Welcome to our new therapist – Al Binks

by Peter on March 26, 2018

Alexander Binks completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from the University of British Columbia and is a certified Fascial Stretch Therapist.  Alexander takes the body through its natural range of motion to increase flexibility, joint range of motion, and joint awareness all while effectively decreasing pain.

Alexander’s knowledge in kinesiology helps him to incorporate specific corrective exercises, which in combination with fascial stretch therapy helps prevent future injuries and increase flexibility and mobility for any sport.

Alexander has a passion for treating individuals of all ages and has experience working with a wide range of athletes including cyclists, skiers, and tennis players, as well as working with individuals suffering from more serious conditions like orthopedic injuries, mild traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries.

What exactly is Fascial Stretch Therapy and how can it help me?  Fascial Stretch Therapy is a manual therapy that goes beyond the muscles and joints and focuses on stretching the fascia, a connective tissue system within the body that surrounds the muscles.  The best part of Fascial Stretch Therapy is that it is pain free! In addition to that, a modified version of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation is used to increase flexibility in a short period of time.  Athletes choose to use Fascial Stretch Therapy to increase performance and decrease recovery time, however, anyone of any age suffering from any type of injury can benefit from Fascial Stretch Therapy.

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LYMPH TAPING – with Cure Tape

by Peter on March 3, 2018

 

Lymph Taping is an effective, painless, and safe method that can be used in conjunction with Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) and Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT) when treating Lymphedema, both primary and secondary. Alternatively, it can be used as a stand-alone treatment in a healthy Lymphatic system that has experienced temporary overload.

Cure Tape is a hypo-allergenic, breathable, elastic, water-resistant, cotton tape with a non-allergenic adhesive layer used that not only absorbs the body’s heat and adheres better as the tape warms up, but has stretch-ability, weight and thickness similar to that of the skin allowing for a patients freedom of movement.

In addition to its’ use in treating Lymphedema, Lymph Taping is beneficial in treating scar tissue, post-operative and post-accident swelling, contusions, stomach complaints, tension headaches and more. In relation to the skin, the lifting effect on the upper layer of the skin due to the tapes’ elasticity allows an instant relief of pressure encouraging blood circulation, lymph drainage and a reduction of pain.

 

For more information, please contact Brenda, RMT, Certified MLD/CDT Therapist (Dr. Vodder)

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Pelvic Angles for Pain Relief

by Peter on December 24, 2016

Ensuring that a pelvis is in the proper position when standing is the first thing I check when seeing a patient. The pelvis, being at the proper angle, can help alleviate much back pain.

Checking the posture is of the utmost importance (see Posture PDF Newsletter) when my patients come in for treatment. This is because the center of gravity, or our balance point, centers in our pelvis. If the pelvis is not on the proper path, all therapy is for not. We become a wobbly top.

The proper angle for a male pelvis is 0-5 degree tilt, and women typically 5-10 degree tilt. Most patients I see come in with a forward tilt (flexion) although on occasion (about 3%) have a pelvis in a backward rotation (extension). A simple pelvic stabilization technique using the St. John Method requires about 4 minutes to realign the pelvis to the proper angles. This does not involve high velocity adjustments (chiropractor) but a simple leg movement and a gentle rotation. Then two easy exercises will help to “seat” the pelvis in it’s new and proper position (Egosque Method).

Pelvic angle and stabilization is one of the most important things any and every therapist should be looking at. Making sure that you are in proper alignment will go a long way to help alleviate pain and discomfort. The St. John Method of Neuromuscular Therapy is one of the most effective ways to do this. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

In Health,

Peter Roach, RMT, CNMT, Laser Therapist

 

 

 

 

 

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FAIMany of you know by now that I stress the importance of proper pelvis angles before anything else. Lower back and sacroiliac pain can be the result of a tilted pelvis. But did you know that hip pain, deep groin pain can also result from a tilted pelvis. It’s called Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI).
Your centre of gravity, the balance point of your body, lays at the sacrum level of your spine. If your pelvis is not on plane then it’s really hard to help with anything else going on in your body. Typically I find that most people experiencing lumbar discomfort have a flexed or anterior rotated pelvis, which using NMT techniques can be rectified quite easily. But FAI is becoming more prevalent, and my theory is that with a chronic flexed pelvis and
the wear and tear that comes with getting older the hip joint is breaking down.

A recent study from The American Journal of Sport Medicine concluded that increase in pelvic tilt anteriorly significantly influence the functional orientation of the acetabulum (socket part of the hip joint) and this resulted in earlier occurrence of FAI. A posterior tilt resulted in later occurrences of FAI.

Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI) is when the ball of the hip is pushed against the socket part and rubs abnormally. This abnormal wear will result in loss of the cartilage that lines the joint, thereby we get a bone and bone sinerio. Typically with an anterior pelvic rotation the patient will experience deep groin pain, sometime at rest, especially at nighttime, or a painful limited range of motion.

With more and more people walking around with an anterior pelvic tilt we will continue to see lumbar pain, SI joint disfunction, and a wear and tear of the hip joint itself, resulting in hip replacement. And I’m sure if your over 40 years of age you know of someone who has undergone hip replacement. Don’t be one of them. Get your posture assessed sooner rather than later.

As always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

In Health,

 

Peter Roach, RMT, CNMT, Laser Therapist


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On Line Booking a Huge Success – by Peter Roach

December 20, 2015

Booking your Massage Therapy online from your phone. What could be easier. This past year we have introduced On Line booking with selective therapists, and it’s been a huge success! Now the NEW phone app is better than ever. Download right now! We have the easiest way to book your Massage appointment ever. This app […]

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5 Principles of Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) – by Peter Roach

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What is Neuromuscular Therapy (St. John Method)? I’m often asked what Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is, what it can do, and how will it help them. Having taught post graduates (Massage Therapist, Physical Therapists, Chiropractors and Dentists across North America, and parts of Europe and Africa) Neuromuscular Therapy for more than 10 years, it is the […]

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Manual Lymph Drainage & Combined Decongestive Therapy now offered at Bayswater Neuromuscular Massage

December 1, 2012

Brenda has recently completed an advanced training with certification in the Dr. Vodder method of Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) and Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT), offered by the internationally recognized Dr. Vodder School.  The program that Brenda completed included pathology instruction and examination with the medical director of the School. Completion of this 160-hour intensive training […]

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6 Steps in the Evolution of Therapy (part 2) by Peter Roach

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This is the second article in a series looking at the 6 principles of Neuromuscular Therapy, and how they are applied in my treatment programs. Last week I talked about Posture, the first component that I look at when you come for treatment. The 6 principles I will be covering are: Correcting postural distortions Correcting […]

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6 Steps in the Evolution of Therapy – by Peter Roach

May 3, 2012

Over the many years I have been a Massage Therapist I have seen new treatment protocols come and go, new types of treatment modalities used and discarded, and standard rehab exercises evolve. And in all honesty, I’m what is known as an early adopter, one that looks at the latest research and findings, new tools, […]

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Form Follows Function? Or does Function Follow Form? by Peter Roach

November 24, 2011

An American architect Louis Sullivan, told us “Form follows Function”. In 1896, he wrote an article The Tall Office Building Artistically Considered. Here Sullivan actually said ‘form ever follows function’, but the simpler (and less emphatic) phrase is the one usually remembered. For Sullivan this was distilled wisdom, an aesthetic credo, the single “rule that […]

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