Stouffville Massage Therapy


Chronic Pain/Injuries August 11, 2010

Many of you, I’m sure, have experienced and accident at some point in your lives.  Whether it be a car accident, a fall, an injury from a sport or even a childhood injury, like falling out of a tree, or falling off of your bike.  What most don’t realize, is that these injuries from YEARS ago can affect us for the rest of our lives, albeit chronic headaches, chronic low back pain, shoulder and neck pain.  YOU DON’T HAVE TO LIVE WITH IT or just DEAL WITH IT!  It CAN be fixed!

Contemporary Acupuncture in combination with soft tissue work, works unbelievably well when it comes to these sorts of problems.  First of all, the acupuncture releases endorphins, norepinephrine, seratonin – all of the healing chemicals that get released when we exercise.  This speeds up the healing process.  Secondly, the soft tissue work loosens up the muscles around the structures that are inhibited.

With a solid treatment plan in place, you can live pain free, stop taking meds and get back to functioning the way you would like to – whether that be gardening without discomfort, riding your bike for miles and miles, running that marathon that you’ve been working towards, or simply getting out of your car without feeling a “twinge”.

Don’t ignore what is ailing you.  Stop taking that advil or tylenol once or twice a day.  Those are bandaide solutions and will not fix the root of the problem.


Cycling and Massage April 18, 2009

So I’m really starting to see a lot of you cyclists out there!  Spring has sprung and so have the cogs on our bikes!

With that said, those of you who are hard core or weekend warriors alike are going to start feeling some twinges here and there in your bodies (if you haven’t already felt it!).  Just like our bikes, we need maintenance and getting regular massages from a Registered Massage Therapist is crucial to having a fun, safe, long and successful season of cycling.  If you’re starting to feel a little pain in perhaps your knees, shoulders or low back DO NOT ignore it thinking that it was just because of a hard ride.  Here is a list of common injuries that cyclists experience.  Many of these will sound very familiar!

Low Back Pain:  If you can believe it, the root of low back pain for cyclists is not found in your low back; it’s in your hip flexors!  Think about how you are positioned on your bike – you are in constant hip flexion for your entire ride.  This muscle group attaches to the front side of your lumbar vertebrae and your hip, and when they’re tight they pull on your low back causing a deep aching pain.  Getting this area treated regularly will not only make your rides more enjoyable, but your life out of the saddle as well!

Knee Pain:  Cycling is supposed to be the knee-friendly sport, right?  Well, if your seat isn’t positioned properly, you will most definitely run into knee problems.  Make sure you’ve been professionally fitted for your bike.  Also, riding in too high a gear for too long can cause knee pain.  If you are doing all of the right things, it could be due to tight hamstrings, or quadriceps.  A Registered Massage Therapists can strip out those taught bands in your thighs and promote blood flow to the area so you recover more efficiently after those long rides.

Tingling in your Hands and Fingers:  There can be many reasons for this.  First of all, think about how you are positioned on your bike – hunched over for at least a couple of hours.  This can cause nerve impingement in the shoulder area and will therefore cause the tingling.  Also, if you’re not changing the position of your hands on the bars, this will cause tingling as well.  Getting regular massages will lessen the tingling sensations, making your ride more comfortable.

Neck and Shoulder Pain:  The cause for this is plain and simple.  Your shoulders are rounded as you look up to see what is ahead of you.  All of the muscles attached to your neck and shoulders become extremely tight over time because it’s virtually impossible to stretch these muscles while you’re on the bike.  So first things first, the moment you get off your bike stretch your neck in all directions carefully.  Secondly, go see your Massage Therapist.  You need to keep these muscles limber and loose so you don’t end up suffering from chronic headaches.

These are just a few common injuries – there are many more.  However for now, stay away from anti-inflammatories and pain killers – they are just bandaide solutions.  Go and see your Massage Therapist!


Acupuncture as a Complement to Massage March 26, 2009

Contemporary Acupuncture is a great complement to Massage Therapy as the acupuncture needles act as an extension of my fingers.  With the needles, I can go deep into the tissue where superficially it is impossible.  For those of you who are not familiar with Contemporary Acupuncture, let me explain.

Contemporary Acupuncture is the painless insertion of needles to establish peripheral nerve stimulation with solid needles along with electric stimulation that is used to induce physiological changes on the activity of the nervous system and its effectors, deemed to be clinically useful.  Basically, what that means is:  it stimulates your nervous system to promote healing by immediately bringing blood to the area along with the body releasing endorphins to accelerate the healing process.  Many more things happen in the body chemically, but I won’t bore you with the scientific details!

I can personally vouch for this modality after suffering from many sports injuries.  Any time that I have suffered from a strain, sprain, or trigger point, acupuncture has always brought me back to full functionality.  This is key:  FUNCTIONALITY.  It’s not about eliminating pain, it’s about getting back to being able to FUNCTION.  This is what Contemporary Acupuncture does.

If you’re nervous or scared of needles, do not fret!  You won’t even know that the needles are going in!  It’s PAINLESS!  If you haven’t tried it before, now is the time!  And if you’ve received this treatment in your lifetime, you know how effective it is.

Come see me and we’ll work together to find a whole new you!

Keep well and enjoy life!