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I am a 2008 Sutherland-Chan School graduate of Massage Therapy, and an active member of the RMTAO. I am also an examiner for the registration exams for the CMTO, helping to uphold the professional standards of the industry.
My work tends to be Trigger Point Therapy focused, as I find that it is one of the most effective and efficient ways of restoring health to dysfunctional muscle tissue.
My areas of focus are on the treatment of the spine, pelvis, and cranium. My approach concerns restoring health and balance to soft tissues, and is a blend of Massage, Osteopathic, Craniosacral, Active-Release, Joint Mobilization and Physiotherapy-based techniques.
I like to combine Swedish Massage techniques with the deeper techniques that I use, to help relax your nervous system and your muscles.
Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy – What Is It?
(taken from myofascialtherapy.org)
The word myofascial means muscle tissue (myo) and the connective tissue in and around it (fascia). Myofascial pain often results from muscle injury or repetitive strain. When stressed or injured, muscles often form trigger points, like contracted knots, that cause pain and tightness.
Myofascial Pain and Trigger Points: Getting to the Point
Myofascial trigger points are an extremely common cause of pain. Trigger points are painful when pressed on, cause a shortening of the muscle fibers, and have a special property called referred pain. Referred pain means that a trigger point in one muscle can create pain in another area. C.M. Shifflett illustration For instance, when the muscle at the top of your shoulder (trapezius) has a trigger point it will refer pain up the side of your neck and head causing a headache. Active myofascial trigger points in the muscles of the shoulder neck and face are a common source of headaches. In many instances the headache has the features of so-called tension headache, but there is increasing acceptance that myofascial trigger points may initiate classical migraine headaches or be part of a mixed tension/migraine headache complex. Factors commonly cited as predisposing to trigger point formation include but are not limited to: de-conditioning, poor posture, repetitive mechanical stress, mechanical imbalance (e.g. leg length inequality), joint disorders, non-restorative sleep and vitamin deficiencies.
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Rotator cuff (shoulder) pain
- Jaw pain (TMJD)
- Tennis elbow
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Hand and arm pain
- Repetitive Strain Injuries
- Pelvic pain
- Hip pain
- “Sciatic” pain (buttock and leg pain)
- Leg and knee pain
- Plantar fascitis (foot) pain
- Disc pain (bulge/rupture/herniation) and radiculopathy
- Frozen shoulder
Muscles have been an under-treated cause of pain. In fact, with a specialized area of medicine for almost every area of the body (heart, eyes, lungs, intestines, kidneys, etc), oddly, there is no muscle specialty in medicine. Myofascial pain from trigger points is often over-looked as a possible source of pain by those seeking relief.
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