Therapy & Fitness

Massage Therapy

What is Massage Therapy? 

Massage therapy is the manipulation of muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, and joints to cause a therapeutic response, such as increasing mobility, eliminating pain, improving circulation and lymphatic drainage.

Stretching and loosening connective tissues using hands, forearms, and elbows the therapist applies pressure to parts of the body to release tension, adhesion, and optimize health. This promotes the circulation of blood and lymphatic fluids to offer relief from the pain of many injuries and conditions. Massage can restore internal balance, take out adhesions, correct posture, enhance immune system functioning, aid in relaxation, reduce depression and anxiety, relieve stress and mental and physical fatigue, and improve sleep.

Depending on the technique, lotion may or may not be used. Relaxing music and soft lighting are used to enhance the experience. Your therapist may also apply a heating pad or cold pack as part of the treatment if indicated.

What are the benefits of Massage Therapy?

Though most people associate massage with muscles, a massage therapy treatment also affects the nerves, blood vessels, digestive system, and other major organs of the body.

In particular massage is helpful for:

  • Speeding up recovery from a variety of issues including sprains, strains, fractures, and repetitive stress injuries like tendonitis.
  • Reducing overall muscle tension in the body, which helps to prevent injuries from poor posture and repetitive stress
  • Decreasing stress and anxiety, and increasing overall well-being
  • Improving body awareness and building a better relationship with your body
  • Increasing blood flow and lymphatic drainage to and from areas in need
  • Releasing postural tension caused by office work and physically demanding jobs
  • Getting rid of recurrent headaches
  • Maintaining the range of motion and physical confidence needed for an active lifestyle
  • Regulating digestion
  • Improving athletic performance

How does Massage Therapy help with pain?

Massage can help with many types of pain. Massage can reduce nerve pain by reducing the tension in muscles surrounding it, improving nerve mobility, and increasing circulation and lymphatic flow to the nerve.

Massage can eliminate trigger points, which are painful “knots” in muscles that can cause pain in the muscle itself or elsewhere in the body. For example, many headaches are caused by trigger points in the neck and jaw muscles.

Massage Therapy is also a great way to reduce stress, muscle tension, and soothe the nervous system, all of which have an impact on the experience of pain.

OUR EXPERTS

At Synergystix, all our massage therapists are professionals who have completed a post-secondary degree at an accredited educational institution. More than this, however, they all have extensive experience in assessing and treating individuals who have a wide range of short-term medical problems or chronic conditions. They have used massage therapy to help people experiencing:

  • Sports Injuries
  • Sprains/Strains
  • Muscle Tension/Spasm
  • Back Pain
  • Leg or Neck Pain
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Whiplash
  • Tendonitis
  • Edema (Swelling)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Repetitive Strain
  • Kyphosis/Scoliosis—Curvature of the Spine
  • Arthritis/Bursitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Headaches
  • TMJ Dysfunction
  • Insomnia
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Stress and Stress-related Conditions
  • Cancer
  • Stroke
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders

Our therapists offer a variety of specialized massage techniques designed to help clientele in particular situations. For example, we provide

  • Post-surgical Massage to reduce pain and swelling by gently encouraging lymphatic fluid to leave the surgical site.
  • Prenatal Massage and Pregnancy Support to relieve discomfort in muscles and joints supporting extra weight; ease constipation, gas, and heartburn by stimulating intestinal movement; and reduce excessive fluid retention and slow the progress of varicose veins by enhancing circulation.
  • Labour Massage to relax muscles and decrease the effects of stress so as to reduce the sensation of pain and ease delivery.
  • Infant Massage to encourage muscular co-ordination and suppleness; to stimulate the circulatory system aiding in the baby’s heart rate, breathing, and digestion; and to help your baby relax and sleep.

We have on staff, experts in the following:

  • Neuromuscular Therapy: A therapist identifies imbalances within the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord, and nerves) and the musculoskeletal system (skeleton and muscles) and returns the body to a state of homeostasis or balance through systematic and site-specific massage.
  • Neuromuscular Integration and Structural Alignment (NISA): A therapist treats the fascia or connective tissue surrounding muscles, bones, and organs. Over time or because of injury, repetitious movement, or strain, the fascia can become thick and tight, and layers of the fascia can adhere, restricting movement and causing chronic pain, recurring injuries, and changes in posture and gait. NISA alters chronic habits of posture by stretching, softening, and releasing the fascia, freeing the body to resume proper functioning.
  • Trigger Point Therapy: A therapist will find and treat muscles that refer pain to other parts of the body. These trigger points can be latent, causing muscle shortening or weakening but not pain, or active, giving rise to symptoms.
  • Myofascial Therapy: A therapist will work on the fascia surrounding and separating muscle tissue to eliminate pain and dysfunction.
  • Craniosacral Therapy: A therapist will gently manipulate the skull to remove restrictions in the flow of cerebrospinal fluid, relieving stress, decreasing pain, and enhancing the body’s overall health.
  • Deep Tissue Massage: A therapist will work a specific joint muscle or muscle group by starting superficially and slowly deepening the massage.

YOUR VISIT

On your first visit to Synergistix, you will complete a medical case history. This information and anything you discuss with your therapist or with other professionals at Synergistix remains confidential. Your health record is never released or transferred without your written consent.

You and your therapist will develop a personal treatment plan together, one that meets your individual needs. And you may easily consult other health-care practitioners at Synergistix, such as a fitness counselor, if this would help in your treatment. Your privacy will always be respected; your therapist will obtain your consent to work on various parts of the body, will discuss whether you wish to be fully clothed or fully or partially covered with sheets or blankets during treatment, and will monitor your level of comfort and of pain tolerance during treatment.

Your treatment can be changed or ended at any time you wish, and you will be reassessed at an appropriate and agreed upon time.

We strive at Synergistix to provide effective and discrete therapy that is tailor-made to fit your physical and emotional needs and your lifestyle, therapy that works.


Hours of Operation

Monday 9AM-7PM
Tuesday 9AM-7PM
Wednesday 9AM-7PM
Thursday 9AM-7PM
Friday 9AM-7PM
Saturday 10AM-4PM
Sunday Closed

Our clinic is committed to providing accessible and equitable service to each and every one of our diverse and valued clients.

Open regular business hours, extended evening hours and on Saturdays.

Gift certificates and select natural health care products are also available.