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 in 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 assist in the restoration of normal tissue function. Depending on your injury, we may use a variety of electrotherapy tools during your treatment sessions.

Needling

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.

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.

Clinical Pilates

Clinical Pilates combines the expertise of a Registered Physiotherapist and integrates it with the principles outlined by Joseph Pilates to develop a series of Pilates based exercises to address the individualized needs of each client. Clinical Pilates begins with a detailed physiotherapy assessment and determination of patient goals. From here, we design an integrative movement “repertoire” to optimize control of your core stabilizing muscles, and improve overall body awareness, movement quality and strength. One-on-one Clinical Pilates sessions traditionally incorporate specialized equipment, but may also include mat exercises that can easily be transferred to a home setting. The ultimate goal of your pilates exercise program is to help support you in your goals towards accomplishing more meaningful and efficient movement.  For more information about Pilates, follow this link.  

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.

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