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Rolf Method For Chronic Stress

Richard Stannard completed his Rolf Method of Structural Integration Certification at the Guild for Structural Integration in Boulder, Colorado. He is also a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT).

What is Rolf Method of Structural Integration?

Rolf Method of Structural Integration focuses on correcting the positioning of myofacial layers in the body. It is therefore able to affect the body’s posture and spinal curvatures. Rolf Method creates more efficient muscle use and restores proper patterns of movement. Rolf Method has also been shown to significantly reduce chronic stress, reduce spinal curvature in subjects with lordosis (sway back), and enhance neurological functioning.

Which Conditions can be treated with Rolf Method?

Rolf Method of Structural Integration is often used by athletes to break up scar tissue, increase range of motion to improve performance and avoid future injuries. It is also used as a way to avoid repetitive stress injuries and to improve postural strains. The specialists are considered fascia specialists and the technique is very effective at treating chronic injuries. Rolf Method of Structural Integration is very effective at treating chronic conditions, including sciatic nerve pain and piriformis syndrome by releasing the connective tissue around the impinged nerve. It can also help ease discomfort and tension associated with scoliosis.

How is Rolf Method different from massage?

Massage Therapy is typically used to improve muscle tension in specific areas, and is often used for acute injuries or muscle strains. Rolf Method is aimed at improving body alignment and functioning and focuses more on the connective tissues. Rolf Method is different from deep-tissue massage, in that practitioners are trained to create overall ease and balance throughout the entire structure, rather than focusing on areas presenting with tension. As the connective tissue becomes more organized, chronic strain patterns are alleviated, and pain and stress decreases. Rolf Method can speed up injury recovery by reducing pain, stiffness and muscle tension; improving movement and circulation around joints; and attending to both the injury and any secondary pain that may develop from favoring the injury.
Structural integration is generally performed over a series of ten sessions. This approach allows the Rolfer to affect the client’s structure in a methodical manner. This includes loosening superficial fascia before working deeper areas, improving support in feet and legs before affecting higher structures, and helping clients find ways to benefit from freer movement in their daily activities.


Massage Therapy in Ottawa

3 Types Massage Therapy Worth Trying

Massage therapy can be a great tool for relieving pain, treating soft-tissue injuries and maintaining fitness in athletes. Today’s blog post will feature three unique massage therapy treatments that you may not have heard of.

Thai Massage

Thai Massage is a full-body massage that blends yogic stretching, fascial stretch therapy, acupressure, t’ai chi breath work and meditation. By resetting resting muscle length and relieving unhealthy tension, patients benefit from an increased range of motion, stimulated blood circulation and fatigue, swelling and headache relief. Thai Massage can either be performed on a floor mat or on a massage table and is ideal for patients looking for a full-body treatment that includes elements of stretching and deep tissue massage.

Thai Massage
Thai Massage
Warm Bamboo Massage
Warm Bamboo Massage

Warm Bamboo Massage

Warm Bamboo Massage is a unique therapy that utilizes heat, rolling and kneading motions to provide deep tissue massage to a patient. Heated bamboo sticks are manipulated by the massage therapist to roll and knead out muscle and fascia tension, while radiating heat increases relaxation and releases tension. The deep tissue application of bamboo massage produces long-lasting results and increases an overall sense of well-being for the patient.

Bamboo Cuppiung

Cupping therapies are one of the latest health trends to hit the market and have gained a following from high-profile athletes such as Michael Phelps. Bamboo Cupping is a version of cupping therapy which uses hollowed bamboo cups to create suction on localized area of the skin. Benefits can include treating pain, reducing scar tissue and increased blood flow, encouraging healing.

At Kinetic Edge HG we offer therapy in Thai Massage, Warm Bamboo Massage and Bamboo Cupping at our central Ottawa location. Massage Therapy appointments can be booked online at or in-person by calling 613-680-7966.

Bamboo Cuppiung
Bamboo Cuppiung

How can Shockwave Benefit You?

For athletes, repeated stress on joints and ligaments can cause nagging, painful injuries particularly around tendons and insertions. The repetitive strain can limit physical activity and make running, painful and difficult. Common conditions that are associated with this include plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow rotator cuff tendinitis and, achilles tendonitis.  For injuries of this nature, shockwave therapy has proven to be an effective treatment.

RMT Richard Stannard, treating a patient with shockwave therapy at Kinetic Edge.

Shockwave or extracorporeal shockwave therapy, is a relatively new form of therapy that delivers small micro-traumas to affected areas using shockwave technology that emits high energy sound waves.  This initiates a healing response within the corresponding tissue,  stimulating blood flow and delivering nutrients to the damaged tendon.  Shockwave therapy has been proven to reduce chronic inflammation, adhesions and fibrosis while increasing collagen formation.  For conditions such as plantar fasciitis, this produces increased elasticity and flexibility alongside a decrease in pain.  The procedure is non-invasive and takes less than an hour to complete per treatment.

Shockwave therapy in Ottawa is offered at Kinetic Edge Health Group. Patients generally respond well within four to six treatment sessions when seeking treatment for plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, rotator cuff tendinitis, calcific tendinitis or tennis elbow.  When combining shockwave with Graston technique, ice and corrective exercise, healing takes place even faster.  Shockwave’s fast and effective treatment makes it an ideal therapy for athletes dealing with fitness related injuries in Ottawa. This treatment can often be covered under your private insurance benefits.

Let us help you get back to your best, contact Kinetic Edge HG Ottawa for more information.

Dr. Joanna Taylor