Whether you’re recovering from surgery or a sports injury, you’ve just given birth or you’re feeling stressed at work, the RMT’s on our Vernon massage therapy team have the specialized technique and training to help restore your muscle function and overall wellbeing.
Our bodies don't have it easy. We slouch at desks or we're on our feet all day. We piggyback our kids. Carry one too many bags of groceries. Paddle, ski, skate, ride and play ball until it's dark. Pull weeds. Shovel snow. Walk the markets. Run into sunset.
On top of that, our bodies contend with illness, with disease, with stress, with everyday life. While we can't always change the course life takes, we can support our bodies so we can enjoy life with greater mobility and well-being.
Our Vernon massage therapy team is trained and adept at assessing conditions and creating a course of treatment to provide relief. The goal is simple: decrease pain and propel healing by improving muscle and join function. Along the way, you're apt to experience improved blood flow and overall health as well as a sense of calm and better sleep.
How We Treat
Massage Therapy Team
Our Registered Massage Therapists (RMT's) graduated from the 3,000-hour program at Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy (OVCMT) and since graduating have regularly attended continuing education courses.
We are well qualified to assess and treat your injuries and chronic symptoms. Our approach involves the tools from both our formal education and additional courses to blend the below therapies in the way that is best for you and your body.
Usually, your therapist will work with you over a series of treatments and the above will be used at different points as your body is ready for them. You are an active part of your massage therapy treatment.
For you to achieve long-lasting results, from chronic conditions, you may need to make some lifestyle and work position changes. We will educate you on postural and movement improvements that will decrease the repetitive strains on your body that can be the root of your symptoms.
- Assessment of your concerns and/or injuries
- Treatment, which can include movement therapy
- Soft tissue manipulation of skin, fascia, muscles, joint capsules, and blood flow
- Stretching and strengthening
- Education of what is going on in the body and how you can participate in your own healing; homecare exercises; hydrotherapy; and daily life modifications to improve the condition.
Techniques We Use
Muscle Energy Technique
Improve strength, range of motion and the length of shortened or spastic muscles with this gentle yet effective massage technique.Learn more…
Maintain muscle tissue health and performance by releasing the fascia or tissue that surrounds muscles stressed by work positions, poor posture and injuries.Learn more…
Neuromuscular & Trigger Point Therapy
Release areas of specific muscle strain, pain and dysfunction with a deep tissue massage that uses static pressure and friction techniques.Learn more…
Conditions We Treat
- Arthritis (Rheumatoid, Ankylosing Spondylitis & Osteoarthritis)
- Degenerative Disc Disease/Disc Herniations
- Duputren’s contracture
- Facet pain
- Fascial restrictions (i.e. Plantar Fasciitis)
- Frozen Shoulder/ Adhesive Capsulitis
- Illiotibial Band Impingment Syndrome
- Impingement syndrome
- Joints with restricted range of motion
- Muscle Cramps & Strains
- Muscle Tension & Spasms
- Patellar Tracking Dysfunction
- Post surgical replacement (i.e. shoulder, hip, knee)
- Posture related issues
- Shin Splints
- Spinal Stenosis
- Sports Related Concerns
- Sprains & Ligament Tears
- Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ)
- Tendinitis (ie. Golfer/ Tennis Elbow)
- Tension Headaches
- Torticollis/ Wry Neck
- Trigger finger
- Whiplash and injury from motor vehicle accidents
Nervous System Concerns
- Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's
- Complex pain syndrome/ reflex sympathetic dystrophy
- Nerve Entrapment (Sciatic nerve lesions/ Impingement, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome)
- Neuralgias (Metatarsalgia, Intercostals, Trigeminal)
- Spastic Paralysis, Stroke
- Infant massage
- Pregnancy massage (Pre/Postnatal)
- Sleep Issues
- Stress Management/relaxation
- Edema & Diabetes
- Anxiety & Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Asthma, COPD, Emphysema
- Post-surgery scarring
Meet Our Massage Therapists
Alisha Tacoma, RMT
We welcome Alisha Tacoma, RMT to the Balance Natural Health Clinic Team! Her special interest in working with pre- and post-natal clients, as well as those experiencing TMJ dysfunction, chronic headaches, migraines and stress.Read Bio
Faith Dyke, RMT
Faith Dyke is a new graduate from the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy. She graduated July 2021 and has been working as a spa practitioner until she completed her board exams this last March. She is interested in working with clients to achieve their best potential and to help them find relief and healing.Read Bio