Chronic muscle tension, stress, and injury often create bands of painful, rigid tissue called adhesions in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Muscle adhesions impact circulation, causing pain, limited mobility, and inflammation.
Our Massage treatments are used for a wide range of medical conditions, because of their effectiveness for reducing stress, alleviating pain, and reducing muscle tension. Shephard Health is pleased to offer the following NW Calgary massage therapy services:
- Relaxation massage
- Deep tissue massage
- Therapeutic massage
- Prenatal massage
- Hot stone massage
Massage therapy is a wonderful treatment on its own or as a compliment to any one of the many wellness services offered at Shephard Health. Aside from the benefits of massage for physical conditions, patients at Shephard Health enjoy massage simply because of its ability to soothe and relieve stress.
Massage therapy can be used to treat a wide range of conditions. Your initial visit at Shephard Health involves a detailed analysis of your health history, in order to determine what type of massage therapy suites your needs. The Shephard Health team often recommends massage therapy to treat the following conditions:
- Myofascial pain
- Soft tissue injuries and strains
- Sports-related injuries
- Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) pain
- Chronic pain
- Lower back pain
- Limited mobility
- Recovery from injuries
- Repetitive strain injuries (such as carpal tunnel syndrome)
- Postural problems
- Muscle tension and spasms
- Piriformis syndrome
- Tennis elbow
For most patients, massage therapy is an important part of specific medical treatment plans to help them return to daily activities. For example, massage therapy is helpful after joint replacement surgery or injury. Massage also has many mental health benefits. Even people who are focused on the physical benefits say they feel less stressed after getting a massage.
At Shephard Health, our massage team uses a variety of therapy techniques in order to best treat your condition. These techniques include:
Hot stone massage: This technique incorporates warm, basalt stones that are positioned on your body to enhance the therapeutic benefits of your massage therapy treatment. These ultra-smooth stones are heated in a sanitizing water bath before each use and retain their heat throughout your hot stone massage therapy treatment due to the high iron content in the basalt. Our hot stone massage therapy treatment offers a calming benefit for your physical and psychological state. The heat from the hot stones helps both you and your muscles relax, allowing our massage therapists to work deep into your tissues. Patients that suffer from overly tense muscles tend to relax more with hot stone massage therapy and bask in the warmth of the stones as we release your muscle tension to soothe your sore muscles.
Therapeutic massage: A popular technique that is used by our certified massage therapists to reduce pain, alleviate stress, and to treat both chronic and acute conditions, therapeutic massage uses a combination of massage techniques to get your blood circulating, to relax and soothe sore muscles. Therapeutic massage is often recommended to help athletes of all calibres recover after a competitive sporting event or after an intense workout.
Deep tissue massage: As the name implies, deep tissue massage therapy is a technique that focuses on the deep layers of muscle and fascia in the body. The Shephard Health massage therapists use slow, firm strokes with deep finger pressure to treat a variety of ailments.
Prenatal massage: Carrying a baby for nine months has a great impact on your musculoskeletal system because the weight of your growing baby changes your centre of gravity. There is extra stress on your upper and lower back, neck, your abdominal muscles, and shoulders. Pregnancy hormones also relax your ligaments causing your pelvic joints to become less stable and by pulling your pelvis forward. This often creates chronic and acute lower back and hip pain. Studies also suggest that prenatal massage therapy may reduce anxiety and decrease symptoms of depression in addition to relieving muscle aches and joint pain.