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Offering Solutions for Soft Tissue Pain in Calgary

At the Centre for Soft Tissue Pain based in Calgary, we are proud to 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! Our methods include:

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Myofascial Release

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.


Multiple Practitioners: Denny Paccagnan, Ruth Major, Saskia Mackay, Nadine Samila, Renée Simons, Eunice MooneySteve YoungCardine Fedler

Manual Lymph Drainage

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.


Multiple Practitioners: Denny Paccagnan, Cardine Fedler, Eunice Mooney

Visceral Manipulation

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

Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST)

Fascial stretch therapy (FST) 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

Kinesio/Cure Taping

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. 


Multiple Practitioners: Cardine Fedler, Denny Paccagnan, Eunice Mooney

Information graciously provided by Eunice Mooney. 

Vacuum Therapies & ACE Massage Cupping

VacuTherapy is a unique brand of bodywork using suction to lift and release tissue. Current cupping therapies are adaptations of a ancient technique and possess the benefits of traditional use, along with many incredible new applications. This therapy utilizes glass or plastic cups and a vacuum machine to create suction on the body surface. These cups are moved over the skin using gliding, shaking, popping and rotating movements. Cups gently pull up on or are parked for a short time to facilitate joint mobilization or soft tissue release. This suction reaches deep into the soft tissue attachments and organs, while having a sedating effect on the nervous system. Another benefit to Vacuum therapy is to pull inflammation and toxins from the body tissues so that the skin and lymphatic system can readily eliminate them. Scar tissue often releases quickly, despite the age of the injury or severity of the scar. One of the most amazing aspects of these techniques is the “separation “ that the vacuum produces in the tissue layers. This enables water absorption and renewed blood flow to undernourished and dehydrated tissue, which is invaluable in pre- and post- surgery treatments. It is evident that separation of fused, congested soft tissue and increase in tissue function can be a catalyst for change in many current health conditions. Vacuum Therapy and Massage Cupping are both incredibly effective in relieving pain and helping return the body back to homeostasis.

Medical: 

  • Enables inflammation to move to the skin surface to be dispersed 
  • Opens the lymphatic pathways and loosens congestion so that it may be eliminated
  • Easily softens hard tissue and scars to dramatically shift movement restrictions 
  • Lifts attachments to restore structural integrity and increase range of motion 
  • Improves circulation

Athletic Performance Enhancement: 

  • Deep tissue therapy - joint mobilization and deep tissue techniques can be accomplished with ease and comfort
  • Lymphatic drainage can be achieved quickly and effectively 
  • Support of medical procedures and surgery for orthopedic and sports issues 
  • Shorten recovery time from events and injuries
  • Body contouring and detoxification 

Multiple Practitioners: Nadine SamilaRuth MajorEunice Mooney

All information provided by Anita Shannon, please visit her website.

Neuromuscular Therapy

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 of 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

Information graciously provided by Eunice Mooney.

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

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

Chi Nei Tsang

(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:

  • Improve elimination and stimulate the lymphatic and the circulatory systems. CNT is also said to strengthen the immune system. The CNT Institute claims that clients using CNT before and after surgery recover better and faster, but an online search of medical literature yielded no studies on the issue.
  • Correct postural problems and relieve tension. CNT is also used to treat chronic pain in the back, neck and shoulders as well as problems related to the misalignment of the feet, legs and pelvis.
  • Facilitate the "unfolding of emotions and the clarification of our emotional life." The CNT Institute website states that this modality has been successfully used in combination with psychotherapy.
  • Teach techniques to improve breathing and provide personalized nutritional guidance as well as instruction in visualization and meditation that clients can do at home to enhance the effects of treatment.


Single Practitioner: Eunice Mooney

Information graciously provided by Eunice Mooney.

Anatomy Trains Structural Integration

Anatomy Trains Structural Integration (ATSI) 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 ATSI 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

Hot Stone Massage

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

Massage Therapy

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.


Multiple Practitioners: Ruth Major, Saskia Mackay, Eunice Mooney

Contact Us

Centre for Soft Tissue Pain Inc.

222B 8 Parkdale Cres NW

Calgary, AB  T2N 3T8

Hours

Centre therapists are available:

Monday – Friday: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Eunice Mooney available on Saturdays from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Administration staff is available:

Monday – Friday: 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Saturday: Closed

Staff members Kristiina and Nancy will be happy to assist you.

Please note that we are closed on weekends, including all statutory holidays.

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