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Post Stampede Pains? Try Therapeutic Massage!

Post Stampede pains are no joke: those ten days that now seem to have happened years ago are often the first time that many people have a break from sitting at their desks and staring at screens all day. And, during those ten days, you are likely not eating well, drinking enough water, dancing in tight cowboy boots and staying up much too late.

So, what better way to recover from Stampede than with a Therapeutic Massage?

If you’re feeling better, you will be able to enjoy life to the fullest. You’ll work more, play more and live longer. Massage helps you relax so you can take on the challenges that life throws at you, including twisting too hard during your two step.

What Is Therapeutic Massage?

Massage Therapy, in general, is a scientific, systematic approach to treating soft tissue and various connective tissue imbalances in the human body. Muscles are isolated, and fixed or movable pressure is applied in order to reduce pain and improve mobility.

Therapeutic Massage is just that: therapeutic. Therapeutic Massage is best used through as a treatment plan, meaning that this kind of Massage Therapy is most beneficial and result oriented through a series of visits, instead of a Massage every now and then.

The important thing to remember is that Therapeutic Massage is not meant to be relaxing. The end goal of your Therapeutic treatment, or series of treatments, can be determined between you and your Massage Therapist, but the main goal that you should have in mind when you arrive for your treatment is that you will walk out of our clinic feeling, and moving, better.

How Can Therapeutic Massage Help Me?

Massage Therapy has an endless number of benefits for your physical and mental well being. Therapeutic Massage puts a little more emphasis on improving your physical well being in that, with the focus not being exclusively relaxation, your Massage Therapist can ensure that they are working out the muscle “knots” and “tight spots” so that you leave your session moving, and feeling, better.

Therapeutic Massage is suitable for all ages and all fitness levels, though this type of Massage Therapy is a favourite among athletes, even as single treatments, especially as it helps to alleviate stressed and tight muscles and improves circulation through the muscles. This allows more oxygen to flow through the muscles, enhancing performance and preventing fatigue.

Of course, you should always come in for an assessment first before committing to a Therapeutic Massage treatment, or speak with your usual Massage Therapist about whether this type of Massage Therapy is right for you.

Tips To Save Your Neck & Shoulders In Between Massage Visits:

You can be preventative at home and help your healing before or after a Massage appointment with the following tips. You can even put these to use at your desk during the workday, or when you’re sitting in the car waiting.

If you have pain or discomfort in your neck and shoulders, these tips can be tested at work or home to help reduce pain and prevent possible injury. Try these out and see which ones you like, then focus on those for a week or two until they become habit. After mastering one or two exercises that work best for you, you may want to add another “good” habit to continue your practise.

  1. The keyboard should be close enough to you that you don’t have to stretch forward to reach the keys.
  2. Avoid stretching too far forward, or twisting behind you, to reach for things. Stand up or turn and move close to the article you need.
  3. Your mouse should be close to the keyboard where you don’t have to reach to use it.
  4. Keep your upper arms close to your sides, hanging straight down. Let your shoulders remain relaxed, not rigid.
  5. Keep your head aligned with your spine. Relax your neck and imagine your head floating toward the ceiling.
  6. Don’t forget to take frequent rest and stretching breaks.
  7. Visit us for regular Massage treatments to help keep up your healing, recovery and injury prevention practises.

If you’ve got Post Stampede pains that are as hard to get rid of as that old pair of scuffed cowboy boots you love, call us to book your next Therapeutic treatment at 403.800.3373 today!

Not sure if a Therapeutic Massage is right for you? Ask to speak to Emilio when you call our Thorncliffe location for a FREE phone consultation.

Ask us about how you can save $25 off your next Massage!

References:
Schachterle, Blair. “Tips to save your neck and shoulders.” Nose Creek Sport Physical Therapy. Print.
Woulfe, Jodie. “Therapeutic Massage”. PhysioWorks Australia. http://www.physioworks.com.au/massage-1/therapeutic-massage.
Yip, Bernadette. “Massage”. Nose Creek Sport Physical Therapy. https://nosecreek.wpengine.com/massage/.

Blair Schachterle BScPT, Dip Manip PT, Dip Sport PT, FCAMPT, CGIMS

Blair Schachterle BScPT, Dip Manip PT, Dip Sport PT, FCAMPT, CGIMS

Blair has been a Physiotherapist at Nose Creek Sport Physiotherapy since 2001. Blair graduated from the University of Alberta with a BScPT in 1992. He has focused on Orthopaedic Manual Therapy and Sport Therapy. Blair completed his Sport Therapy Diploma in 1997, and his Advanced Manual and Manipulative Diploma in 1998. Blair is also certified for IMS (Intramuscular Stimulation) Dry Needling. Blair has a keen interest in active rehabilitation of recent and chronic, spinal and peripheral, joint and muscle injuries. He enjoys treating upper neck pain that is associated with cervical tension headaches, sciatica (pinched nerve in lower back), shoulder injuries and traumatic knee injuries. Blair previously served for 6 years as the Executive Chair of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy (CAMPT).

Blair balances his busy professional life by staying active. He enjoys cycling, swimming, working out, hiking, camping and snowboarding, depending on the season. Blair shares his free time with his wife, son and daughter outside on the weekends. He has learned to enjoy the journey, as life really is too short.
Blair Schachterle BScPT, Dip Manip PT, Dip Sport PT, FCAMPT, CGIMS

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