Sasha Lo

Sascha is a current RMT student at VCMT. He is in his 4th of 5 terms and is currently focusing on therapeutic techniques, taking courses such as Neuroanatomy, Regional Orthopaedics, and Spinal Treatment. He has an extensive background in sports and Kinesiology, both competing and coaching at a high level has reinforced the importance of a healthy and functional body to best enjoy the lifestyle that you desire

As an RMT in training, he is eager to continue to learn and add experience to his clinical internship. His current focus is providing clients with relief and creating a plan for their long-term goals.  

Since Sascha is a current student, unfortunately we can not directly bill your insurance for his treatments. As such he has a reduced rate of $60/hour or $35/30 minutes.

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Posture for New Year Resolution

by Peter on 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 at when someone comes in with pain or discomfort is to look at their posture and see how your body is opposing gravity, a constent every minute of the day.

For instance I consistently see young people coming in for treatment with forward head posture, probably due to computers and smart phone use. Moreso than ever has this creeped into our lives without even being aware of the impact. The weight of the head takes up 1/7 of the body weight; therefore, maintaining a still position with the head leaning forward exerts 3.6 times more force than is required to maintain the same position with straight standing posture (Park SY, Yoo WG: Effects of the sustained computer work on upper cervical flexion motion. J Phys Ther Sci, 2014, 26: 441–442. [PMC free article] [PubMed])

This forward head posture is usually associated with a rounded shoulder and back. Let me ask you this. When you get in the car after work do you need to adjust the rear view mirror? Often a day at the computer, muscles fatiguing and gravity pushing us down all contribute to a rounded slumped over posture. Over time this becomes a natural habit for our body and we don’t even realize it. Then we catch ourselves in a store window and think “is that how I look?”

Pelvic angles also play an important role in your posture. Maintaining a balanced pelvis will insure that your centre of gravity is positioned correctly. Think of a top that spins. When in line with the gravitational lines the top spins freely, but as it looses its balance it starts to wobble. So does our body.

Make it your goal to have your posture analyzed. A postural screening can help you get back on track with appropriate exercises. And you will find that some of those nagging chronic pain areas will be a thing of the past.

Please feel to contact me should you have any questions or set a time to examine your posture.

In Health,

Peter Roach, RMT, NMT, Laser therapist

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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

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 […]

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Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI) by Peter Roach

January 15, 2016

Many 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 […]

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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

March 26, 2015

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

May 17, 2012

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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