Due to Covid-19 and the advice of our governing bodies and associations, we will be cancelling appointments until March 30th at which time we will re-evaluate. we appreciate your patience nad understanding at this time
TYPES OF MASSAGE THERAPY OFFERED
Pregnancy Massage – Perfect for relieving those aches and pains of being pregnant! It also:
- Increases blood circulation which can reduce swelling
- Provides relief from muscle cramps, spasms and myofascial pain
- Improves outcome of labour and eases labour pain
- Enhances the pliability of skin and underlying tissues
Deep Tissue Massage – Focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles. It is often recommended for people who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity and who have sustained physical injury. It also:
- Reduces chronic pain
- Improves blood pressure
- Rehabilitates injured muscles
Sports Massage – Perfect for athletes whose bodies are under stress due to physical activity. It also:
- Prepare your body for peak athletic performance
- Relieves swelling
- Reduces muscle tension
- Promotes flexibility to prevent injuries
Advanced Biostructural Correction™ (ABC™)
Is a very effective chiropractic technique that allows for full spinal correction so the body can work the way it was designed to. On this page are some before-and-after photos of clients receiving ABC™, some representative success stories, and a more detailed explanation of ABC™.
The results are often dramatic and they last. The spine is unlocked and a three-dimensional unwinding process takes place over days, weeks, months and years. All structures from the skull to the toes are evaluated and aligned in ways that allow for the body to work as a single, synchronous functioning unit. The body unwinds and remodels to its optimal state.
One must feel it to believe it. You will feel the difference.
Advanced Biostructural Correction™ (ABC™)
A system of analyzing and adjusting the spine and body that, over time, allows the body to unwind and recover from its previous injuries and distortions, and thus achieve its optimal, structural and functional state. This is achieved by:
- First checking for and releasing tension in the meningeal system. The meninges are the tough, elastic coverings of the brain and spinal cord. Besides protecting the brain and spinal cord, they also act as an elastic stabilizer (like a big rubber band) running from the tailbone to the head to help hold the spine together. They should never be a problem, but in a spine that is partially stuck forward, improper tension or fixation of the meninges can cause a misaligned vertebra to become locked out of position. Therefore, this must usually be addressed before the vertebrae can be easily moved into their correct positions.
- Only adjusting those vertebrae and other bones that the body cannot retrieve or reposition on its own. In the spine, this means gently adjusting ONLY those vertebrae that have become stuck forward (anterior), because the body has no way of pulling them backward (posterior). Below the neck, we have no muscles that pull vertebrae backward, but we do have muscles pulling in the other directions. This sequence of procedures allows the spine to begin to unwind and uncoil like a big spring and correct itself as it has been trying to do since the original injury(ies).This is so even if the injury(ies) happened years or even decades in the past.
The entire spine, skull, ribcage, shoulders, pelvis, legs and feet work together as a single, synchronous, functional unit.
The ABC™ protocol also corrects the forward spinal lean that has been pulling on the brainstem, spinal cord and causing back muscles to over work to compensate for this forward lean. Nervous tissue that has been under constant mechanical tension is allowed to slacken, restoring normal nerve flow, often for the first time in many years. This accounts for much of ABC™’s health benefits for everyone.
The unwinding process is at times rapid and dramatic (and symptomatic). At other times, unwinding is slow and methodical, requiring numerous “nudges” by the chiropractor and causing the patient little discomfort. The pace of unwinding is controlled more by your body and what it can self-correct without help than by the doctor, but when your body needs the help, getting adjusted more often both speeds things up and makes the process much less symptomatic.
Physiotherapy can look different for everyone, depending on your injury and goals. The following are different techniques that may be used as part of your treatment plan.
- Manual therapy: Your treatment will often include some form of hands-on manual therapy. Depending on your goals, specific techniques will be chosen to improve mobility, decrease pain, and get you back to your desired activity. Techniques used may consist of joint and nerve mobilization, myofascial and active release, traction, and manipulation.
- Exercises Perspiration: Exercise has been shown to be one of the most effective ways to recover from an injury, decrease pain, and improve activity tolerance. Based on your assessment, an individualized exercise program will be created for you. Some exercises may be performed in clinic, others will be sent with you for homework. At STG Health and Wellness we have access to many exercise machines that allow for safe, effective loading of injured tissues to help you recover as quickly as possible.
- Taping: Tape can be used to offload injured tissues, increase joint stability, and enforce new movement patterns. It can also be used to protect recovering tissues in the transition back to sports and more demanding activities
- Pre and Post op Physiotherapy: Physiotherapy before surgery can help ensure your recovery post surgery is as quick and complete as possible. Post surgery, physiotherapy is often a key component of effective rehabilitation, getting you back to your normal routine safely and efficiently.
- Acupuncture: Acupuncture originates in traditional Chinese medicine and it involves inserting thin needles into specific points to stimulate your body’s natural healing process. Acupuncture may be used in your physiotherapy treatment session as a compliment to the other techniques used.
- Vestibular Rehabilitation: Vertigo can have a hugely negative effect on your ability to function on a day-to-day basis. Based on assessment findings at your first visit, vestibular rehabilitation can effectively treat vertigo. The most common sources of vertigo can be eliminated in as little as one or two treatments.
- Dizziness and feelings of being unbalanced are also common symptoms connected to concussions, post-concussion syndrome, and neck injuries (as well as many other conditions). The vestibular system often plays a role in these symptoms and specific exercises and manual techniques can be used to help alleviate them.
Rachel’s approach to physiotherapy focuses on combining manual therapy and specialized exercise prescription to help each individual reach their goals. She strives to create an environment where each client can share their experiences surrounding their symptoms, to understand how those experiences are influencing their pain, and to work together to create a treatment plan specific to each client’s personal movement goals.
She received my Master of Physical Therapy from McMaster University, since then she has had the privilege of working with clients of all ages and through a wide variety of injuries and conditions. She is currently working on my Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Therapy Physiotherapy Program (you can read more about that here). In order to better serve clients she has also taken further education in vestibular rehabilitation, athletic taping and Functional Movement Assessment, as well as being certified to provide Acupuncture. Most recently she attended a course delving deeper into our understanding of pain and what strategies we can implement to best avoid letting pain stop people from enjoying what they love. She is passionate about providing evidence-based treatment that is individual to each client.
Outside of work she enjoys playing basically any sport but especially softball (for the past several summers this has included playing in St. George). She also enjoys hiking and exploring with her German Shepherd, Clyde.
Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy, discovered by Dr. A.T. Still in 1874. Osteopathic manual practitioners understand that the body functions as a unit, is capable of self-healing and self-regulation, and that the body’s ability to function is based upon its structural integrity. Through gentle manipulation, practitioners aim to restore movement where it has been lost and improve the quality of arterial, venous, nervous and lymphatic flow. By removing obstructions to this flow, the body demonstrates an amazing ability to heal.
Who Can Benefit?
Osteopathy can help individuals of any age, with both acute and chronic ailments. While osteopathic manual practitioners do not specifically treat diagnoses or medical conditions, osteopathic care can reduce symptoms and improve overall health. Some ailments that may benefit from osteopathic treatment include: acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain, sports injuries, repetitive strain injuries, headaches, breathing issues, digestive complaints, male and female reproductive issues, fatigue and difficulty sleeping.
At your first visit, Dana will review your health history and perform a full body assessment. If it is safe to do so, treatment will begin in this first appointment. Please wear comfortable clothing that you can move in easily (athletic wear, loose clothing).
Follow Up Treatments
At each appointment, Dana will complete a reassessment to account for any changes since your last visit. Follow-up appointments are booked as recommended by your practitioner and are specific to the needs of each patient.
About the Practitioner
Dana is a graduate of the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy, where she completed a four-year Master in Practice Diploma of Osteopathic Manipulative Sciences. She also holds a Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences Degree from the University of Waterloo. Dana has always had an interest in the human body, mechanics, and wellness.
Growing up in the small town of Parry Sound, Dana spent much of her time exploring the outdoors on her parents forested property. She is looking forward to the same sense of community while practicing in St. George.
We offer a wide range of services to our clients:
- DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE, PREGNANCY MASSAGE & SPORTS MASSAGE
- HOT STONE MASSAGE
- INDIE HEAD MASSAGE
We offer Direct Billing for the following providers:
- Chamber Of Commerce
- Industrial Alliance
- Johnson Inc
- Maximum Benefit
- Standard Life
- Sun Life
- Green Shield
15min – $40
Hot Stone Massage
Indie Head Massage
Indie Head Massage Combo
$75 – Session