Open for Business as of May 18th

by Peter on May 7, 2020

Dear Valued Patients,

As of May 18th (Victoria Day, yes we will be open), we will return to Massage Therapy treatments once again. Your safety is the upmost importance to us and as a result we have made some changes on how we will conduct treatments going forward. This will include …

  • Waiting in the hallway for your therapist to come and get you while maintaining social distancing. 
  • Patients must wear a mask. Please bring your own
  • Before entering the office your therapist will ask you if you have any symptoms that may be COVID-19 related. This will include,

Fever

Chills

Cough

Shortness of breath

Sore throat and painful swallowing

Stuffy or runny nose

Loss of sense of smell

Headache

Muscle aches

Fatigue

Loss of appetite

  • Your touch free temperature will be taken
  • You will be escorted directly into the treatment room
  • Once treatment is finished you can meet your therapist at the front desk for transactions, maintaining social distancing.
  • You will exit the office through our side door through the laundry room to help maintain social distancing and avoid congestion.

We understand that you may feel uneasy or uncomfortable in coming in for your treatment. We ask that you give us plenty of notice if you wish to cancel your appointment. 

Also our College has stipulated that every patient must sign a Consent Form. Please visit our website and click on Consent Form to download this form or click here. Please bring in your signed Consent Form when you come in for your treatment. Thank you.

Be safe, stay healthy. We look forward to seeing you again.

Peter Roach, RMT, CNMT, Laser Therapist

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Achilles Tendonitis

by Peter on May 4, 2020

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that is made up from the Gastrocnemius and the Soleus muscle

Many of my patients are runners. Some compete at a high level while others are more the fun-run kinda people. With COVID-19 I’m sure all organized runs have been cancelled however that hasn’t stop my patients from getting out there and continuing to train. But some of you are experiencing tightness or pain in the achilles tendon or at it’s attachment on the heel.

So what do we do with this? If you’ve been keeping up

with my newsletters you will find it’s similar to Tennis/ Golfer’s elbow, or Groin Pulls. It’s the same type condition only on another part of the body. However it can be somewhat different as well.

There are 3 continuous stages of Achilles tendonitis, reactive tentinopathy, tendon disrepair, and degenerative tendinopathy. And the two main categories depends on the location of the tendonitis, either what is

called insertional, occurring at the heal attachment and noninsertional tendinopathy, meaning feeling pain in the area 2-6 cm above the heal.

Let’s further explore this most common condition.

Click here to get the latest newsletter http://bayswater.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Achillies-Tendonitis-.pdf

Peter Roach, RMT, CNMT, Laser Therapist

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Groin Pulls

by Peter on April 21, 2020

In the last few days I have had questions around what to do for a groin pull. A groin pull or strain is an injury to one or more of the adductor muscles. These are the muscles on the inner side of your thigh (see picture above). Sudden movements can trigger an acute groin pull such as sudden lateral movements, kicking or even excessive stretching. Many of us hear of athletes out with a groin pull and depending on severity it may take a very long time to heal. 

Symptoms can range from mild to severe and can include pain in the inner thigh anywhere from the pubic bone to the knee. Other symptoms can include swelling, bruising, or difficulty walking or running with pain. 

The cause can be quite puzzling. Usually, the pull occurs when the adductors are required to lengthen and contract at the same time causing a tremendous pull on the attachments, mainly at the pubic bone area. However tears can occur in the muscle belly itself. 

So lets look at how to treat this common injury.

How Do We Diagnose Groin Pull

Diagnosis

My first step is to understand when the injury occurred and the movement you were doing at the time. This works well with sudden groin pulls, but I also see chronic groin symptoms that patients have and are unable to pinpoint a certain movement that caused it.

Next I want to palpate the area. This will involve touching and massaging the entire length of the adductor muscles. Because all the adductors attach to the pubic bone I have to feel right up to this area. Most groin pulls occur at the attachment on the pubic bone as the tendon gets “pulled” off the bone. It’s much like tennis elbow where the irritated site is at it’s attachment. I also will follow the muscle in it’s entirety to it’s attachment on the femur and at the knee. 

It is important to assess the severity of the strain, at this point. There are 3 degrees of groin strains.

Grade 1

A grade 1 groin strain occurs when the muscle is overstretched or torn, damaging up to 5 percent of the muscle fibers. You may be able to walk without pain, but running, jumping, kicking, or stretching may be painful.

Grade 2

A grade 2 groin strain is a tear that damages a significant percentage of the muscle fibers. This might be painful enough to make walking difficult. It will be painful to bring your thighs together.

Grade 3

A grade 3 groin strain is a tear that goes through most or all of the muscle or tendon. This usually causes a sudden, severe pain at the time when it happens. Using the injured muscle at all will be painful.

Once I have established the severity of the injury, treatment will begin. The goal of treatment will be to reduce pain and swelling. The first few days after injury will follow the protocol for any muscle injury, that is …

  • rest
  • ice
  • compression
  • elevation
  • anti-inflammatory drugs (see your doctor for this)

So how do I treat this as a Massage Therapist? Keep reading here.

Peter Roach, RMT, CNMT, Laser Therapist

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Personal message from Peter Roach

by Peter on April 11, 2020

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Top 5 Reasons to Foam Roll

April 4, 2020

Pick up this newsletter here These are extraordinary times. With COVID-19 running ramped throughout the world social distancing has become the norm. We, as Massage Therapists cannot treat patients due to the social distancing regulations. Our office has been shut and will remain so until such time our College and the Government allow us to […]

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COVID-19

March 21, 2020

COVID-19 We can flatten the curve! As we navigate this unprecedented crisis together, we are committed to supporting you in every way we can. If we stay connected we can make the right decisions as the situation evolves. Please contact your therapist for updates. In continued health, Peter Roach, RMT, CNMT, Laser Therapist

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Is forward head posture relevant to autonomic nervous system function and cervical sensorimotor control? Cross sectional study

January 26, 2020

HIGHLIGHTS: Forward head posture negatively affects cervical sensorimotor control. Forward head posture negatively affects the autonomic nervous system. There is strong correlation between the CVA and cervical sensorimotor outcomes. There is strong correlation between the CVA and skin sympathetic outcomes. CONCLUSION: “We have identified a forward head posture is associated with abnormal autonomic nervous system function […]

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Back to School – Backpacks

September 1, 2019

It’s that time of year again – Back to School!  Today I want to educate parents on proper backpack safety so their children may reduce possible injury from backpack poor-positioning and overweighting which can drastically changes the sagittal balance of the child possibly leading to repetitive injury and pain. Using Posture Screen program, I can […]

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Posture for New Year Resolution

January 28, 2019

Happy 2019 Like most Canadians we make New Years resolutions. Some make goals for the year. Eating better, working out and getting more sleep. However one important goal I suggest is to have a look at your posture. Why not make a better posture one of your goals? One of the areas I always look […]

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LYMPH TAPING – with Cure Tape

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 […]

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