At the Centre for Soft Tissue Pain, we serve clients from Edmonton to Canmore and beyond by providing a range of services that can help relieve your pain. We invite you to take a moment to learn more about some of the methods we employ on this page. When you're ready to get started, just contact us today.
Massage Therapy is a safe and effective way to relieve pain and aches, and to promote the healing of injuries. It's also a great form of stress release, and with the right application of massage stroke your muscle knots can be freed of unnecessary tension. Massage works by increasing blood flow to afflicted areas, helping your body to naturally provide nutrients and rejuvenation to the injured areas. Massage Therapy can be an effective treatment for everything from tendonitis and back pain to digestive issues and muscle spasms, and our licensed therapists are dedicated to finding a treatment that works for your needs.
Neuromuscular therapy aims to balance the central nervous system with the musculoskeletal system and correct any disorders brought about as a result of any imbalances between the two. Neuromuscular therapy enhances the function of joints and muscles, and speeds healing by facilitating the release endorphins.
Neuromuscular therapy is used to treat conditions such as chronic pain, sciatica, rotator cuff dysfunction, carpal tunnel syndrome, temporomandibular joint dysfunction and migraines. Neuromuscular therapy is also used to locate and release spasms and hyper contractions in the tissue. It aids the healing process for injured tissue, assists in venous and lymphatic flow, restores postural alignment, and imparts flexibility to the tissues.
Single Practitioner: Eunice Mooney
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Myofascial Release (MFR) utilizes the application of sustained pressure to create an electric charge which in turn helps the fascia in your body to release. Fascia makes up the connective tissue in your body, but when it's restricted it can cause serious problems. Restricted fascia can affect your posture and lead to misalignments, but MFR can relieve these restrictions. What's more, MFR can even be used to help athletes improve their performance. Our experienced staff will work hard to determine the best approach for your needs, improving your circulation and easing the binding of your fascia.
Your body's lymphatic system works to purify your body by removing wastes, but sometimes the lymph fluid stops flowing properly through your body. When this happens it can cause metabolic waste to build up in your system, leading to illness or pain. Lymph drainage is one way to remove this excess fluid, as well as the toxins it contains. This then reduces the pain signals that are being sent to your brain, and it relaxes your sympathetic nervous system, which responds strongly to stress. Manual Lymph Drainage is an effective way to combat these negative side effects, and to restore your body to a more balanced state.
The lack of organ mobility leads to trauma, stress and disease. What’s more, and when it is left untreated, it causes irritation leading to chronic pain and poor positioning. Visceral Manipulation is a gentle but focused technique that ensures improved organ mobility and restores balance between the surrounding membranes, ligaments and fascia
Single Practitioner: Renée Simons
Hot Stone Massage is an ancient technique that utilizes heated stones to relax tense and tight muscles. The warmth of the stones improves your body's circulation, and it also helps to calm the nervous system. This in turn allows your body to better naturally heal. Another advantage of this technique is that it is quick and easy to customize for individual patients, and you can request light, medium or deep pressure. Hot stone massage can help treat everything from back pain and poor circulation to insomnia and depression, and our therapists will work with you to determine your needs.
Single Practitioner: Saskia Mackay
Kinesis Myofascial Integration (KMI) is a method of exploring your body and its structural relationships, allowing therapists to help initiate changes in your posture, movement, energy and your own knowledge of how your body works. Through a series of sessions, your practitioner will work with you to find the right level of treatment that can help you achieve a balanced body that is also free from pain. And since traumatized tissue can also be a source of emotional pain, our KMI practitioner has also been trained to work with you as these emotional responses arise so that they can be healthily dealt with.
Single Practitioner: Nadine Samila
ACE™ Vacuum Therapy, also called cupping, is a form of bodywork that uses the suction to lift your body's tissues and release tension.
Modern techniques are actually adapted from ancient methods of this therapy, and they both retain the benefits of the traditional methods while also introducing new applications. Through the use of the vacuum created within the cup, suction is used to reach deep into your soft tissue, while also producing a sedation effect on your nervous system. The suction also pulls up toxins and inflammation, lifting them out of your body's tissues and into areas where your skin and lymphatic system can easily eliminate them. This process can help restore blood flow, soften hard tissue, and relieve inflammation.
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This therapy method is a profound form of healing that supplements your body's natural ability to self-repair. This is a client-led therapy, which means that your body systems set the pace at which adjustments take place, as well as how change occurs. This therapy aims to relieve bodily contractions and restrictions within the tissues and fluids of the body. Clients often become deeply relaxed during a session as the therapy leads them to a renewed sense of purpose, direction and new ways of relating to others. Stress and anxiety are reduced, and your ability to enjoy life is increased.
Single Practitioner: Denny Paccagnan
Fascial Stretch Therapy combines innovative, passive, active and assisted mobility and stretching movement patterns. This is a modified proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PnF) based client assisted flexibility system. Therapists use hands on direct techniques on a table with stabilisation straps, to assess and remove restrictions to movement in joints, muscles, fascia and the nervous system. FST has been shown to reduce tightness in muscles and joints; make you taller, stronger, improve and enhance sex life as well as reducing pain. Each session FST is adjusted to current goals, tunes nervous system to current needs. You will get range of motion gains without pain, by targeting the whole joint and stretching neuromyofascia not just muscle. This is achieved by getting maximal length through traction and using the body’s reflexes for optimal results.
Our FST therapist—Steve Young—is in good standing with the Registered Massage Therapist Association (RMTA) and the Stretch to Win Institute.
Single Practitioner: Steve Young
For more than 25 years, Kinesio Taping has been breaking new ground in the fields of sports performance, pain management and physical therapy. The Kinesio Taping Method is designed to facilitate the body's natural healing process while allowing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body's range of motion. It is used to successfully treat a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and medical conditions. Dr. Kenzo Kase, a well-known Japanese practitioner licensed in chiropractic and acupuncture, developed the tape, which has a texture and elasticity very close to living human skin, in response to limitations he encountered working with rigid sports taping methods on his own patients. Both Kinesio® Tex Tape, which lifts the skin microscopically, and the training protocol have shown results that would have been unheard of using older methods and materials.
(Chinese Abdominal Treatment)
CNT was first used a thousand years ago by Taoist monks in their monasteries to help detoxify, strengthen and refine their bodies in order to maintain the energy needed for their spiritual pursuits. Chi Nei Tsang is considered a non-invasive therapy because it is a gentle massage and does not involve surgery or medications. Chi Nei Tsang is also considered holistic because the practitioner often looks at the client as a whole, considering psychological, emotional, and spiritual aspects to the physical issues at hand.
CNT treatment aims to:
Single Practitioner: Eunice Mooney
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