Education:

One of the most important aspects of our care is to help you understand how your body is working and how you can make changes to make it work better. Often the first step to healing is understanding what tissue or system is involved and understanding your body’s anatomy and physiology. We then strive to teach you how to stop aggravating your tissues with everyday activities and train you how to do things in a different way. Think of it as “being KIND to your body”.

Manual Therapy:

We can assess, differentially diagnose, and treat the tissues in your body using our hands on techniques. We can test the muscles, nerves, joints and fascia and decide which tissue is contributing to your pain and then treat that specific tissue. We are working our way through the Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s Orthopedic Divisions’ levels in manual therapy. We have also done post graduate courses on John F. Barnes – Myofascial Release and  David Butler’s – Explain Pain that look at more than just the muscles and joints as parts to our treatment.

Movement Training and Exercise:

From the assessment findings we design specialized exercise programs for you to do at home. Your commitment to the home program greatly allows us to change and progress the exercises we do together at your next appointment. The evidence shows that how our muscles work together is just as beneficial and important than power and endurance. We use techniques to train your brain how to use the muscles properly and change dysfunctional patterns of muscle activation.

Modalities:

Your Physiotherapist can use machines that help to decrease inflammation and help to control pain such as therapeutic Ultrasound, Laser or LLLT (Low Level Laser Therapy), Interferential Current (IFC), Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) and Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation or EMG Biofeedback.

Pediatrics:

Our therapists have expereince working in pediatrics. We have a wide range of skills and expertise in a variety of treatment techniques for children who may require neurological, developmental (i.e. gross motor milestones) or orthopedic (i.e. plagiocephaly/torticollis) treatment and rehabilitation. We are passionate about helping your children reach their full potential.

Seniors Health:

Scientists have found that staying physically active and exercising regularly can help prevent or delay many diseases and disabilities. For example, studies show that people with arthritis, heart disease, or diabetes benefit from regular exercise. Exercise also helps people with high blood pressure, balance problems, or difficulty walking. (Reference; NIH Senior Health)

Being physically active can help you stay strong and fit enough to keep doing the things you like to do as you get older. Making exercise and physical activity a regular part of your life can improve your health and help you maintain your independence as you age.

Our group class is led by a Physiotherapist and runs weekly on Wednesday afternoons. An assessment is completed one on one with the Physiotherapist before and after participating in the class for 10 weeks. Our Seniors can see real objective changes in their strength, balance and walking ability.

Taping:

You may have seen our colorful taping techniques wandering around town! Taping has come a long way in the past few years. We can continue to adjust how you move even after you leave your appointment. We can provide support for joints and tissues as well as unload painful structures and finally, help to train the brain how to use the tissues in an optimal movement pattern.

Vestibular Rehabilitation:

Dizziness, vertigo or balance problems can often come from the vestibular system. We can assess the source of those symptoms and help alleviate them with specific techniques and exercises.

Women’s Health:

Both Ashley Grant-MacDonald and Stephanie Stevens are Rost certified Physiotherapists. They have taken courses on how to help with Peri & Post Partum Health. When the ligaments holding our pelvis strong become weak during pregnancy pelvic instability can result leading to pain around the joints. Our treatment technique and education is helping relieve this pain during and after pregnancy.