There are many benefits to regular massage. At Bodylab, we offer different types of massage to best target your specific needs and offer relief. If you’re not sure which style of massage would benefit you most, we’ve outlined the key differences below to help make your decision an easier one.
Swedish Massage – Generally used for relaxation purposes, Swedish massage focuses on enhancing the parasympathetic nervous system. This involves long soothing strokes that allow the patient to enter a very relaxed state. It often concentrates on the entire body, and is the more common form of massage.
Deep Tissue Massage – When a patient has a specific area of complaint, deep tissue massage is used to target the problem. Deeper techniques will often be interspersed with lighter techniques to soothe the trouble areas. This type of massage helps with range of motion, pain release, and eases tightness.
Sports Massage – Normally for athletes and those with an active lifestyle, sports massage can also be used for patients who have a specific complaint. The technique used it often called “muscle release therapy”, and involves putting the targeted muscles through a full range of motion to lengthen them and allow the trigger points to be treated.
Pregnancy Massage – An expectant mother’s body goes through a great deal of change during the 9 months she is pregnant. Pregnancy massage is effective for decreasing discomfort, treating swelling, and helping with associated low back pain.
Lymphatic Massage – Lymph nodes are located throughout the body, and are very important. They house cells that collect and destroy bacteria, and the lymphatic system also helps to bring blood plasma to different parts of the body to be filtered. When there are issues with the lymphatic system, this can cause uncomfortable, painful swelling. Lymphatic massage is a slow technique that will help the lymph move towards the heart to facilitate proper filtration.
If any of these techniques sound beneficial to your current needs, book your next massage appointment with Bodylab – give us a call at 905 228 3130, or book online.
Dealing with Lower Back Pain
Of all the aches and pains a person can experience, lower back pain continues to be one of the most common complaints. From an occasional annoyance to a severe and debilitating issue, lower back pain affects all ages and lifestyles. There are a myriad of reasons for this particular type of pain – it can result from lifting heavy objects, an athletic injury, and even something as simple as incorrect posture and sitting too much. Studies show that the majority of Canadians will experience lower back pain in their lifetime, often as a recurring issue. But there are options that provide relief, and we’re here to help!
As you likely know, chiropractic is often used to relieve back problems, including lower back pain. With regular spinal manipulation, we can make improvements and provide relief where it is needed most. Increasing function and reducing pain are the focus of treatments, but long-term care is also an important aspect for chiropractic for lower back issues. For those with more serious problems, this pain and discomfort can continue to return for many years – with ongoing visits, we can help to ensure that your pain is minimized and that the issue is less frequent or eliminated all together.
Whether you’re suffering from lower back pain due to muscle strain, movement restriction, injured discs, or weak core muscles, there are options for relief. In some cases, minor pain can become a long-term injury without the proper care, so it is important to be proactive and make a chiropractic appointment if the pain persists for more than a few days.
A personalized treatment plan will target the exact area of discomfort and get to the root of the problem. Utilizing massage therapy along with chiropractic treatment is recommended, as the combination often provides further relief than chiropractic alone. Your Bodylab doctors will perform an assessment and find the options that suit your needs most. As each patient is different, so are the effects and causes of lower back problems. We’re here to work with you to achieve optimal health and movement.
Contact Dr. Sarah at Bodylab and get started on your road to recovery. Reach us by phone at 905-228-3130 or make an appointment via our online form.