We provide thorough assessments, formulate clinical diagnoses, and partner with you to provide a personalized treatment program utilizing the most effective combination of techniques.  For example, these may include hands on manual therapy, exercise prescription, therapeutic modalities along with taping to achieve the optimum results.

We work through the stages of healing to reduce pain and inflammation, improve range of motion and strength, and optimize functional restoration using various techniques and tools listed below.





Manual Therapy
This is a clinical approach utilizing skilled, specific hands-on techniques, including but not limited to manipulation/mobilization, used by the physical therapist to diagnose and treat soft tissues and joint structures for the purpose of modulating pain; increasing range of motion (ROM); reducing or eliminating soft tissue inflammation; inducing relaxation; improving contractile and non-contractile tissue repair, extensibility, and/or stability; facilitating movement; and improving function. 

Prehabilitation (pre-surgical rehab) & Post Surgical Rehabilitation
Prehabilitation, or pre hab, a form of strength training, aims to prevent injuries before the actual occurrence. Training the muscles surrounding vulnerable joints can prevent injuries sustained from repeated wear and exertion.

Pre hab can also be applied to people awaiting orthopaedic surgery. The intention is that the fitter they are when they have surgery the quicker they will recover from it. Techniques and exercises are tailored to the patient so that even those with end-stage arthritis (bone on bone) can safely do some form of exercise and improve their outcome.

The primary goal of a post-operative rehabilitation program is to control pain, protect repaired tissue during the healing process, guide the healing process, restore and maximize function and avoid recurrence of symptoms.

Therapeutic and safe exercise prescription
Exercise prescription commonly refers to the specific plan of rehabilitation-related activities that are designed for a specified purpose, which is developed by the rehabilitation specialist for the client or patient. Due to the specific and unique needs and interests of the client/patient, the goal of exercise prescription is a successful integration of exercise principles and behavioral techniques that motivates the participant and increases compliance to achieve their goals and optimize their outcome.

Acupuncture is a collection of procedures involving penetration of the skin with needles to stimulate certain points on the body. In its classical form it is a characteristic component of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It is the merging of an ancient art form with modern science. Acupuncture stimulates the body on multiple levels to produce a return to homeostasis or balance. Often it is used to compliment our physiotherapy and rehabilitation services.
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ASTYM-Astym (A-stim)
Backed by scientific research in various recognized journals, ASTYM treatment is a new, revolutionary rehabilitation process that heals soft tissue problems by getting rid of scar tissue from old injuries in muscles, tendons and ligaments. It regenerates healthy soft tissues (muscles, tendons, etc.), and removes unwanted scar tissue that may be causing pain or movement restrictions. See more here:

Core strengthening
Core-strength exercises strengthen your core muscles, including your abdominal muscles, back muscles and the muscles around the pelvis. Strong core muscles make it easier to do many physical activities, as our extremities need a stable core to function effectively and prevent injury. Back to top

Sports specific and return to sport rehab programs
These programs are tailored to each individual and incorporate high levels of intricate functional movements and tasks as they relate to a particular sport.  Usually, this will occur during the entire rehab program, but will intensify and include sport specific on-field return to sport training as the individual is getting closer to getting back in the game.

Therapeutic modalities
Ultrasound, Neuromuscular Stimulation, Laser, Interferential Current, TENS.  These and other modalities are often used as an adjunct to other service offerings to help achieve our clinical goals of reducing pain,  reducing swelling, improving range of motion, breaking down scar tissue, promoting healing, increasing functional strength and optimizing recovery.

Intermittent Spinal Decompression/Mechanical Traction
Mechanical Traction involves repetitive or sustained longitudinal distraction of spinal joints of the neck or low back. With its use we can provide relief of pain and pressure from nerve root, disc and joint compression as well as degenerative disc disease and help normalize neurological signs and symptoms.
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Hydrotherapy Whirlpool
Hydrotherapy is a part of medicine, in particular physiotherapy, that involves the use of water for pain relief and treatment. The term encompasses a broad range of approaches and therapeutic methods that take advantage of the physical properties of water, such as temperature and pressure, for therapeutic purposes, to stimulate blood circulation, soften scar tissue and treat the symptoms of certain diseases.  It is highly effective in helping those who are coming out of casts or long periods of immobilization.

Athletic/therapeutic taping and bracing
Taping or strapping is a technique used by our fully trained physiotherapists for injury prevention or rehabilitation. Whether you are recovering from an injury or would like to use taping as an injury prevention technique, taping can help you in the following ways:

Helps to reduce pain by stimulating movement detectors in the nerve (mechanoreceptors) which stop messages passing via pain receptors (nociceptors) Restrict movements that may cause further damage to an existing injury Facilitate the normal healing process of soft tissues Support and protect the muscles surrounding an injured joint Remove the pressure from an injury Helps to reduce swelling Provide feedback to the area to correct any abnormal movements Provide proprioception (awareness of joints position) to reduce the risk of re injury

Vestibular Rehabilitation
Equilibrium, balance and vertigo disorders can come from pathologies in the vestibular system. They can be insidious or due to factors such as trauma (motor vehicle accidents, falls, contact sports, blows to the head), infections, aging, medications, brain-related problems, or secondary to other diseases or injuries. Symptoms can include dizziness, imbalance, blurry vision, motion sensitivity, nausea, poor concentration, muscle guarding/restriction of movement, decreased activity levels or social interaction, anxiety and depression. Vestibular Rehabilitation is a proven, research-based branch of physiotherapy where specific individualized techniques are used to maximize the brain�s compensation for vestibular pathology, or where manoeuvres are done, to correct mechanical dysfunctions in the vestibular apparatus.
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Chronic Pain Management
Pain is defined as chronic when it lasts more than six months.  Chronic pain can be unpredictable, vary from mild to excruciating and be in one or multiple areas of the body.

Common causes of chronic pain include:

Physical injury and trauma -- including car accidents, especially if the injury wasn�t treated immediately Medical conditions -- such as arthritis, migraines, cancer, fibromyalgia, TMJ Bad posture -- that has caused strain on joints and muscles Degeneration of spinal joints -- due to genetics, injury, inactivity and lifestyle Inactivity � motion improves joint health, relaxed tissues and increases blood supply to keep tissue healthy Poor Diet Stress � creates muscle tension, pulling on joints and increasing irritation, and causes tissue distress due to long-term cortisol exposure Disease � arthritis, fibromyalgia, cancer and other illnesses The hurt of chronic pain can go beyond just the physical. Chronic pain can lead to multiple issues.

Team coverage/athlete screening/injury prevention consultation
We are heavily involved in the community with sports event coverage, team screening and athlete screening for high risk and injury prevention.  We are experienced in designing general and individualized injury prevention programs. Feel free to contact us to see if we can help you or your team.

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy
Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMFT), also called pulsed magnetic therapy, pulse magnetotherapy, or PEMF, is a reparative technique most commonly used in the field of orthopedics for the treatment of non-union fractures, failed fusions, soft tissue healing and congenital pseudarthrosis. In the case of bone healing, PEMF uses electrical energy to direct a series of magnetic pulses through injured tissue whereby each magnetic pulse induces a tiny electrical signal that stimulates cellular repair. Many studies have also demonstrated the effectiveness of PEMF in healing soft-tissue wounds; suppressing inflammatory responses at the cell membrane level to alleviate pain, and increasing range of motion. The value of pulsed electromagnetic field therapy has been shown to cover a wide range of conditions, with well documented trials carried out by hospitals, rheumatologists, physiotherapists and neurologists.
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