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 Massage therapy with a sports focus 


Treatments involved in Massage Therapy with a sports focus are geared towards acute, sub-acute, and chronic injuries incurred during activity. Massage can help relieve pain associated with these injuries, speed the healing process, and help prevent injuries from recurring. 

When is Massage helpful for sports?

What should be expected at the first appointment?

Do I need a referral to book Massage Therapy?

Can I combine Massage Therapy with physiotherapy treatments?

How often are my appointments?

How do I know if I need a 1/2 hour or an hour appointment?

Which RMTs are on staff at University Square Plaza?

Which RMTs are on staff at RIM Park?

 

When is Massage helpful for sports?

  • Before and after training sessions to aid in workout recovery and help prevent chronic injury.
  •  Pre-event, to stimulate the body for athletic performance and to warm and stretch muscles while freeing joint movement.
  • Post-event, to prepare the body for further activity and promote faster recovery.
  • On a regular maintenance basis to improve optimal health and performance.
  • Biweekly or monthly sessions, especially for active, athletic individuals.

What should be expected at the first appointment?

If you are a brand new patient to WSM, you will need to complete a few forms for us to create a file for you. You should arrive at least ten minutes early to fill out a massage health history form even if you have been to us before. If this is your first massage, you are meeting a new staff member and receiving a new treatment.

The Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) will;

  • assess your injury or problem
  • target treatment according to your injury and the RMT's findings in assessment
  • provide exercises and stretches to perform between treatments and to promote optimal healing.

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Do I need a referral to book Massage Therapy?

No, WSM does not require you to have a referral from your family doctor to book massage therapy. However, if you have extended health benefits, your insurance company may require a referral for reimbursement of your appointment costs.

Can I combine Massage Therapy with Physiotherapy treatments?

Yes. At WSM we work together as a team and this means communicating and working with your other health care providers. You can receive two treatment therapies in the same day but let your body be the judge. Sometimes having a physiotherapy assessment (IA) before a massage, will allow the PT to assess your pain before your are relaxed and manipulated in a massage. After assessment, the order will be less important. Sometimes staggering the two therapies on alternate days is better for recovery.

How often are my appointments?

Patients commonly come in once a week for treatment until they have recovered from their injury. Some patients come once a month for a "tune-up". Your RMT will advise you at your first appointment if they would like to see you more or less frequently.

How do I know if I need a 1/2 hour or an hour appointment?

In general, larger areas such as the back, neck/shoulders and hips benefit from an hour appointment. This gives your therapist enough time to fully assess and treat the injury. For smaller areas such as elbows, ankles and hands, a 1/2 hour appointment is generally all that is required. This can be discussed further with your RMT at your first appointment.

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