Choose a therapist

How to choose the right therapy?

Faced with the panoply of choices of therapies offered, it can be difficult to determine which type of treatment would suit us best. The first thing we need to realize is that there are as many therapies as there are people. For example, two students who take their training in physiotherapy or Swedish massage with the same teachers, will not work in the same way. For what? The answer is simple; therapy is not just a matter of techniques that you learn by heart and repeat without thinking. The treatment will be influenced by the experience and personality of the therapist.

It is the same for all health professionals. A physiotherapist who continues with osteopathy will not treat in the same way as a massage therapist who completes his training in osteopathy. Just as a massage therapist who works with a biomechanical approach (physio, sports, myofascial, "deep tissue") will not be at all the same therapist as a massage therapist who has worked in energy (shiatsu, polarity, Chinese energy massage, reflexology).

Here is a very summary description of the different therapies. We will explain them more specifically in the coming weeks.

Osteopath: global specialist.

Osteopathy is a generally gentle therapeutic manual approach that aims to restore mobility to restricted structures (joints, muscles, fascias, organs (viscera), skull, etc.) with the aim of restoring vitality, improving movement and circulation and allow the body to normalize and eliminate its compensations.

For example, a person who makes a wrong move and gets the D6 vertebra stuck (between the shoulder blades), they will first feel a sharp and intense pain that often resembles a “stabbing sensation”. The body will then place itself in a protective mechanism to protect itself and it will be blocked by the stiffness and tensions that will gradually set in. To counter pain, spasms and fatigue, the body will compensate: changes in posture, decrease in functional capacity and energy, etc. A displaced vertebra or stuck in a bad position can irritate the nerve root that comes out through the foramina of this vertebral level. In addition to causing pain, an irritated nerve can lead to a functional decrease in the organs it innervates. For example, the stomach is innervated by nerves coming from the D5 to D9 vertebrae and the vagus nerve at the cranial level. Continuing our previous example, our famous blocked D6 vertebra could therefore lead to digestive difficulties, such as gastric reflux or bloating.

The osteopath approaches the problem with a global vision of the body and takes into consideration all the physical and emotional factors that can disturb the patient's homeostasis (the body's ability to remain balanced and functional). He has several types of manual techniques to release tension: the techniques myofascial(balancing techniques, tensioning, myofascial release, etc.), the 'muscle-energy' which combines muscle contractions and stretching, cranial and cranio-sacral techniques to restore vitality to the body, promote hormonal balance, reduce inflammation and pain, mobilizations to regain joint amplitude as well as osteo- (similar to chiropractic manipulations, but gentler) to correct a displaced vertebra or joint, fluid techniques to improve circulation and reduce edema (swelling), emotional release techniques, to eradicate tissue memories trauma, visceral techniques to release tension on the organs in order to improve hormonal, digestive, respiratory, gynecological functions...

Since the osteopath seeks to release the compensations and constraints imposed on the body by seeking the cause of the problem rather than focusing solely on the symptoms and that these compensations occur in the medium and long term (chronic condition), it is necessary to rely on a few sessions (usually three close together) before feeling well-being. Thereafter, treatments every four to six weeks and then as needed are offered.

Why see an osteopath?

Chronic pain with compensation, pain affecting the different systems (digestive, menstrual, migraines…), pregnancy, babies…

Chiropractor: specialist in displaced vertebrae

Why see a Chiro?

Chiropractic is a natural approach that is perfectly in line with the growing concerns of Quebecers in terms of health and quality of life.

The word CHIROPRACTIC comes from the Greek kheir, meaning "hands" and practices, meaning "to do" or "to exercise". Chiropractic is a health discipline that focuses on the inherent ability of the human body to maintain health and heal itself without drugs or surgery (homeostasis). It emphasizes the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function as coordinated by the nervous system.

The chiropractic approach is both preventive and curative, that is to say, it aims not only to bring you relief, but also to prevent you from developing symptoms or pain related to malfunction of your spine or nervous system. To achieve this, the chiropractor will primarily use chiropractic adjustments, a specialized form of joint manipulation.

The chiropractor is a partner in the recovery and maintenance of your health. He is trained to give you the best advice to optimize your health and prevent the onset of health problems.

The role of the chiropractor is to give the person all the tools they need to reach their full neuromusculoskeletal health potential. The chiropractor will therefore focus on the biomechanics and the proper functioning of the spine and nervous system in order to promote the recovery and maintenance of neuromusculoskeletal health. To do this, he will mainly use chiropractic adjustments as well as other manual therapies.

Following a trauma that would have caused a vertebral displacement with nerve pinching. With vigorous manual manipulations performed on the spine, the chiropractor should be able to fix the problem in one or two sessions. If it suggests more than two weeks of adjustments, it would be important to consider combining the treatment with massage therapy in order to promote the release of spasms that keep the vertebra in lesion. We must visualize a joint as being two bones held together by cords (ligaments) which move thanks to the muscular contraction of the muscles which are attached to the bones by the tendons. For the manipulation to be effective and for the blockage not to return after a few hours, the muscles must be flexible and relaxed enough not to pull on the bones.

Physiotherapist: specialist in acute inflammation and rehabilitation

Why see a Physio?

Following a soft tissue injury that has created edema and inflammation, physiotherapy is highly indicated within 72 hours of the trauma and during the active rehabilitation phase. They often work with work or road accident victims or with patients after an operation or prolonged immobilization. The treatment is rarely individual and includes several modalities: heat, exercises, mobilizations, stretching, vigorous massages, electrotherapy devices (TENS, interferential, laser, ultrasound), ice… All this with the aim of controlling inflammation and swelling, decrease pain and restore the patient's mobility and strength. The physiotherapist focuses on treating the injured area. For example, if you consult him for shoulder tendinitis, he will take care of the shoulder joint and everything related to it, but will not treat the pain, tension or compensation caused by this injury. The combination of physiotherapy / massage therapy, physio / acupuncture or physio / osteopathy treatment is interesting because it allows faster results and to work the body globally, to have an effect on several discomforts or symptoms that bother you.

Acupuncturist: System Boot Specialist

Acupuncture is a therapeutic approach in Chinese medicine and has been recognized for millennia. It is based on the fact that the human body has vital energy (Qi) which circulates everywhere via meridians. Essential, this energy makes it possible to maintain the physiological functions of the different systems (musculoskeletal, nervous, hormonal, brain, digestive, immune, gynecological, etc.)

Acupuncture is an effective global therapy and it allows to work on several problems at the same time and in a few sessions.

Why see an acupuncturist?

When our system is in total exhaustion, lack of energy, reduce pain (both chronic and acute) and inflammation, release muscle spasms, increase concentration, improve digestion, facilitate childbirth , promote sleep and energy.

Biomechanical Massage Therapist: specialist in soft tissue relaxation (muscles, tendon, ligament, and fascia)

Thanks to numerous manual techniques (fascia therapy, massage, stretching, etc.), the massage therapist will create space in the body envelope to allow the body to recover its functions. If the tissue envelopes become too tight or tense, nervous and vascular circulation is reduced, so this injured region will be less nourished and cleaned, which will cause congestion and an increase in metabolic waste and toxins. By relaxing the envelopes and soft tissues, circulation is improved and the body can relax and function better (strength, mobility, endurance, recovery, etc.)

Why see a biomechanical massage therapist?

Following a trauma that created protective muscle spasms, tendinitis, bursitis, periostitis, sequelae of sprains, poor posture, repetitive movements...

Energy Massage Therapist: specialist in energy rebalancing

Chinese medicine says that we have a certain amount of energy available and that this energy must be distributed equally throughout our body. Following a trauma or an injury, there is an imbalance that is created (either too full or too empty) and the energy circulates with difficulty which generates pain, fatigue, poor recovery….

Why see an energy massage therapist?

To bring the body back into an energy balance, to harmonize the physical and the psychic.