Each massage therapy session is fully customized just to suit you. We will discuss your goals prior to your treatment, and work together to develop a treatment approach using a combination of the modalities listed below.

For those who are claiming treatments through extended health benefits, all treatments provided at Woodstock Massage Therapy are billable as "massage therapy." A receipt will be provided to you after treatment.

If you are you feeling overwhelmed and are unsure of which treatment or therapist is the best choice for you, give the office a call. We will do a free consultation to determine which one of our therapists is best suited to help you achieve your goals.

• Massage Therapy
A typical session will involve a variety of massage techniques that may include Swedish, trigger point therapy, stretching, myofascial release and cupping. Depth of pressure is adjusted to meet your individual needs and preferences. Massage is great for stress reduction, relaxation and pain relief. Our goal is to find the best treatment that will get you back doing the things you love.

Some specific treatments we offer include the following;

• Pre / Post Natal
Growing a baby is really cool (and really hard). Your body is under a lot of stress as it creates a brand new human, and you feel it. Everywhere. Your back aches as your belly grows, your feet and ankles are beginning to swell. And you are exhausted. We get it. You need a good massage! (Please let us know you are expecting when you book your appointment).

• Indie Head Massage
With so much responsibility resting on your back; your shoulders and neck are aching. You need relief. Indie Head Massage will leave you feeling like a new person who is ready to take on the world! IHM focuses on the face, scalp, neck, upper back, shoulders and arms. You can receive Indie Head Massage as a stand-alone treatment, or add a 15-minute mini-IHM on the end of your regular massage.

• TMJ (Jaw Pain) Treatment
Do you clench or grind your teeth? Does your jaw click when you open your mouth? If you experience pain in your jaw, treatment of the head neck, shoulder and intra-oral region can help alleviate your symptoms.

• Cupping
The use of plastic vacuum cups, or silicone suction cups allows for a unique approach to treating the body's fascia. The use of these cups on stubborn areas can affect deeper tissues, reducing restrictions that will allow you to move better. If you would like to try cupping in your next treatment, let us know when you book your appointment.

• Hot Stone
Hot stone therapy is a great treatment alternative for people who do not like deep pressure or who suffer from conditions like fibromyalgia. Warm stones are used by your therapist to relieve stress and tension from your body. A hot stone massage is a very relaxing treatment will allow you will float away and reconnect to your inner calm.

• Manual Lymph Drainage
Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a very gentle, non-invasive, hands-on technique that improves the activity of the lymphatic system via mild skin stretch. For the recipient MLD is incredibly calming and relaxing as it decreases the stress response.

Manual Lymph Drainage is very beneficial both before and after surgery. MLD will promote tissue regeneration as well as healthy and minimal scar formation. It will also help address swelling and fluid accumulation as a result of the surgery.

Additional conditions that respond well to Lymphatic Drainage Therapy include (but not limited to);
• Lymphedema
• Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue
• Mastectomy/Breast Augmentation or Reduction/Congestion
• Swelling
• Headache/Migraines/Sinus Problems
• Insomnia/Anxiety
If you would like more information regarding Manual Lymph Drainage, please don't hesitate to call or email Lindsay.

Complete Decongestive Therapy

Living with chronic edema/lymphedema is hard. We can make it easier.

Lymphedema is an accumulation of protein-rich fluid in the superficial tissues and is a very common and serious condition, as it can have serious consequences for the patient if left untreated. There is no cure for lymphedema, but it can be managed with CDT.

Lymphedema is often caused by trauma to the lymphatic system (secondary lymphedema), such as surgery, injury, scarring, infection and radiation therapy. Post-mastectomy lymphedema of the upper extremity caused by breast cancer treatment is very common in North America.

Another cause for lymphedema is malformations of the lymphatic system (primary lymphedema). In such cases the swelling may appear after simple accidents such as sports injuries, which can suddenly overload the lymphatic system.

Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) is the gold standard for the treatment of lymphedema. It involves hands on Manual Lymph Drainage treatments, compression with bandaging and/or compression garments, exercise prescription, and skin care.

The treatment protocol consists of two phases;

Phase I: Reductive CDT
The goal of Phase I is to encourage the extra lymph fluid to drain from the affected area, in order to reduce visible swelling and other symptoms of lymphedema. Although treatment plans are tailored to the individual, phase I generally involves treatments 5 days a week for sessions that include Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD), bandaging and exercise. To achieve the best results, you will need to wear the bandages around the clock during this phase, removing them only for bathing and MLD sessions. Your therapist will teach you how to apply the bandages correctly on your own and how to do exercises that will encourage swelling to move away from the affected area.

Depending on how long it takes to reduce the swelling, Phase I can last anywhere from 2 to 8 weeks. Your therapist will do a visual examination and take measurements of the affected area to determine when your Phase I sessions have reached a plateau.

Phase II: Maintenance
The goal of Phase II is to maintain the results of the initial intensive phase on your own. This means less frequent visits to the clinic. In Phase II you will be fitted and learn how to wear and care for compression garments. You will be shown gentle exercise techniques that will encourage drainage from the affected area, as well as how to apply MLD techniques to yourself. Learning to recognise the symptoms of infection will also be an important aspect of this phase. Although individual treatment plans vary, you can expect to stick with phase II of CDT for many years or even for the rest of your life.

Lindsay will work with you over time to ensure your lymphedema stays under control, modifying your treatment plan as needed. For example, there may be times that you need to come in for frequent visits and wear bandaging or other compression device around the clock, and others when you can get away with a few hours a day - or even skip a day or two. You may find that lymphedema never becomes a major problem for you again, or that it only flares up in certain situations, such as hot weather or activities involving heavy use of the arm. On the other hand, you may experience periods of worsening lymphedema that require you to go through phase I again to bring the swelling back down.

"CDT really is the 'full-court press' you want in cases of stage 2 and stage 3 lymphedema," says Andrea Cheville, MD, associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Mayo Clinic. "The idea is to bite the bullet and go through an intense aggressive phase to bring it under control and then work to maintain those results."

If you have any questions regarding Complete Decongestive Therapy, please don't hesitate to call or email Lindsay.

We understand how pain can affect your life. We can help.

795 Dundas St. • Woodstock ON • 519.602.5562