Our physiotherapists use a manual therapy ‘hands-on” approach for assessment and treatment. This is combined with advanced techniques individualized for each patient. We also believe in the importance of evidence-based practice and the need for tailored exercise prescriptions.
Manual & Manipulative Therapy
A specialized ‘hands-on’ approach using mobilization and manipulation for treatment of injuries of the spine, muscles, joints, bones and nerves.
Intramuscular Stimulation – IMS
IMS is a dry needling technique in which needles are placed into tight muscular bands to elicit a reaction. The reaction of the muscle is followed by a decrease in the resting tone or tightness of the muscle. IMS is appropriate for many different types of pain because the source of the pain is often the same – the nerve root. By using IMS to target the source of the pain at the spinal level and the symptoms of the pain at the tight, over-reactive muscle IMS works to help both the source of the pain and symptoms. IMS can be used to treat a variety of conditions, from chronic pain after a motor vehicle accident to repetitive strain injuries to sports injuries.
Based on Chinese medicine and modern anatomy, needles are inserted into specific points on the body to help decrease pain and inflammation and promote the body’s natural healing response.
Assessment and treatment for vertigo, dizziness, balance disorders and inner ear dysfunctions. Depending on the condition, treatment can include the repositioning maneuver (formerly called the Epply Maneuver) or Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy.
Individualized gym programs are developed and supervised by our Phsyiotherapists and Kinesiologists. These programs can be designed specifically for a particular injury or for general strengthening and overall well being.
Special focus in the treatment of elite and recreational athletes to optimize a functional return to their sport. Assessment and treatment of athletic injuries such as ligament sprains, bursitis, tendonitis and muscle strains. Treatment involves sport specific rehabilitation, taping and bracing
Women’s Health & Pelvic Health
Physiotherapy for women’s health/pelvic health can address issues in many phases of a woman’s life. From back care during pregnancy, to post-partum education, and treatment for disorders such as Sacro-iliac joint strain, to Diastasis Recti (separation of the abdominal muscles) and mastitis. Pelvic floor re-education can be invaluable during any phase of life for bladder incontinence, prolapse, and certain types of pelvic pain. Physiotherapy also encompasses optimization of bone health through healthy exercise choices for people with osteoporosis.
Electrotherapy treatments including
- Interferential (IFC)
- Neuromuscular Stimulation
- Transcutaneous Nerve Stimulation (TNS)
Laser Therapy (Cold Laser and Low Level Laser) is a non-invasive treatment that uses wavelengths of light to affect the tissues at a cellular level. It stimulates the the metabolic activity of the cells which safely increases cell reproduction and growth. This promotes healing, reduces acute and chronic pain, reduces swelling and inflammation, improves circulation to the targeted area, and can reduce scar tissue.
LASER stands for ‘Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.’
Pediatric - Kids Physiotherapy
Kids need physiotherapy too! Pediatric Physiotherapy includes all children 0-18 years old. At your first visit, you can expect a thorough assessment by the physical therapist and a treatment plan designed to meet your child’s needs and goals. We aim to make physio fun for infants, toddlers, kids, and teenagers. The physical therapist will also work closely with your doctor, pediatrician and community physiotherapists to provide family centered care!
We focus on orthopaedic conditions/ injuries. These can include:
• Gross Motor Milestone Check- Ups
• Gross Motor Delays
• In Toeing
• Out Toeing
• Toe Walkers
• Scoliosis (non surgical management, and pre/ post surgical)
• Concussion Treatment and Management
• Leg Length Discrepancy (non surgical and surgical management)
• Hemophilia Check- Ups
• Growing pains such as knee or heel pain (Osgood’s Schlatter Disease or Sever’s Disease)
• Fractures (mobilization following cast removal)
• Muscle Strains and Ligament Sprains
• Joint Instabilities and Dislocations
• Tendinopathies (Jumper’s Knee, Achilles)
• Postural pain (neck and back soreness)
• Complex Pain (myofascial pain, etc.)
• Return to Sport
ICBC & Worksafe BC
Assessment and treatment of injuries sustained in a car accident (ICBC), or at work (WCB). Treatment focuses on returning you to work, increasing activity tolerance and restoring pre injury function.
- TREATMENT OF TENDONITIS AND TENDINOPATHIES
- HAMSTRING INJURIES
- MYOFASCIAL TRIGGER POINTS IN NECK/LOWER BACK
- ACHILLES TENDINOPATHY
- JUMPERS KNEE
- CALCIFIC ROTATOR CUFF TENDINITIS
- TRIGGER POINT THERAPY
- SHOULDER PAIN
- TENNIS ELBOW
- PATELLAR TENDONITIS
- PLANTAR FASCIITIS
“In 10 sessions you will feel the difference, in 20 sessions you will see the difference, and in 30 sessions, you’ll have a whole new body” -Joseph Pilates
Pilates is a series of controlled movements aimed at increasing strength, particularly of the core, while simultaneously improving mobility, coordination, proprioception, and of course, posture. It is unique from other forms of exercise in that it utilizes the lenses of focus, efficiency, alignment, fluidity, and balance to create a satisfying and enjoyable workout that lends to improving our everyday movement. It is all about building a strong foundation which can help rehabilitate those with chronic pain, help prevent injuries and improve sport performance. In your initial Physio Pilates session, your physio will listen and talk with you about your individual needs and goals, assess your posture, mobility, and strength, and start you on a pilates program tailored to your unique goals.
Scoliosis and kyphosis management with our Schroth trained Physiotherapist consists of assessment of the spinal curvature, education, monitoring changes and providing specific exercises – physiotherapeutic scoliosis specific exercises (PSSE).
The Schroth approach is effective in decreasing pain, increasing quality of life, improving back muscle endurance and range of motion, and improving self-image.
Scoliosis and kyphosis management is a team approach and may involve various people including your family doctor (observation, monitoring, and care coordination), physiotherapist (physiotherapeutic scoliosis specific exercises), orthotist (bracing), and surgeon (surgery).
What is scoliosis?
Scoliosis is a deformity of the spine, usually diagnosed in adolescents; often without a known cause.
What is Scheuermann’s Kyphosis?
It is a (hyper)kyphosis; a spinal deformity that leads to a more rounded appearance of one’s upper back (sometimes referred to as a “roundback” or “hunchback”)
What does this look like; and what does that mean for me or my child?
It means that you may have noticed some differences in the appearance of your child or yourself as compared to peers: uneven hips, waist, and/or shoulders, a “sticking out” spot on the ribs and/or back, a shoulder blade that doesn’t match the other side. You or your child may also experience increasing symptoms as the condition progresses, such as pain, breathing difficulty, osteoarthritis, mental health problems, and decreased health-related quality of life.
What is Schroth?
Schroth exercises are an evidence-supported, set of physiotherapeutic scoliosis specific exercises (PSSE). They are aimed at preventing the progression of the spinal curve, or to optimize post surgical results. Studies have shown that Schroth is effective for decreasing pain, improving quality of life, increasing back muscle endurance and range of motion, and improving self-image.
Does timing matter?
Early detection and care planning are very important. The options for, and effectiveness of treating a scoliosis or kyphosis vary with stages of skeletal maturity. If you suspect you, your child or teen has scoliosis or kyphosis, it is important to get it screened by a professional such as a doctor or physiotherapist.
What should I expect when signing up for Schroth therapy?
Assessment of your posture/curve and movement
Education about your scoliosis/kyphosis
Specific Exercises, positions and postures to practice at home
Monitoring your scoliosis/kyphosis
Scoliosis and Kyphosis management is a team approach which includes your family doctor (observation, monitoring, and care coordination), physiotherapist (physiotherapeutic scoliosis specific exercises), orthotist (bracing), and surgeon (surgery).
TMJ Dysfunction & Orofacial Pain
TMJ = Temporo-Mandibular Joint. It is the ball and socket joint of your jaw that is separated by a thin, soft piece of cartilage, often referred to as a disc. These joints canbe felt in front of your ears.
TMJ dysfunction is the imbalance or change in normal function of the bones, ligaments, capsule, muscles, disc or nerve components of the TMJ complex.
TMJ dysfunction signs and symptoms can include: facial pain, headaches, joint noise (clicking, popping), and limited movement or locking. Other symptoms include ear pain, ringing in ears, hearing troubles, tooth pain, neck or shoulder pain and facial tingling or numbness.
TMJ dysfunction may have many causes: arthritis, blow to head, whiplash, falls, sports injuries, orthodontia, dentures, genetics, stress, medical or dental procedures (over-opening), poor habits (posture, physical, oral), and many others.
When changing alignment of the jaw and teeth, as in orthodontics, it is important to also pay attention to the resultant effects on the jaw joints. Moving teeth has a great influence on both your bite and the mechanics of your jaw.