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Registered Massage Therapy

The practice of massage therapy is the assessment of soft tissue and joints of the body and the treatment and prevention of dysfunction, injury, pain and physical disorders of the soft tissues and joints by manual and physical methods to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function to relieve pain and promote health.

RMTs in BC are trained in:

  1. The assessment and diagnoses of soft tissue and joints of the body
  2. The treatment and prevention of injury, pain and physical disorders

RMTs are dedicated to treating your symptoms of pain and dysfunction, including the underlying causes.

It is widely understood that massage therapy decreases stress and helps control pain. Perhaps less known is the effectiveness of massage therapy in treating deeper structures of the body such as ligaments, bones and joints, fascia, blood vessels, organs and other soft tissues of the body. Massage therapy can provide relief for many common conditions such as:

  • headaches, including migraine
  • migraine headaches
  • whiplash and motor vehicle accidents
  • pregnancy
  • Cancer
  • low back pain
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • stress release
  • neck pain
  • overuse & occupational Injuries
  • postural dysfunction and related pain
  • pre/post natal related pain
  • respiratory conditions
  • scar tissue mobilization
  • sciatica
  • shoulder pain
  • muscle spasms or strains
  • stress, anxiety and depression
  • tendonitis
  • arthritis
  • osteoporosis
  • fibromyalgia
  • sports injuries
  • and many other common conditions related to soft tissue and joint dysfunction

Registered massage therapists in B.C. are some of the most highly trained in North America and are governed by the College of Massage Therapists of B.C. Treatments are often covered under extended medical plans, msp premium assistance, WCB, ICBC, RCMP, and DVA.

Initial Massage Therapy assessment and treatment (60 minutes):

The initial Massage Therapy assessment and treatment is for all first time massage therapy patients to Harbour Health It includes history and assessment, hands on treatment as well as homecare and patient education. Please complete the initial history forms online in advance of your appointment. Thank you.

Follow up Massage Therapy Treatment:

For return patients only. New patients please book initial massage therapy and assessment.

Book online here or email info@harbourtherapy.com or call the clinic at 250-726-7119.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture Initial Assessment & Treatment (90 minutes):

A thirty minute holistic assessment, followed by a one hour treatment. An Acupuncture Treatment may include: Acupuncture, Cupping, Moxabustion, Tui na (Chinese massage), Traditional Chinese Medicine diet and lifestyle advice.

Follow up Acupuncture Treatment:

An Acupuncture Treatment may include: Acupuncture, Cupping, Moxabustion, Tui na (Chinese massage), Traditional Chinese Medicine diet and lifestyle advice. An initial assessment and treatment is required before booking acupuncture follow up treatment

Community Acupuncture:

Community Acupuncture is for those needing more frequent treatments and may be used in conjunction with private treatments. Seated, fully clothed in a room with up to two others. Sat in reclining zero gravity chairs, small needles are placed in hands and feet. An initial Assessment & treatment is required before partaking in Community acupuncture.

Cupping

Cupping is the term applied to a technique that uses l glass cups as suction devices that are placed on the skin. Suction is created by placing an inverted cup over a small flame, then applying it directly to the skin once a vacuum is created. Flames are never used near the skin and are not lit throughout the process of cupping, but rather are a means to create the heat that causes the suction within the small cups.

Once the suction has occurred, the cups can be gently moved across the skin (often referred to as “gliding cupping). The suction in the cups causes the skin and superficial muscle layer to be lightly drawn into the cup. Cupping is much like the inverse of massage – rather than applying pressure to muscles, it uses gentle pressure to pull them upward. For most patients, this is a particularly relaxing and relieving sensation. There is fixed cupping were the cups are placed on a body part and left there and moving cupping is a method were massage oil or cream is applied to the skin in selected places, the cups are placed over the areas to be treated and then moved around that region of the body — most commonly the back. The cups slide easily because the cream has lubricated your body.

Generally, cupping is combined with acupuncture in one treatment. The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system (which makes it an excellent treatment for high blood pressure). Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, enhances circulation, helps relieve pain, removes heat, and pulls out toxins that linger in your bodies tissues.

Book online by clicking here or call 250-726-7119 or text Steve at 250-726-6039.

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is a primary care, autonomous, client-focused health profession dedicated to improving quality of life by:

Promoting optimal mobility, physical activity and overall health and wellness; Preventing disease, injury, and disability; Managing acute and chronic conditions, activity limitations, and participation restrictions; Improving and maintaining optimal functional independence and physical performance; Rehabilitating injury and the effects of disease or disability with therapeutic exercise programs and other interventions; and Educating and planning maintenance and support programs to prevent re-occurrence, re-injury or functional decline.

Physiotherapists are able to evaluate, diagnose and treat a range of illnesses, injuries and disabilities to help you heal. You do not need a referral from a Doctor to see a Physiotherapist.

Some of what I treat:

Arthritis, Pre/Post joint replacement surgery, Postural correction, Sports and running injurys, Repetitive strain injury, Disc bulge and nerve pain, Whiplash injury, TMJ dysfunction, Postnatal core retraining and Diastasis Recti, Pelvic dysfunction, Mechanical back and neck pain, Plantar fasciitis, Bursitis.

What I offer:

Acupuncture, Manual therapies, Trigger point and soft tissue release, Exercise prescription, Gait retraining, Athletic taping, Ultrasound, TENS, Muscle stim.

Initial physiotherapy assessment:

The initial Physiotherapy assessment and treatment is for all first time Physiotherapy patients to Harbour Health. It includes history and assessment as well as a combination of hands on treatment, Physiotherapy modalities, Acupuncture, and home exercises. Please bring shorts if your injury is to your lower extremity and for women a tank top with a low back if your injury is to your shoulder, upper back or neck. Please complete the initial history forms online in advance of your appointment. Thank you.

Follow up physiotherapy appointment:

Follow up appointments are for patients who have already had an initial assessment by a Physiotherapist at harbour health. It will involve continued assessment and build on exercises and treatments provided in the initial visit.

Book online by clicking here or call the Ucluelet Physiotherapy clinic (250) 723-5112.