Joint Reaction Physiotherapy & Massage

By: Joint Reaction  09-12-2011
Keywords: Massage Therapy, Massage, Manual Therapy


Physiotherapy, at its most basic, is the restoration of movement. There are many different techniques used to achieve this end goal. Joint Reaction Physiotherapy and Massage’s philosophy and approach is strongly based on the premise that the body is a system of interrelated parts and that we must treat the body with this in mind to achieve optimal health and wellness. We DO NOT treat symptoms, but rather focus on the problem to return the individuals to optimal health, wellness and functioning.

Below you will find a brief description of the techniques that are used in our treatments. However, all treatments are individualized and no recipe approach will be given to patients at our clinic. Treatments change and evolve as the individuals improve and must be modified to ensure continuous forward momentum. This individualized approach is the only way to continue on the path to ultimate wellness, change and optimal functioning.

At Joint Reaction Physiotherapy and Massage we offer the cutting edge soft tissue release technique simply called Graston. This technique has been skillfully used by our physiotherapy practitioner for the last 4 years achieving astounding results with regards to chronic, tight, painful and sore muscle tissue. Graston is effective in treating both acute and chronic conditions and is the pinnacle of soft tissue release techniques having been adopted by many professional sports teams and the Dept. of National Defense.

Here at Joint Reaction Physiotherapy and Massage, your physiotherapist and massage therapist will go through a series of tests, and explain their significance to your problem. These assessment findings will be integrated into the treatment program and a decision on whether or not you will require “hands on” therapy will be made. This “hands on” therapy is better known in the physiotherapy and massage world as manual therapy.

It is this manual therapy and the use of more “hands on” work that is the core of our practice and will ensure you get back to your optimal health and wellness.

Tremendous benefits can be achieved through regular massage therapy treatments from a Registered Massage Therapist. Whether your need is to have a moment of relaxation, reduce muscle tension or attain relief from chronic pain, a therapeutic massage can enhance your overall sense of emotional and physical well-being as well as your quality of life.

Massage therapy benefits people of all ages. While it benefits the injured, the ill and the stressed, the strength of massage therapy in preventing illness and conditions before they develop cannot be overlooked.

At Joint Reaction Physiotherapy and Massage we believe in a combined or “Team approach”! Massage therapy here is not an afterthought but rather an important part of the solution, where your physiotherapist and massage therapist collaborate to provide the optimal treatment plan to ensure you attain your ultimate goal of health and wellbeing.

Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine involving the insertion of solid filiform acupuncture needles into the skin at specific points on the body to achieve a therapeutic effect. No drug is injected. The needles alone create the beneficial effects of acupuncture.

Acupuncture is used to encourage natural healing, improve mood and energy, reduce or relieve pain and improve function of affected areas of the body. It is safe and effective and is often successfully used as an alternative to medications or even surgery. Relief is often obtained with acupuncture when traditional medical therapy has failed or is not wanted.

At Joint Reaction Physiotherapy and Massage our physiotherapist is skilled in the art of acupuncture and this may be incorporated into your overall treatment plan to ensure that you attain your ultimate goal of wellness, health and optimal functioning. Unlike some other clinics this technique is included in your regular physiotherapy visit at no additional costs if the therapist deems it to be beneficial to your attaining optimal health.

The Benefits of Massage During Pregnancy
Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health. Massage therapy addresses different needs through varying techniques, one of which is called Swedish Massage, which aims to relax muscle tension and improve lymphatic and blood circulation through mild pressure applied to the muscle groups of the body. Swedish Massage is the recommended prenatal massage method during pregnancy because it addresses many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes brought on by hormone shifts during pregnancy.

Hormone regulation
Studies done in the past 10 years have shown that hormone levels associated with relaxation and stress are significantly altered, leading to mood regulation and improved cardiovascular health, when massage therapy was introduced to women's prenatal care. In women who received bi-weekly massages for only five weeks, hormones such as norepinephrine and cortisol ("stress hormones") were reduced and dopamine and serotonin levels were increased (low levels of these hormones are associated with depression). These changes in hormone levels also led to fewer complications during birth and fewer instances of newborn complications, such as low birth weight. The evidence points strongly to maternal and newborn health benefits when therapeutic massage is incorporated into regular prenatal care.

Other potential benefits of prenatal massage:
Reduced joint pain
Improved circulation
Reduced muscle tension and
Reduced stress and anxiety
Improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles
Better sleep

What precautions should be taken when seeking prenatal massage?
As with any therapeutic approach to pregnancy wellness, women should discuss massage with their prenatal care provider. The best way to address the risks of prenatal massage is to be informed and to work together with knowledgeable professionals.

Body position during prenatal massage
Many professionals consider the best position for a pregnant woman during massage is side-lying. Tables that provide a hole in which the uterus can fit may not be reliable and can still apply pressure to the abdomen, or allow the abdomen to dangle, causing uncomfortable stretching of the uterine ligaments. Consult your massage therapist before your first appointment to verify what position they place their clients in during the massage.

Women with the following conditions should speak with a health care provider prior to receiving a massage:
High risk pregnancy
Previous pre-term labor
Experiencing severe swelling, high blood pressure, or sudden, severe headaches

Keywords: Manual Therapy, Massage, Massage Therapy, Physiotherapy And Massage