Massage Therapy

All of the therapists who work at Alma Wellness are registered massage therapists. When massage therapy is used in combination with chiropractic care Dr. Mark Speakman has found adjustments hold longer, and are significantly more effective.

Massage therapy is used by many people, for many reasons. Massage therapy can be used to rehabilitate from many types of injury, such as sports or motor vehicle accidents. It has a positive effect on the neuromuscular and circulatory systems, can help improve respiratory function, and can help decrease the physiological effects of stress. It is also used to treat postural dysfunction, and the various muscular imbalances that come about in our daily work-play routines.

Massage therapy treatments include deep tissue massage, manual lymphatic drainage, Myofacial release, Craniosacral therapy, and pre and post natal care.


Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Lympth nodes are soft, small internal structures located in the armpits, groin, neck, as well as in the center of the chest and abdomen. One of the functions of the lymph nodes is to filter lymph fluid to remove biochemical waste from the body’s tissues.

Bodily movement and breathing move lymph through the vessels and filters of the lymphatic system.

Congestion of the lymphatic system may occur because of:

  • restricted hemodynamics due to focal ischemia,
  • systemic illnesses,
  • tissue injuries,
  • overexposure to adverse chemicals,
  • food allergies or sensitivities,
  • lack of physical movement or exercise,
  • stress,
  • and tight-fitting clothing.

Manual lymphatic drainage is a gentle massage encourages the natural drainage of biochemical wastes from the body’s tissues through stimulation of the lymphatic system.

Our massage therapists use pressure less than 9 ounces per square inch, and rhythmic circular movements to stimulate lymph flow.


Myofascial release

Myofasical release combines stretching and massage to release stress and tension within the body’s muscles. Alma Wellness’s massage therapist’s first will identify the stressed and tense regions of your body through massage, and then use stretches to open up these areas.

At Alma Wellness, we often use this technique as part of a pain management program. It is especially useful to those suffering from:

  • Fibromyalgia,
  • Back pain,
  • Muscle associated health issues,
  • Stress injurities,
  • Chronic fatigue,
  • Anxiety


Deep Tissue Massage

The deep tissue massage technique realigns deep layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is beneficial for those with chronically tense and contracted muscles in their neck, back, and shoulders.


  • Chronic pain
  • Limited mobility
  • Recovery from injuries, such as: whiplash, falls, sports injury
  • Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Postural problems
  • Ostearthritis pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Muscle tension or spasm

When muscles are chronically tense, there are often adhesions of painful, rigid tissue in the muscles, tendons, and liagments. These painful adhesions block circulation, limit movement, and are often inflammed.

Massage therapists at Alma Wellness break down these adhesions to rid clients of pain, and restore normal movement.

Call us at (604) 222-4131, or request an appointment online.