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Massage Therapy for Stroke Recovery

Stroke can result in changes to mental, emotional and physical function. A wide spectrum of treatments can be used to improve disability after stroke, including physiotherapy, occupational therapy and massage therapy. After the initial acute phase of stroke, massage therapy can be used to help treat the effects of a stroke, including: paralysis or weakness of one side, decreased sensation, increased tone or spasticity, decreased coordination, swelling and pain in the affected areas due to the above symptoms, and stress and anxiety. With an aging population, greater life expectancy, and younger people having strokes, the amount of care needed [...]

Percussive Therapy Combined with Massage Therapy

Percussive therapy is not a new concept in the world of massage therapy. However, the attention around it has grown in the last year with the launch of advertising around a popular device called the Theragun. At Propel Physiotherapy, our team of registered massage therapists use percussive therapy devices in combination with other massage therapy techniques, where it is appropriate and can be an effective treatment. In this article, I examine the benefits of percussive therapy, what it can and can’t treat, as well as the potential side effects. What is Percussive Therapy? During localized percussive therapy, your therapist [...]

Types of Headaches: Proper Diagnosis & Management Without Medication

Did you know that there are six types of headaches with different characteristics, aggravating factors and symptoms? Many people are diagnosed incorrectly. This can leave people with recurrent headaches with little management strategies, poor personal and societal burdens of pain, decreased quality of life, and financial implications across industries. As anyone who has suffered from headaches can tell you, they can be disabling and lead to unwanted time off work, leisure activities, sports, and other activities of daily living.  According to the World Health Organization[i] , headache disorders are the most common disorders of the nervous system. In this article, [...]

Massage Therapy for Arthritis

Understanding arthritis can be difficult due to its many forms, causes and symptoms. With 1 in 5 Canadians suffering from arthritis—and rates on the rise—it is important to address effective treatment and therapies.  In this article, we discuss how some of the symptoms of this chronic condition can be treated with massage therapy for arthritis. You may also enjoy learning: How Physiotherapy Can Alleviate Arthritis Symptoms.   What is Arthritis? Arthritis, as a term, encompasses many forms of joint disease with various underlying causes and a host of signs and symptoms, including joint pain, stiffness, dysfunction, joint changes, and [...]

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