Massage Therapy

Massage_250pxAs part of Oakridge Chiropractic’s multi-disciplinary approach to getting your body functioning at its best, our clinic has fully qualified and certified massage therapists on staff.  Lucy, Rackel, Sanja and Ashley offer a full range of massage techniques to their patients.

Benefits for the entire body.
Massage therapy is the art of systematic and scientific manipulations of the soft tissue of the body. It has been practiced therapeutically around the world for centuries, and today, it’s a form of natural therapy for the wear and tear of daily living; helping with stress, injuries, relaxation and general well-being. Because massage benefits every system of the body (including our nervous, muscular and immune systems), it can help with a range of different health problems.

A drug-free alternative.
Regardless of the source of your pain or discomfort, massage is a drug-free alternative for relief. But massage can help with much more than pain relief. It can restore and maintain the function of our bodies, relieve muscle stiffness, reduce stress, relax muscles, enhance sleep quality, improve circulation and create a general sense of well-being. Massage is also recognized for effectively treating such conditions as Fibromyalgia, TMJ, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, tendonitis and bursitis.

An increasing number of people are turning to massage therapy to seek these benefits.

A range of techniques.
Massage therapy ranges from a deep tissue, therapeutic massage to a light relaxation massage. All kinds of massage are effective in releasing muscle tension and stress. There are also a range of massage techniques, allowing for a customized approach to patients’ individual needs and preferences. Massage works especially well in conjunction with chiropractic adjustments. Many patients see a massage therapist for weekly or monthly maintenance visits to maintain the benefits.

For answers to any of your questions or to book an appointment, call us at (403) 281-2333.


Massage Therapy Frequently Asked Questions

1. What type of massage do your therapists offer?
All of our massage therapists perform therapeutic massages. They also perform relaxation massage but do not use hot stones or reflexology. Lotions are used, and the therapists will ask about any allergies before using any products.

2. Are your massage therapists licensed/registered?
Yes, all of our therapists are fully licensed and registered, and their registration numbers are provided on the receipts so you can submit them to your insurer.

3. What are the benefits of massage?
Decreased muscle tension is most noticeable.  However, massage has many other positive benefits which include: improved digestion and sleep patterns, stress reduction, improved flow of nutrients to body tissues and decreased pain and headaches.

4. Do I need a doctor’s referral for massage therapy?
No, but if you are going to claim the cost of massage through insurance (at work, Blue Cross etc.) your insurance company may require a note from your doctor recommending massage therapy in order to approve your insurance claim. Please check with your insurance provider before booking an appointment to avoid any confusion.

5. Is massage therapy covered by Alberta Health Care or other insurance?
Massage therapy is not covered by Alberta Health Care but it may be covered by any third party insurance you may have (through work, spousal plan, Blue Cross, etc.).  Contact the benefits administrator at your work place for details of your coverage or check your insurer package for further information.

6. How many years of experience do your massage therapists have?
All of our regeistered massage therapists have many years of experience. Please visit the Our Team section of our website for their biographies and experience.

7. Do I have to get completely undressed?
No, you may leave your undergarments on, although most women will remove their bras in order for the massage therapist to have easier access to their back. You will be covered by sheets and a blanket at all times, and only the body part being worked on at any particular time will be exposed, keeping you both warm and comfortable.

8. Are there any risks associated with massage therapy?
In general, for a healthy individual, massage is safe. However, with some health conditions, massage may be contraindicated. For example, if you have had or are currently undergoing treatment for cancer, if you have a heart condition, a recent surgery, or have blood clots, massage therapy must be cleared by your medical doctor in these cases. A written note from your treating physician would be required before we could book a massage appointment for you. It is also important to list all medications you are currently taking, and any allergies, as this may affect the type of treatment or products used during your massage.

9. I’m pregnant. Can I still have a massage?
Yes, just inform the reception staff how far along in your pregnancy you will be when booking your massage. That way the therapists will have time to set up the table with one of our many pregnancy pillow support options for your comfort.

10. Can young children benefit from massage?
Everyone can benefit from massage. However, very young children may have a hard time lying still for long periods of time; Bbooking a half-hour appointment for them is probably sufficient. If your child is involved in competitive sports or activities, they may require more time for a thorough massage. Please keep in mind that anyone under 18 years of age requires a parental consent signature on the intake form. The parent also has the option to be in the treatment room during treatment if the child is more comfortable having them there.

11. How often do I get a massage?
Depending on your condition, your therapist may recommend once per week for acute issues, or once per month for maintenance. Your therapist can recommend a treatment plan personalized for you. However, ultimately the frequency of visits is entirely up to the patient.

12. What is lymphatic massage and when is it appropriate?
It is a form of massage using techniques that involve the lymphatic system of the body, not muscular. It is a medical massage administered in specific health conditions or to increase fluid flow through body cells. The technique used is very light and slow. Depending on the severity of lymphatic disease, referral to a lymphatic drainage specialist may be required.

13. Can I have a massage if I have a cold or flu?
Massage is contraindicated (not recommended) if you are suffering from the cold or flu. It is best to wait until the cold/flu passes to avoid spreading the virus/bacteria and to fully benefit from treatment.

14. Can I have a massage while menstruating?
Yes, however the massage therapist should be informed so that they can avoid or decrease pressure in the low back area, as required.