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What is physiotherapy?
“Physiotherapy is a health care profession concerned with human function and movement and maximizing potential:
It uses physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore physical, psychological and social well-being, taking account of variations in health status
It is science-based, committed to extending, applying, evaluating and reviewing the evidence that underpins and informs its practice and delivery
The exercise of clinical judgment and informed interpretation is at its core.”
Physiotherapists are highly skilled in treating movement and neuro-musculoskeletal disorders. Pain often accompanies a movement disorder, and physiotherapists can help correct the disorder and relieve the pain.
Our physiotherapists have in-depth knowledge of how the body works and have specialized hands-on clinical skills to assess, diagnose and treat symptoms of illness, injury and disability.
Our physiotherapy services include:
Motor vehicle accident rehabilitation
Modalities including Ultrasound, TENS, Laser, Electric muscle stimulation and IFC
TMJ pain and dysfunction
Back and neck pain and stiffness
Pre- and post-operative rehabilitation
Therapeutic massage is an important part of your health and wellness plan. It can help you when you are injured, stressed, in chronic pain, or simply in need of a little relaxation and balance. Ongoing massage therapy can help you achieve a preventative approach to your health & well-being.
Massage techniques most commonly include pressure and compression, kneading, fractioning and mobilizing to improve the health and condition of the muscles, tendons, skin, fascia or connective tissue of the body. Our experienced & professional Registered Massage Therapists will carefully customize a massage to best suit your needs.
We have different types of massage like hot stone , Swedish , prenatal Massage
Registered Massage Therapists are skilled at treating a wide range of conditions including:
Sprains and strains
Trauma (e.g. motor vehicle accidents)
Muscle spasms or spasticity
Post-operative care and rehabilitation
Muscular tension headaches
Psychological impairments, such as depression and anxiety
Muscular tension and pain (eg neck)
Benefits of Massage
Massage therapy is relaxing, and it certainly feels good, but there are many benefits to massage of which you may not be aware. Massage increases blood supply, oxygen, and nutrition to muscles, tissue, joints, and the vital organs, and improves circulation throughout the body. This helps muscles to recover more quickly from exertion and fatigue (especially useful after a strenuous workout), and helps to relieve the pain and discomfort associated with muscle tension, fractures, sprains, sciatica, and stiff joints.
The spine has a very important function in your body. Not only does it support your body’s weight, it also protects your spinal cord, which is the “central highway” of your nervous system. Our ability to walk, run, jumps, lift, and feel almost every sensation below our neck requires a healthy spine.
The bones in your back, vertebrae, are connected by cartilage and work together in a very specific way. When everything is working well, your spine is in-line, strong and flexible. The stress of daily living, injuries, or accidents can cause the bones to shift out of their proper alignment or affect their range of motion. These small changes can cause pain by putting pressure on the different joints, muscles, and nerves along your spine.
Chiropractors understand how to relieve this pain. They are specially trained to find the source of your back pain, assess the problem, and make the proper adjustments that allow your spine to work properly again. Your chiropractor will likely give you advice on posture, exercise, and might also use soft tissue therapy or recommend massage therapy, physiotherapy or acupuncture.
Chiropractic joint manipulation or “adjustment” is a treatment where the chiropractor uses his hands to apply a very quick, precise, and safe amount of pressure directly on the problem area of your spine. This pressure momentarily separates the joints, allowing a gas bubble to escape (this is the popping sound or cracking noise you might have heard about). This relieves the pressure on the joint and surrounding nerves, allowing your spine to return to its proper position. The adjustment is not painful, and often provides immediate relief.
What is Laser Therapy?
The technology utilizes super luminous and laser diodes to irradiate diseased or traumatized tissue with photons. These particles of energy are selectively absorbed by the cell membrane and intracellular molecules, resulting in the initiation of a cascade of complex physiological reactions, leading to the restoration of normal cell structure and function. The process is curative and therefore results in the elimination of symptoms including pain. In addition, it enhances the body’s immune system response and facilitates natural healing. The therapy is completely safe and has no adverse side effects. The technology is highly effective in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, arthritis, sports injuries, wound healing and a wide range of dermatological conditions.
Some Physiological Effects of Laser Therapy
Increased production and release of –
Endorphins – natural analgesics
Cortisol – precursor of cortisone
Growth hormone – instrumental in tissue repair
ATP – improves and regulates cellular metabolism
In addition, there is –
Increased protein synthesis – collagen, DNA, fibroblasts
Venous and lymphatic flow facilitated
Increased angiogenesis – elevation of oxygen saturation
Enhanced immune response, etc.
These are just some of the many processes that accelerate cellular regeneration (cartilage, epithelium) and restore normal cell morphology and function.
What are the Clinical Benefits of Laser Therapy?
Highly effective for many disease conditions
Reduced need for pharmaceuticals
Restores normal range of motion and physical function
No known adverse effects
No drug interactions
Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.
Acupuncture works by inserting thin needles into various acupuncture points; it is believed that the central nervous system releases various natural occurring biological chemicals (hormones, neurotransmitters) into the muscles, spinal cord and brain. These chemicals naturally self-regulate the body’s systems. When acupuncture is applied, it increases the levels, which in turn increases the body’s natural healing abilities, relieves pain and reduces inflammation.
Acupuncture needles are solid, usually stainless steel (they may also be gold or silver), and measure from 13-70 mm, although longer reusable ones up to about 150 mm in length can be purchased. The needles are very fine, flexible and rounded but sharp at the tip. They are ‘atraumatic’, meaning that they do not have a cutting edge like a hypodermic needle, which slices through tissue. Their design allows acupuncture needles to slide smoothly through tissues and makes them unlikely to cause bleeding or damage to underlying structures.
Most people do not feel the needles being inserted or if they do, say it is comparable to plucking a hair out. When used with current the patient will feel mild tingling sensation or even a slight numbness.
All treatments are provided by registered health care professionals, and receipts will be issued for services incurred.
We believe overall health is only achieved when you acknowledge and address the needs of the whole body. This is also the philosophy behind Osteopathy – the whole body must function together for optimal health. If one part of the body is compromised with an injury, then the rest of the body must adapt and compensate for this, eventually leading to inflammation, pain, stiffness and other health conditions.
Osteopathy is a non-invasive manual therapy that focuses on total body health by treating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework, which includes the joints, muscles and spine as well as the body’s nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems.
Osteopaths do not simply concentrate on treating the problem area, but use manual techniques to balance all the systems of the body, to provide overall good health and well-being. They use a broad range of gentle hands-on techniques including soft tissue stretching, deep tactile pressure, and mobilization or manipulation of joints to address the issues.
Changing the way soft tissue injuries are treated
Graston Technique is an evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively address scar tissue and fascial restrictions through comprehensive training, resulting in improved patient outcomes.
The technique uses specially-designed stainless steel instruments, along with appropriate therapeutic exercise, to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation. The instruments also are used diagnostically to follow the kinetic chain, to locate and treat the cause of the symptom as well as the specific area of pain.
Originally developed by athletes, Graston Technique® is an interdisciplinary treatment used by more than 21,000 clinicians worldwide — including physical and occupational therapists, hand therapists, chiropractors, and athletic trainers.
For the clinician:
Provides improved diagnostic treatment
Detects major and minor fibrotic changes
Reduces manual stress; provides hand and joint conservation
Increases patient satisfaction by achieving notably better outcomes
Expands business and revenue opportunities
For the patient:
Decreases overall time of treatment
Fosters faster rehabilitation/recovery
Reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication
Resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent
For employers and the healthcare industry:
Allows patients to remain on the job
Reduces the need for splints, braces and job-site modifications
Contributes to reduction of labor and healthcare costs, direct and indirect
” The Graston Technique® Instruments allow a deeper, more sensitive palpation and treatment of densified tissue.”
Six stainless steel instruments form the cornerstone of Graston Technique
A dietitian is available for consultation to all of our clients.
We are willing to do orthotics for our clients who have a physician’s referral.
We accept all insurance companies as well as WSIB and Motor Vehicle Accident.