Meet our new therapist!

We are excited to announce our newest therapist to Jockvale! Andre Nicholls, RMT has been practicing since 2016 and will be offering clinical hours on Saturdays.

Originally from Niagara Falls, Andre moved to Ottawa to pursue his education and career in massage therapy. He has been practicing since 2018.

Andre is familiar with a number of techniques but chooses to focus more on Swedish styles of treatment while still incorporating the proper techniques to treat a variety of conditions and impairments. He has experience working with athletes for sports massage as well as having a profound effect on clients who are experiencing chronic pain. With his treatments, he brings a strong level of compassion and respect for his patients and aims to improve the quality of everyday life for those who seek treatment for pain and stress.

When Andre is not working he enjoys playing video games and working out. He is always looking for new ways to challenge himself both mentally and physically. In his spare time, he also tries to look for new ways to expand his mind with new research studies and broaden the horizons of his life.

Manual Lymph Drainage – 4 Ways to Decrease Post-Surgical Swelling

Lymph Drainage

To help manage swelling near the site of surgery, often surgeons will recommend Manual Lymph Drainage. This is a gentle technique developed to assist lymph flow and aid in draining tissues in the surgical site. Typically, patients start lymphatic drainage 2 weeks post-op.

Get the Lymph moving again!

After plastic surgery like liposuction and abdominoplasty, swelling or edema can be significant. Sometimes the patient finds it difficult to stand fully erect from the excess edema. Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is an excellent way to manage the edema and assist in the healing process by directing lymph flow out of the swollen areas. This technique drives out the stagnant lymph that has pooled in the tissues. Additionally, MLD allows fresh lymph to enter the region encouraging a healthy healing environment.

Add Some Compression

If the edema is persistently reoccurring after a knee or hip replacement, a combination of MLD and compression can be beneficial. After these types of surgery, MLD is performed then a compression wrap or bandage is applied. For the hip region, a compression garment can be worn whereas on the legs a bandage or wrap is used. Compression helps to maintain the reduction of edema and continues to encourage further lymph flow out of the area.

Drive the Flow in the Right Direction

Special attention to the direction of the MLD technique is important if lymph nodes have been removed during surgery like a mastectomy. Your therapist will apply MLD and direct flow away from the excised lymph nodes. This prevents pooling in the tissues from occurring in areas where the lymph nodes were removed.

Break up Scar tissue and Adhesions

Scar tissue that develops in the fleshy layers near the suture and surgical site can also impede lymphatic flow. Gentle scar tissue techniques of the scar tissue or sutures can assist with diminishing edema in the surgical site. Similar to scar tissue, adhesions between the tissue layers can impede lymph flow. Likewise, gentle spreading techniques can release these adhesions and allow improved lymphatic flow as well as improved mobility in the tissues. Generally, the patient experiences decreased pain after treatment because of the improved mobility and movement in the body.

Manual Lymph Drainage is offered at Jockvale Massage & Physio by Irene Gunn, RMT. Irene is trained in Dr. Vodder MLD techniques and has been offering treatments since completing the full training in 2009. Initial treatment is ideally 60 min with follow-up treatment ranging from 30, 45 to 60 min.

Feel free to book your appointment via our online booking web page here. We also can be reached by phone at (613) 825-3837.

A special treat for mom on mothers day…

Mother’s Day may be right around the corner, but it’s not too late to get your mom the perfect gift.

This Mother’s Day show your mom how much she is appreciated by gifting her a relaxing massage experience.

We know how hard it is to think of a gift she’ll use (and want) – you gave her flowers last year, you’ve already gifted her beauty products the year before, and every year you treat her to brunch.

What most moms want though is a relaxing escape, without having to lock the door. And she can find that experience at Jockvale Massage & Physio.

Gifting your mom a massage therapy experience with us is simple (and has a guaranteed delivery by Mother’s Day!) – just grab a gift certificate or book a time for your mom at our clinic.

If you have any questions or want to learn more about our services, get in touch with our team today.



Countdown to the Ottawa Race Weekend

Are you ready for the Ottawa Race Weekend on May 28th -29th? Training for a big event requires dedication and a strong strategy. You may have participated in local events like the Winterman as a preparation for the Ottawa race weekend. With less than 2 months to go before the marathon weekend, it’s a good time to be on top of your injury prevention strategy.

Despite the fact that it can take as much as 20+ weeks to train for a marathon, we often see runners coming into the clinic with injuries a mere 3 weeks before their event. This can be a real tragedy since many injuries can take 4 – 8 weeks before recovery.

Let’s take a look at some tips to prevent injury.

1. Warm-up

As simple as it sounds start your training runs at an easy pace. While you may feel a real urgency to get the miles done allowing your body to adjust to the effort will make the whole run more productive.

2. Going too hard on Easy Runs

Easy days need to be easy so that your hard days don’t suffer. Otherwise, it will be more difficult to reach tempo training paces and recover from tougher efforts. As a result, you’ll have limited physical gains and a higher risk of injury. Aim to carry a conversation without having to stop and take a breath. Ideally, you want to finish a run feeling like you could have gone a bit further.

3. Stretch, Foam Roll, Mobilize and Repeat

Keeping muscles supple and joints moving with ideal mechanics is key when you cover distances. Be sure to stretch hips and legs regularly and foam roll the stiffer areas like the ITB, quads, and hamstrings. Pick up some dynamic stretching techniques to keep your hips mobilized. And a tennis ball is a great tool for rooting out knots in the gluteal muscles.

4. Regular Massage

If you haven’t incorporated regular massage in your program you need to get one soon. Often runners tell me that they have their best runs the day after they had their massage. Massage is a great recovery tool after hard workouts. By removing adhesions between the fascia and muscle tissue layers and flushing out the legs massage helps runners recover faster. Research has also shown that there is less inflammation in massaged limbs.

5. Vigilant for Injuries

Be mindful of running through your pain. Gradually increasing pain or intermittent pain should alert you that there is something wrong. At the first sign of pain be sure to seek out a physiotherapist to help you through. Sometimes your physiotherapist can identify a muscle imbalance that is holding you back from good body mechanics while training. Early intervention can help you get the best performance out of your training.

6. Hot and Cold Therapy

We often associate recovery from activity with a warm Epsom salt bath. Improved circulation from the warm bath and the benefits of Epsom salts have been experienced by athletes for years. For runners, Epsom salt baths can alleviate pain, reduce stress, help your muscles relax, and aid in the recovery process.

To help with inflammation and aching limbs an alternative is an ice water bath. For many people, the thought of an icy bath is not a pleasant one. Even if you can only tolerate the water up to your hips you will get a benefit. Coldwater therapy constricts blood vessels and decreases metabolic activity, which reduces swelling and tissue breakdown helping you recover faster and then get more from your next training run.

So there it is, a number of tips to get you through to your race day and if you are feeling you need to take care of an injury or a niggle then reach out to us at the clinic for an assessment