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Massage Therapy while Pregnant?!

Did you know that you are able to receive massage therapy in any trimester of pregnancy?

There are a lot of benefits to getting massage therapy starting prenatally, during the pregnancy and through postpartum. 

Massage therapy can help pregnant women with circulation, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, improve postural imbalances, and an overall focus to wellbeing. In addition to massage therapy, our RMT Klara is a lymphedema therapist and can add lymphatic drainage to the treatment if there is any swelling associated with the pregnancy. 

What to expect?

Your massage therapist will sit down with you and talk about your health history and depending on which trimester you are in they will make adjustments and modifications to the treatment. Depending on which trimester you are in, you will be positioned either starting on your stomach or side-lying. The treatment will focus on your therapeutic goals in order to decrease any aches and pains or just a focus on a wellness treatment. 

Typically, week by week the body changes with the pregnancy and massage therapy can help as a maintenance program during your pregnancy and beyond. 

The Protect Maternity Belt is a support belt which is aimed at reducing back pain during pregnancy. 

Details:

  • Provides excellent support
  • Adjustable tension straps allow variable pressure for additional stability
  • Special back panel design for extra support that prevents rollover
  • Fully adjustable and easy to fasten
  • Comfortable microfiber construction ensures all day comfort

Need more information? Contact Klara Ric to book a appointment or to help out with any of your questions or concerns.

klara@themassageclinic.ca

Shin Splints

Shin splints refer to that horrible pain and discomfort felt at the front of the lower leg in the area of the shinbone.  

The pain generally occurs somewhere between the knees and ankles. Shin splints are a cumulative condition, which means that if the patient doesn’t stop doing the activities that cause the pain, it will continue to get worse.

People who frequently engage in intense physical activity are far more likely to develop shin splints. This is especially true for people who play stop-start sports, such as tennis or basketball and is commonly seen in runners as well.

Homework for shin splints

Contrast heat – ice  15mins each for 1 hour
Calf stretches
Rest – no activity that bothers it
Wear compression

Compression Calf Sleeves 3.0 

Increases circulation with stabilizing compression on the calf helps to relieve shin splints, prevent cramping, and eliminate fatigue. Experience CEP’s “feel good effect” with a leg compression sleeve designed for superior comfort and performance. Perfect for running, crossfit, soccer, basketball, sports, hiking and more.

  • 20-30mmHg graduated compression
  • HEIQ clima-management cools the skin
  • Recover sore calves quicker than ever
  • Accelerated removal of lactic acid, recover during exercise
  • Superior moisture wicking fibers keeps skin fresh
  • Relieves pain from shin splints, calf cramps, and fatigue 

Matt Brennan, RMT, Personal Trainer

Hours of availability;

Monday 7:30am – 1:45pm
Tuesday 2pm – 8pm
Wednesday 7:15am – 1:45pm
Thursday 2pm – 8pm
Friday 7am – 11:30am
1st and 3rd Saturday of the month 9am – 3pm

Matt’s interest in Massage Therapy started when he had injuries of his own while growing up in competitive soccer, running, swimming and triathlon. Since then Matts interest in peoples pain is what drives his love for his career in Massage Therapy and Personal Training. He believes no one should have to be in pain daily and he loves working with clients to help diminish the pain they have. Matt also works with anyone who doesn’t have pain but wishes to keep their body healthy and strong.

When you come in for a treatment with Matt, he first does an assessment that will help him understand your injury/ concern. The Massage treatment will then be a focused plan on your goals of treatment, with then a re-assessment after your treatment to show what has got better and where may still need some work. Matt will then show you some stretches and/ or exercises that will directly benefit you and he will also help you plan what should be done in the future to avoid your daily aches and pains.

matthew@themassageclinc.ca

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Step Outside of Your Golf Shoes

What if I told you that your golf shoes will help you hit the ball further, you just have to add the missing piece? Anything for more yardage, right?

What if I told you this missing piece was free? Anything for free right?

Well, that missing piece lies deep within the shoes. Do we give out free golf socks with guaranteed yardage? No, of course not. 

The missing piece is you. You and your ability to connect yourself with your shoes. Feel the ground and generate a force that flows through you to the ground when striking the golf ball. 

Magic socks would have been a lot easier but unfortunately they don’t exist.

There is no quick fix to a dysfunctional foot. If you’re having dysfunction in your feet and don’t know where to start correcting things, we can help. Come see us at the clinic and we will put you on the right path to life long results. It’s going to take dedication and a little effort. But you’ll be up on your feet in no time!

FRC Related to Golf

It is well known that flexibility plays an important role in golf, but what is more important is controlled flexibility. Being actively mobile through your range of motion over passively flexible will build a better golf swing. More strength and less injuries goes a long way on the golf course, and in life. 

What FRC (Functional Range Conditioning) can do for your swing is target areas of limitation and break them open in a safe progressive system that will allow you to move not only more freely, but with more strength and body awareness. Let you feel confident that this weekend when you’re teeing up the ball, you’re not going to “throw your back out”.Control the backswing, and control the follow through.Golf is a rotational sport, key areas during the golf swing include:

  • -spinal rotation
  • -hip rotation
  • -shoulder rotation 

Here is an, obviously exaggerated example: Left picture: the deep squat allows you get down and read the green quick and easily.

Right picture: now clearly there are some advantages to getting your face that level with the ground… by all means whatever works! I think we can all agree the squat would be more efficient!Having the ability to get into a squat is a standard human movement that almost everyone is capable of. Due to our lifestyle and years of sitting, most of us have lost this ability.

FRC can be used to open up the hip joint in all ranges and help get you back to this position that was once so easy as a child.

Having the ability to get into a squat will benefit you greatly in everyday life. Need to pick up something heavy? Well if your hips feel “stiff” you’ll most likely bend with your back in a compromised spine position. The squat will allow you to get lower, gain more leverage and lift with your legs, maintaining a neutral spine.

Need more info? Michael is happy to help!

michael@themassageclinic.ca