Athletic Therapy & Registered Massage Therapy

Athletic Therapy 

Certified Athletic Therapists are experts in treating acute and chronic injuries to the musculoskeletal system (muscles, bones, and joints).

Best known for providing immediate on-field emergency care of professional and national athletes, Athletic Therapists are skilled in returning athletes to competition and maximizing their performance potential as fast as possible after an injury. Those same skills and techniques also make Athletic Therapists very effective in treating the injuries sustained by everyday active Canadians, including:

  • Common injuries from falls, daily activities and sports
  • Chronic and recurring conditions, pre-surgery and post-surgery
  • Emergencies at sporting events such as concussion, fractures, and spinal injuries
  • Workplace and motor vehicle accidents

Athletic Therapists rehabilitate injuries using the Sports Medicine Model, a method that focuses on the individual taking an active approach to rehabilitate their orthopedic injury. This results in a faster recovery, a reduced chance of further injury, and fewer visits to a healthcare professional.

- Taken from the Canadian Athletic Therapy Association (CATA)

Scope of Practice

Athletic Therapy covers a full spectrum of therapy skills and modalities including: 

Prevention - Athletic Therapists prevent or minimize the possibility of injury using strategies and techniques such as patient education, conditioning
programs, postural evaluation, and equipment selection.

Assessment - Athletic Therapists are experts at evaluating the type and severity of injuries using established best practices 

Emergency & Acute Care - Usually the first to respond when an injury occurs, Athletic Therapists provide basic emergency life support, recognize and manage acute traumatic neurological dysfunction, and prepare individuals for entry into the healthcare system

Rehabilitation - Preparing individuals to re-establish their pre-injury lifestyle, Athletic Therapists take an active approach to rehabilitation, including manual and movement therapies, electrical modalities, and targeted exercises to ensure musculoskeletal stability and function

Reconditioning - Athletic Therapists work with individuals on a customized basis to condition for preventive measures and re-condition with exercise rehabilitation to avoid further injury

- Taken from the Canadian Athletic Therapy Association (CATA)

Who is Athletic Therapy for? 

All ages & fitness levels! 

Athletic Therapists work with a wide range of populations from office workers to high level athletes.

You don’t need to be an athlete, have an injury, or have a referral to see an Athletic Therapist.

Clinical Assessments and Treatments at KATC


At your first appointment your Athletic Therapist will perform a thorough assessment to determine the extent and cause of your injury. Your Therapists will also ask you questions about your current injury, previous injuries, health history, and any medications you are taking. This information will provide a direction for your treatment plan.

Your first treatment at KATC will includes a 30 minute client history/assessment and 1 hour of manual (hands-on) treatment.


After your initial assessment treatments at KATC can be booked for 30, 45, or 60 minutes. 

Athletic Therapists at KATC utilize a variety of manual (hands-on) treatment techniques that include:

  • Soft Tissue & Myofascial Release
  • Joint & Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Muscle Energy
  • Graston (
  • Cranial Sacral Therapy
  • Visceral Manipulation
  • Lymphatic Drainage
  • Neural Meningeal

What is Cranial Sacral Therapy?

CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, light-touch method of evaluating and enhancing the craniosacral system, the environment in which the brain and spinal cord function. An imbalance or dysfunction in the craniosacral system can cause sensory, motor or neurological disabilities. These problems may include chronic pain, eye difficulties, scolosis, motor-coordination impairments and learning disabilities, as well as other physical and psychological problems.

- Taken from the Upledger Institute

What is Visceral Manipulation?

Visceral manipulation uses gentle techniques to mobilize the tissues throughout the abdomen, pelvis and thorax, which in turn can reduce tension on the connecting musculoskeletal structures. By addressing restrictions, this also helps to improve circulation to the tissues being treated as well as to the rest of the body. Together, these benefits can alleviate chronic musculoskeletal pain, improve visceral function and promote whole body wellness.

Field Coverage for Athletic Events 

As members of the Canadian Athletic Therapy Association (CATA) all of our Athletic Therapists are qualified to provide field coverage.

Their certifications include:

  • Certified First Responder
  • Automated External Defibrillation (AED)

If you are interested in hiring one of our Therapists for field coverage or you require more information please give us a call at (613) 507-5282.

Additional Services we provide for Athletic Events include:

  • Pre-event taping and wrapping
  • Post-event assessment and sideline treatment
  • Post-event ice bath & flushes (gentle massage)


Registered Massage Therapy 

Registered Massage Therapy (RMT) consists primarily of hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, specifically, the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints for the purpose of optimizing health.

Massage therapy treatment has a therapeutic effect on the body and optimizes health and well-being by acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. Physical function can be developed, maintained and improved; and physical dysfunction and pain and the effects of stress can be relieved or prevented through the use of Massage Therapy.

- Taken from the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) website

Benefits of RMT:

  • Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion
  • Assist with shorter, easier labour for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays
  • Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body's natural defense system
  • Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles
  • Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles
  • Increase joint mobility & muscle flexibility
  • Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts
  • Improve the condition of the body's largest organ—the skin
  • Lessen depression, stress, or anxiety
  • Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue & stretch marks
  • Reduce post-surgery adhesions & swelling
  • Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
  • Reduce spasms and cramping
  • Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body's natural painkiller
  • Relieve migraine, jaw, or sinus pain

Types of Massage:

  • Relaxation massage is essential for alleviating the daily stresses on the body to promote mobility for pain-free function.
  • Pregnancy massage can help relieve pain and discomfort that is associated with pregnancy. It can also help to improve circulation and promote relaxation.
  • Pre-event sport massage stimulates circulation, calms nervous tension, and prepares the athlete for optimal performance while reducing the chances of injury.
  • Post-event massage relieves soreness and assists in the removal of lactic acid and other waste products.
  • Deep tissue massage uses deeper pressure on muscle tissue and fascia to release chronic muscle tension.

Fascial Stretch Therapy

Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) is a manual stretch therapy aimed at addressing restrictions to restore mobility. This relaxing technique uses deep breathing, relax/contract stretching, and traction to mobilize joints. It's gentle, pain free, and can make big changes in your mobility!

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