ALTERNATIVE HEALTH TREATMENTS
Certified in various methods to both align and keep your body & spirit in balance.
PRE & POST-OPERATIVE CARE
Valerie specializes in providing massage therapy prior to surgery as well as all post-op care including the breakdown of fibrosis.
This includes manual lymphatic drainage MLD techniques (utilizing specific drainage techniques for swelling), aromatherapy with powerful, specific essential oils for drainage, acupressure, medical cupping, vibrational heat therapy & chi movement therapy. All modalities were carefully selected in the MLD session for your absolute best results.
You will be assisted with post-op care instructions from your surgeon to help you learn the proper steps for wearing your compressions, foams & boards. Valerie is very knowledgeable in other products that may help during this time. Should fibrosis develop during after care, she has taken many courses to address this condition and is certified in the removal of fibrotic conditions.
Best results are achieved in scheduling your regular manual lymphatic drainage sessions to begin shortly after your surgery date. Fibrosis is usually discovered approximately 3 or more weeks post-op, but can be apparent as early as 10 days following your surgery. It is imperative to begin fibrosis treatments immediately for best results. Once fibrosis sets in, it can turn to hardened scar tissue - these are the "lumps & bumps" that send clients back to their surgeons for revisions. Now as hardened scar tissue, this is much more difficult for a massage therapist to remove and here surgical intervention is most likely necessary.
MASSAGE THERAPY MODALITIES PRACTISED
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Connective Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage
Trigger Point (Myodysneuric) Therapy
PreNatal / Pregnancy / PostNatal Massage
Hot Stone Massage
Reflexology (hands & feet)
Aromatherapy with Essential Oils
Relaxation Massage Therapy
Japanese Tsuboki Face Massage
There are various modalities practiced which can treat many conditions, aiding in the decrease of their symptoms. Valerie works with patients ranging from infants to the elderly. Minor children up until the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult for all of their appointments.
Stress Reduction & Relaxation
Depression & Anxiety
Dysmenorrhea (Painful Menstruation)
Breast Drainage (Post-Mastectomy)
Wounds, Burns or Scars
Myofascial Trigger Points
Itiotibial Band Syndrome (IT Band)
Contusions, Hematoma, Myositis Ossificans
Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)
Shin Splints & Compartment Syndromes
Headaches (Tension, Migraine, etc.)
TMJ (Temporomandibibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome)
Pes Planus (Flat Foot)
Degeneratice Disc Disease (DDD)
Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus)
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (Myalgic Enchphalomyelitis)
Chronic Congestive Heart Failure
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Spinal Cord Injury
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (pain & tingling in shoulder, chest, arms, hands, fingers)
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Piriformis Syndrome (Compression of Sciatic Nerve)
Peripheral Nerve Lesions
Radial Nerve Lesions
Ulnar Nerve Lesion
Median Nerve Lesion
Sciatic Nerve Lesions
Many more specific treatments are available. Please contact Valerie for further discussion on these or any other conditions.
TRIGGER POINT THERAPY
Active trigger points are painful and tight areas within muscles that can cause a decline or restriction in the biomechanics. Myofascial trigger points can be found anywhere on the body and are one of the most common causes for chronic musculoskeletal pain. Incorporating trigger point therapy within your session time may help to alleviate pain arising from these activated points.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage can be an exceptional therapy pre & post-op to aid in the removal of swelling caused by excess fluid in the interstitial tissues. The effectiveness of lymphatic massage may be augmented when coupled with essential oils, vibration and hydrotherapy. Popular for BBL, tummy tuck, breast augmentation, facelift, liposuction and oncology surgeries, both before and after your procedure. Incredible for those suffering with Lymphedema. If you have had any liposuction procedure, please also view the description on fibrosis, as this may meed to be incorporated into your MLD session. Please further discuss your goals with Valerie to customize your MLD session!
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
Deep tissue massage techniques are used to physically break down scar tissue, adhesions and fibrosed tissue that can disrupt flow, cause pain, limit range of motion and inflame the area. Not everyone can withstand a true deep tissue massage. Pressure can always be adjusted based on your pain tolerance level and therapy goals.
SCAR TISSUE THERAPY
Assistance to newly formed scars can be implemented to ensure the proper laying down of new fibers. A simple, repetitive technique is used at this time, specific to new scars only. A more rigorous, deep approach is reserved for when scar tissue has formed from old, chronic issues.
Fibrosis, also known as fibrotic scarring, is a pathological wound healing in which connective tissue replaces normal parenchymal tissue to the extent that it goes unchecked, leading to considerable tissue remodeling and the formation of permanent scar tissue. If detected early, fibrosis can quite easily be eliminated. Techniques are used throughout your session to break up this tougher tissue, however, this is not traditional deep tissue work. Fibrosis massage is employed during post-op recovery if fibrosis has occurred. Valerie has been trained in fibrosis massage specific to successful post-op recovery.
Breaking down adhesions is a common benefit with massage of specific techniques. Scar tissue is comprised of collagen fibers, or fibrous connective tissues. These fibers are laid down for the repair of damaged tissue within the body. Scar tissue can become very restrictive as the elasticity of the tissues is shorter than the body's natural muscular tissues. Valerie breaks down adhesions using a variety of techniques and modalities aiding in decreasing pain, increasing range of movement and relieving restrictions.