Advance Medical Massage: Research Base Evidence Practice

Medical Massage Boutique Advanced Massage Therapy Techniques

“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. By World Health Organization,1948

Medical Massage Boutique in Toronto, an Award Winning Clinic of Open Care Patience Choice 2015 offers a personalized one on one Advance Medical Massage Treatment, boutique style setting in the heart of Toronto’s Greek Town. We have three Registered Massage Therapists and a Registered Acupuncturist on staff that specialize in Medical and Sports Treatments.


Leg muscles are some of the most used muscles in the human body. They carry our body weight day in and day out while keeping us moving from place to place. Medical Massage Boutique has a Sports Massage Program – FASCIAL THERAPY TECHNIQUE/ NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPY /AND SWEDISH MASSAGE FASCIAL THERAPY.

“The goal of any therapist’s facial work is to reduce the restrictions,”. “Once they do, the tissues and joints are able to move better and there are fewer structural dysfunctions and imbalances.”

How it Works:

The goal is to reduce tissue restrictions so that tissues and joints are able to move better, resulting in fewer structural dysfunctions and imbalances.
In simple terms, Fascial Therapy stretches the fascia and can be used anywhere there are fascial restrictions.

A great analogy is to ask the client if they have ever put on a T-shirt fresh out of the dryer. The T-shirt is usually a bit tight from the cleaning process, so it feels a bit uncomfortable. Fascia is like the tight shirt and the techniques are designed to stretch it out and allow them to feel better.

Understanding the difference:

Part of Medical Massage Boutique educating clients and potential clients about Fascial Therapy is going to involve helping clients understand how this modality is different from what might traditionally think as massage.

The experience certainly doesn’t have to be uncomfortable though for athletes or clients looking to recover quickly some discomfort might be involved. So for a client who is okay with a slower pace, more sessions might be needed to deal with the tissue.

Who’s the Demographic?

  • Postural inefficiencies – Neck, Shoulders, Hand, Wrist, Upper/Lower Back, Hip, Pelvis, Knee, Leg, Ankle joint, Toes
  • Bio-mechanical Dysfunction: Imbalance of the musculoskeletal system resulting in faulty movement patterns (i.e., poor lifting habits, bad mechanics in a golf swing of tennis stroke, computer keyboarding
  • Movement Dysfunction
  • Scar Tissue
  • Athletes
  • Hip/Leg/Foot Imbalances

Research Based Evidence Practice suggested following outcome after Fascial Therapy treatment:

  • Improved Body Position
  • Reduce pressure on painful structures
  • Improved Mobility

Information Provided by: American Massage Therapy Association


Neuromuscular Therapy: Neuromuscular therapy (NMT) is a form of soft tissue manual therapy. It is distinguished from other types of massage in that a quasi-static pressure is applied to the skin with the aim of stimulating specific areas of skeletal muscle. Often these areas of muscle are myofascial trigger points.
– NMT- very specialized form of manual therapy

Swedish Massage: Study Examines the Effects of Swedish Massage Therapy on Hormones, Immune Function

– Massage is used for many health purposes, but little is known about how it works on a biological level. A recent study published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine examined the effects of one session of Swedish massage therapy—a form of massage using long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration, and tapping—on the body’s hormonal response and immune function.

Funded in part by NCCAM, researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, randomly assigned 53 healthy adults to receive one session of either Swedish massage or light touch (in which the therapist used only a light touch with the back of the hand). Both interventions lasted 45 minutes and were performed by a licensed massage therapist. Blood samples taken before and after the sessions were used to determine blood levels of certain hormones and circulating lymphocytes (white blood cells). The researchers found that participants who received Swedish massage had a significant decrease in the hormone arginine-vasopressin (which plays a role in regulating blood pressure and water retention) compared with those who were treated with light touch. No significant differences between the two groups were found for the stress hormone cortisol or in circulating lymphocytes. Significant decreases in proteins called cytokines (interleukin 4 and interleukin 10), but not others (interleukin 1 beta, interleukin 2, interleukin 5, and tumor necrosis factor alpha), were found for the massage group compared with the light touch group.

These preliminary data led the researchers to conclude that a single session of Swedish massage produces measurable biological effects and may have an effect on the immune system. However, more research is needed to determine the specific mechanisms and pathways behind these changes.


Rapaport MH, Schettler P, Bresee C. A preliminary study of the effects of a single session of Swedish massage on hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal and immune function in normal individuals. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.
; 16(10):1–10.