Massage Therapy

Massage therapy in Victoria and Oakbay at Arbutus Physiotherapy and Health Clinic

We offer massage therapy services. For athletes. And for everyone else.

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Benefits of massage therapy

Getting a massage can provide you with a host of benefits:

  • increases joint mobility and range of motion
  • acute and chronic pain modulation
  • aids in healing processes in acute and chronic injuries
  • decrease in scar tissue and adhesions due to postural faults, surgeries etc.
  • postural awareness
  • decreases general muscle resting tension
  • relaxation/reduces sympathetic firing
  • promotes general functionality

Let us know if you have questions, or want to book an appointment.

Massage for athletes

Anyone can benefit from a relaxing massage. But for athletes, massage can be an important part of a high performance regime.

Our Registered Massage Therapists

Our massage therapists are Christy Mader, Kristen Bradley, Sarai Goodwin and Jennifer Drummond.

Common conditions that we treat

Here’s a few of the common conditions that people see us for:

  • acute and chronic pain conditions
  • muscle tension
  • tension headaches
  • osteoarthritis
  • joint dysfunctions
  • frozen shoulder
  • impingement
  • lumbar spine conditions
  • chronic back pain

Massage therapy techniques

At Arbutus, we use a range of techniques, including:

  • deep tissue
  • general Swedish Techniques
  • myofascial and fascial release
  • joint mobilizations
  • proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation
  • biofeedback
  • muscle energy
  • dynamic release
  • stretching
  • trigger point techniques
  • hydrotherapy modalities

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For athletes. For everyone.

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