Medical Massage Therapy

What is Medical Massage Therapy: The Complete Guide

Welcome to our complete guide on medical massage therapy! In this blog, we will explore, the various medical massage techniques, delve into the wide-ranging benefits, and provide essential tips, on how to select the ideal medical massage therapist for your needs. So, let’s dive, right in!

Medical Massage Techniques:

Medical massage therapy, incorporates a range of specialized techniques,  that target specific issues, and conditions. These techniques are more than just your average, relaxation massage; they aim to address, particular health concerns,  and promote overall well-being.

Deep Tissue Massage:

Our first technique is deep tissue massage, which focuses,  on reaching the underlying muscle layers to relieve chronic tension and pain. It involves slow, deliberate strokes,  that penetrate deeply, into the affected tissues. This technique is particularly beneficial, for individuals with chronic pain, postural problems, and muscle injuries.

Example: Imagine, you’ve been dealing with persistent lower back pain, due to long hours, of sitting at your desk. A skilled medical massage therapist, using deep tissue massage, could effectively, target the root cause of your pain, and help alleviate discomfort, enhancing your daily life.

Trigger Point Therapy:

Trigger points are tight knots within muscle fibers that can cause referred pain in other parts of the body. Trigger point therapy involves applying pressure to these specific points to release tension and alleviate pain.

Example: Let’s say, you run a lot, and, you’ve been experiencing continuous knee pain, that just won’t go away. Our medical massage therapist, using trigger point therapy, would locate and treat the trigger points responsible for the discomfort, potentially improving your running performance and overall comfort.

Myofascial Release:

Myofascial tissues surround and support muscles throughout the body. Myofascial release is a technique that targets these connective tissues to release restrictions and improve mobility.

Example: If you’re experiencing limited range of motion due to tightness in your shoulders, our medical massage therapist can use myofascial release to gently stretch and release the fascia, allowing for increased shoulder movement and reducing discomfort.

Neuromuscular Therapy:

Neuromuscular therapy, focuses, on identifying, and addressing imbalances, between the nervous system, and muscles. This technique is particularly effective for those suffering from nerve compression or chronic muscular pain.

Example: Suppose, you have been experiencing tingling sensations in your arm,  due to a pinched nerve in your neck. A medical massage therapist will use neuromuscular therapy, to alleviate the pressure on the nerve, providing relief, from the tingling sensation.

Massage Benefits:

The benefits,  of medical massage, extend far beyond, mere relaxation. While reducing stress, and promoting relaxation are definite perks, medical massage therapy,  offers a myriad of advantages, that cater to your specific health concerns.

Pain Management:

Chronic pain sufferers can find immense relief, through medical massage. The targeted techniques can help reduce inflammation, improve circulation, and release endorphins, which, act as natural pain relievers.

Example: Suppose, you’re an individual, dealing with arthritis, causing joint pain, and stiffness. Our medical massage therapy can help manage your pain,  by enhancing joint mobility and decreasing inflammation, allowing you to move with greater ease.

Stress Reduction:

Stress is a common, modern-day ailment, and medical-massage provides an excellent solution. By calming the nervous system, and promoting relaxation, medical massage can alleviate stress,  and anxiety, fostering an improved sense of well-being.

Example: Picture yourself, going through a demanding,  work week with tight deadlines and mounting stress. A medical massage therapist can work their magic, relieving stress-induced muscle tension, and leaving you, feeling refreshed, and rejuvenated to face, the challenges ahead.

Improved Sleep:

Many individuals struggle with sleep-related issues, such as insomnia, or disrupted sleep patterns. Medical massage, can promote relaxation, and relieve tension, leading to better sleep quality.

Example: If you’ve been finding it difficult, to unwind,  and fall asleep at night, medical massage therapy, can help you relax, and ease the stress accumulated throughout the day, potentially leading to more restful nights.

How to Choose a Medical Massage Therapist:

Here, are some crucial factors,  to consider, during your search:

Qualifications and Certifications:

A qualified medical massage therapist should have the necessary certifications and training. Look for therapists who have completed relevant courses and hold recognized certifications.

Example: At our clinic, all our medical massage therapists are licensed and certified professionals with extensive training in various massage techniques. You can trust that you are in skilled hands.

Experience and Specializations:

Consider the therapist’s experience and any specialized areas of expertise they may have. Some therapists might focus on sports injuries, while others excel in prenatal massage.

Example: If you’re an athlete, dealing with sports-related injuries, you can rely,  on an experienced therapist, who has successfully treated, numerous athletes, getting them back on track to peak performance.

Client Reviews and Testimonials:

Take the time, to read client reviews, and testimonials about the therapist, or clinic you’re considering. These can give you valuable insights,  into the therapist’s skills, and the quality of their services.

Example: A clinic that is sure to have received numerous positive reviews from satisfied clients, attesting to the effectiveness of medical massage therapy and the professionalism of their therapists, must be the one to be selected.

Communication and Comfort Level:

A good medical massage therapist should prioritize open communication and make you feel comfortable throughout the treatment process.

Example: When you visit a clinic, the friendly, and attentive therapists, present there, will listen to your concerns, answer any questions you have, and ensure, that you feel at ease during your session.


Incorporating these wide techniques, to deliver a plethora of benefits, medical massage therapy, proves to be a holistic approach to addressing specific health issues, and enhancing overall well-being. By choosing, a qualified, and experienced medical massage therapist, who meets your individual needs, you can unlock the full potential, of this therapeutic practice. It is important you find the best therapist for you who understands properly what is needed to be done in your body and heals you better than ever before. Remember, we are here, to guide you on your journey to improved health and wellness through medical massage therapy!

Jones Onigbinde
Physical Therapist/Doctor of Physical Therapy

Jones graduated from Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife in Nigeria with a Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation in Physiotherapy, he completed his post professional Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Montana, United States. He has been practicing physiotherapy since graduation in 1998 in a diverse clinical settings. His years of experience include working in acute care, post-surgical wards, and intensive care units. Before moving to Canada in 2005, Jones worked in Nigeria and the Republic of Seychelles. Jones currently holds practicing licenses with the College of Physical Therapists of Alberta and the Health and Care Professions Council of the United Kingdom. Jones’ subspecialty areas of certifications include Manual Therapy, TMJ/TMD management, Kinesiotaping, and Vestibular Rehabilitation. He also has certification in Lifestyle medicine, allowing him to provide evidence based lifestyle intervention in the management of chronic health issues such as diabetes, hypertension, and health focus weight loss. Jones is a current member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, Digital Health Canada, and Kinesiotaping International. During his leisure time, Jones loves spending time with his family, playing soccer with his daughter and two boys, and exploring the beautiful Rocky Mountains situated in the beautiful province of Alberta.

Elsi Morales Gutierrez, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist

Elsi graduated with an advanced clinical Massage Therapy Diploma from Makami College. She is a Registered Massage Therapist with 3000 hours. Over time, Elsi has developed her unique massage therapy skills that has helped many patients and clients in pain amelioration and functional restoration following an injury or accident. Elsi is an outgoing person and deeply passionate about helping people achieve their health and wellness goals. She performs deep tissue massage, cupping, and hot stone massage as parts of her therapy sessions. She is a member in good standing with the Certified Registered Massage Therapist Association. Elsi enjoys spending time with her family during her leisure time.

Joel Rodriguez RTA, OTA
Rehabilitation Therapist Assistant Community Outreach Coordinator (COC)

Joel graduated from the CDI college with a Diploma in Rehabilitation Therapy Assistance program. Since his graduation, he has worked in private rehabilitation clinics with diverse patients and clients. His particular interest in the rehabilitation exercise program has allowed him to significantly impact his patients’ recovery. Joel is hardworking and relatable. His Spanish roots have allowed him to help coordinate healthcare needs within the Spanish community in Calgary. His RTA program met the accreditation standards set by Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada. He lives in Calgary with his young family.

Tanya Espinosa
Clinic Administrator

Tanya graduated with honors from the CompuCollege School of Business in Burnaby, BC with a Medical Office Assistant Diploma. Her experience includes working within the University of British Columbia’s Department of Medicine in diverse specialized clinical and academic administrative settings. While at UBC she worked as an individual secretary or part of a team of office administrators. Prior to her career at UBC, Tanya worked in a variety of multi-disciplinary physical rehabilitative offices ranging from physiotherapy and massage, to chiropractic and sports medicine.