Myo-Medic has raised the bar for the quality of care and service delivery in the practice of massage bringing a much-needed boost to the legitimacy of massage therapy as an effective and credible healing tool.
Traditionally, Massage Therapists offer a list of their services, with an additional cost for each service or modality used in the treatment. Generally there is no assessment, no goals, no measurable outcomes and no plan to treat your pain. No wonder society doesn’t view massage as a credible healing tool. Nor should they, if that the level of service being delivered.
MyoMedic has a much different approach, simply pay for time with your therapist without additional costs for specialized treatment modalities. Get the treatment you need, not the one you can afford!
Myo-Medic treatment plans have a 5 components.
1. An initial assessment.
2. Recovery goal setting.
3. In session treatments of the injury.
4. Rehabilitation exercises.
5. Reassessment of the injury.
Pain is a signal that something is wrong in our body, that doesn't mean that time off of exercise is always the answer. Stopping all exercise with injury might alleviate pain, but doesn't mean you're healed. Done properly, loading injured tissue can allow it to become stronger and more resilient. Proper modifications in programming will often allow you to continue training through the rehabilitation process. THIS DOES NOT MEAN TRAIN THROUGH PAIN!
“When you look at what is being offered in this industry it is easy to see why we wanted to do something different”, states Cody Innes, founder of MyoMedic Massage Therapy.
“We keep the focus on our clients, and simply offer the best service possible. In my opinion, you cannot do that without a properly devised treatment plan. Clients want results and they are paying good money to get them. It is our job to deliver them”
We start with an in-depth assessment to review your health history and asses the injury in order to pinpoint your pain and treat it accordingly.
Recovery Goal Setting
This is the time to discuss expectations and a timeline for recovery, This allows us to develop a customized treatment plan to meet those goals as quickly and efficiently as possible. Timelines to recovery depend on the injury and compliance with rehabilitation exercises. Some injuries can be treated in a single session, while others may take weeks and multiple sessions.
In Session Treatments
Every massage treatment in your plan will be designed specifically for you and the injury; there are no generic massages at Myo-Medic.
The exercises given to you will be based on the injury at hand and current abilities. We will also review current training programs and make slight modifications when needed to allow for optimal recovery while continuing to train.
Reassessment is not always done in the clinic. For those that are still active in gym settings we can set milestones that will tell you that you're ready to return to normal training. In session assessments are available for those that want them,
Q How do you solve pain?
A This is a great question. First off it needs to be stated that some sources of pain are outside of my scope of practice as a massage therapist. However, there are many things we can do with manual therapy in combination with physical exercise and mobility drills that go a long way in the rehabilitation process.
Secondly, there is a large psycho-social aspect to pain. Meaning, we all experience pain at varying degrees and in different ways based on our psychology and social environment. When we look at the MRI's we might see a significant tissue tear, but a lot of people will experience no pain at all. Conversely, there might be no evidence of any physical damage and yet the individual is experiencing a lot of pain. The detection of pain might be because of an event and the individual thinks they're injured when there may be no physical injury at all, but this doesn't mean we turn them away. Part of managing pain is education. Truthfully we don't know a lot about pain, making each management plan highly independent, some treatment plans might even include referral to a psychologist that focuses on pain.
“I suffer from MS. If it wasn’t for my massage therapist, I would be in a wheelchair right now”. Steven Doran
Is massage going to cure his MS? No, but it is clearly giving him positive results. He is still able to walk which has a tremendous impact on his quality of life, emotionally, mentally, and physically. While we don't fully understand why, we should note that the placebo effect is real and can work wonders.
Secondly, the purpose of our in-depth assessment tool is to determine if:
1) You have something that can be treated with massage therapy.
2) The type of results you should be able to achieve.
3) Referrals to a more appropriate resource if you need other treatments to address your issues.
Once we determine that massage is appropriate, we identify the source of the pain, and then use an array to tools and techniques to address the issue. For example. Many people have tight hip flexors and glutes. This can cause the body to pull in a certain direction and cause tension and pain in other muscles. We often see people with tight gluts and hip flexors have a substantial difference in the length of their legs. This partly because the pelvis is twisted due to the tight muscles. By using active release techniques, the muscles, ligaments, tendons, etc. can return to their proper position which in turn relieves the tension, stress and pain in other muscles.
Q How is your massage different from physio?
A There are some similarities and some distinct differences. Physiotherapists can order diagnostic imaging, make a diagnosis and have access to some treatment modalities outside the scope of practice of massage therapists. Physiotherapists also have a wider scope in terms of injuries they can treat. Physiotherapists generally have a more in-depth understanding of biomechanics than massage therapists, allowing them to give more comprehensive corrective exercise plans. But because I am a certified strength and conditioning coach with a greater understanding of biomechanics it is also within my scope to deliver or modify training programs similar to a physiotherapist. I still refer out to physiotherapists, I believe it is important to stay in my lane when practicing.
Massage Therapy scope of practice is woking on soft tissue issues; muscle, tendon, ligaments, fascia etc. We don't do big velocity joint manipulation like chiropractors, but we can do some joint traction, and can indirectly improve joint healthy by increasing mobility and stability of the muscles around joints.
Q What is Graston? I have never heard of that.
A Graston Technique® (GT) is a unique, evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively and efficiently address soft tissue lesions and fascial restrictions resulting in improved patient outcomes.GT uses specially designed stainless steel instruments with unique treatment edges and angles to deliver an effective means of manual therapy. The use of GT instruments, when combined with appropriate therapeutic exercise, leads to the restoration of pain-free movement and function. The instruments also are used diagnostically to assess the kinetic chain, in an efficient manner using the principles of regional interdependence.
Q How to find a good Massage Therapist?
A This is a really good question. Most people don’t know that Massage Therapy is an unregulated industry, in most of Canada. That means anyone could hang up their shingle and call themselves a massage therapist, and charge whatever they want. But that is not the same as an LMT or RMT.
An LMT denotes Licensed Massage Therapist, meaning they have completed 1200 hours of formal massage therapy education from a recognized institution. Most insurance companies do not cover LMT's for health benefits.
An RMT denotes Registered Massage Therapist, meaning they have complex 2200 hours or more of formal massage therapy education from a recognized institution. Insurance companies only cover RMT's for health benifits.
Finding out where your therapist went to school, and how many hours they have completed is a good start. In Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec and the Maritime provinces a minimum of 2200 hours is required to receive a RMT designation. British Columbia and Ontario require a minimum of 3000 hours and a provincial exam are needed to recieve an RMT designation. This is because they have provincially regulated massage therapy.
Research your Therapist. Read the About Us section of their website. Learn about their philosophy and their skill sets. In addition to massage, what else do they bring to the table.
If you are looking to get a specific issue solved, look for massage therapists that offers assessments and treatment plans.
Q Does MyoMedic offer gift certificates?
A We sure do. Just email email@example.com to get one set up and personalized for you.
Q What kind of oils and lotions do you use?
A We use 2 kinds of oils, one is simply liquid coconut oil, and the other is a hypoallergenic blend for those that need it.
Q I am sensitive to many perfumes and fragrances. Can you accommodate me?
A Yes, we do our very best to accommodate the needs of our clients. We use chemical /fragrant free natural cleaning products. If you are allergic to or don’t like the smell of essential oils – which we often use in our diffusers, simply note that on your intake form and we will accommodat, or email us prior to your appointment and we will do everything we can to eliminate any the diffuser aroma.
Q I am pregnant. Is massage therapy good for me and my baby?
A First of all, let me say congratulations. That is very exciting news. Massage therapy is wonderful for pregnant women. However, as prenatal massage is not my specialy, I do not take clients in their first trimester of pregnancy. Once you're into your second trimester and have clearance from you physician I am more than happy to treat you! Your body is going through so many changes both physically and hormonally that it is constantly adjusting to, and the added weight for some women is enough to cause all sorts of problems; backaches, cramps, edema etc. but it should be noted that I will only do relaxation massages, doing some more advanced techniques can cause further injury as there is already increased ligament laxity from the increased hormone relaxin floating around your body, I don't want to destabilize any joints. If you want help increasing joint stability through pregnancy Im your guy!
Q I have bursitis. Can you help me with that?
A Indirectly, yes. Bursitis is an inflammation of the buries sac, which is not something I can directly change. Generally, bursitis is an injury that requires a lot of rest so that the inflammation can be alleviated. While I can't directly reduce the inflammation I can help reduce tension in the muscles around the joint which might relieve some pressure on the bursa, intern allowing the inflammation to decrease. Often I refer to a physiotherapist for this injury and coordinate treatment plans with them.
Q Why do Massage Therapists tell you to drink lots of water after a massage?
A More often than not its a fallacy propagated by massage therapists that don't have a very in depth knowledge of how the body works. Often these therapists say things like "massage releases a lot of toxins and drinking water after a treatment will help you detox or cleanse your body of those toxins"
Firstly, there is no evidence that massage releases any kind of "toxins" into the blood.
Secondly, even if there was toxins being released into our blood, our body has everything it needs to detox on its own via the kidneys and liver. Your organs don't stop working when you get a massage.
Having said that, staying hydrated is always a good recommendation, just make sure its not followed up by any nonsense about toxins or detoxing.