Robert Hackwood, RMT

What makes your treatment approach effective Robert?


I have invested in the latest and very best techniques to provide my clients with the most advanced care.

I use a system of assessment and treatment for a healthy integration and functioning of the neuro-muscular-skeletal system. Restoring the body to homeostasis making it easier for the body to function optimally and decreasing the possibility of problems occurring in the future.

Form and function are very important. If the form is not correct then it won't function correctly. Also the same can be said that if the function is incorrect and not working then the form will be out of alignment. I work from this principle to correct the mechanical functioning of the body.

I know what to look for and how to treat what I find. Trust what works!

Tell me a little more detail.



I look at the whole person. I evaluate and assess their posture and function. I want to find the source of the problem and not just put a "Band-Aid" on it. From here a treatment plan is made. Using a variety of techniques that I have integrated into my practice I will treat the viscera (internal organs), cranium (the bones in the skull move), joints in the spine and extremities (I use different approaches than the chiropractic high-velocity adjustment technique) and soft tissue.

To enhance results each person is given a sequence of Muscle Balance and Function Development (MBF) exercises specific to their needs and goals. These neuromuscular postural retraining exercises are updated as I see changes to the person's posture. Posture is dynamic and changes can be made even in your 90s.

Often people have commented on the similarities between MBF and "the Egoscue Method". They are basically the same thing.

Why does this approach work?


Neurological irritation in the viscera, cranium, spine and muscles can cause large postural distortions and pain. By reducing the neurological irritation throughout the body, balance and harmony can be reached with a minimal of energy expenditure. With this there is less wear and tear on the whole system.

The body's systems are so interrelated and interconnected that it is impossible to isolate one alone. It is therefore reasonable to expect that an improvement in one area can lead to an improvement in another.

If you are interested in posture or understand its importance in functioning optimally then you need to see me for your personalized MBF System program. This is to retrain your core (intrinsic) muscles so that you can be strong and then go out and do the activities you desire.


Booking your first appointment




You can call me at the clinic to book your initial appointment or use the online booking system. Either way I will get you in as fast as I can.

Please come 5-8 minutes early to fill in a confidential case history form, or print out the form on the home page and fill it out to bring with you.

Often people are referred to me for certain expertise that I have acquired over the years. Occasionally it can take many weeks to secure an appointment with me and you may wish to see someone sooner with similar skills. In this case I recommend Lesli Smith, RMT as a very good option. She is also located fairly close to my clinic. Book online with Leslil Smith, RMT or visit leslismith.janeapp.com.

Anything further?


Occasionally I see the need to refer a person to another health care professional that may be an expert in their field, in this case I enjoy communicating and working as a part of your health care team.

Summery of Qualifications

    Teaching assistant for Muscle Energy Technique for the:
      Neck
      Back
      Pelvis and Sacrum
      Ribs
    Teaching assistant for Introduction to Osteopathic Techniques Level 1 & 2
    Advanced Cranial Therapy, Craniosacral Biodynamics
    Mentor in Massage Therapy
    Guest lecturer at the Massage Therapists Association Annual General Meeting
    Certificate in Basic Course of Dr. Vodder's Manual Lymph Drainage
    Muscle Balance and Function Development Exercise
    Advanced fascial mobilizations
    Advanced visceral treatment
    Joint play
    Somatics
    Certified Neuromuscular Therapist - St. John Method
    International Teaching Assistant for the Paul St. John Neuromuscular Seminars
    Past instructor at West Coast College Of Massage Therapy
    Graduated WCCMT 1992 with diploma of Massage Therapy



Volunteer Experience

Within the RMT World

I am a past Appointed Member of the BC Medical Services Commission Special Committee for Massage Therapy. I am a Past Vice President of the Association of Physiotherapist and Massage Practitioners of British Columbia, Part 3 (now known as the College of Massage Therapy or CMT of BC). I have also taught posture to public schools in Burnaby, BC.

I have many articles published in the BC Massage Practitioner: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A Treatment Plan, and several on cranial lesions.

Inventor of Clinometric Balance Bar - a postural assessment tool which I use and sell.

Creator of "Sphenoid Osteology" a DVD that walks the viewer through details about the relationships of the driving bone in the head.



Hours and Fees

Appointments are one hour in length and are available Tuesday to Friday.

Half hour "Emergency" visit: $75.00 including the GST (This visit can only be scheduled on the day of the visit, at the end of Robert's treatment day and subject to availability)

Cash, Cheque, VISA, MasterCard and Interac are all accepted.

Prices subject to change without notice

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