Massage Therapists

Hannah Armstrong

Hannah Armstrong

RMT
Massage Therapist
Ridgeway, ON
Lorne Demoe

Lorne Demoe

RMT, RAc
Massage Therapist
Niagara Falls, ON
Shelly Bautista

Shelly Bautista

RMT
Massage Therapist
Hamilton, ON
Gregory Walsh

Gregory Walsh

RMT
Massage Therapist
Hamilton, ON
Ali Speziale

Ali Speziale

Certified Athletic Therapist, RMT, Personal Trainer and Practitioner of Acupuncture
Massage Therapist
Hamilton, ON
Nancy Howden

Nancy Howden

RMT
Massage Therapist
Barrie, ON
Nicole Ettorre

Nicole Ettorre

Massage Therapist
Burlington, ON
Krista Campure

Krista Campure

RMT
Massage Therapist
Dundas, ON
Andrew Fleming

Andrew Fleming

RMT
Massage Therapist
Oakville, ON
Nicole Nifo

Nicole Nifo

RMT
Massage Therapist
Oakville, ON
Bonnie Bailey

Bonnie Bailey

Massage Therapist
Oakville, ON
Joanna Sous

Joanna Sous

Massage Therapist
Oakville, ON
Angeline Poyner

Angeline Poyner

RMT
Massage Therapist
Oakville, ON
Ms. Jennifer Ingram

Ms. Jennifer Ingram

Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)
Massage Therapist
Toronto, ON
Olsi Hasko

Olsi Hasko

Massage Therapist
Toronto, ON
Mr. Alex Marion

Mr. Alex Marion

Massage Therapist
Toronto, ON
Mr. Adam Cook

Mr. Adam Cook

Massage Therapist
Toronto, ON
Ms. Helen Li

Ms. Helen Li

Massage Therapist
Toronto, ON
Ms. Esther Aguilar

Ms. Esther Aguilar

RMT
Massage Therapist
Toronto, ON
Ms. Stephanie Cardoso

Ms. Stephanie Cardoso

RMT
Massage Therapist
Toronto, ON
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A Registered Massage Therapist is a health care professional who specializes in helping patients reduce pain, relax and achieve optimal health. He or she has completed education, clinical hours and passed an exam to become registered. A Registered Massage Therapist performs techniques such as craniosacral massage, Manual Lymph Drainage, neuromuscular massage and prenatal massage. In treating patients the  registered massage therapist therapist can also educate them on massage for muscle pain and massage for sports injuries.

There are many causes of whiplash (also called a hyperextension injury). The most common cause of whiplash is car accidents. Whiplash occurs when the neck rapidly makes a whip-like motion, first bending towards and then away from the point of impact. This movement causes muscle or ligament sprain or strain to the neck.

Whiplash Symptoms

In about 95 percent of cases, whiplash isn’t severe and causes slight muscle strain or sprain. You should see a healthcare provider immediately after a whiplash injury to avoid chronic problems, especially as whiplash starts in the neck but can later affect nerves and muscles in the arms and back. Whiplash symptoms include shoulder, neck and low back pain and stiffness and headaches.

How Massage Therapy Can Help

Massage therapy can be a very effective treatment for whiplash, providing pain relief, preventing chronic complications, relieving muscular pain and increasing oxygen and nutrients to the tissues to speed the healing process. It can also be a great way to relax after a traumatic injury.

• Friction-based massage can relieve pain and break up scar tissue 
• Trigger-point massage can release tension in the muscles 
• Myofascial massage can restore fluidity to the fascia for improved movement of muscles and ligaments 

One of the key components of recovery after a whiplash injury is to stay active, and to stay engaged in your normal day-to-day activities. It's also important to listen to your body and modify your activities and your exercises based on how you feel. The majority of patients that have whiplash injuries can be treated with safe, non-invasive therapies. If you have a chronic injury, you may require a multi-disciplinary intervention, including psychotherapy, drug therapies and rehabilitation therapies with a physiotherapist.

Talk to your family physician if you'd like more information on whiplash and massage therapy.

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  • There are many causes of whiplash (also called a hyperextension injury). The most common cause of whiplash is car accidents.

  • In about 95 percent of cases, whiplash isn’t severe and causes slight muscle strain or sprain. You should see a healthcare provider immediately after a whiplash injury to avoid chronic problems, especially as whiplash starts in the neck but can later affect nerves and muscles in the arms and back.

  • Whiplash symptoms include shoulder, neck and low back pain and stiffness and headaches.

  • Massage therapy can be a very effective treatment for whiplash, providing pain relief, preventing chronic complications, relieving muscular pain and increasing oxygen and nutrients to the tissues to speed the healing process. It can also be a great way to relax after a traumatic injury.

  • One of the key components of recovery after a whiplash injury is to stay active, and to stay engaged in your normal day-to-day activities. It's also important to listen to your body and modify your activities and your exercises based on how you feel.

Adherence:
Adhering to your medications, prescribed exercises or lifestyle changes (such as dietary changes, smoking cessation, reduced alcohol consumption, etc.) is essential to improving health outcomes successfully. Compliance to any prescribed treatment is the number one thing you can do to ensure positive changes and optimal treatment outcomes.

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