About Massage Therapy


Massage Therapy provides an alternative health option to help alleviate the soft tissue discomfort associated with everyday and occupational stresses, muscular over-use and many chronic pain syndromes. It can also greatly reduce the development of painful muscular patterning, if employed early enough after accidents involving trauma and injury.

What to Expect


Massage Therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body to gain a therapeutic response. Soft tissue includes muscle, skin, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and membranes. Swedish massage is currently the most common form of therapy practised; however massage therapists may use a variety of therapies and techniques depending on your needs and their specialties, including hydrotherapy, PNF stretching, Therapeutic Ultrasound, Interferential Current, Myofascial Release, and postural exercise recommendations. Massage therapy offers a natural, hands on approach to wellness. It can be used as a preventive as well as restorative therapy and works to resolve the cause of your pain or discomfort rather than treating isolated symptoms. On your first visit, you will be asked for a confidential medical history, which will help the therapist form your assessment and treatment plan. You will be taken through a thorough assessment in order to determine the nature of your condition which includes range of motion, and orthopedic tests.  

How can Massage Therapy help me?


Many of today's health problems arise from stress. Because stress upsets the delicate integral balance of all your body's functions, regaining this balance requires a holistic approach. Massage Therapy is widely used to help obtain relief from many specific problems, including:

  • Low back pain (sciatica)
  • Neck pain
  • Repetitive strain injuries (carpal tunnel syndrome, rotator cuff injuries)
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Post-injury and post-surgical rehabilitation
  • Muscular injuries (sprains, strains, tears)
  • Inflammatory conditions (arthritis, tendinitis, bursitis, neuritis)
  • Discomfort associated with pregnancy
  • Circulatory problems
  • Stress relief

Acupuncture


Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of therapy and has its roots in ancient Chinese philosophy. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is based on a number of philosophical concepts, one of which postulates that any manifestation of disease is considered a sign of imbalance between the Ying and Yang forces within the body. In classical acupuncture theory it is believed that all disorders are reflected at specific points either on the skin surface or just below it. Vital energy circulated throughout the body along the so-called meridians, which have either Ying or Yang characteristics. According to TCM, acupuncture promotes the flow of QI (life force energy); and therefore, brings balance to the human body. A correct choice of the 361 classical acupuncture points located on these meridians for needling is believed to restore the balance in the body. 

What conditions can be treated?

  • Low back pain (sciatica)
  • Neck pain
  • Repetitive strain injuries (carpal tunnel syndrome, rotator cuff injuries)
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Post-injury and post-surgical rehabilitation
  • Muscular injuries (sprains, strains, tears)
  • Inflammatory conditions (arthritis, tendinitis, bursitis, neuritis)
  • Discomfort associated with pregnancy
  • Circulatory problems
  • Stress relief

How does Acupuncture help healthy people?


Acupuncture is helpful in the prevention of disease by improving the patient's state of well being through energy balance. This way, the stresses of everyday life are more easily handled, and minor health issues can be resolved before they become more deeply rooted problems.

What does it feel like?


When the needles have been placed successfully, the patient is supposed to experience a sensation know as De Chi. De Chi has been defined as a subjective feeling of fullness, numbness, tingling, and warmth with some local soreness and a feeling of distension around the acupuncture point.  

Chiropractic


Chiropractic is one of the largest primary-contact health care professions in Canada with over 6,000 practicing chiropractors. Chiropractors along with medical doctors, dentists, psychologists, and optometrists have the legislated right and obligation to communicate a diagnosis and to use the title doctor. Chiropractors practice a manual approach to health care that includes patient assessment, diagnosis and treatment and are accessible without a referral from a family physician.


Chiropractors can treat the extremities of the body, not just the spine, using a combination of treatments, all of which are predicated on the specific needs of the individual patient. After taking a complete history and diagnosing a patient, a chiropractor can develop and carry out a comprehensive treatment/management plan, recommend therapeutic exercise and other non-invasive therapies, and provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counselling.


For many conditions, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care is frequently the primary method of treatment. Where other conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the neuromusculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition. Chiropractic care may also be used to provide symptomatic relief for patients with chronic conditions. Chiropractic is a safe and effective form of non-invasive therapy and is covered through most extended healthcare insurance plans.


Dr. Jayson Cantin works in conjunction with other health care providers when possible including, medical doctors, nurse practitioners, surgeons, and therapists (ie. physiotherapists, registered massage therapists).


There are many reasons to seek chiropractic care:

  • Back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Neck pain
  • Headache
  • Whiplash
  • Motor vehicle injuries
  • Strains and sprains from daily activities
  • Repetitive strain injury (ie. carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow)
  • Work and sports injuries (ie. ankle sprains, shin splints, plantarfasciitis)
  • Arthritis
  • Tendonitis and shoulder injuries (ie. rotator cuff)
  • Restricted movement in the back, shoulder, neck or limbs
  • General health and well-being

Active Release Techniques (ART) Active Release Techniques (ART) is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Every ART session is a combination of examination and treatment. The certified ART provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Utilizing ART abnormal tissues are identified and addressed by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements. ART is non-invasive, very safe and has a record of producing excellent results, as many conditions can be resolved quickly and permanently. Please visit the Active Release Techniques website for more information.


Graston Technique Graston Technique is a soft tissue mobilization technique utilized in the rehabilitation of soft tissue injuries, whether acute or chronic in nature. The technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.


Please visit the Graston Technique website for more information.


For more information about the chiropractic profession, please visit:


Ontario Chiropractic Association


Canadian Chiropractic Association