Massage Water Sports Away!

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If you are anything like me, you go all out when it comes to sports or physical activities. I’ve taken a liking to rowing lately and while on the water, I tend to jump IN the water too! These two activities have added quite a lot of new motions and stress to my shoulders and back and although stretching helps-nothing relieves the pain like a good massage.

Sore muscles cannot be treated with pharmaceuticals-only the symptoms of sore muscles are addressed, mainly being the pain! It is common for one to feel soreness creep in a day or two after the activity that actually is bringing on the soreness. When this happens there are a few things that will help such as heating the muscles up, stretching them out and continuous blood flow to work out the build up of lactic acid.

While playing in a tennis tournament in Niagara Falls I was driving back and forth to my home in Ajax. The driving mixed with the increased intensity of play had left my whole body tight and stiff before the semi finals. I had stopped in Etobicoke to eat on the way home the night before the match and decided to loosen my body up with a massage.


I googled “RMT Etobicoke” to see what prices were like. I had no idea, while looking for the best massage Etobicoke offered, whether it would be a therapeutic massage that would help my game or whether they would give me the dreaded “fluff and buff” and just rub my skin and put me to sleep. There was a link to a site labeled: RMT Etobicoke. I clicked it and read the bio of the registered massage therapist. There were a bunch of different types of massages to choose from and I was happy to see deep tissue  in there.

This RMT did the deep tissue massage with various techniques such as cross fiber friction, active release, muscle energy, trigger point and myofascial release. I didn’t even know what exactly that meant but I had done active release therapy before and it was used to restore function to areas that were injured or sore so SCORE! That’s what I needed.

The definition of the deep tissue massage on this RMT’s site was listed with the goal to “regain a proportionate straight back position, reduce the side effects of discomfort, displace scar tissue and muscle adhesion’s and increase your range of motion.” For more info or just a great massage check out Northwestern Massage Therapy

What is Deep Tissue Massage?

The deep tissue massage is a form of massage that penetrates the muscle tissue to its deeper layers.

If we compared it to a Swedish Massage, another technique commonly used, it is similar in nature but employs the use of shorter strokes, with a much higher intensity of firmness. A masseuse would potentially use thumbs, wrists and elbows to focus on specific areas with tightness.

Muscle adhesions are sometimes the underlying reason the body experiences constant muscle tension or pain from a past injury. Adhesions are strips of connective tissue that is painful and stiff and can be found on ligaments and tendons in addition to muscles.

This can cause the waste, blood and oxygen from passing through, restrict your movement, become inflamed and in overall just cause you pain.

A therapist uses deep tissue massage techniques effectively by breaking down these adhesions, which in effect alleviates discomfort and elevates the range of motion to a normal level for your tendons and muscles.

So basically a deep tissue massage is terminology that represents a set of techniques used to break muscle adhesions. The recipient of a deep tissue massage is likely to feel discomfort during this process but relief of the initial pain when it is over.

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What are the perks to getting a deep tissue massage?

This technique causes muscle relaxation, clears waste products, improves oxygen and blood circulation to muscles. This makes it easier for the body to dispose of unwanted toxins thereby permitting the muscles a faster recovery time after extensive use. This is achieved with the additional circulation of oxygen rich blood into the now functional muscles.

Victims of accidents and sports mishaps are prime candidates for a deep tissue massage since it improves the flow of blood to underused muscles. Those with chronic muscle tension throughout the body may also find the release from the grasp of pain as this form of massage breaks down scar tissue and knots that are embedded deep in the muscle.

Long story short is that water activities as well as any man thing that leaves your back a mess of knots should be treated with a massage. The best kind of massage that I know will do the trick is non other than the Deep Tissue Massage. Put up with the pain for 90 minutes and you eliminate a few days pain from sore muscles!

Head Injuries

Head Injuries

Any trauma to the brain, scalp or head is considered a HEAD INJURY. The injury can be as insignificant as a little bump or as serious as damage to the brain.

Open injuries to the head can be as obvious as something penetrating the skull, leaving an open cut or gash, but they can also be considered closed injuries where you cannot see the damage, yet blunt force has occurred or been applied to the head.

Concussions, wounds and fractures are all common types of head injuries. These may cause the brain tissue to bleed or the surrounding layers around the brain may be damaged and bleed.

The emergency sees quite a few number of patients for head injuries. One in six injury related occurrences that are admitted to the hospital are due to traumatic brain injury (TBI). Children account for major portion of patients admitted to the hospital for TBI.

Generally, head injury can result from accidents of all kinds including  playing sports, working or even just random events that happened by mistake at home. Obviously car accidents or acts of physical violence are also included as common types of ways that people run into head injuries. The skull provides adequate protection for many accidents that occur but there are many cases where the injury requires close attention and the victim may need to spend time under the observation of doctors to make sure there are no lasting affects of the injury.

Signs Of Head Injury

There are symptoms that are very obvious to people that indicate a head injury has occurred, yet there are also signs of damage that are much more insidious and do not show themselves for perhaps a few days.

It is possible to bruise the brain without breaking the skull which makes things tricky. Everything may appear normal on the outside but if there is damage to the brain or brain tissue, bleeding and swelling may occur. This could give way to more serious issues that could also result in a change in the way the brain functions. When this happens the injury is considered a TBI. Concussions are considered a form of brain injury and are not to be taken lightly.


If the way that your brain functions has been altered from a head injury, then you have most likely experienced a concussion. Some of the affects you may notice can be temporary but this is always a serious occurrence. Side effects include difficulty with balance, memory, coordination and concentration.

Concussions can not only be caused by hard impact to the dome, but also by violent movements to the upper body or head. The affect of a concussion may sometimes mean unconsciousness, but many times this is not the case. This fact alone makes concussions dangerous as many people may experience a concussion and not even know.

It isn’t uncommon for athletes to experience concussions in sports that involve heavy contact. It is important for the athlete to to have time to heal properly or they could risk having permanent brain damage. In most cases victims of a concussion make a full recovery.

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What To Do When A Head Injury Occurs

Whenever someone experiences a head injury it is important to call for help immediately if the injury is anything but mild. In many cases knowing how to give basic first aid can make the difference in avoiding death.

It would be wise to seek a professional immediately when the person experiences the following symptoms:

  • Person wants to sleep
  • Irregular Behavior
  • Neck stiffens or Head aches
  • Different sized pupils
  • Any appendage is not functioning properly
  • Goes unconscious for any amount of time
  • Throws up multiple times

The following safety procedure should be followed:

  1. Make sure the person is breathing. Administer CPR if necessary
  2. If the victim has lost consciousness but is breathing normally, brace the head by keeping both hands on either side to align the head with the neck and shoulders
  3. Use a clean cloth to prevent blood loss. If the cloth becomes full, do not remove but use another on top of it.
  4. If there is any chance of a broken skull, do not put pressure to the wound. Use a sterile gauze over the site.
  5. To avoid choking on vomit, roll the person to their side while keeping the head and spine stable.
  6. Ice down any inflamed injuries.

Things NOT To Do

  • No washing deep head wounds.
  • No object removal of things sticking out of a persons cranium.
  • No moving the injured unless unavoidable.
  • No shaking dazed people.
  • No helmut removal if you suspect the head has sustained an injury.
  • No picking up children if they may have been injured in the head.
  • No alcohol consumption within a full two day period of a head injury

For a less than serious head injury, it may not be necessary to take them for treatment. Be wary of head injury symptoms however, as they may become apparent after some time has passed.

Headache management and other signs of injury can be further explained by your doctor. He or she will also advise on how to go about your regular day activities or transition into them with the proper precautions in place.

Indications a Health Care Provider Should be Called:

  • Call the emergency line of there is a lot of blood coming out of the face or head.
  • If the inured experiences fatigue, the urge to throw up or dizziness.
  • If the injured is breathless.
  • If there is reasonable  evidence the person is exhibiting signs of a head injury.

Water Safety Tips


For those from the north very few trips out of the country would feel complete without hitting the sunny seas in warmer climates throughout the world. Whether you are an underwater dweller with the scuba tank, hang ten on the surf board, a pompous character in linens at the yacht club or simply like to dribble around in your paddle boat around an interesting shoreline, you ought to be careful the dangers that come with getting your thrills in and around the water.

If you are feeling the urge to partake in aquatic recreational adventures, such as being dragged around by a boat-whether it’s in the air or in the water, make sure your health insurance is up to date. The Divers Alert Network provides a scuba diver disaster insurance-which is recommended before a scuba trip. It’s a blanket insurance covering events from tank decompression to equipment theft.

Be sure to do your research on any trips you have planned. Also remember to check your equipment before you leave to make sure everything is operating correctly.

For All My Outdoorsmen

Extreme sunburns can occur, whether it is a sunny or cloudy period of time spent on the water. If your intentions are to spend a day outdoors on your watercraft, sport sun block with a high SPF , as well as a cap and polarized sun glasses.

For All My Paddle Sports and Small Boats

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  • See out first hand instruction before your first on water adventure.
  • Maintain balance and avoid jerky or sudden movements.
  • Be adept in your swimming skills-especially in fast moving waters.
  • Keep a lifejacket on tight around the body.
  • Alcohol and boating are a dangerous combination.
  • Bring a friend!
  • Stay aware of your environment-most importantly around boats with engines as the waves from the motor can flood your dingy.
  • Stay under capacity of the boat you’re riding in.
  • Monitor the forecast and avoid severe climate or water warnings.
  • Let a friend know where you’re going and when you’ll be back.
  • Keeping the load of the watercraft centered, balanced and below the half way mark is advisable.
  • Be prepared if your boat capsizes.
  • Load water for consumption and block up with sunblock.
  • Always have a supply of rescue equipment.

For all my SwimmersLifeguard Training

  • Most safety tips are created as general precautionary measures that apply to most water activities:
  • Be aware of your environment. Whirlwinds have been known to appear out of nowhere and cause changes in the waters behavior.
  • Beaches that are life guarded are ideal places to swim.
  • Waves can knock the elderly and small children off balance.
  • Alcohol and swimming are a dangerous mix.
  • Give the water credit for its unstoppable nature. If you’re unsure as to the safety of being in the water-don’t risk it.
  • Always try to swim with a friend
  • Swimming in the surf is not the same as swimming in a pool or lake. Make a point to understand how to swim in it.
  • Be conscious of water patterns. Especially abrupt strong movements that could pull you out off the shoreline.
  • Stay away from wharfs and reefs as there are volatile changes that could catch you off guard.
  • Stick close to the coast when swimming.
  • Steer clear of stoney areas. They are usually wet, slippery and when waves fall on top of them they can knock you in and drag you off to sea.
  • Always know the dangers and details of the area of water you decide to engage in any water sport activity in.
  • Be aware of coral. Touching will hurt it and walking on it will hurt you.
  • Stay clear of jellyfish, urchin or large fish that may hurt you.

For All My Personal Water Craftsmen

  • Whether your on a power boat or not, all safety measures apply equally.
  • Keep abreast of the laws that govern the waters you are operating your watercraft on.
  • Never boat at night since there are not any navigation lights.

For all my BoatersBoating license

  • Never surpass the amount of people (or weight) that your boat is equipped to handle.
  • Lifejackets are for all riders.
  • Know your local water hazards
  • Be sure to acknowledge the potential weather conditions and forecast for the day
  • Be aware of your surroundings and how they are changing.
  • Learn the tricks of the trade by taking certifiable watercraft safety lessons.
  • Apply all safety precautions to ALL water activities.
  • Keep a list of the equipment, tools and any items you may need at any time-as well as keep everyone in the know as to the whereabouts of all the emergency items.
  • Knowledge of your watercraft is essential and includes: navigation, safety, boat handling, line handling, anchoring, troubleshooting engine problems and emergency response.
  • Alcohol and boating are a dangerous mix. Don’t do it.
  • Educate yourself to read nautical charts and learn the rules of navigation.
  • Keeping a VHF Marine Radio on board is always a good idea as it will show your location in times of need.
  • While the boat is in operation, using a kill switch lanyard is advisable. This will kill the engine if anything happens to the captain-such as falling over the rail.
  • Always have an anchor onboard.
  • He who fails to plan, plans to fail. Expect the worst so you will be prepared if it happens. Knowing CPR and taking first aid certification may save a life.
  • Being on warm water is much different than being in cold water-especially in emergencies. Know the difference is tactics and safety measures.
  • Give a neighbor your boat plan in the event of an unforeseen disaster.
  • Keep an eye out for people in the water where they shouldn’t be. You are responsible for their safety, the waves your boat makes and your own course of actions.
  • The good samaritan law applies to all boaters.

For All My Board Sailors

  • Become knowledgeable of the basics from a professional.
  • Starting sail in moderate conditions within a safe environment.
  • Going out in adverse conditions is ill advised. Harsh winds may cause you to sail further than expected.
  • Using a tether is smart-but not used to replace a life vest.
  • Lower the sail and lie on the board if you end up tuckering yourself out.

Make Sure Your Always Practicing Safe Habits!