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Sport Massage 

Daniel Godin


Sports massage at the Altermed Clinic is above all a therapeutic massage.

Its objectives are precise, and the depth and pace of the techniques allow for the evaluation and correction of body dysfunctions in real time.

It is a unique, pleasant and stimulating experience, based on :

the art of touch of the massage therapist
his/her precise biomechanical and physiological knowledge
his/her personal experience in the field of sports
his/her ability to evaluate the body's needs during the session
his/her precise advice as needed after treatment
The massage therapist takes into account the type of sport you practice, your level and the requirements related to it.

Why consult Sports Massage Therapy?

To increase the flexibility of the muscles
To increase the elasticity of the muscles
Eliminate muscular tensions that reduce the articular amplitude
Eliminate muscle cramps
Eliminate pain due to "muscle knots
Obtain or regain maximum joint range of motion in one or more joints
Reduce knee pain due to muscular tension overload
Relieve muscle pain related to periostitis
Relieve fatigue in the back due to repetitive impacts
Dissolve adhesions that appear following surgery or a deep laceration, which hinder your movements

When should I consult a sports massage therapist?

Throughout your training to help you keep your muscles healthy and keep your joint range of motion complete.
Throughout your training to prevent injuries due to muscle fatigue, tension or loss of mobility.
Before a sporting event to prepare your body to perform better.
During your sport activity to eliminate muscle tension, loss of amplitude and pain that may have occurred during your performance. This way, you will be in better condition for your next performance.
After your sporting event, either a few minutes after or the next day to help you recover more quickly from your efforts during your performance.
Following a sports injury, to accelerate your recovery time and reduce your convalescence time.

The benefits for the athlete

A better oxygenation of muscles and tissues
An increase in the supply of nutrients to the muscles
More efficient elimination of toxins stored in the muscles
An increased mobility
Better memorization of motor patterns
Prevention of injuries due to poorly extensible muscles
Improved recovery time following an injury
Better muscle preparation for an important sporting event
Elimination of the effects of stress on the body before and after a sporting event
Decrease in recovery time after a sporting event

Your massage therapist actively participates in your performance.

Your sports massage therapist must:

Listen to your expectations during your consultations
Know your health status
Know your injuries, surgery and medical problems
Evaluate your muscles and joints through mobility tests and palpation
Understand the movements and requirements of your sport
Understand your personal goals for your sport
Be aware of your training plan
Be aware of your competition schedules

Healthy muscles have the following qualities:

Good tone
Excellent elasticity (ability to return to their original length after stretching)
and flexibility (ability to stretch without tearing or rupturing tendons)

These three components are essential to avoid injuries such as tendonitis, periostitis, strains and sprains. A good pre-workout warm-up and post-workout stretching program will keep your muscles healthy. Regular massage therapy sessions will help maintain these muscular qualities.

Healthy muscles are also :
well oxygenated
well nourished
with an efficient elimination of organic waste
and adequate hydration
To achieve this, it is important to develop a good cardiovascular system, good eating habits and continuous hydration. When one of these elements is deficient, muscular tensions appear and can transform into contractures (muscular knots). These often lead to pain and loss of mobility.

When this happens, your massage therapist is able to eliminate your contractures. In massage therapy, we work with blood circulation, promoting oxygenation, nutrient intake and the elimination of organic waste accumulated in your muscles.

Who can benefit from sports massage?

Sports massage is ideal for regular athletes; whether you are a man, a woman or a child, you can benefit from this type of massage.

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Trigger points : what are they and why should I get them treated? 

Daniel Godin

What are Trigger Points?

Trigger points are hyperirritable spots that can be found in any skeletal muscles in the body. These points can be palpated in tight bands of muscles and can irradiate pain in predictable patterns. This is known as Trigger point referral patterns.

Due to this reffered pain, people can often have their pain misdiagnosed or treated with little to no success.


Ex : John enters the clinic with pain in the glut, down the side and posterior leg, sometimes around the knee and into the calf.


This pain pattern is shared with sciatica and trigger points found in the Glut Med.

Trigger points can be active or latent. Trigger points which are active cause local and/or irradiated pain, whereas latent trigger points are only painful when palpated but are not yet painful or irradiating. Latent trigger points are always at risk of becoming active.


Do I have Trigger points?

Generally, most people have trigger points, if not active, latent. Trigger points can be activated by a number of factors :

  • Acute or chronic muscles overload
  • Being activated by another trigger point
  • Disease
  • Homeostatic imbalances
  • Direct trauma to the region
  • Accident trauma (such as a car accident during which many muscles are overly stretched)

Due to the nature of many jobs, which require to be seated for 8 hours of the day, bad posture, inactivity etc., muscle imbalances are becoming more and more prevelant. This sate of muscle imbalance is often the perfect environment for trigger points to form and become active.


How are trigger points are treated?

Direct ischemic pressure, combined with active and passive stretching techniques, and local heat to encourage circulation, is an effective approach to treat trigger points.

Very rarely will I treat a client and not come across at least a few trigger points. While trigger point work can sometimes be painful, most clients describe it as a ''hurts so good'' or a ''good pain'' and return asking specifically for that.


What can I expect when I get a treatment?

At the clinique Altermed, a typical trigger point treatment with my approach would start with a client assessment. This would help me identify the problematic areas and where potential trigger points will need to be worked on.

Once assessed, you would get onto the massage table in the same way you would for a massage. Trigger point work can be done over clothing, but it is more effective to work directly on the skin. I will often combine deep tissue massage, myofascial release, hydrotherapy (moist heat pack) and propose stretching techniques to complement working on trigger points.

Once the treatment portion is completed, I will demonstrate what stretches should be performed and at what frequency they should be done to help prevent any trigger point from returning.

A trigger point treatment can in some cases cause muscle soreness (similar to working out at the gym), which can last anywhere from 24-72 hours and can often require multiple treatments to obtain the best results.

For more information please contact Daniel Godin at Clinique Altermed.

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Sports injuries and massage therapy 

Daniel Godin

What exactly is a muscle?

A muscle is a band or bundle of tissue fibers that have the ability to contract and relax and contribute to movement.

There are 3 types of muscles in the body, skeletal muscle , smooth muscle and caridiac muscle.

We can consciously control Sequeletal muscle, however cardiac (heart) and smooth (mostly within organs) are contracted involuntarily.

Muscles have tendons at their extremities which attach them to bones (usually on 2 different bones). When the muscle contracts this is what creates movements and locomotion within our body.

What is a tendon?

A tendon is a band of fibrous connective tissue that usually attach muscles to bones. Tendons work with muscles to move bones.

What is a ligament?

Ligaments, like tendons are fibrous connective tissue. Ligaments however connect bone to bone to create joints.

Ligaments can limit certain movements and prevent others. Mainly they play a role in the stability of joints.

Sprain vs Strain ?

A sprain happens to ligaments where as a strain happens to muscles or tendons.

Both happen when the tissue in question is overstretched and/or injured by tearing of the tissue.

A strain happen usually where a muscle and a tendon attach to each other. This musculo-tendinous junction is prone to injury when a person is in action (ex running) and a muscle is involuntarily contracted while being stretched. Symptoms for a muscle strain may include pain , muscle spasms, loss of strength and limited range of motion.

A sprain occurs when a joint is forced outside its normal range of motion and a ligament is injured. Symptoms of a sprain may include pain, inflammation, and possibly the inability to move the affected joint.

Severity of sprains and strains

Sprains and strains are categorized according to severity. A Grade I (mild) sprain or strain involves some stretching or minor tearing of a ligament or muscle. A Grade II (moderate) sprain or strain is a ligament or muscle that is partially torn but still intact. A Grade III (severe) sprain or strain means that the ligament or muscle is completely torn, resulting in joint instability.


As soon as possible, when a injury occurs follow the following P.R.I.C.E

  • Protect the area
  • Rest the area
  • Ice the area for a good 20 minutes 3 times a day
  • Compress the injured area to help prevent inflammation ( not too tight though )
  • Elevate the injured area above the height of your heart to prevent inflamation.

Grade I injuries usually heal quickly and combining approprite exercises and stretches can help with regaining original strenght and flexibility.

Grade II injuries are treated the same but might require you to immobilize the joint to allow for proper healing.

Grade III injuries are more severe and more often then not require imobilization and possibly surgery to regain proper function

In all cases its important to be evaluated by a professional so a treatment plan can be created together. With the proper approach most people can heal from sprain and strains without long term side effects.

Daniel Godin, Massage therapist

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