Physiotherapy is a recognized health profession that strives to better quality of life by promoting optimal wellness, physical ability and overall health. Physiotherapists manage both acute and chronic conditions, seen in clients of all ages and conditions. Our physiotherapists use a variety of techniques to rehabilitate injury or managing disease or disability, including manual therapy, Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS), electro-therapy, ultrasound, exercise prescription, and Vestibular Rehabilitation therapy.
Also please note, our physiotherapists treat one patient at a time, as we feel this provides a higher quality of care.
Manual Therapy encompasses a variety of hands-on techniques meant to mobilize the joints, muscles, fascia and nerves in the body. Its goal is to reduce dysfunction and promote balance in the body.
Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS), or dry needling, is a technique that can dramatically reduce tone in a muscle by targeting hyper-irritable Trigger points, which can contribute to dysfunction and pain. It uses a thin filament needle to target these shortened fibers and elicit a twitch response, to ultimately regain muscle length and relieve dysfunctional movement. IMS is an effective tool in both rehabilitation and prevention treatment.
Electrotherapy is a therapeutic treatment using electrical stimulation applied over the skin via electro-pads. There are a variety of types of electrotherapeutic devices which are used over areas of less dense tissue fibers, such as muscle and myofascia. Using set frequency and intensity parameters, it affects the perception of pain and facilitates muscle rehabilitation.
Therapeutic Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves at a set frequency range to facilitate healing in a variety of ways. It can be used to break up scar tissue, reduce inflammation, facilitate healing at the cellular level, improve blood flow, reduce nerve root irritation, and can be used for phonophoresis (enhanced delivery of topically applied medications).
Exercise prescription is an integral part of rehabilitating for musculoskeletal injuries in the body. It targets specific areas to regain balance and relieve dysfunction, which are used in acute and chronic conditions alike.
Vestibular Rehabilitation is effective for treating dizziness and disturbances in control of posture and balance, such as vertigo. The causes of dizziness are varied, but once a medical assessment is complete to rule out more significant causes of the dizziness, physiotherapy may aid in managing or alleviating some symptoms.
The facts are:
- Dizziness is the #1 reason for physician visits by people over the age of 65.
- Dizziness and balance problems account for 5-10% all physician visits and affect approximately 50% of all adults at some time.
- 1 in 10 working-age adults report some degree of disability due to dizziness and 2% experience chronic, frequent, substantially debilitating episodes.
- 1 in 5 persons older than 60 years of age have current dizziness that has led to significant disability, medical consultation or the use of medication.
In the elderly population, dizziness is also associated with falls, fear of falling and loss of independence. Presently in Canada, physiotherapy assessment and treatment of vestibular dysfunction is a rapidly growing and well-developed component of the overall management of dizzy patients.
Our physiotherapist: Kelvin Tu.