Scoliosis & How Massage Can Help

Scoliosis & How Massage Can Help

As a parent, learning that your child has scoliosis will likely take you by surprise. While kids of any age and gender can have scoliosis, it more commonly presents itself and worsens when going through puberty. The big mystery we have yet to solve, however, is why females are more likely to have scoliosis than men. What is Scoliosis? Scoliosis is a common disorder that causes the spine to curve in either a ‘C’ or ‘S’ shape rather than be a straight line. While there is no known cause of idiopathic scoliosis, it’s proven that the disorder is not related to certain behaviors or physical activities (ex. wearing a heavy backpack, having bad posture, or playing sports). There is, however, a genetic link – with approximately 30% of patients having a family history of the condition. Scoliosis in Girls While we may not know what causes scoliosis to develop, we do know that it occurs much more frequently in females. In fact, girls over the age of ten are ten times more likely to have idiopathic scoliosis than boys of the same age. Girls are also much more likely to develop severe symptoms and spine curves. Given that scoliosis often occurs when going through puberty – while our bodies are undergoing other significant changes – it’s important to be tested for it. A couple of things to look out for that may be indicators of scoliosis include: – uneven shoulder blades – a rotating spine – uneven hips – back pain If your little ones are diagnosed with scoliosis they will still be able to live healthy and active...
Video Game Soreness

Video Game Soreness

Are your video games so much fun they actually hurt? No, we don’t mean the kind of virtual pain you experience from getting attacked in Fortnite. Rather, that physical muscle pain that lingers long after you’ve stepped away from your console. Some video game packaging comes with a ‘Take a 10-15 minute break every hour when gaming!’ warning. This isn’t just a nice idea, but something that should be taken more seriously amongst gamers. When holding your body in the same position for long periods of time, you run the risk of a repetitive stress injury causing painful inflammation, soreness and, in more serious cases, muscle spasms. What are some of the most common gaming injuries? Carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, neck strain, and back aches are common complaints our RMTs treat – all of which can be avoided with a few changes to your gaming routine. Read on for ways you can play more safely: Take Breaks This one is a no brainer. Take breaks when engaging in longer periods of play. We get it, when you’re deep in an Overwatch match it’s hard to focus on anything other than controlling points. Start setting a timer to go off after 45 minutes of play as a reminder. The pause button is there for a reason! Putting consistent pressure on your wrists is like signing yourself up for a carpal tunnel injury that you’ll spend lots of time and money correcting. Get up, move around, get your blood flowing and – most importantly, give your hands a break. Break now, thank us later. Stretch and Do Hand Exercises Make your...
Join us at the Spring Baby and Toddler Show

Join us at the Spring Baby and Toddler Show

The birds are chirping, the snow is melting, and you can finally kick-off those heavy winter boots. Milder temperatures are here and so is the 2019 Spring Baby and Toddler Show! Whether you’re expecting, just delivered, or spending your days chasing after a rambunctious toddler, this show has something for you. So, put on a pair of comfortable shoes and join us at the International Centre in Mississauga from April 26-28, 2019. Our RMTs will be at the show all weekend long answering questions about massage therapy and offering complimentary demonstration massage treatments to expecting moms. “Is pregnancy massage safe?” We hear this question all the time. Our RMTs offer safe and restorative massage therapy treatment from the time of conception to birth. It goes without saying that pregnancy is a time of great change, when your entire body adapts to the new life growing within. You need and deserve support, especially since two people now depend on your health and vitality. Massage throughout all stages of pregnancy can ease your mind and body into motherhood. In addition to promoting relaxation and improving circulation, massage therapy can help: Reduce muscle cramps and painful trigger points Relive tension in the low back and gluteal region Improve range of motion Reduce fluid retention If you have any health concerns, speak to your primary health care provider before receiving massage therapy and always keep your RMT updated about any changes in your health. Tickets to the Spring Baby and Toddler Show are available online now at www.thebabyandtoddlershow.ca. Check us out on Facebook and Instagram to learn how you can get $3 off...
Hot Stone Massage – Warm Up!

Hot Stone Massage – Warm Up!

If there is one thing about the winter we dread, it’s the below freezing days where we feel chilled to the bone. You know, the ones where it’s seemingly impossible to warm up no matter what we try – running a hot bath, drinking tea, you name it. We’re shivering just at the thought! The idea of de-robing for a Massage treatment can sound like a cruel joke! Whether you are prone to cold hands, winter colds, or are just looking for an hour of relaxation and a chance to warm up, a therapeutic Hot Stone Massage is the perfect cure for your winter blues. What is Hot Stone Massage? Hot Stone Massage is a type of Massage that incorporates the use of heated stones to warm tight muscles. The stones, which are not scalding hot but toasty warm, are placed in various places on your body including your back, stomach, chest, palms and feet. While this type of Massage is perhaps best known for its comforting and relaxing nature – don’t fear. Your muscles won’t be missing out on that deep TLC they crave. By using hot stones to heat and relax your muscles, your RMT will actually be able to work your muscles more deeply while applying less pressure. Many Massage Therapy benefits are elevated thanks to the heat. Stay Warm this Winter It might go without saying that indulging in a Hot Stone Massage is the perfect remedy for those undeniably cold winter days. Some things are simply better when they’re warm: yoga, chicken soup, and even Massage Therapy! The heat of the stones is deeply...
Valentine’s Day is Just Around the Corner

Valentine’s Day is Just Around the Corner

Delicate long-stemmed roses, chocolate hearts, and the sound of sweet nothings in the air. Ah, Valentine’s Day. A day dedicated to celebrating all the love in our lives. Lovebirds exchanging greeting cards with playful notes like “Be Mine” and “Kiss Me”. It’s so easy to get caught up in the spirit of our most romantic holiday of the year. Perhaps you treated your love to flowers or candy last year? This year, share the gift of an indulgent couples massage therapy treatment. Spend some quality time together against the romantic backdrop of our couple’s treatment room. Side-by-side massage tables heated for your comfort, subdued romantic lighting, fragrant red roses, and twinkling candles will make your Valentine’s Day one to remember. You and your partner are welcome to customize your appointments with a specialty treatment of your choice. Each of you will work with an individual massage therapist who will happily adapt your massage to meet your individual treatment goals. We offer pregnancy, hot stone, aromatherapy, deep tissue, and relaxation massage – the choice is entirely yours! In parting, you will receive a token gift of delicious chocolates to continue the Valentine’s experience at home. Receiving a massage therapy treatment in the same room allows two people in love to completely relax and release personal or mutual stresses while remaining connected. Our peaceful dual treatment room provides the perfect environment for couples to unwind and enjoy each other’s company while finding renewal together. Relax, refresh, and reconnect this Valentine’s Day.   Bayview Sheppard RMT is a massage therapy clinic located in North York, Toronto, open 7 days a week. We...