technique depends upon therapeutic goals. These techniques vary and include soft tissue approaches that treat injured joints and sprained muscles. Other approaches target muscular-skeletal alignment and the internal organs.
Tui na massage can minimize discomfort resulting from female hormonal declines or fluctuations. The Tui na practitioner will make a diagnosis based on a pattern of symptoms. For example, a woman presenting with menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes may be diagnosed with a kidney yang deficiency. The appropriate diagnostic pattern is determined after careful examination of the woman’s pulse and tongue along with observation of other relevant presentations. The diagnostic goal is to determine the root causes of the presenting problem and to then focus the therapeutic process on those causes in order to restore balance.
Tui na massage is an effective component of treatment when used in isolation or as part of an integrative approach. While conditions resulting from normal hormonal changes in women can hardly be considered disorders, the discomfort resulting from these changes can be severe or frequent enough to interfere with daily living. Depending on one’s stage of life, many women can relate to at least one of many uncomfortable symptoms including hot flashes and night sweats, cramping (dysmenorrhea), bloating, vaginal dryness, mood changes, decreased sex drive and insomnia.
In a 2008 study at the Acupuncture College of Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Lin, L.L. et al. found a reliable treatment effect in 90 patients with primary dysmenorrhea after applying massage techniques to specific acupressure points. The massage intervention spanned three menstrual cycles. Treatment results were superior to those of a control group given traditional drug therapy. Additionally, these researchers found a measured change in a chemical in the menstrual fluid of the study participants. Their conclusion was that the “mechanism might be exerted by regulating PGF2alpha level in menstrual fluid”.
The pain and severe symptoms due to secondary dysmenorrhea result from other conditions such as endometriosis, uterine fibroids or pelvic inflammatory disease. For secondary dysmenorrhea, eastern holistic treatment will complement western allopathic interventions. Tui na massage, as well as other eastern modalities, can reduce patient reliance on prescription pain medications or reduce their side effects. Complementary eastern approaches can also contribute to the reduction of inflammation and address other problems of the reproductive system.
Dr. Cann and his staff are experienced practitioners of Oriental medicine. They know what techniques are effective in treating female issues and which techniques are contraindicated for certain conditions.
Tui na, the ancient practice of Chinese medical massage, has a long history in the east of treating injuries commonly sustained by athletes. Tui na techniques may also shorten the duration of recovery and are known to be effective in treating soft tissue injuries that affect the joints, muscles and tendons.
Common injuries that respond to Tui na massage include periarthritis or frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, muscle sprains and lower back pain. The experienced practitioner knows which acupoints are the appropriate targets of intervention for a given injury. For example, for tennis elbow, the Tui na therapist would apply specific techniques along the large intestine meridian at points LI4, LI11 and LI10. Acupressure is only one component, however, of Tui na massage. The rolling method is frequently used to treat soft tissue injuries while other techniques seek to achieve musculoskeletal alignment through physical manipulation. The latter method is appropriate for treating injuries to joints and ligaments.
In a 2012 study, Kong, L.J. et al. found that Chinese massage combined with herbal ointment was effective in relieving nonspecific low back pain in a sample of 110 athletes. These researchers also completed a meta-analysis of the literature on the efficacy of Tui na in the treatment of low back pain with inpatients and concluded that much of the existing clinical research has major design flaws. Brummitt, J., in a 2008 literature review entitled “The Role of Massage in Sports Performance and Rehabilitation: Current Evidence and Future Direction”, similarly concluded that there is a lack of well-designed research examining the efficacy of massage in general as applied in the field of sports medicine. This is surprising given the increased utilization of Tui na medical massage and the ongoing application of other massage methods in this area. Nonetheless, the long history of Tui na’s efficacy in the east is evidence enough for many to experience the remedial benefits of Tui na massage for athletic injuries.
Also, there may be aspects of the therapeutic process that cannot be measured by western empirical methods. There appears to be an interchange or interaction of energies between the Tui na practitioner and the client. An experienced practitioner is guided in treatment not only by medical theory but by sensing the movement of qi through the client’s meridians and channels. This sensitivity enters the healing process in subtle ways, and this attribute is difficult to quantify and, hence, define as a variable in a study.
Tui na can be the stand-alone intervention for your injuries. It also is beneficial when used in conjunction with other eastern medical interventions. The various complementary modalities include acupuncture, tai chi, meditation and herbal supplements. When administered by a professional trained in eastern medical theory, these treatments potentiate each other and work towards improving your overall well-being.
Tui na massage is one of many therapeutic approaches under traditional eastern medical theory. In recent decades, Tui na medical therapy has become increasingly widespread throughout the world. It is considered the primary medical care in many countries. In the western world, it is viewed as complementary to allopathic approaches or as an alternative to such treatments. Due to the increasing accessibility of eastern medical interventions, in 2010, the World Health Organization published guidelines for training practitioners in traditional medicine. As evidence of the importance of producing well-trained practitioners, one of these publications was entitled “Benchmarks for Training in Tui Na”.
As described by the World Health Organization, “the practice of Tui na is guided by principles such as yin and yang, qi, blood and body fluids, and by the identification of syndromes and patterns”. The goal of any complementary or alternative medical treatment is to unblock the meridians and enhance the circulation of blood and the universal energy known as qi. Furthermore, the therapeutic goal is to affect and balance the functions of the zang-fu organs.
The zang-fu organs are the internal organs and can be classified into three categories based on function. The zang organs are the lungs, kidneys, spleen, heart and liver. These organs store qi and liquid bodily substances. The fu organs consist of the urinary and gall bladders, large and small intestines, and the stomach. Also among the fu organs are the body cavity areas collectively known as the sanjiao. The fu organs absorb, digest and eliminate waste. Finally, the extraordinary fu organs are comprised of the uterus, bones and marrow, vessels and the brain.
The diagnostic system under traditional theory is quite different from that of western diagnostic classifications. For example, if there is a problem with the heart, the tongue will show specific changes as the heart channel connects with the tongue. The diagnostician will note the colour and other characteristics of the tongue that can indicate various imbalances such as blood stagnation or insufficient heart blood.
Under this approach, the heart, one of the zang organs, is related to the mind. The internal organs also correspond to emotional states and consciousness. So, as discussed in our article on anxiety disorders, if the client presents with worry or obsession, the practitioner would look at the heart or spleen, two of the zang organs. The gall bladder, one of the fu organs, may be the target of treatment in cases of insomnia. While this diagnostic approach may seem unusual to a western viewpoint, where mind and body are often viewed as two separate entities, the medical practitioner under eastern theory views the individual holistically with no separation of mind from body. Therefore, the treatment of internal disorders includes those problems manifesting emotionally or as dysfunctional states of consciousness.
Tui na massage may be the treatment of choice for those who have fear of needles or who simply prefer a non-invasive approach. It may also yield successful results when allopathic treatments have failed. You can experience the beneficial health effects of Tui na massage at COHA Health. Our expert practitioners will work with you to assess your health issues. At COHA Health, as always, you are an active participant in your treatment.