Manual Therapies

When an injury to a muscle, tendon, skin, or ligament in the body occurs, the inflammatory system will begin to heal the injury site. During this process, old debris in the injured area is cleaned up before new cells are brought in that will become healthy tissue. Some of the new cells are collagen cells, which is what causes scar tissue. Normally, collagen is aligned in specific ways that promote strength in the tissues. However, the body does not know how to arrange collagen cells after surgery or injury, causing them to clump together, lose their natural structure and create scar tissue. The good news is that this newly developed scar tissue is not inherently permanent and can be remodeled to look like normal, healthy tissue once more.

Remodeling the scar makes it so the injured tissue can tolerate the stress and forces the body encounters every day from regular activity. Tissue remodeling can help with

• Improved range of motion in surrounding joints and muscles

• Restore normal mobility and function

• Decrease pain

Management Techniques

• Cross friction massage. This involves using one of two fingers to massage the scar in a direction perpendicular to the line of the scar. This technique ensures proper alignment of collagen fibers.

• Myofascial release. The hands are used to create varying degrees of pressure to massage the skin and underlying tissues around the scar. The practitioner can feel for restrictions of tissue, also known as fascia, and work to improve movement in those areas.

• Instrument assisted. An instrument used to assist soft tissue mobilization which involves using specialty stainless steel instruments of various sizes to massage and mobilize tissues, helping break up the built-up collagen cells.

• Along with these massage techniques, stretching and flexibility exercises may also be implemented to help elongate and improve the mobility of injured tissues.

Acupuncture is a treatment therapy in which extremely fine solid needles are inserted into the body at strategic points for therapeutic purposes. Neurofunctional Acupuncture treating musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction with contemporary acupuncture. a scientific approach is used in which disposable acupuncture needles are inserted into precise, richly innervated tissues overlying anatomically defined sites, and stimulated with or without electricity for the therapeutic purpose of correcting neuromodulation of abnormal activity

How can acupuncture benefit patients? Acupuncture can be effective as a solitary treatment, or as an adjunct to other therapeutic interventions. The World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of:

• Sports related injuries and other movement disorders;

• Musculoskeletal pain: neck pain, shoulder pain, lower back pain and other joint pain;

• Chronic pain: headaches, sciatica, osteoarthritis, neuritis and facial pain;

• Digestive disorders, menstrual and reproductive problems, urinary & respiratory problems and stress related problems

For musculoskeletal pain and movement disorders, in adjunct to acupuncture gentle corrective soft-tissue manual therapy techniques are used to relieve muscle spasms, reduce inflammation, reduce pain, promote local tissue healing, improve fascial tensegrity, normalize bony structure alignment, facilitate movement, and restore function.

We at Core Body Science feel that it would be beneficial to discuss Maintenance Sports Massage.

Perhaps the most valuable application of massage concerning athletes is Maintenance Sports Massage. This form of massage is performed on regular intervals within the duration of the clients training program.

Studies show that regular maintenance sports massage significantly reduces recovery time allowing increases in frequency of intense training periods, thus providing an opportunity for the athlete to maximize their performance over a period of time. This produces more frequency training and faster skill acquiring.

In the case of maintenance sport massage, regularity of massage treatments is more important than frequency and any regularly scheduled massage will enhance the athletes training by controlling injury escalation and eliminating training staleness.

If you are currently in training program for the upcoming race season or just fitness in general, discuss regular massage therapy treatments with your Pilates coach.

If you are following a self-directed program, discuss your goals with Nadia, our registered massage to determine the best plan of care for your training program.

What it is

What it is: Fascia is the word we use for all connective tissue in your body. It connects to and influences every system in your body including the muscular, skeletal, central and peripheral nervous systems. Fascia also connects to all the major organs. Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) is a complete system of table-based assisted stretching. It focuses on the fascia and joints as key elements in achieving optimal flexibility, strength, and pain relief. A therapist will use traction and oscillation to remove restrictions from movement and to stimulate lubrication of the joints.

Who it is for

Appropriate for all ages, from young children to the elderly. Well suited for the professional athlete, the weekend weekend warrior, or those trying to get back into shape. Beneficial for anyone wanting to reduce pain or increase quality of life through better movement and increased flexibility.

Why it is unique

FST is very gentle and painless. FST can be a stand-alone treatment or it can be integrated with other training or therapy for faster and longer-lasting results. It has the ability to decompress the joints all the way to the edges of tissue. Every time you lay down, you will be assessed as to what is tight, what needs to be lengthened and opened up, what needs extra focus. Each session will be adapted to your flexibility and range of motion at that time.

Key Benefits

Decreases or eliminates pain caused by tension and stress. Increases flexibility, mobility, and range of motion. Improves balance and coordination. Gains muscle function. Improves strength and power. Improves posture and appearance. Enhances circulation. Eases compression and impingement in joints.

Is it painful?

Fascial stretch therapy is not painful. It is a gentle modality meant to help the client to relax and stretch out.

What is the Eldoa method?

The ELDOA method is an innovative form of exercise developed by world-renowned osteopath Dr. Guy Voyer. ELDOA exercises consist of a series of specific postures aimed at relieving pressure and increasing blood flow around particular joints or spinal segments.

ELDOAs and Myofascial Stretches are very specific and complex techniques that require strong attention to form and correct progressions.

Everyone can benefit from the effects of ELDOAs and MFS

Injury Recovery and Prevention

Reduced Joint Inflammation and Arthrosis

Delayed Disc Degeneration

Increased Disc Hydration

Increased Blood Flow

Improved Posture

Normalize Disc Bulges

Reduced Degrees of Scoliosis

Increased Flexibility

Improved Muscle Performance and Tone

Normalization of Visceral Function

Reduced Stress


If you are an athlete or someone who lives an active lifestyle, it is very important to establish a stretching and recovery routine to balance your training. When this balance is not managed, it is only a matter of time before your body will breakdown or limit your performance. Strains, sprains and other sports related injuries can sideline you and be frustrating for any athlete.


One of the most common postural problems is the forward head posture. Since we live in a forward facing world, the repetitive use of computers, TV, smart phones, trauma and even backpacks have forced the body to adapt to a forward head posture. Repetitive movements in a certain direction will reinforce nerve and muscle pathways to move that way more readily.


Fighting gravity and the effects of inactivity is a lifelong endeavor! What are you doing to keep your spine strong, mobile, and healthy?

Chronological aging may be inevitable but just as psychological health can be maintained with mental exercises, your biological health can be maintained and improved with the proper physical exercises.

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