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Dean J. Grima, RMT, AEMCA


Registered Massage Therapist
Acupuncture
Certified Paramedic

Dean is a Registered Massage Therapist who has been a member of the College of Massage Therapist of Ontario (CMTO) since 2002 and is also certified in Acupuncture.  After graduating form Kikkawa College ICT with honours in the Massage Therapy Program, Dean was an instructor at the college teaching clinical and assessment skills, anatomy and was also a student clinic supervisor.  Dean also works with various sports teams as a Head Therapist since becoming a Massage Therapist.  As well as being a Registered Massage Therapist, Dean is also a full time Paramedic certified in Semi-Automatic External Defibrillation (SAED), symptom relief drugs, International Trauma Life Support and CBRN trained.

Sports Teams:

  • 2006 Team Canada Jr. A Hockey (U-20)  IIHF
    Head Therapist – present

  • Mississauga Senators AAA Hockey (’93)
    Team Therapist  2006– Present                      

  • Mimico Mountaineers Lacrosse Jr. B
    Head Therapist  2001 – 2006

  • Vaughan Vipers Jr. A Hockey Club
    Head Therapist  2001 – 2004

  • Toronto Lynx Professional Soccer Club 
    Team Massage Therapist
    On-field injury management  2001 – 2004

  • Ontario Soccer Association
    Trainer for Team Ontario training sessions 2000 - 2004
    On field first aid and injury management for Ontario Cup Finals and Canadian National Championships

Certifications:  

  • Registered Massage Therapist (CMTO, 2002)
  • Advanced Emergency Care Assistant (MOH, 1998)
  • Acupuncture Certificate (2007)
  • Ultrasound and Interferrential Current (2007)
  • International Trauma Life Support (2008)
  • Sports Massage (2001)
  • First Aid and CPR (2008)


Services Offered:



Massage Therapy:

Massage therapy is a comprehensive intervention involving a range of techniques to manipulate the soft tissues and joints of the body. The purpose of massage therapy is to prevent, develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function or relieve pain1 (Massage Therapy Act, 1991). It is a clinically-oriented health option that achieves undeniable results in the relief of an array of discomforts stemming from stress, muscular overuse and many chronic pain syndromes.

Swedish massage involves the use of hands, forearms or elbows to manipulate the superficial layers of the muscles to improve mental and physical health. Active or passive movement of the joints may also be part of the massage. The benefits of Swedish massage include increased blood circulation, mental and physical relaxation, decreased stress, muscle tension and improved range of motion.

THE BENEFITS OF MASSAGE THERAPY

There are tremendous benefits to be achieved through regular massage therapy treatments from a Registered Massage Therapist. Whether your need is to have a moment of relaxation, reduce muscle tension or attain relief from chronic pain, a therapeutic massage can enhance your overall sense of emotional and physical well-being as well as your quality of life.
Massage therapy benefits people of all ages. While it benefits the injured, the ill and the stressed, the strength of massage therapy in preventing illness and conditions before they develop cannot be overlooked. Massage therapy can be used in the treatment of both acute and chronic stages of conditions.

The following is a list of conditions for which massage therapy, when provided by a Registered Massage Therapist, can prove beneficial:

  • Anxiety and depression Asthma and Emphysema
  • Back, leg, and neck pain Cancer
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome (repetitive strain) Chronic Fatigue syndrome
  • Dislocations Fibromyalgia
  • Fractures and edema Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Headaches Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and bursitis
  • Insomnia Kyphosis and Scoliosis
  • Multiple sclerosis Parkinson’s disease
  • Muscle tension and spasm Palliative care
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation Pregnancy and labour support
  • Sports injuries Strains and sprains
  • Stress and stress related conditions Stroke
  • Tendinitis Whiplash

Acupuncture:

Acupuncture is a form of treatment used in both Traditional and Classical Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture is based on the principle that there are energetic pathways, or channels, throughout the body that influence associated internal organs and structures. Energy from these pathways surfaces at various points on the body, identified as acupuncture points. Each of these acupuncture points serves as a tunnel, or access route, to the deeper circulatory channels within. Extremely fine gauge needles are inserted at selected points, stimulating these points and thereby activating the body’s natural healing abilities.

Electro-Acupuncture:

Acupuncture with electronic pulsing battery operated devices, especially useful for chronic unrelenting pain and acute pain and inflammation. Electrodes are attached to acupuncture needles and a small amount of electrical current is transmitted through the needles into the skin and underlying soft tissue.

Sports Massage:

  • PREVENTS muscle and tendon injuries.

  • REDUCES the strain and discomfort of training and chronic strain patterns. allowing a quicker return to maximum training levels.

  • ENABLES the athlete to recover more quickly from myofascial injury with less chance of chronic problems returning.

  • PROVIDES psychological boosts to the athlete, consistent with his or her commitment to high performance.

  • ENHANCES a preventive approach to athletic training whereby soft tissues are free of trigger points and adhesions, thus contributing toward the improvement of peak neuromuscular functioning.

  • PRE-EVENT 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.
    TRAINING massage focuses on the prevention of developing chronic injuries and aids in the healing process of current ones.

Remedial Exercise / Rehabilitation:

These are exercises used to stretch or strengthen specific areas of the body to reduce pain, increase flexiblity, increase range of motion and prevent injuries.  Also, these exercises can be done pre-, post- and during a treatment.  Exercises can also be given to patients to be done at home to assist a rehabilitation program and overall wellness.

Electrotherapy:

Tens: Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (T.E.N.S.) is a modern, non invasive, drug free, pain management modality, commonly used for short term acute pain or long term chronic pain.
T.E.N.S. will relieve back, knee, shoulder, neck, and muscle associated pain as well as many other work and sport related injuries, such as: carpal tunnel syndrome, RSI (repetitive strain injuries) and many other problems related to today's sedentary working environments.

Interferrential Current: Interferential current machine produces electrical currents (~4000HZ) that pass through the affected area of the patient. The current tends to penetrate deeper than other electrical modalities and has a number of physiological effects that have therapeutic value.

The physiological effects include:

  1. An increase in localized blood flow which can improve healing by reducing swelling (the additional blood flowing through the area takes edematous fluid away with it) and as a result helps remove damaged tissue and bring nutrients necessary for healing to the injured area.

  2. The stimulation of local nerve cells that can have a pain reducing/anaesthetic effect due to potentially blocking the transmission of the pain signals (pain gate mechanism) or by stimulating the release of pain reducing endorphins (opiod mechanism)

  3. Some degree of muscle stimulation as muscle contraction can be achieved through external application of an electrical current, overcoming some of the muscle inhibition often caused by local injury and swelling

Event Medical Coverage:

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