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Massage Therapy

Currently only offered in Fort McMurray

Clearwater Physical Therapy offers Therapeutic Massage provided by Registered Massage Therapists (RMT). Therapeutic Massage aims to produce positive effects on the body and mind through tissue manipulation using techniques like rubbing, kneading, and tapping. Physicians often refer patients to RMTs, recognizing the effectiveness of massage therapy for various conditions. RMTs combine modern science with ancient philosophies and are skilled in treating musculoskeletal disorders and working with individuals with illnesses, injuries, and disabilities. The RMT staff at Clearwater Physical Therapy is dedicated to providing personalized patient care and collaborates with other healthcare professionals for optimal results.

Pre & Post Natal Massage

Pre-Natal Massage is a gentle and safe program to ease the strain of pregnancy. We utilize a pregnancy body cushion (allows you to lay on your stomach) during pre-natal massaging session to make our clients as comfortable as possible!

Benefits of Massage Therapy for pregnant women:

  •  Reduce stress and promote general well-being.

  • Helps the mother’s body to eliminate waste products through the lymphatic and circulatory systems, which combat fatigue and helps the mother feel more energetic.

  • By aiding circulation, eases the load on mothers heart which helps to keep her blood pressure in check.

  • Muscular discomforts, such as cramping, tightening, stiffness, tension and knots can all be alleviated.

  •  Help relieve symptoms of depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes.

  •  Relieves many of the normal discomforts during pregnancy, such as backaches, neck stiffness, leg cramps, headaches, edema, and sore, swollen ankles and feet.

  •  Increases local and general blood circulation, which brings more oxygen and nutrients to the cells of both the mother and fetus.

  •  Stimulates glandular secretions, which helps stabilize hormone levels.

  •  Relaxes tense muscles and tones loose muscles, and can also increase muscular flexibility- important during last trimester.

  • Helps to soothe and relax nervous tension, which helps the mother sleep more easily and more deeply.

Sports Massage Therapy

Sports massage therapy at Clearwater Physical Therapy is tailored to various types of athletes, from beginners to professionals. The techniques used in sports massage focus on the specific needs of each athlete's sport, targeting overused and stressed areas of the body due to repetitive and aggressive movements. Sports massage is gaining popularity as a valuable component of a balanced training regimen. It can enhance pre-event preparation, shorten recovery time, improve flexibility, reduce fatigue, increase endurance, prevent injuries, and optimize performance. One key advantage of sports massage is its ability to target muscle-tendon junctions, improving range of motion and decreasing muscle soreness. Regular sports massage therapy, scheduled weekly or bi-weekly, can be a beneficial addition to a fitness routine. Clearwater Physical Therapy offers highly trained Registered Massage Therapists (RMT) who can customize a plan based on the individual's activity level, schedule, and budget. They also provide Direct Billing services for many insurance companies, offering convenience and assistance in accessing benefits.

Relaxation Massage

This is a gentle Swedish massage that uses smooth, gliding strokes to help you relax.  Our RMT will move at a slower pace and use lighter pressure. There is less emphasis on working out serious adhesions or “knots” in the muscle tissue, which can be uncomfortable and cause some people tense up against the pressure.

In a Relaxation massage, the therapist won’t push your pain limits in order to get the muscle to release. You might even fall asleep!  It’s a good choice for someone who is getting one for the first time, or someone who just wants to bring their stress level down.

Relaxation massages are also good for that special someone that deserves one as a special treat once a year.  It’s not realistic to expect that you can get rid of all your knots in one session. But to drift into a deeply relaxed state in fifty minutes — that’s doable!

There are substantial health benefits to a relaxation massage.  Gentle massaging stimulates sensory nerve endings in the skin, which transmit messages through the nervous system and cause the brain to release endorphins.  These are the body’s natural painkillers, feel-good chemicals that create a sense of well-being.

Massage further aids relaxation by stimulating the body’s parasympathetic nervous system, sometimes called the “rest and digest system.”  Blood pressure decreases, heart rate slows, and digestive activity increases. Relaxation massage also increase blood circulation and stimulates the body’s lymphatic system, which carries away waste products.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as chronic muscle pain, injury rehabilitation, and the following conditions:

  • Chronic pain

  • Lower back pain

  • Limited mobility

  • Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury)

  • Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Postural problems

  • Muscle tension in the hamstrings, glutes, IT band, legs, quadriceps, rhomboids, upper back

  • Osteoarthritis pain

  • Sciatica

  • Piriformis syndrome

  • Tennis elbow

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Muscle tension or spasm

  • After a workout or bodybuilding

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