Osteopathy is a natural medicine which aims to restore function in the body by treating the causes of pain and imbalance. All tissues of the body (whether bone, muscle, joints, organs, fluids, nerves, cranial bones, etc.) should have a subtle, continuous rhythm or motion. This motion can be comparable to an idling car. The car itself is stationary and motion is not visible, but there are many small, intricate parts under the hood that are in a constant state of motion. Over time, the mobility of these tissues are affected due to the aging process, posture, traumas, accidents, injuries, illness, surgical scarring, childbirth, pregnancies, repetitive activity, or even the cumulative effects of mental, emotional, physical and stress. The key to any successful therapy is to identify and understand the cause that is contributing to the symptoms experienced. Going back to the car analogy, if a car was showing uneven wear patterns on the tires, several areas must be examined such as the brakes, shocks, alignment, power steering fluid, drive chain, etc. The skilled mechanic must do more than simply change the tires! The same is true with the body. Although the symptoms may be experienced in the knee, the entire individual must be examined in order to identify significant restrictions to tissues that create imbalance and compensation leading to the knee pain. The Osteopathic Manual Practitioner relies on the quality and finesse of their subtle palpation in order to identify these tissue restrictions, and then works to improve the mobility to allow self-healing to occur.
The interesting comment that I always hear from my clients is “it’s amazing that you are doing something but it’s so gentle” It is surprising to many that such a gentle touch can have such an effect. The neat thing about osteopathy is that the manual practitioner develops a skill in order to palpate the tissues of the body. This includes the tissues and organs of all of the systems that allow us to function. It’s the gentle touch that the body responds to and is then able to essentially reset itself towards it’s health. Sometimes we need more than a few sessions to achieve this goal but given the opportunity, the body is then able to heal on its own. This is the main goal that osteopathic treatment aims to achieve. It is gentle yet very effective for a number of conditions and all individuals.
We’ve all seen it on TV or in a movie. The scene is tense and the patient is doing poorly. The doctor calls out urgently. Retractor! Scalpel! Suction! Massage Table!
What is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy consists primarily of hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, specifically, the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints for the purpose of optimizing health. Massage therapy treatment has a therapeutic effect on the body and optimizes health and well-being by acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. Physical function can be developed, maintained and improved; and physical dysfunction and pain and the effects of stress can be relieved or prevented through the use of Massage Therapy.
Modern massage techniques can be traced back to the 1700′s and the development of Swedish massage, the first systematic method of therapeutic massage based on physiology. Today’s Massage Therapists use their knowledge of anatomy and physiology to combine traditional Swedish and modern Massage Therapy techniques with exercise and other therapies to treat their clients.
Before a treatment, your Massage Therapist will propose a personalized treatment plan based on an initial assessment and health history. The assessment consists of various tests to determine the condition of your muscles and joints. Any personal and health information you provide to your Massage Therapist is completely confidential and will be safeguarded. Your health record cannot be released or transferred without your written consent. Your Massage Therapist must also obtain your consent to work on any part of your body, regardless of whether you are fully clothed, or fully or partially covered with sheets or blankets. Your privacy will always be respected, and you may withdraw your consent for treatment at any time. Various specialized movements of the hands, over the skin or clothes, make up the Massage Therapy treatment. The Massage Therapist will work with your level of pain tolerance during the treatment, and the treatment can be stopped at any time should the treatment become uncomfortable.
Alix Ryan RMT, Jane Fox RMT, Michelle Dougherty RMT, and James Noordam RMT are each registered massage therapists, registered to practice in the province of Ontario. Massage therapy is not covered by OHIP, however you may have health insurance coverage through work, or an extended healthcare plan, and you may be entitled to a reimbursement of some, or all of your payment. Please check your coverage before your first visit with us, as some benefit packages require a referral from your medical doctor.
Rockhaven Massage Therapy and Osteopathy is pleased to announce
Our Grand Opening Celebration!
Please join us on Friday October 30th 2015 for the Grand Opening of our new location:
You can find us at the corner of Hamilton Street and Rockhaven Lane – facing Fortinos.
Please join us for light refreshments and FREE Prize draws…
Featuring products and services from us… and from local business owners.
This is your chance to meet our entire team, and our chance to thank you for your continued support of our clinic.
See you at the celebration!
Advanced training in Sports Injury Therapy or Athletic Therapy involves injury assessment and rehabilitation. Treating a wide range of patients using various manual therapies, modalities, exercise prescriptions, and even bracing and taping, the goal is to help the patient return to usual activities more quickly and safely. Anyone can benefit – from a child who plays competitive sports, to an older adult recovering from knee or hip replacement surgery.
Alix Ryan RMT, Michelle Dougherty RMT, and James Noordam RMT each have advanced training in Sports Massage Therapy, Clinical Athletic Taping, and are each candidates for certification with the Canadian Sports Massage Therapy Association.