Gatineau Hills Therapeutic Massage
Massage thérapeutique des collines de la Gatineau
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What is Orthotherapy?
Orthotherapy is a natural therapy that combines massage therapy to kinesitherapy (therapy by movement) and is intended for people who suffers from muscle pain and joints stiffness, which are usually caused by a postural imbalance or sudden and repetitive movements. The term orthotherapy comes from the prefix ortho- which means “right” or “correct” and expresses well the idea of this discipline. Indeed, orthotherapy aims at rebalancing the musculoskeletal system by mostly intervening on the muscular system.
Orthotherapy care begins with an in-depth swedish massage to enhance the blood flow and relieve muscular tensions. Depending on the sore areas and the desire effects, the massage can focus on skin, muscles, tendons as well as ligaments and may be combined with essential oils,thermotherapy along with several other complimentary techniques. Once the muscles are warmed up, the orthotherapist will proceed to mobilizations, which are gentle and slow movements practiced on a body part or a joint in order to restore its mobility. Those mobilizations can be passive (be guided), active (executed by the client himself) or in opposition (the therapist opposes resistance to the movement). The mobilizations always remain in the client’s comfort zone and within the joint’s normal range of motion.
Why should I see an orthotherapist?
Relieve muscle tension
Relieve joint stiffness
Reduce stress and anxiety
Ease chronic pain
Prepare athletes’ muscles