Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization aka IASTM works like a standard massage. Specialized instruments are used to assist therapists efficiently detect and treat soft tissue (muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia, and nerves) dysfunction including scar tissue, fascial restrictions, and fascial adhesions.
Scar tissue can limit range of motion and frequently causes pain which prevents patients from functioning normally. Scar tissue may also form inside the body.
Benefits of IASTM
Studies have showed clinical benefits of IASTM:
The technique itself is said to have evolved from Gua Sha which is a method used in Chinese medicine. Gua Sha uses instruments with smoothed edges to scrape the skin till red blemishes occur. However, Gua Sha has different rationale, goals and application method from IASTM.
Focuses on specific musculoskeletal dysfunction and systemic conditions. This includes but is not limited to post surgical care, trauma, chronic pain, musculoskeletal injuries and acute and chronic disease processes.
Massage therapy during pregnancy can be beneficial to expectant mothers including a sense of wellness, improved relaxation, and better sleep. Common complaints that respond well to treatment are headaches, neck and shoulder pain, low back pain, sacroiliac pain, hip pain and general achiness and fatigue.
Can my child get massage too? Yes, absolutely. Children benefit from massage therapy in the same way adults do for medical conditions, injuries and overall health.
Does your child complain about growing pain? Stomach ache due to digestive issue? Concerns about scoliosis? Massages provided by RMTs are covered by insurance. Not sure where to start? Talk to our RMTs about how massage can help.
When booking for pediatric massage please choose regular massage therapy. Parents or legal guardians please help your child to complete the health history form.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing cranial rhythmical impulse and cerebrospinal fluid thus to promote equilibrium, facilitates healing capabilities, provides relief from a verity of symptoms such as pain, headaches, muscles tensions, and other symptoms associated with stress, anxiety and depression.
CST is currently offered by RMT Susan and Rachel
When booking for CST please choose regular registered massage therapy and indicate CST in the additional info session.
Temporomandibular Joints aka your jaw joints. Symptoms of TMJ syndrome range from grinding or clenching of teeth to simple clicking with or without pain and can even include headaches, neck tension and poor posture. At its worst your jaw literally locks closed. Massage Therapy for TMJ Syndrome is an essential part of reducing the pain and improving the function of a problematic temporomandibular joint. Treatment can be done either intraoral/external surrounding muscles or both.
Stress, braces, night guards may contribute to TMJ tightness.
TMJ massage is offered by our RMTs. If your insurance covers registered massage therapy, this massage is covered.
Currently offered by RMT Timmie, Susan and Rachel
We are now accepting ICBC patients. However, we are not able to direct bill ICBC at this moment. Patients are required to pay for the treatment in full and submit the receipt to ICBC for reimbursement. All of our RMTs are active member of College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia (CMTBC) with good standing. Our RMTs are able to write extensions when needed.
Direct billing to ICBC will be available in the near future.