New for Functional Massage Therapy!

Beginning June 1st, 2018, Functional Massage Therapy rates will increase to $100/hour.  Mainly to keep in line with my colleagues here in the Comox Valley!

I am considering adding online booking to increase options for my patients.  I hope to have this ready in the next month or so.  One less barrier to keeping you functional and helping me serve you!  It will be a leap in faith as I give up control, but as long as I’m fully booked, I will be happy!

Looking through my files since I changed locations almost 2 years ago, I realized there are still a number of patients that have yet to receive treatment at my new clinic space.  Please don’t hesitate any longer!  My practice has come a long way in the 6 years since I set up shop for myself.  I think you will find the ground level, wheelchair accessible space very convenient, delightful and relaxing!

 

 

Improving access by removing barriers!

20160803_113052_resizedKeeping with the ground level theme of my new clinic space at 331C 6th Street, I am signing up for direct billing to extended medical insurers. Blue Cross members can now enjoy this convenience! This means that if you have 100% coverage, there is no exchange of money or having to submit your own claims. I do it all for you, including finding out what coverage you have. Only have 80% coverage? Too easy; 20% will be billed to you at time of treatment, that is only $19 cost to you. Have questions or want to book in now for massage therapy, call 250 338 4515 today! Coming this fall, direct billing for sunlife, manulife, great west life, chamber of commerce group plans, desjardins, cowan, johnson and maximum benefit!

Have you had success with massage therapy improving your quality of life or decreasing your symptoms?  Please share your experience with your Doctor or friends!  Perhaps massage therapy could be of benefit to others as well!  We need to start sharing our strengths and what has helped you personally to improve options and choices for everyone!  Did you know that massage therapy can help with hiccups, painful feet, decreased grip strength of hands, bladder infections, sciatic pain, numbness and tingling. Just to name a few.   I love explaining how our bodies function to improve our understanding and self awareness!

 

Heat Waves and Chilling out

June is around the corner and the temperature feels like Maui here in the Comox Valley! The clinic fan is ready to cool you off, while you settle in for an hour of having your needs heard, your muscles massaged and your nerves soothed. New in the clinic is Cryoderm! I have a small supply on hand to sell. It’s a gel that acts like an ice pack to calm your achey muscles and joints. Small convenient bottle fits in your purse or gym bag.

I will be taking some time this summer to reunite with my fellow Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy graduates from 10 years ago! To accomodate this and some other fun times, Functional Massage Therapy will be open a few Fridays this summer: June 5th, July 3rd, August 7, August 14th. Otherwise, its business as usual; open Monday through Thursday to serve you and yours! Give us a call today!

Spring has Sprung

Do you have an injury that needs rehabilitation and live in the Comox Valley? Functional Massage Therapy can help get your body moving so you can get out there and enjoy this beautiful sunshine and longer days. Whether your injury is old or new or your body clicks and clunks when you know it shouldn’t, Leslie Clisby has some tricks up her sleeves to help ease your body into this new season. Centrally located at 2-345 6th Street, Courtenay, BC.

Can massage therapy help with osteoarthritis

I recently received a phone call from someone with osteoarthritis of the shoulder and they didn’t think massage therapy would help. I explained how massage therapy would help relieve the pressure that was causing the two bones to grind eachother, wearing down the cartilage and bone. Prevention and early detection is key to managing this condition. The sooner the patient can be educated about the resting position of the joint in question, easing the specific muscle tension through stretching and use of heat and/or cold as well as receiving massage therapy to help balance the joint would be beneficial at any stage of osteoarthritis.

I once had an elderly man come see me who was just put on the hip replacement waitlist due to mild osteoarthritis. His symptoms subsided within 3 visits and he took himself off the surgery waitlist. This outcome wouldn’t be possible if he had waited until he couldn’t move his hip to come see me. At that point, the damage is done and the treatment focus would shift to preventing further deterioration until surgery was completed by strengthening the hip muscles to hold it in neutral, thereby decreasing the post operation rehabilitation time.

Another fellow comes to see me every few weeks to help manage his hip and knee pain after his hip replacement surgery 7 years ago. These visits help him enjoy a quality of life that wouldn’t be possible without massage therapy – I just wish I had gotten my hands on him sooner!

Some people believe osteoarthritis is genetic. For the most part, I disagree. It’s typically caused by improper movement patterns resulting from poor posture, repetitive movements, hypermobility or injuries (torn muscles, broken bones etc that affect how the joint moves). Talk about your specific case with your massage therapist today, don’t delay!