Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy is the practice of hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, specifically the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints for the purpose of preventative care as well as rehabilitation. Massage Therapy has a therapeutic effect on the body and it optimizes health and well-being by treating the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. Physical and functional benefits can be developed, maintained and improved. Physical dysfunction and pain caused by stress and posture can also be relieved through the practice of Massage Therapy.

Massage techniques available at Physiofirst Orthopaedic & Sports Centre:
Active Release Technique ( A.R.T )
This is a non invasive massage technique that is used to help address and correct soft tissue injuries and restrictions that may cause pain and mobility issues. The main goal of ART is to break down scar tissue and or adhesions to help regain function. This technique can be used in both acute and chronic conditions.

Graston -Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
Graston Technique® (GT) Therapy is an evidence-informed instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) that allows for precise detection and treatment of fascial restrictions as well as muscle and tendon dysfunction. Using these tools, the practitioner can locate, identify and break down restrictions in muscles and fascia.

Fascial Stretch Therapy – FST
Fascial Stretch Therapy is a modality that uses an assisted stretching protocol to help patients regain range of motion and decrease pain. It is a widely used tool in the professional sports world to help with assisted mobility, stretching and flexibility.


PhysioFirst is a private physiotherapist-owned manual therapy clinic in the eastern part of Ottawa, serving local, city wide and surrounding communities.

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