Oakville Naturopathic Clinic offers a variety of Massage Therapy Modalities.


Therapeutic massage is the assessment and treatment of the soft tissue and joints of the body with the aim of treating and preventing physical dysfunction and pain, and increasing optimal posture and movement. This is accomplished through techniques to knead, compress and manipulate the soft tissues of the body (E.g. skin, muscle, connective tissue, ligaments, tendons, joints, etc.).

Myofascial trigger point therapy is the treatment of skeletal muscle, which has a characteristic hypersensitive palpable nodule within a taut muscle band. This area is painful on compression and can give rise to referred pain or tenderness, motor dysfunction, and autonomic phenomena (Travell & Simons).

Strain Counter-strain is another myofascial release approach. Certain tender points will occur in the myofascial system that relate to musculoskeletal or visceral dysfunction. The patient is passively positioned so that each area is placed in its most relaxed state. This releases the tender points by releasing the reflexes (muscle spindle or golgi tendon organ) associated with the original spasm. This technique is also known by other names such as Positional Release.

Joint mobilization is the treatment of the joints and surrounding soft tissue to improve joint range of motion, improve joint circulation, and decrease irritation in the surrounding joint tissues.

Cranio-sacral: The cranio-sacral system generally includes the skull bones, the pelvic bones, the “tube” of protective tissue covering the spinal cord called the dura mater, and the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) within. The fluid bathes the spinal cord with nutrition and removes waste, while the rest of the components act as a pump to move the fluid through the system. Treatment of this system may include techniques to gentle mobilize any rigidity in the sutures of the skull or bones of the pelvis, remove strains within the dural tube, and restore fluid motion to the CSF (Magoun).

Muscle energy technique was developed to restore movement to the joints of the body as an alternative to high velocity thrust techniques. The patient’s own voluntary muscle contractions are created and used against a precise counterforce to loosen specific joints (Mitchell). This method also has application in releasing tight muscles.

Visceral manipulation is the treatment of any restriction or adhesion related to the viscera or surrounding tissue, which may impede the movement or performance of the tissue. This has the effect of improving numerous different functions depending on the organ, or decreasing pain and normalizing fluid pressure within the body and different systems. For example, the treatment of specific viscera to improve its motion, position and remove tension may improve a headache, improve digestion, or decrease back pain.

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