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Treating Myofascial Pain Syndrome with Nutrition and Massage Therapy

Treating Myofascial Pain Syndrome with Nutrition and Massage Therapy in Surrey, BC.

Did you know that nearly half of the patients treated for chronic myofascial pain have some form of vitamin inadequacy which affects lasting relief from pain? Vitamin inadequacy has been shown to increase irritability of myofascial trigger points. Thus if lasting results are to be achieved, the vitamin inadequacies must be addressed.

naturopathThere are several key vitamins and minerals that are associated with myofascial pain relief—vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, C, D, E, K, biotin, folic acid, potassium, sodium, calcium, iron and zinc. Vitamin B12 and folic acid inadequacy are more strongly related to chronic myofascial pain syndromes (MPS) than others. Insufficient vitamin B12 and folic acid reduces blood cell production. Blood cells carry oxygen to the muscles and plays a role in energy metabolism. When there is a dysfunction or energy crisis sensitizing substances are released which interacts with local pain receptors leading to pain at the myofasical trigger points.

While massage therapy is an excellent treatment option for mysofascial pain syndrome, vitamin supplementation will help to create more long lasting effects. The Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) at Legacies Health Centre takes an integrated approach to pain management and may refer you to other practitioners within our clinic to address any underlying vitamin and mineral deficiencies that may be delaying your recovery.

You may be experiencing myofascial pain syndrome if you have any of the following:

  • Deep, aching pain in a muscle
  • Pain that persists or worsens
  • A tender knot in a muscle
  • Difficulty sleeping due to pain

Our qualified and highly trained RMTs can further assist you with diagnosis and treatment to restore you to optimal health and wellness.

Santa Claus

Breaking News: Health Team helps Santa

This December the practitioners at Legacies Health Centre helped Santa’s strained back and arguably saved Christmas.

It was a typical snowy day in the North Pole when Santa slipped on some ice on his way to the Workshop, and strained his lower back.  Luckily he knew who to call, and traveled to Surrey, BC, to the Legacies Health Centre.  According to Paula Littlejohn, Integrated Health & Wellness Director,

“We were able to offer Santa with what we call an Integrated Approach, which is simply the coordinated team approach of our many different health practitioners – something that we offer all our patients.”

And that’s exactly what they did! After a detailed assessment, it was determined Santa was suffering from a muscle strain (pulled muscle) which had his lower back in spasm. Santa said,

“I could hardly walk and the pain was shooting down my leg.”

Santa ClausHis first treatment on Day 1 (same day as his injury) was with the Registered Acupuncturist to control pain and reduce spasm.  Santa appreciated the recommendation to use Tournesol lotion for the first 3 days to control inflammation and spasm.  On Day 2 and Day 4, Santa received Registered Massage Therapy which began reducing muscular tightness and restoring flexibility. Here’s what Adryon Hutton, RMT had to say:

“We see this type of injury all the time in the clinic and its what we call a First Degree Muscular Strain. Basically the muscle fibres get overstretched, and there can even be slight micro tearing. It is easily treated. Santa was no exception. After our two treatments, Santa was already wanting to return to the North Pole. I did notice however that his lumbar vertebrae were not moving well, so I wanted him to consult our chiropractor before hopping in his sleigh.”

So on Day 6, Santa was seen by Dr. Sharon Dhaliwal, DC, for Chiropractic Care.

“With a simple adjustment, Santa was his old self again. It’s very common that joints stiffen or get restricted after an injury – even if that injury was of muscular origin. Because Santa was not moving very well due to spasm, the joints in his back were becoming compromised. This could have progressed to a worse, more complex chronic injury, but with early intervention it was a simple fix.”

And so after just 1-week at the Legacies Health Centre, Santa was returning to the North Pole in time for Christmas.  An Integrated Health Team Approach is always part of the care-process for all the Legacies Staff.  The Legacies Health Team has suggested to Santa to start Dr. Shalviri’s Naturopathic 8-week Weight-loss Program once the holidays are over.

To see what health services Legacies Health Centre offers, click here.

Source: The Kringle Press

Winner of 2 Massage Treatments & 2 BC Lions Tickets!

Legacies Sports Massage & Chiropractic is proud to announce the winner of our summer “Name Our Mascot” contest:  For naming our mascot, the winner of 2 registered massage therapy treatments and 2 BC Lions tickets is Linda Christoforou. Congratulations!

And now to introduce Legacies’ official mascot…. (drum-roll please) … “Flex”

Legacies Sports Massage & Chiropractic mascot “Flex”

“Flex” will be appearing in our Weekly Health Tips, and will introduce new events coming to the clinic! Watch for him on our website and Facebook.

Legacies Sports Massage & Chiropractic mascot “Flex”

Thank-you to everyone who coined a name for this little guy this summer – some of the suggestions kept us laughing!

From all of us at Legacies Sports Massage & Chiropractic – thank-you for such a great summer and making Legacies your choice!

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Back to School Routine

Soon, the “back to school routine” will begin.  Parents will be packing lunches, driving kids, and taking them to soccer practice.  Universities & colleges start, and the countdown to exams begins.  How does your body handle this “back to school routine”?  Well, at first you might be a bit tired waking up earlier – or anxious to see what teacher you get this year…  but we actually do quite well once a daily pattern has been set.  We do well with “routine”, and it helps us organize our life.  So what a great time to also make your therapy part of that routine!  Plan your treatment into your busy week, and put your health first.

Legacies & Back to School

At Legacies Sports Massage & Chiropractic, we want to wish everyone a great start to the Fall, and to remind our patients that we head into a very busy season at the clinic.  Many people are trying to schedule their extended medical visits before the end of the year.  With planning, you can schedule your appointments ahead to get the appointment times you want.  Enjoy these last few days of summer!

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Get better faster & cheaper!

How important is it to follow my massage therapist or chiropractor’s treatment plan?  Simple: do you want to get better as soon as possible and at the lowest cost?  Because that’s what the goal of your treatment plan is all about!

Get better faster & cheaper!

At Legacies Sports Massage & Chiropractic, we’re all about getting results – its what we’re known for and is likely why you were referred to our clinic.  So that means outlining a specific Treatment Plan (like a road-map to recovery) for each of our patients.  This is specific to you – based on your assessment – to ensure you get better as soon as possible.  Sooner means cheaper, right?  You bet it does!  Without a clear Treatment Plan (or if you don’t follow your practitioner’s advice), you will find that it is “pain” that keeps bringing you back to the clinic – and that is often too late.  You may find you get into a chronic cycle, and never fully recover if this is the case.  So what’s our advice?  Follow our advice! Do your part, and we’ll do ours – and the results will be amazing!

If you are unclear about your Treatment Plan that your practitioner has designed for you, please just ask.  ** Did you know that Legacies Sports Massage & Chiropractic is one of the only clinics in Surrey & Delta that gives written Treatment Plan slips to our patients, and sends a Patient Progress Report to all referring doctors? We’re proud to be your choice – thank-you!

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Who has the best rates for Massage & Chiropractic?

Have you ever called a clinic and asked, “How much does it cost?” and you’re given a single answer?  Does one price really fit all?  At Legacies we say, “NO –  it does not!”.

Legacies has the most options!

We make it a priority to offer the communities of Delta and Surrey the best value in treatment with the most affordable cost options.  Our simple motto has always been, “if we can bill it to a third-party, we will”.  That means at Legacies we bill all third-party insurers including ICBC, WCB, MSP, RCMP, and DVA.   In some of these cases, the entire treatment cost is paid by the insurer and you pay nothing! Not sure if you’re covered?  Just call us and we’ll walk you through it, or visit our Frequently Asked Questions on our website.

We don’t mark-up our rates either! We charge only the recommended fee schedule from the Massage Therapists’ Association of BC.  But further to this, we also offer a Senior and Student discount at a further 15% off.

At Legacies, we go the extra-mile for our patients – and that also means offering the most affordable cost options out there.  Thank-you for choosing Legacies, and referring your friends and family.

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