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Unexpected Health Benefits of Massage Therapy

Exploring the Unexpected Health Benefits of Massage Therapy

While many people turn to massage therapy for relaxation or relief from common issues like back pain or muscle soreness, several lesser-known conditions can also benefit significantly from this therapeutic practice. In this article, we explore some of these conditions, shedding light on the unexpected ways massage therapy can enhance well-being.

Digestive Disorders

Digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and constipation can cause significant discomfort and distress. Massage therapy can play a crucial role in alleviating these symptoms. Techniques that target the abdominal area can help stimulate the intestines, enhance digestive movements, and relieve the bloating and pain associated with these conditions. This gentle, non-invasive approach can promote overall digestive health and comfort.


Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory, and mood issues. Although challenging to treat, massage therapy has been shown to help manage symptoms by reducing pain, enhancing sleep quality, and decreasing anxiety and depression associated with fibromyalgia. The soothing pressure of massage helps reduce muscle tension and stiffness while promoting relaxation and stress relief.

Anxiety and Depression

Though more widely recognized today, the benefits of massage therapy in treating psychological conditions like anxiety and depression still surprise many. Regular massage sessions have been found to lower cortisol levels (a stress hormone) while boosting neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine, which regulate mood. The calming effect of massage can help alleviate the feelings of fear and sadness associated with these mental health issues.

Headaches and Migraines

Those who suffer from chronic headaches or migraines can find relief through massage therapy. Focusing on the head, neck, and shoulders, massage techniques can reduce the frequency and severity of migraines by relieving muscle spasms, enhancing blood flow, and easing tension. It is a natural approach to managing pain that can also decrease the reliance on medication.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)

TMJ disorders involve pain and compromised movement of the jaw joint and the surrounding muscles. Massage therapy can be particularly beneficial in easing this discomfort. Techniques that focus on the jaw, head, and neck areas can help improve jaw movement, relieve pain, and decrease the tightness of the jaw muscles. This therapy offers a complementary approach to other TMJ treatments, providing a holistic solution.

Immune System Support

Regular massage therapy feels excellent and can boost the immune system. It has been shown to increase the activity level of the body’s natural killer cells, which fight off infections and disease. Massage also improves lymphatic drainage, which helps the body to eliminate toxins and contributes to better overall health.

Incorporating massage therapy into your healthcare routine can offer more benefits than expected. At Naturology Centre, we understand the wide-reaching impacts of massage on the mind, body, and spirit. By addressing well-known issues and lesser-considered conditions, we help our clients achieve a higher level of health and wellness. If you’re curious about how massage therapy can help you with any of these conditions, contact us today or schedule an appointment online.

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Safeguarding Your Lower Back This Winter

Stay healthy and enjoy the beauty of winter in Moncton with practical strategies to prevent lower back injuries. From investing in ergonomic tools to staying active and dressing warmly, let us help you stay safe and embrace the winter season with vigour at Naturology Centre.

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Chronic Pain Moncton

Natural Chronic Pain Management Options

Are you tired of living with chronic pain? Discover natural and non-invasive therapies at Naturology Centre Moncton that can alleviate your pain and improve your overall quality of life. From massage therapy to acupuncture and health supplements, we have the right options to help you find relief from your unique experience of chronic pain.

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Massage and Osteopathy

Maximizing Health Benefits: The Synergy of Massage Therapy & Manual Osteopathy

Discover the powerful combination of massage therapy and manual osteopathy for effective chronic pain management, improved mobility and flexibility, and enhanced overall well-being. Take a multifaceted approach to your wellness with these therapeutic modalities, and maximize the benefits by exploring insurance coverage options.

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Sports Massage Therapy

What is Sports Massage Therapy?

Sports massage therapy employs specialized massage techniques to optimize an athlete's preparation for and recovery from the physical demands of training or competition. It is tailored to address the specific needs of athletes across all levels, from grassroots to Olympic and professional.

Massage for Sports Enthusiasts

Our sports massage therapy includes targeted pre-event, inter-event, post-event, and restorative/training massage techniques to ensure optimal performance and recovery.

On-site Delivery for Convenience

We offer on-site services at events, host facilities, or team healthcare locations, providing everything needed for a seamless experience.

A Valuable Resource for Local Teams, Sports Clubs, and Individual Athletes

Naturology Centre's registered massage therapists are dedicated to supporting local teams, sports clubs, and individual athletes through our specialized sports massage therapy.

Partnering with Organizations and Athletes of All Levels

Our select therapists are skilled in treating athletes across the entire spectrum of expertise, and our services are designed to cater to their unique needs.

Expertise in a Range of Techniques

We specialize in pre-event, inter-event, post-event, and therapeutic/training massage techniques, all tailored to the athlete's requirements.

When skillfully applied, sports massage therapy can lead to improved performance, reduced risk of injury, and better mental preparation for athletes, ultimately contributing to their overall success.

Enhanced Performance, Reduced Risk, and Mental Preparation

Sports Massage Phases

Each phase of sports massage plays a crucial role in an athlete's performance and has specific rules regarding timing, duration, benefits, expected outcomes, and techniques. The skillful and appropriate application of sports massage can significantly impact an athlete's competitive edge, achievements, and personal growth.

Sports Massage Moncton

Pre-Event: Optimal Preparation for Competition

Our pre-event massage services ensure you are well-prepared for the competition. Administered close to the event's start, this massage helps boost your performance and readiness.

Inter-Event: Staying Calm and Focused Between Events

Our inter-event massage is designed to help you relax and refocus between your scheduled events, promoting mental clarity and physical readiness for the next challenge.

Post-Event: Relaxation and Recovery for Peak Performance

Our post-event massage aids in your relaxation and recovery after a competition, playing a vital role in the cool-down process and helping your body transition to a more relaxed state.

Restorative/Training: Enhancing Training Intensity and Performance

Our restorative/training massage is integrated into an athlete's training regimen, assisting you in training more intensely and at a higher level. This phase of sports massage promotes faster recovery, reduced muscle soreness, and improved performance during workouts, ensuring you maintain peak conditions throughout your training journey.

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Car Accidents (MVA Injury)

Rehab Following a Car Accident (MVA)

Motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) in Moncton, Riverview, Dieppe and elsewhere can lead to various physical and psychological symptoms. While whiplash is the most common injury associated with MVAs, it is crucial to understand that the range of possible injuries and symptoms is vast.

Injuries and symptoms that may develop after an MVA include:

Soft tissue injuries: These are injuries to muscles, tendons, and ligaments, which can result in pain, swelling, and bruising. Examples include sprains, strains, and contusions.

Fractures and dislocations: Depending on the severity of the impact, bones may break, or joints may be dislocated. These injuries can be excruciating and require immediate medical attention.

Head injuries: Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), concussions, and skull fractures can occur during an MVA. These injuries can lead to headaches, dizziness, memory loss, and cognitive impairment.

Spinal injuries: Damage to the spinal cord or vertebrae can result in pain, numbness, weakness, or paralysis. Injuries can range from minor to severe and may require surgery or long-term rehabilitation.

Internal injuries: Damage to internal organs, such as the lungs, heart, liver, or spleen, can be life-threatening and require immediate medical attention.

Emotional and psychological symptoms: MVAs can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. These symptoms may manifest as nightmares, flashbacks, irritability, or avoidance of situations related to the accident.

Sleep disturbances: Difficulty falling, staying, or experiencing restful sleep can develop due to the physical and emotional stress associated with an MVA.

Chronic pain: Persistent, localized or widespread pain can develop following an MVA. This may be due to nerve damage, scar tissue, or other factors.

It is essential to seek medical attention following an MVA, even if the injuries seem minor. Prompt diagnosis and treatment can help prevent complications and support a faster recovery. Naturopathic counselling can help address the emotional and mental health aspects of recovering from an MVA, while manual therapy can help with physical rehabilitation.

Holistic Approaches for Symptoms After a Car Accident

Motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) can result in a wide range of physical and emotional symptoms, and a holistic approach to recovery is often beneficial. Integrating alternative therapies with conventional medical treatment can help address various aspects of MVA recovery. Here are some ways naturopathy, hypnotherapy, massage therapy, osteopathy, acupuncture, personal fitness training, and health supplements can be employed in the treatment and recovery process:

  1. Naturopathy: Naturopaths focus on stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities by addressing the root causes of symptoms. After an MVA, naturopathy may include dietary changes, practitioner-grade supplements, and stress management techniques to support overall health and well-being.
  2. Hypnotherapy: Hypnotherapy can help individuals cope with the emotional and psychological symptoms following an MVA. Techniques such as guided relaxation and positive suggestions can help reduce anxiety, improve sleep quality, and promote healing by addressing subconscious thought patterns.
  3. Massage therapy: Massage can help alleviate pain and tension in muscles and soft tissues, improving circulation and promoting relaxation. Regular massage sessions can assist in reducing inflammation, increasing flexibility, and speeding up the healing process after an MVA.
  4. Acupuncture: Acupuncture involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body to balance energy flow or Qi. This treatment can help manage pain, reduce inflammation, and promote relaxation, benefiting MVA recovery.
  5. Osteopathy: Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) can help restore proper alignment and function to the musculoskeletal system after an MVA. OMT techniques relieve pain, improve mobility, and support the body’s natural healing processes.
  6. Shockwave therapy: is a non-invasive treatment that uses acoustic waves to carry high energy to painful spots and musculoskeletal tissues, promoting regeneration and reparative processes of the bones, tendons, and other soft tissues.
  7. Personal fitness training: Following an MVA, a personalized fitness program designed by a certified trainer, can help individuals regain strength, flexibility, and endurance. This approach should be gradual and tailored to the individual’s needs and limitations, ensuring a safe and effective recovery process.
  8. Health supplements: Depending on the specific symptoms and needs of the individual, certain health supplements can support the healing process after an MVA. These may include anti-inflammatory supplements, such as omega-3 fatty acids, or supplements that help tissue repairs, such as collagen or vitamin C. It is essential to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any supplement regimen.

Integrating these alternative therapies into a comprehensive treatment plan can help support a holistic recovery process after an MVA. However, consulting with your family doctor to determine the most appropriate course of action based on individual needs and circumstances is crucial.

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Shockwave Therapy
🌿💚 GREAT NEWS from Naturology Centre! 💚🌿
We're thrilled to announce that starting in early June, we will offer SHOCKWAVE THERAPY as part of our osteopathy services. 🎉🎉
What's Shockwave Therapy? ⚡🌊
Shockwave Therapy is a non-invasive, clinically proven treatment that uses acoustic waves to stimulate deep tissue repair and growth. It's a powerful tool that can help accelerate recovery, reduce pain, and enhance mobility.
Benefits of Shockwave Therapy:
🟢 Pain Relief: The therapy promotes immediate relief from chronic pain.
🟢 Faster Healing: It stimulates your body's natural healing processes.
🟢 Non-Invasive: No surgery or medication needed.
🟢 Improved Mobility: It can help restore movement and improve quality of life.
Shockwave Therapy is your ticket to a pain-free and more active life, from treating joint pain and muscular discomforts to tackling sports injuries. 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️
Mark your calendars 🗓️ and get ready to step into the future of holistic health and wellness! We can't wait to guide you on this new journey toward optimal health!
Your path to a pain-free life became brighter with Naturology Centre. 🌱✨

Dominic Thibeault, MOT, BSc Kin!


We are pleased to welcome Dominic Thibeault, a skilled manual osteopathic therapist and kinesiologist. With a holistic approach and diverse expertise, Dominic is dedicated to providing personalized care for his client's well-being. Fluent in English and French, he ensures effective communication and inclusivity in his practice.

Dominic Manual Osteopath

To learn more about Sam or to schedule, please visit: https://naturologycentre.com/dominic/

Welcome Cassandra Avery, RMT!


Introducing Cassandra Avery, a skilled massage therapist from Newfoundland, now thriving in Moncton. Dedicated to her client's well-being, she combines techniques and continuously expands her expertise for personalized massagetreatments.

Cassandra - Massage Therapy (RMT)

To learn more about Sam or to schedule, please visit: https://naturologycentre.com/cassandra/

Welcome Samuel Blanchard, RMT!


We are pleased to welcome Samuel Blanchard, RMT, to our team of Massage Therapists! Samuel graduated in 2019 and is passionate about helping clients rehabilitate, improve sports performance, or pursue preventative wellness care.
Bilingual - English & French

Samuel - Moncton Massage Therapy Team

To learn more about Sam or to schedule, please visit: https://naturologycentre.com/samuel/


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Can Acupuncture Reduce Headaches?


Summary: Researchers report acupuncture may help alleviate symptoms for sufferers of chronic tension headaches.

Source: AAN

Acupuncture may reduce headaches for people who have chronic tension-type headaches, according to a study published in the June 22, 2022, online issue of Neurology.

Tension headaches are characterized by a pressing or tightening sensation on both sides of the head that is mild to moderate in intensity. These headaches are not aggravated by physical activity and are not accompanied by nausea. Tension headaches are classified as chronic if they occur at least 15 days per month.

“Tension-type headaches are one of the most common types of headaches and people who have a lot of these headaches may be looking for alternatives to medication,” said study author Ying Li, MD, PhD, of Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Chengdu, China.

“Our study found that acupuncture reduces the average number of headache days per month for those struggling with these painful and disruptive headache attacks.”

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Welcome Terence Laverdure, D. TCM., R.Ac., Dipl.S.T. N.C., TTMP!


Dr. Terence Laverdure began his career in health care in 1996 and is a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), specializing in providing affordable acupuncture treatments at our Moncton centre.
Matter and Energy are One, and that Matters. So let us put Energy into what Matters!

Dr. Terence Acupuncture

To learn more about Dr. Terence or to schedule, please visit: https://naturologycentre.com/drterence/

Welcome Jonathan Rose, RMT!


We are welcoming Jonathan Rose, RMT, to our team of practitioners this new year 2022! He specializes in Therapeutic Massage, Sports Massage, Wellness Care, General Swedish Massage, Joint Mobilizations, and Trigger Point Therapy and is looking forward to helping clients achieve the best version of themselves.

Jonathan Massage Therapist

To learn more about Jonathan or to schedule, please visit: https://naturologycentre.com/jonathan/.

Welcome Jolène Arseneault, RMT!


We are happy to welcome Jolène Arseneault, RMT, to our team of massage therapy practitioners! She specializes in therapeutic massage and wellness care and looks forward to helping clients feel their best.

Bilingual - English & French

Jolene Massage Therapy RMT

To learn more about Jolène or to schedule, please visit: https://naturologycentre.com/jolene/.

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