Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is all about making you move better for life. Our physiotherapists will help you restore physical function after an injury and prevent future injuries.

We specialize in assessing, diagnosing, and treating injuries related to muscles, bones, ligaments, joints, and nerves. We help restore physical function with a range of treatment techniques such as manual therapy, injury specific exercise prescription, movement retraining, medical acupuncture, and various electrophysical modalities. Our physiotherapists are highly trained, providing clients with complementary treatment options that involve many of the techniques described below.

Manual Therapy

Our therapists utilize a wide selection of manual techniques, dependent on the needs of our clients. Manual stretching, friction massage, trigger point, and myofascial release are some of the treatments designed to restore normal length and mobility to soft tissues. Joint mobilization techniques are utilized to restore full range of motion in a joint, following loss of mobility. If required, joint manipulations may also be used provided that the therapist has the appropriate training and the patient’s consent.

Prescriptive Exercise

Prescriptive exercise is highly effective and a key component of injury prevention, recovery, pain management, and general good health. We are very knowledgeable in providing patients with exercises specifically designed for you and your needs. Physiotherapists are experts and training the body to move, and move well. Whether you are pre- or post-surgical, returning to activity or work, improving your ability as an athlete, pre- or postnatal, or managing systemic conditions such as arthritis, our therapists will work with you to design an exercise program to keep you Fit to Play in all situations.

Electrophysical Modalities

Electrical and physical modalities, such as ultrasound, laser, neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES), transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), and interferential current (IFC) are all designed to stimulate tissue healing, reduce pain and swelling, and to restore normal tissue function. We may use a variety of electrotherapy tools during your treatment sessions.

Medical Acupuncture

Encompassing a combination of traditional Chinese acupuncture and Western medical science, acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into the skin at specific points to achieve a variety of effects, including pain relief, reduction of swelling, and improved circulation. Medical acupuncture is not appropriate for all patients and thus a special assessment is required to determine if it is appropriate for you.

Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS)

IMS is a specialized form of needling that differs from acupuncture. It helps to reduce pain and dysfunction by inserting a needle into targeted areas of tightness and trigger points in muscle tissue. The needle produces a reflex response, causing relaxation of the muscle, thus reducing tension on other joint structures. IMS is not appropriate for all patients and thus a special assessment is required to determine if it is appropriate for you.

Functional and Athletic Taping

Injured joints and body parts may benefit from taping in order to protect the area from further injury and allow an earlier return to activity. Applying tape to the affected area may heighten proprioceptive awareness. Taping can also support the area allowing muscles that have tightened to relax and thus facilitating a return of motion.

Vestibular Rehabilitation

Vestibular Rehabilitation is a specialized treatment approach, which involves specific movements, techniques, and exercises, to decrease the symptoms of dizziness, gaze disturbances, and balance impairments. A specific vestibular rehab program is to be completed by the patient at home. Peripheral vestibular dysfunction has been shown to respond well to progressive balance retraining, specific stretching, and strengthening techniques.

Hydrotherapy

Water provides a near weightless environment where individuals can work at a comparable intensity to land based exercise but for longer and without discomfort or post exercise soreness. The specific aim of hydrotherapy is different for each individual and condition or injury. In some cases hysdrotherapy is able to assist with the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal function, maintain or prevent deterioration of function, or prevent the occurrence of an injury. As every case is unique, an initial assessment by our physiotherapist must take place in order to determine if this type of therapy would be beneficial for you.

 

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