Balance and Motion provides a variety of massage services as well as Active Release Techniques®. Massage therapy techniques are used to increase muscle flexibilty, promote relaxation and decrease stress levels. These techniques are effective in reducing or managing pain due to physical trauma, inflammation, postural or structural imbalances and joint restrictions.
Active Release Techniques® is another form of manual therapy that is used on soft tissue such as muscle, tendon, ligaments, fascia and nerves. It is most effective for dealing with specific pain and injury primarily due to repetitive strain.
During your initial visit , you will fill out a health history form and a physical assessment will be conducted. This provides valuable information in the development of an effective treatment plan for you.
Various types of manual therapies are used and often in the same treatment. Each technique has a specific purpose and achieves different goals including: lengthening tissue, releasing trigger points, increasing blood circulation, loosen adhesions in muscle fibre and reducing pain and muscle tension.
Techniques used include:
- Swedish Massage
- Myofascial Release
- Neuromuscular Techniques
- Active Release Techniques
Sport massage helps to enhance an athlete’s performance and training. It can be used during training periods to prevent injuries from occurring and after events to increase the rate of recovery. Deep tissue massage and ART® are used to break down adhesions and scar tissue in and between soft tissue and help an athlete increase muscle flexibility. Sport massage helps increase blood circulation, release trigger points, and reduce pain and muscle tension.
Stress reduction is the basis of every massage treatment. Specifically, relaxation massage aids in decreasing your body’s response to stress by helping to reduce the nervous system firing that trigger’s the “fight and flight” response. You will likely experience a decrease in muscle tension, a slower, calmer breathing pattern, and a mild drowsiness. Don’t be surprised if your stomach gurgles..this is a good sign that your body is turning off the stress response and blood is flowing back to your abdominal organs.
Therapeutic Massage can be used to address a specific injury, condition, or pain. It can be used during acute, subacute or chronic stages of healing. During acute stages a milder treatment may be used to help reduce inflammation whereas later stages may require more aggressive treatment techniques to eliminate scar tissue or trigger points in the soft tissue.
Following each treatment, specific exercises will be indicated for you to perform on your own. Stretching is usually the first step to help regain muscle flexibility and reinforce changes made during the treatment. As the treatments progress stabilization and strengthen will be utilized. This entire process is important to achieve effective healing. While manual therapies help increase flexibility and reduce serious muscle dysfunction, remedial exercises are required to re-educate the tissue to function properly and ensure the problem does not reoccur.
You are required to provide 24 hours notice of a cancellation. For cancellations within 24 hours, there will be a $45 fee charged for appointments under 60 minutes and a $75 fee for appointments longer than 60 minutes. Please call directly at (613) 301-3131 for any cancellations.