There are three main categories of massage:
Range of motion (ROM) and gait analysis are also performed to provide additional valuable information on the overall state of the body.
I qualified as a FitPAWS Master Trainer in 2015 in Colorado. I use the specialized equipment mainly for rehabilitative purposes - improving proprioception, balance, strength and flexibility - and also for training purposes for sporting dogs.
An iMRS Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) therapy unit manufactured by Swiss Bionic is used to aid in healthy cell regeneration by reducing inflammation.
Here is a summary from Dr. Hilary Lampers ND explaining its efficacy. "PEMF is a simple, fast, and effective way to improve the healing potential of each and every cell in the body. PEMF improves cellular metabolism with electromagnetic pulses at a frequency that is most recognized by cells, re-establishing healthy cellular function, which ultimately leads to improved energy and capacity for healing. Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF) is a simple, fast, and effective way to improve the healing potential of each and every cell in the body. Each cell of the body has a wall around it. This wall functions to let nutrients, waste and water to move in and out of the cell. For the cell wall to maintain optimum "permeability" the frequency of that cell must be working from 70-90 mV for the organism to take in nutrients, get rid of waste, and produce energy. Research has shown that dysfunctional or unhealthy cells [from injury or degeneration] are functioning around 20-30 mV (cancer). This means the cell is not able to get rid of waste, take in the nutrients it needs, and thus energy production is markedly decreased."
The contraindications for this device are pregnancy and epilepsy.
The iMRS (from Swiss Bionic) has received the class II medical device license by Health Canada legalizing the iMRS as the first ever whole body mat PEMF system in North America.