Benefiting from Massage at Kinetic Health
Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) are health care professionals committed to restoring and maintaining optimal health and pain-free function of the body. Massage Therapy is an effective approach to pain management and rehabilitation.
Our therapists are educated and trained to accurately assess and treat with techniques that include massage and manual therapy, rehabilitative exercises such as stretching, strengthening, postural exercise, and patient education.
RMTs are effective in treating and providing relief for a wide range of conditions such as migraine headaches, tendonitis, arthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, sports injuries, as well as many other common conditions related to soft tissue and joint dysfunction.
Relieve your Pain with Massage Therapy
RMTs are effective at treating and providing relief for a wide range of conditions, including common conditions related to soft tissue and joint dysfunction. These include:
- Back and neck pain
- Migraine headaches
- Sports injuries
Massage has proven to be highly successful for the treatment and relief of stress, and stress related symptoms. In today’s busy world, massage is an ideal way to take a break, relax, and enjoy the human touch! Just look at what some of these research studies have shown:
- Young psychiatric patients who underwent massage therapy had lower stress hormone levels, better sleep patterns and less anxiety. (Field, 1995)
- Massage therapy resulted in lower anxiety and stress among children with conditions such as autism and children who were victims of physical and sexual abuse. (Field, 1995)
- Female patients suffering from chronic tension headaches who received 10 massage therapy treatments in two-and-a-half weeks experienced a significant long-term improvement of their headaches and moods. (Puusjarvi et al, 1990)
- Massage therapy promoted relaxation among patients between 56 to 96 years of age and reduced blood pressure. (Fakouri and Jones, 1987)
Massage during pregnancy is therapeutic bodywork which focuses on the special needs of the mother-to-be as her body goes through the dramatic changes of the childbirth experience. The second and third trimesters are wonderful times to begin prenatal massage.Most pregnant women feel discomfort and added stress on their bodies at various points in their pregnancies. This is why more and more pregnant women are discovering and benefiting from the art of prenatal massage.Touch is vital to the mother’s physical and emotional well-being as she adapts to her new body image. In a study conducted by Dr. Tiffany Field at the University of Miami School of Medicine, they found that massage actually reduces stress hormones in the body.
Women who received massage therapy during childbirth reported less pain and anxiety.
(Field et al, 1997)
Caution: Do not have massage during pregnancy if you have:
- Abdominal pain
- Any malignant condition
- Contagious illness
- Heavy discharge (watery or bloody)
- High blood pressure
- Morning sickness
- Unusual pain
Brain development in a infant is directly influenced by the amount of tactile stimulation it receives during its first year. Skin stimulation is known to speed the process of myelination of the brain and nervous system therefore improving brain-body communication and enhancing neural-cell firing.Massage provides both stress and relaxation for an infant, both being components of optimum learning conditions.In additions, some infants sleep for longer periods following massage and appear to have longer periods of deep sleep. This is always a bonus for sleep-deprived parents.Infant massage also teaches infants that touch is a good form of communication, enhances the parent-child bonding process, increases the baby’s body awareness, and best of all, strengthens the baby’s immune system.
Infant massage provides many benefits to the parent,and to the child
- Improves body awareness.
- Improves muscle tone.
- Improves sleeping patterns.
- Increases the sense of being loved and accepted.
- Reduces discomfort from colic, gas, and constipation.
- Releases stress.
- Stimulates circulation.
- Stimulates right/left brain.
- Development and coordination.
- Strengthens digestive, circulatory, and intestinal systems.
For Parents, infant massage:
- Provides quality bonding time.
- Increases communication between baby and parent.
- Improves relaxation and reduces stress.
Premature babies who received daily massages gained 47 per cent more weight and went home an average of six days sooner than those who did not receive massage therapy. The early return home saved about $3,000 (US) per infant in hospital costs. (Field et al, 1986)Did you know:
- Cocaine-exposed premature babies who received massage therapy gained 28 per cent more weight and developed significantly faster.
(Wheeden et al, 1993)
Massage can have a positive healing effect on many diseases and conditions. There are several good reasons for this, such as the fact that massage therapy helps move lymph fluid around the body and oxygenate organs and tissues. Plus, there’s probably something very healthy in the fact that the all important human touch is taking place.
Just look at these examples:
- Children with rheumatoid arthritis who were given massage therapy treatments had much greater reduction in pain than those involved in progressive muscle relaxation therapy. (Field et al, 1997)
- People with asthma who received weekly 15 minute massage therapy treatments reported reduced chest tightness, wheezing, physical pain and fatigue. (Munson and Yekyal, 1995)
- Patients with cancer who received massage therapy experienced less pain, improved mobility and less swelling. (Wilkinson, 1996)
- Young girls suffering from bulimia had lower depression scores, lower stress hormone levels and improved attitudes about eating and their bodies following 10 massage therapy treatments over five weeks. (Field et al, 1997)
- Massage therapy had positive effects on the immune systems and stress levels of people with HIV. (Field, 1996)
Q: Why should I have a Massage?
A: With massage you will experience relief from chronic muscular tension and pain, have increased joint flexibility, and feel a reduction of mental and physical fatigue and stress. Massage is a way to do something for yourself that pays off in both physical and emotional dividends.
Q: I’m slightly uncomfortable with the idea of a stranger touching me.
A: Some first-time clients are apprehensive about the personal nature of massage, but generally lose any apprehensions within the first few minutes. Our therapists are highly trained professionals who will do their utmost to make you comfortable.
Q: Do I have to take off all of my clothes?
A: Your personal comfort during a massage is the key to its effectiveness. Remove only the clothing you’re comfortable removing.
Traditional full-body massage techniques are more effective when they aren’t administered through the barrier of clothing, but you will be fully draped during the entire session with no compromise of your modesty. Only the area being worked will be uncovered. Before and after the session, you will dress and undress in private.
Q: What parts of my body will be massaged?
A: Our therapists will ask you about any problems you’re experiencing and about any chronic medical conditions. Tell the therapist what you want to get out of the session to help them determine which areas of your body need work. A typical full-body session includes work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders.
Q: How will I feel after the massage?
A: Most people feel very relaxed, and often experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. The deep relaxation may leave your body slightly tired, but this feeling passes quickly and you will then notice increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity that can last for days.
Q: Should I expect muscle soreness following a massage?
A: Some people, particularly clients who are new to massage or those who request deep-tissue work, experience mildly sore muscles after a massage. The soreness passes in a day or two, leaving you feeling much looser and relaxed.
Drink plenty of water after a massage to help flush out released toxins and minimize resultant discomfort.
Q: Can I give a massage as a gift?
A: Absolutely! A therapeutic massage is a wonderful gift and a great way to show someone special how much you care. Click here for more information.
Margot graduated from the Registered Massage Therapy Program at Mount Royal College in Calgary Alberta. Margot is also a registered massage therapist with the Massage Therapy Association of Alberta.Before coming to Kinetic Health, Margot worked at Myo Care Massage Therapy, as Customer Service Specialist at Mountain Equipment Co-op, as Acting District Earth Scientist and an Environmental Technician.
Margot has experience in treating a wide array of musculoskeletal conditions such as whiplash, repetitive strain injuries, migraine/tension headaches, and chronic/acute pain.
In Margot’s spare time she enjoys doing wilderness based activities with her husband and two wonderful daughters. She also enjoys reading, music, and sewing. She looks forward to seeing you at your next appointment.
I am Corrine, I have enjoyed being a Registered Massage Therapist since 1998.
I specialize in making you feel better, taking care of your body is important. Each treatment is specific to your individual needs which can change from visit to visit. No matter if you come once a week or once a year you’ll leave my massage room feeling better. Hope to see you soon.
Corrine Lloyd, RMT
Meet Mrs. Patricia Milburn-Barile RMT.
Patricia Milburn-Barile is a licensed and Registered Massage Therapist with the Massage Therapy Association of Alberta and has been in practice for over twelve years.
Her practice mainly focuses on deep tissue therapy but also includes sports and repetitive strain injuries, headaches, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, arthritis, fibromyalgia, TMJ syndrome, motor vehicle accident injuries, soft tissue dysfunction, muscle and joint pain. She is also a certified Pediatric Massage Therapist.
Some of the techniques Patricia utilizes in her practice include: Trigger point therapy, neuromuscular therapy, active and passive release techniques, facilitated stretching, muscle energy techniques, fascial release, deep tissue therapy, relaxation Swedish massage techniques and reflexology.
Patricia enjoys working with young children and people of all ages, from a gentle relaxation to deep tissue therapeutic focus, depending on her client’s needs and objectives.
Call for an appointment with Kinetic Health®
Call us 403-241-3772 and our helpful front office staff will be happy to assist you in making an appointment with any of our doctors or massage therapists.
For more information, visit our online resource centre at www.releaseyourbody.com where you can review the books, exercise protocols, nutritional supplements, and products that Dr. Abelson recommends for his patients.