Deep Tissue Massage and Myofascial Release
These techniques define Nicole's main treatment style, and allow her to holistically assess the deeper tissues of the body, such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia (connective tissue layer that covers muscles and many other internal structures).
Treatment generally involves minimal lotion with a slower, deeper pressure, and can be used to help alleviate specific symptoms, being an area of discomfort, a medical condition, or a site of injury. Sessions are usually followed by instruction of beneficial exercises and homecare, and a plan for recovery.
This technique involves locating and monitoring a tender area, restriction or trigger point. The associated area, tissues, and joints are then passively moved to place the body into a position of ease or relief, in turn, providing the opportunity for the pain or discomfort to decrease.
This type of treatment is incorporated into Nicole's treatments along with massage. It may be effective for treating the following conditions:
Acute injuries (trauma, whiplash, sports injuries, strains)
Chronic discomforts that are too tender to massage or have trouble releasing
Respiratory conditions (relating to restricted diaphragm, rib, and spinal restrictions)
Neurological conditions (discomforts and dysfunctions related to stroke, brain injury, Multiple Sclerosis, degenerative diseases)
Nicole incorporates a set of stainless steel instruments used to isolate and treat tissue restrictions and scar tissue, as well as reduce pain and restore range of motion. The treatment is non-invasive, and has been scientifically shown to promote rapid and effective recovery from a variety of acute and chronic conditions. These include:
- Patellofemoral syndrome (knee pain)
- Plantar fasciitis (foot pain)
- Achilles tendinitis
- Scar tissue
- Shin splints
- Trigger points
- Cervical sprain/strain (neck pain)
- Lumbar sprain/strain (low back pain)
- Rotator cuff tendinitis (shoulder pain)
- Lateral epicondylitis (Tennis elbow)
- Medial epicondylitis (Golfer’s elbow)
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Post-mastectomy/caesarean scarring
For more information, please visit the Graston Technique® website at: http://www.grastontechnique.com/home
Sports massage targets tissues that are affected by your specific sport or activity. This type of massage can help to decrease discomfort and tension, and allow the therapist to assess your risk of injury. Nicole has experience in treating:
Acute and chronic sports injuries
Scar tissue build-up
Restricted joint motion or discomfort
Scar Tissue Release
Scar tissue can arise post-injury or post-surgery, causing pain, discomfort, decreased sensation and/or decreased range of motion. Nicole can help to mobilize this scar tissue through a technique that uses castor oil, paraffin wax, and heat. Scar tissue management strategies and remedial exercises will be provided to address your symptoms. Currently available at Sutherland-Chan Women's College Hospital.
Pregnancy massages can be helpful in reducing symptoms that you experience at any stage of your pregnancy, whether that's postural discomfort, swelling, or breast tenderness. How do pregnancy treatments differ from other types of massages? We will make only minor modifications in positioning and pressure to ensure the most safe, comfortable, and effective treatment for mom.
Stress can alter how we perceive pain and discomfort, or even change the way our bodies function. It can affect your mood, GI tract movements, breathing, muscle tension, immune response, and sleep.
Massage therapy can help target any of these specific issues, and reduce the symptoms are you are experiencing. Techniques are generally applied more slowly, with the amount of pressure that is preferred by the client.