Been Learning Lately...
confidently say that our therapists at Vitality are pretty
excited about the things we have been learning as of
late. All registered massage therapists participate in
continuing education on an annual basis. Recently, we
have all been immersed in various types of these courses.
All this new information increases our ability to help our patients
with various musculoskeletal health concerns and questions.
This spring we were away on courses and participating
in on-site seminars.
newsletter can give you just a taste of some of these exciting things and
foster some questions and possible treatment options for our patients.
In This Issue:
Dysfunction, Jaw & Headache Pain
Assessment & Homecare for Chronic Headaches
Thermal Breast Imaging
Post Mastectomy Clinical Care & Practices
Incontinence and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction and/or Pain
Vitality Treatment Centre
302-1842 Oak Bay Ave
Victoria, BC V8R 1C2
Monday to Friday
8:30 am to 7:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Jaw and Headache Pain & how Neuromuscular Dentistry Can
of Chronic Headaches? Do you get headaches often or
for no apparent reason? Have you ever discussed your
headaches with your dentist? Did you know that 80-90%
of headaches are related to muscle tension and that the
muscles in your forehead are related to your bite? Many
headaches are the result of dental problems that can
be corrected. If
you experience migraines, pain behind your eyes, jaw
pain, jaw muscle pain or common headaches, it may be
the rest on our website...
for Chronic Headaches
We spent a couple of productive
hours with Noel Frayne, RMT, who has spent over 20 years of his career looking
at how a specific pattern of musculoskeletal imbalances can contribute to
chronic headaches. His insights gave use new ways of interpreting the assessment
information we collect from our patients and taught us specific home care
that is proving to be very successful when clients apply them regularly.
In July we had an information
session with Valentus Clinic regarding
the use of thermal breast imaging for cancer screening.
It was very informative and worth looking into for increasing awareness in
scanning breast tissue and developing a concrete history about the changes
in your breast composition and possible early detection of pathogens such
as cancer. Valentus does many more interesting things that are worth checking
New research and evolving clinical
practice makes massage therapy an ever changing and advancing field. It is
exciting to have so much new and diverse information available to us as practitioners.
We hope to continually keep educating ourselves and pass this on to all of
Care & Practices
Over the May long weekend three
of us had the pleasure of attending a course offered by Willie Fourie, a South
African physiotherapist who has specialized in treating women post mastectomy.
The three days in Vancouver were very informative.
Women and men who have been
diagnosed with breast cancer may undergo various levels of invasive surgery,
ranging from biopsies to radical bilateral mastectomies. As life-saving as
these surgeries are, there are some post-surgical effects a patient will likely
experience. For example: swelling of the extremities, loss of range of motion
of the neck and/or shoulder, muscle imbalances remote from the surgical site.
Reconstruction can also affect
soft tissue. In some, muscles from the abdomen or the back are used to rebuild
the breast. It is our ability as massage therapists to affect connective
tissue post-surgery by reducing/remodelling the scar that allows us to aid
patients in regaining functional ability. We are very lucky to have three
therapists fully trained in Manual Lymph Drainage. This technique in conjunction
with connective tissue scar release can be of great benefit.
and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction and/or Pain
Our "in-house" educational seminars
started last year with the introduction of physiotherapist Jodi
who specializes in the health and recovery
of the pelvic and abdominal muscles. Sometimes post surgical
or post natal our bodies do not recover optimally and
we can have dysfunction of the pelvic floor and core
muscles. This can result in varying levels of incontinence
and/or pain. Surprisingly, many people just chalk this up to age or the effect
of giving birth to a child. I have spoken with many people who simply wear
incontinence pads or always use the washroom before they leave the house "just
in case." These are
all practices Jodi would not recommend, as they may in
fact increase the incidence of incontinence. As mentioned
pain is often associated with pelvic floor dysfunction.
Jodi is a wealth of information
and for some may have some simple corrective solutions to these above mentioned
issues. Jodi is located at McKenzie Physiotherapy and holds workshops frequently.
Please call 250-477-1441 to find out more.
Vitality Treatment Centre is
a multi- disciplinary health treatment centre located
near the Oak Bay Village of Victoria, BC, Canada.
Modalities We Offer
Manual Lymph Drainage
Trad'l Chinese Medicine
Hot Stones Therapy
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