Generally, massage can be described as the stroking and kneading of soft tissues to promote relaxation and circulation. This is a general, whole body approach, addressing stress relief and wellness. It offers valuable therapeutic benefits and can be provided by a Registered Massage Therapist, masseuse or bodyworker. 

With the advancement of Massage Therapy research and increased education of Registered Massage Therapists, the inclusion of other techniques is common. Registered Massage Therapy with a focused, outcome based approach is called Clinical Massage. It targets a specific pathology or dysfunction.

Ponderosa RMT is pleased to provide Clinical Massage Therapy. Treatments include assessment, treatment, education and therapeutic exercise to achieve the best possible outcomes for clients.

 
 

Before a diagnoses is made, conditions often present with symptoms. These can include pain (back, neck, shoulder, wrist, knee, etc.), headaches, numbness, tingling, poor balance and altered gait (walking). 

 
 

Some familiar conditions addressed by Clinical Registered Massage Therapy include but are not limited to:

 
 
  • degenerative disc disease

  • SI joint dysfunction

  • frozen shoulder

  • muscle strain

  • ligament sprain

  • plantar fasciitis

  • scoliosis

  • facet pain

  • sciatica

  • stenosis

  • whiplash

  • TMJ (jaw) dysfunction

  • thoracic outlet syndrome

  • rotator cuff injury

  • upper cross syndrome

  • tension and migraine headaches

 

Also important to note is the role Registered Massage Therapy plays pre and post surgery for optimal rehabilitation.

 
 

A common goal of Registered Massage Therapy is to support flexibility so that you can move with ease, work safely and enjoy leisure and exercise. 

Accurate assessment is the foundation of an effective treatment. Assessing range of motion (movement around a joint) and alignment, provides us with evidence.  It shows us what the length of attaching soft tissues are so that we can lengthen the appropriate structures that are tight and optimize joint movement.

“If you’re not assessing, you’re guessing.” 

Accurate assessment and specific treatment to lengthen and strengthen will balance the pulling forces of soft tissues and improve the body’s structural balance.  This results in pain relief and improved function for clients of all ages.

The compliment to lengthening is of course strengthening: stimulating or “waking up” weak and potentially inhibited soft tissues. A physiotherapist, kinesiologist or certified personal trainer (working in collaboration with your healthcare team) can help you strengthen.