ABOUT MASSAGE THERAPY
During massage therapy, a trained and certified professional uses varying degrees of pressure and movements on the skin to manipulate the soft tissues on the body that include muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other connecting tissues. It’s considered to be a part of integrative medicine and is increasingly used as a standard treatment for a multitude of medical conditions such as heart diseases, stomach problems, and fibromyalgia. In addition to that, massage therapy is known for its effective treatment for reducing tension in the muscles, alleviating pain, relieving stress, inducing relaxation, promoting faster tissue healing, and nourishing the skin
Meet with our trained therapist
Pursuing his passion, Danny has graduated as a massage sports therapist from Mount Royal University. He’s registered with the College of Massage Therapist Association of Alberta and his mission includes helping patients minimize pain to reach a higher level of health and wellness.
Danny has treated a range of ailments from sports-related injuries and postural imbalances to chronic conditions and specific injuries including sprains, strains, tendonitis, headaches, low back or neck spasms. He performs a wide variety of techniques and modalities depending upon the patient’s needs and diagnosis.
The massage therapy procedures offered at Divergent Health include myofascial release, neuromuscular techniques, biomechanics, joint mobilization, trigger-point therapy, deep tissue, and fascial stretching. In addition to that, Divergent Health is one of the very few clinics in Western Canada that offer a highly specialized procedure, RAPID NFR, in Calgary.
Danny has also competed in power-lifting competitions back in 2015 and has treated elite athletes who play a variety of professional sports such as bodybuilding, Olympic weightlifting, and power lifting.
Together with our team at Divergent Health, we can help you live a pain-free life! Our areas of specialization include:
- RAPID NFR
- Lymph drainage therapy
- Work, leisure and athletic injuries
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Stretch and ROM gains
- Improving the contact and movement of bones at joints including managing osteoarthritis
- Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue
- Fascial Stretch Therapy
HOW DOES MASSAGE THERAPY WORK?
Massages cause two major types of physiological changes in the body that not only promote healing but also alleviate pain and reduce stress.
The relaxation response is a state that the body reaches during gentle massages. In this state, your breathing and heart rate slows down, blood pressure decreases, the amount of stress hormones being released by the body decrease, muscles relax, and the production of serotonin—the ‘feel-good’ hormone of the body—increases. With all this combined, the relaxation response has the potential to reduce stress, anxiety, and fatigue. In addition to that, problems in the body caused by psychological and digestive disorders are also reduced.
On the other hand, the mechanical responses of the body during massages cause an increase in lymph and blood circulation. Massages physically manipulate the soft tissues in the body, resulting in proper blood circulation, which helps deliver vital nutrients and oxygen to different parts of the body. Massage therapy also helps relax muscles preventing contractions and muscle spasms. The mechanical response also helps reduce waste products from the body and reduces swelling.
BENEFITS OF MASSAGE THERAPY
Massage therapy helps relieve stress and boosts energy levels of the body by stimulating the pressure points on the skin. Through the manipulation of pressure points, the cortisol levels in our body decrease and our muscles begin to relax.
Promotes Muscle Relaxation
Massage therapy targets the source of the body’s pain to eliminate the tension in the muscles—thereby increasing flexibility and reducing stiffness, swelling, and pain in the muscles and joints.
This is one of the long-term benefits of massage therapy. By getting the treatment performed on the body regularly, the blood supply in our body is stimulated, which promotes healing.
Lowers Blood Pressure
Getting consistent massage therapy reduces systolic and diastolic blood pressure. By keeping the blood pressure stable, massage therapy helps reduce the risk of developing heart diseases.
Massage therapy helps get the body back in proper alignment by allowing the contracted muscles to loosen up and relax. The treatment also improves flexibility and range of motion to a great extent.
Strengthens the Immune System
By providing numerous health benefits to the body, massage therapy makes the body less vulnerable to illnesses and injuries—making the immune system stronger and much more resilient.
MAKING AN APPOINTMENT
Lower back pain was something that I never had to deal with. That’s until I started my new job, which required me to stay at my work station for a large part of the day. The constant pain made even daily tasks exhausting and started affecting my quality of life. I searched the internet for treatment options, and that’s when I came across shockwave therapy. I scheduled an appointment at Divergent Health, and their experts assured me that the procedure was completely safe. It’s now been two months since the treatment and I couldn’t happier with the results!