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Massage Therapy – Part 1

Massage Therapy & Neuropathy

Massage therapy offers a multifaceted approach to alleviating nerve pain by addressing both physical and psychological aspects of discomfort. Through targeted techniques, such as gentle strokes, kneading, and compression, massage therapists can promote relaxation, reduce muscle tension, and improve circulation. Enhanced blood flow to affected areas can help nourish nerve tissues and facilitate the removal of metabolic waste products, which may contribute to pain relief and healing.

Additionally, massage therapy can stimulate the release of endorphins, neurotransmitters that act as natural pain relievers, promoting a sense of well-being and reducing pain perception. Moreover, the calming effects of massage can help reduce stress and anxiety, which often exacerbate nerve pain. By addressing both the physical and emotional components of nerve pain, massage therapy provides a holistic approach to managing discomfort and improving overall quality of life for individuals living with neuropathy.

Jessica Villeneuve, RMT, CPMT  explores how regular massage can help decrease pain, numbness and other neuropathic symptoms, while also allowing for both better mobility and sleep post treatment.

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  • Massage Therapy Part 1 – Topic Timings:
    • Be aware these timing links will direct you to our YouTube Channel.
      • 00:00:00 Introduction and Overview
      • 00:06:21 What is Massage Therapy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQqZJ1eqLfc
      • 00:11:31 Why does Massage Therapy work for Neuropathy
      • 00:17:17 What to look for in an RMT
      • 00:24:49 What your appointment should look like
      • 00:45:35 Myths around Massage Therapy and Neuropathy
      • 00:53:15 Injury Caused Neuropathy
      • 01:03:07 Neuropathy due to Chemotherapy
      • 01:07:59 Diabetic Neuropathy
      • 01:15:38 Idiopathic, Genetic & Alcohol/Toxic Neuropathy

About Jessica Villeneuve, RMT:

Massage Therapy

Jessica Villeneuve has been a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) for over ten years, having completed her post-degree program in Massage Therapy and successfully completing board certification exams with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario before moving to Alberta to begin her practice.

Jessica was a member of the Board of Directors of the Massage Therapist Association of Alberta for 3 years, holding the position Vice-Chair and spearheading the MTAA School Approval Program to raise the standards of education for Massage Therapists in our province. She has also represented the MTAA as the Vice-Chair of the Transitional Council for the future College of Massage Therapists of Alberta (TC-CMTA) and currently sits of the Working Group for the Regulation of Massage Therapy in Alberta. Jessica is passionate about the regulation of the profession in this province to ensure safe and effective care for Albertans.

Jessica has been both an Instructor and Program Coordinator for massage therapy schools in Alberta and is the creator of her own continuing education courses for health care providers. She has presented to a variety of patient populations, healthcare providers and government officials.

Jessica founded her company, Same Stars Wellness, in 2013 to provide ethical treatments to both pediatric and adult patients with complex conditions such as neuropathy disorders, cerebral palsy, mixed abilities, palliative care, oncology, migraine disease and chronic pain

Jessica is a patient advocate, a chronic pain sufferer herself and believes that care comes not only in the form of treatment, but from listening, validating and supporting.

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