Lauren J. McAdam
Lauren graduated from the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy in April 2014 and is an active registrant of the BC College of Massage Therapists. Throughout her training, Lauren gained experience treating a variety of patients, including pregnancy, geriatrics, athletes, cancer patients, depression & anxiety, neurological rehabilitation, Parkinson’s, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia. She approaches massage therapy with evidence-based research and technical rigor, desiring tangible results that can be seen and felt by her patients at the end of each treatment. With a foundational goal of reducing stress to help the body heal, Lauren’s treatment style always includes a component of relaxation. To achieve patient goals, Lauren uses orthopedic physical assessment to check posture, range of motion, muscle tone, pain factors, or neurological symptoms to pinpoint problem areas.
Her therapeutic techniques include myofascial release, joint mobilizations, facilitated stretching, trigger point release, Swedish massage, neurogenic pain education, manual lymph drainage and more. Each session finishes with reassessment and home care, where she will demonstrate specific exercises, provide hydrotherapy instructions if necessary, or simply advise on postural education. Lauren encourages her patients to provide lots of feedback, as it enables her to give the best possible treatment for each individual. Lauren has also completed post-graduate training in Manual Lymph Drainage, a very light, repetitive technique that targets the lymphatic and immune system. She is trained to Level 1 and can use MLD on acute injuries to reduce inflammation (eg. whiplash, sprains, fractures), pre- and post-surgery to speed healing, during pregnancy to reduce limb swelling, for sinus congestion to reduce pressure and pain, and many other conditions. Click here to learn more about the history and science of MLD and the many conditions it can help with.
Lauren enjoys working with physiotherapists, chiropractors, physicians, nurses, midwives and other health care professionals, and would be happy to collaborate with your health care team. A lifelong learner, she hopes to continue her education with collaborative research projects, writing publications and teaching.