Massage Therapy Calgary SW

What is massage therapy?

Massage therapy is an umbrella term for any hands-on technique used with the intent to therapeutically affect the soft tissues and joints of the body. It can be used to make purposeful changes to soft tissue in order to change function, or it can be used simply to relieve stress and improve well-being. 

Massage therapists are highly educated professionals with advanced training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, and orthopedic assessment and treatment. At minimum they are required to spend 2200 hours actively refining their skills to be certified.

How is massage therapy at Prairie Therapy different?

At Prairie Therapy, we want to find the best person to help you, no matter who that person is. Our massage therapists have a diverse skill set so whatever you need, there will be a therapist for you!

Our massage therapists work closely with other professions at Prairie Therapy. For things like recovering from a motor vehicle accident (MVA), massage therapy in combination with other rehabilitation treatments like physiotherapy and osteopathy results in a faster recovery.

Finally, many of our massage therapists are also practitioners in other healing disciplines such as Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Prairie Therapy massage therapists

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Massage therapy services 

Prenatal massage

Prenatal Massage can help decrease stress and the aches and pains of being pregnant.  Our therapists are experienced in massage techniques that are safe to be used during pregnancy, as well as which techniques are appropriate during each stage of pregnancy.  We also have pregnancy bolsters and pillows that will allow you to lay face down without putting pressure on your belly, but still providing support to keep you comfortable.  In general, massage can be used anytime from 3 months of pregnancy, right up to delivery. Contact the clinic for more details.  

Deep tissue

As the name suggests, deep tissue massage focuses on the deeper muscles and tissues in the human body. It is used to treat chronic pain as well as tight areas throughout the body. Compared to a regular massage, the pressure is more intense. This type of work can help break down adhesions which can cause pain and restrict movement. This type of massage therapy can be beneficial for sports injuries, repetitive injuries, pain as a result of postural issues and general muscle tension.

Active Release Techniques (ART)

Active release therapy is a massage technique that focuses on the soft tissue system and how it impacts movement. It's terrific at treating over-use injuries such as headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splits, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee pain, tennis elbow and shoulder pain.

Myofascial release

Fascia is a thin, tough, elastic type of connective tissue that wraps most structures within the human body, including muscle. Myofascial release treats skeletal muscle immobility and pain by relaxing contracted muscles, improving blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulating the stretch reflex in muscles. It is usually a precursor to deep tissue massage that includes superficial techniques to release the tissue and prepare the muscle for relaxation.

Swedish massage

Swedish massage comprise the basic massage techniques used during most treatments. Techniques vary from light to vigorous and include the five basic strokes: effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fiber or with the fibers) and vibration/shaking. Swedish massage is helpful in reducing pain and joint stiffness, improving mobility and providing relaxation.

 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do I need a Doctor's referral or prescription?

You do not need a physician's referral to see a massage therapist. However, your insurance company may request a physician’s referral in order to process your claim.

Will my extended healthcare pay for massage therapy?

Yes, most extended health care provides some coverage for massage therapy. However, all policies are different - some may cover only a certain percentage and there is usually a maximum limit. We recommend you check your policy or contact your provider to confirm what services are available to you. We can direct bill for massage therapy with most insurance providers. Contact our team to confirm that we can set up direct billing for you.

Do you treat clients injured in Motor Vehicle Accidents (MVAs)?

Massage therapy is an integral piece of treatment for whiplash following a motor vehicle accident (MVA). At Prairie Therapy, our massage therapists are experienced in dealing with these types of injuries.

In order to be covered by your accident benefits, you must have started a claim with your insurance company and have been assessed by a Primary Health Provider. This could be a physiotherapist, chiropractor or physician.

For more information on starting treatment for MVA including massage therapy, check out our MVA page or book an appointment with one of our physiotherapists for an MVA assessment.