Get A Grip On Elbow Pain

Hey there, as a massage therapist, I know that elbow pain can be a real pain (no pun intended!) and it’s a common condition that we see in our clients. Medical terms for this condition are Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) and Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis), both caused by overuse and repetitive motions of the muscles and tendons that attach to the elbow.

Many of us may not realize that the frequent gripping we do during the day can flare up this condition. Whether it’s holding a computer mouse all day or gripping a snow shovel, these actions can put a lot of stress on the muscles and tendons that attach to your elbow.

The pain and discomfort may start off as a mild ache, but over time it can become more severe and even debilitating. This is because the muscles and tendons in the elbow are being overworked and not given enough time to rest and recover.

But, don’t worry! There are ways to prevent and treat this condition. Taking regular breaks throughout the day and avoiding repetitive motions can help. Stretching and strengthening the muscles and tendons that attach to your elbow can also reduce the stress on your elbow and improve the flexibility and strength of your elbow muscles and tendons.

And here’s where I come in! As a massage therapist, I can help to release tension and tightness in the muscles and tendons that attach to your elbow. This can help to reduce pain and discomfort and improve the flexibility and strength of your elbow muscles and tendons.

Additionally, massage therapy can increase blood flow and circulation to the affected area, which can help to reduce inflammation and speed up the healing process. Massage therapy can also help to reduce muscle spasms and cramping, which can contribute to pain and discomfort in the elbow.

Another benefit of massage therapy is that it can help to improve your range of motion and flexibility. This can be especially important for those who have developed tennis or golfer’s elbow, as the pain and discomfort can make it difficult to move your arm and elbow.

If you are suffering from pain and discomfort in your elbows, it’s important to speak to a massage therapist. We can help you to identify the specific movements and actions that may be causing the pain, and can provide you with a personalized treatment plan to help relieve the discomfort and pain.

In addition, we can work with you to develop a stretching and strengthening routine that is tailored to your specific needs and can help you to improve your flexibility and range of motion.

So, if you’re feeling the ache in your elbows, don’t let it get you down. With the right preventative measures and massage therapy, we can work together to alleviate the pain and help you get back to doing the things you love. So, don’t hesitate to reach out to us today!

Our physiotherapist can help you feel better. You can book your appointment either Anil Rao, PT or Duane Brousmiche, PT to discuss any of your questions about your exercise routine.

Not sure about where to start? Have any questions?

You can book online or call us at: 613-825-3837

The Impact of Hip Mobility on Everyday Life

How To Fix Hip Moblity

If you suffer from chronic back pain, you may be wondering how a massage therapist can help alleviate your pain. One area that may be causing your discomfort is your hips. 

Hip mobility refers to the ability of the hip joint to move freely and easily through its full range of motion. 

  • The effects of stiffness in the hip can range from simple difficulties while walking to chronic lower back pain and postural problems.
  • When the hip is stiff, it can cause a chain reaction of pain and discomfort throughout the body. 
  • When the hip is stiff, it can cause the muscles in the lower back to compensate, leading to pain and discomfort in that area. 
  • Additionally, stiffness in the hip can also affect our posture, causing us to slouch or hunch over when sitting or standing.

One of the best ways to improve hip mobility and alleviate pain is through massage therapy. Massage therapists are trained to target specific areas of the body, such as the hip, and use techniques to release tension and increase mobility. They can use techniques such as deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, and stretching to release tension in the hip and surrounding muscles.

In addition to massage therapy, there are also exercises and stretches that can be done at home to improve hip mobility. These include exercises such as hip flexor stretches, hip openers, and lunges. It’s important to consult with a therapist or physical therapist to make sure you are doing these exercises correctly and safely.

Hip mobility plays a crucial role in our daily movements, and stiffness in the hip can lead to pain and discomfort in other areas of the body such as the lower back and posture. Massage therapy and exercises can help improve hip mobility and alleviate pain. If you are experiencing chronic back pain, it may be worth considering working with a massage therapist to target the root of the problem in your hips.

Our physiotherapist can help you feel better. You can book your appointment either Anil Rao, PT or Duane Brousmiche, PT to discuss any of your questions about your exercise routine.

Not sure about where to start? Have any questions? You can book online or call at 613-825-3837

Meet our new Physiotherapist

We are excited to announce our newest Physiotherapist to Jockvale! Anil Rao, PT has been practicing since 2018 and will be offering clinical hours on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings.

Anil is a Registered Physiotherapist in good standing with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario with extensive experience in complex orthopedic rehabilitation in clinic, hospital and community settings. An early interest in fitness and health led him to focus his studies in the field of Physiotherapy. 

Anil graduated from Maharashtra University of Health Sciences India in 2005 with a Degree in Physiotherapy. After graduation, he worked in different hospitals, clinics, nursing homes for 10 years before moving to Canada.

He has extensive experience in Neurology, Orthopedics, Cardio-Respiratory, Post-surgical Rehab, Sports Injury, Pediatrics, Geriatrics Rehabilitation. After obtaining License to Practice in Ontario since March 2018 he continues to work in Clinic and Community settings with all age groups. 

He believes in treating the root cause of any injury which gives long-lasting results. Passionate about physical fitness and education, Anil’s treatment philosophy involves teaching his patients about their conditions, preparing individualized/ one-on-one treatment strategies and provide education to avoid re injury. 

His treatment plan includes Exercise prescription, Soft tissue/Joint Mobilization techniques, Manual therapy(Mulligan/McKenzie techniques), Acupuncture, Ergonomic advice, Posture correction, Thermal modalities etc. for achieving the client’s goals. He truly enjoys connecting with his patients, helping them to recover from injury and get back to the activities they enjoy. Outside the clinic, he enjoys his time being active with his family by Biking, Hiking and playing Badminton.

Osteopath Assessments

10% on all Osteopath Assessments

An Osteopath provides gentle and specific care while also addressing related conditions that can arise from a certain discomfort.

It is important to comprehend the guiding principles of osteopathic medicine.

These consist of the following:

  • Body, spirit, and mind work together as a single integrated organism.
  • The body has self-regulatory systems that are naturally capable of modifying, defending, and repairing themselves.
  • Structure and function are incredibly intertwined in our bodies
  • The first three principles are the foundation for the Osteopathic approach

Osteopathy is a form of complementary medicine that places a strong emphasis on the gentle manual manipulation of the body’s joints and muscular tissue. A comprehensive, whole-body approach to therapy is used. Hence, without the use of medicines, it uses manual “hands-on” procedures to restore normal biomechanics and increase circulation.

Jockvale Massage & Physio’s 10% discount on all Osteopathy assessments is available from now until Dec 15th and discover the benefits of Manual Osteopathy for yourself.

Book with our Osteopath, Sweta Vaghasiya, today!

Prefer to talk to us? Just call at 613-825-3837.

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

Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy is a gentle manual therapy that addresses a broad range of health concerns.  Many clients find it deeply relaxing and restorative. It’s a safe and effective therapy at any stage of recovery. It’s even safe for babies and children who have experienced trauma including birth trauma.

Treatment by your craniosacral therapist will emphasize listening for the health and quality of the Craniosacral rhythm. By listening and understanding your unique rhythm your therapist will then encourage the most robust and fluid expression of your rhythm. Improved quality and movement of your craniosacral rhythm is directly tied to your health and wellness. Each session includes both listening and gentle manipulation of the Craniosacral system via key points in the body including the head and sacrum (found in the back of the pelvis).

Who can benefit?

The healing and relaxing effects of Craniosacral therapy can help support those with:

  • Neck and Back pain
  • Migraine and stress headaches
  • Tension related problems: stress, emotional difficulties, depression, and anxiety
  • Scoliosis and postural dysfunctions
  • Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord injuries: Concussion and Post-Concussion syndrome
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Jaw pain, Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJD)
  • Dental and Orthodontic problems
  • Sciatica
  • Chronic Fatigue, Insomnia
  • Post-surgical dysfunction

What is happening during treatment?

When the body is impacted by trauma either physical, emotional or long term micro injury, the tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord can be affected. The membrane that encloses the brain and spinal cord is called the dura. Adhesions and restrictions in the dura and related tissues will alter the flow of the Craniosacral rhythm.  Your therapist can feel these changes in the craniosacral rhythm and assesses the craniosacral movement during the listening phase of your treatment.

Using gentle touch, the tension and restrictions in the dura surrounding the brain and spinal cord are eased allowing improvement in blood and lymph circulation as well as more normal functioning of the nerve tissue is restored. Often the client experiences a feeling of relaxation and wellness.

Treating the restrictions in the cranium (skull) is achieved by gently guiding the bones forming the cranium into a position of ease. Restrictions throughout the spinal cord and sacrum are also assessed and treated by gentle touch. Further evaluation of the Craniosacral rhythm can be observed via the pelvis, legs, feet, and arms.

What to expect during your first appointment?

During your treatment for craniosacral therapy, you can remain fully clothed the entire time. There are some instances when your therapist will recommend additional treatment which may include massage therapy.  A combination of massage therapy and craniosacral therapy will typically require a one-hour appointment.

To book your craniosacral session please reach us via our online booking or call  (613)825-3837.

Rapid Relief with RAPID Neurofascial Reset

With milder temperatures in the forecast we are all looking forward to more time outside and a shift in our physical activities. Many of us have been indoors and less active for months so the first efforts to increase our activities can lead to aches, pain and even injury. While we love the benefits of Physiotherapy and Massage Therapy, we now have a new treatment approach to offer – RAPID Neurofascial Reset.

RAPID Neurofascial Reset is a manual therapy for treating chronic and acute pain. What makes it unique is that RAPID targets the nervous system rather than muscle tissue, with the goal of completely resolving pain and improving range of motion.



This treatment is fast, intense and can be momentarily painful. Effective results are happening for clients dealing with migraines, low back pain, and sciatica. RAPID has proven beneficial for the treatment of athletes’ injuries such as, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, and tennis or golfer’s elbow. Many people have also shared with us the benefits they have seen for chronic conditions like joint pain, osteoarthritis and frozen shoulder. We all have “chronic artifacts of inflammation” from previous injuries limiting our body and its movement. This approach is for everybody!

Norman Chow, RMT offers RAPID Neurofascial Reset throughout the week. These appointments are a shorter duration so they can fit into your busy schedule easily. Alternatively, you can request that Norman incorporates RAPID into a regular massage therapy session.

Get back into the activities you love to do and recover with RAPID. To book with Norman we are just a call or a click away.