JOAN FEATHERSTON R.M.T.
J.A.Featherston.RMT@gmail.com   416 924-8402

HOW DOES LASER THERAPY WORK?

In a nutshell, Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) helps tissues, muscle, skin and nerves to heal faster. It works at a cellular level. LLLT stimulates the mitochondria (nicknamed the powerhouse) within the cells to produce higher amounts of ATP (adenosine tri-phosphate). More ATP at the cellular level means tissues can heal faster.


Widely used in Europe, laser therapy is growing in popularity in North America. This FDA-approved treatment works on soft tissue injuries, degenerative joint conditions, and neurogenic pain.





With over 30 years of experience as an RMT  I can offer my clients quality treatment.


My treatments can include assessments, remedial exercise, stretching, and various massage techniques. I can offer to integrate hot stone therapy and/or laser therapy (LLLT) into your treatment plan.

                  

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As a health care professional, it is my  goal to provide you with a comfortable and safe environment for you to receive massage therapy care.

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MASSAGE THERAPY ATTENUATES INFLAMMATORY SIGNALING AFTER EXERCISE-INDUCED MUSCLE DAMAGE

  1. Justin D. Crane1, 
  2. Daniel I. Ogborn2, 
  3. Colleen Cupido1, 
  4. Simon Melov3, 
  5. Alan Hubbard4,
  6. Jacqueline M. Bourgeois5 and 
  7. Mark A. Tarnopolsky1,6,*

+Author Affiliations

  1. 1Department of Kinesiology, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4L8, Canada.
  2. 2Department of Medical Science, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4L8, Canada.
  3. 3The Buck Institute for Research on Aging, Novato, CA 94945, USA.
  4. 4University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA.
  5. 5Department of Pathology, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4L8, Canada.
  6. 6Department of Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4L8, Canada.
  1. *To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: tarnopol@mcmaster.ca

ABSTRACT

Massage therapy is commonly used during physical rehabilitation of skeletal muscle to ameliorate pain and promote recovery from injury. Although there is evidence that massage may relieve pain in injured muscle, how massage affects cellular function remains unknown. To assess the effects of massage, we administered either massage therapy or no treatment to separate quadriceps of 11 young male participants after exercise-induced muscle damage. Muscle biopsies were acquired from the quadriceps (vastus lateralis) at baseline, immediately after 10 min of massage treatment, and after a 2.5-hour period of recovery. We found that massage activated the mechanotransduction signaling pathways focal adhesion kinase (FAK) and extracellular signal–regulated kinase 1/2 (ERK1/2), potentiated mitochondrial biogenesis signaling [nuclear peroxisome proliferator–activated receptor γ coactivator 1α (PGC-1α)], and mitigated the rise in nuclear factor κB (NFκB) (p65) nuclear accumulation caused by exercise-induced muscle trauma. Moreover, despite having no effect on muscle metabolites (glycogen, lactate), massage attenuated the production of the inflammatory cytokines tumor necrosis factor–α (TNF-α) and interleukin-6 (IL-6) and reduced heat shock protein 27 (HSP27) phosphorylation, thereby mitigating cellular stress resulting from myofiber injury. In summary, when administered to skeletal muscle that has been acutely damaged through exercise, massage therapy appears to be clinically beneficial by reducing inflammation and promoting mitochondrial biogenesis.

Citation: J. D. Crane, D. I. Ogborn, C. Cupido, S. Melov, A. Hubbard, J. M. Bourgeois, M. A. Tarnopolsky, Massage Therapy Attenuates Inflammatory Signaling After Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage. Sci. Transl. Med. 4, 119ra13 (2012).

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2012/02/02
at 10:07 PM ETFINALLY!!!! Thank you! Dr. Tarnopolsky , as an RMT myself, I cannot express how this study is appreciated. I have been practising now for over four years, and let me just say, that my profession is often underestimated and undermined in the medical community. When I began practising I had 2 other jobs , I worked hard and finally built a clientèle enough to only do this, however, it is a sad reality that most MT's get discouraged and quit, It is just to hard sometimes to promote this profession without the medical community supporting it. I visited over a dozen physicians to introduced myself and my profession, but sadly it made no significant change in my business, they continue to refer patients to physiotherapy first, and as mentioned in the article, prescribe NSAID's I am grateful for the few Doctor s who have prescribed massage.I also work alongside physiotherapist in my clinic and I have a great respect for them , but they barely know what it is I do, and although they definitely are needed, I am just saying that Doctor's need an education in massage.I built my business one customer at a time and one massage at a time. One client' s result led to another. We need their help to thrive in this profession, we also need reform in the regulation and legislation of our work as there are an array of schools offering programs that are not up to standards. These changes can help massage therapist continue doing what we in the medical profession love to do, and that is to help people. I will be sending this study to all the Doctors I have visited ; ) from a proud ACTM alumni.Rating5Agree with comment (7people agree)Disagree with comment (2people disagree)
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2012/02/02
at 10:07 PM ETFINALLY!!!! Thank you! Dr. Tarnopolsky , as an RMT myself, I cannot express how this study is appreciated. I have been practising now for over four years, and let me just say, that my profession is often underestimated and undermined in the medical community. When I began practising I had 2 other jobs , I worked hard and finally built a clientèle enough to only do this, however, it is a sad reality that most MT's get discouraged and quit, It is just to hard sometimes to promote this profession without the medical community supporting it. I visited over a dozen physicians to introduced myself and my profession, but sadly it made no significant change in my business, they continue to refer patients to physiotherapy first, and as mentioned in the article, prescribe NSAID's I am grateful for the few Doctor s who have prescribed massage.I also work alongside physiotherapist in my clinic and I have a great respect for them , but they barely know what it is I do, and although they definitely are needed, I am just saying that Doctor's need an education in massage.I built my business one customer at a time and one massage at a time. One client' s result led to another. We need their help to thrive in this profession, we also need reform in the regulation and legislation of our work as there are an array of schools offering programs that are not up to standards. These changes can help massage therapist continue doing what we in the medical profession love to do, and that is to help people. I will be sending this study to all the Doctors I have visited ; ) from a proud ACTM alumni.Rating5Agree with comment (7people agree)Disagree with comment (2people disagree)
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From deep massage to gentle craniosacral therapy anyone can benefit from bodywork treatments by one of our therapists at Toronto Bodyworks. Touch is essential for physical and emotional well being and some forms of bodywork have been in existence for literally hundreds or thousands of years. You too can benefit. You may even be covered for massage therapy or acupuncture on your benefit health plan. Bodywork therapy is different for everyone; if feeling your facial muscles relax and diminished lines on your face is what eases your soul, we have it. If you’d rather sink into a hot stone massage for comfort or calm your mind with aromatherapy we can help. Perhaps you choose massage therapy to alleviate the pain in your shoulder or a thai massage to stretch and work out tension in your back or maybe you just prefer to submit to the thumbs and elbows of a good shiatsu treatment. Whatever your body needs we strive to deliver the optimal you.

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My clinic is located within easy walking distance to the Dupont subway station.   

I am a registered massage therapist working out of a clinic in the Annex neighbourhood in Toronto at 344 Dupont St. Suite 107.


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