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I offer a variety of services to enhance your physiotherapy
experience and improve your daily and long-term function.

Manual Physiotherapy

Orthopaedic Manual Physiotherapy is a specialized area of physiotherapy for the management of musculoskeletal conditions. Manual Physiotherapists are highly trained at using their hands to diagnose and treat restrictions in movement in the spine, upper extremity and lower extremity joints. Using gentle, hands-on techniques, we can help reduce muscle tightness, improve movement in the joints, reduce pain and improve function.

Manual Physiotherapists have completed extensive, internationally recognized post-graduate education focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of complicated muscle and joint problems. This education consists of several years of ongoing courses and standardized examinations through the orthopaedic division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

Manual physiotherapy can be effective in the treatment of headaches, neck stiffness, shoulder pain, nerve disorders, low back pain, pelvis dysfunction, hip and knee arthritis, foot and ankle pain and complex chronic conditions.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient alternative therapy that originated in China. It involves the insertion of small needles into specific anatomical points to encourage healing. Acupuncture stimulates the balance and flow of Qi energy. Acupuncture points are situated on meridians or channels that form pathways throughout the body. Qi must flow smoothly through the meridians to maintain a healthy state, when the flow of Qi is obstructed we are susceptible to disease or illness. Acupuncture treats the symptoms and root cause of illness. Insertion of acupuncture needles stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain-relieving neurohormones. As physiotherapists, we use acupuncture as a modality. It can be used in conjunction with manual therapy and exercise.

Effects of Acupuncture:

  • Pain relief
  • Increased energy
  • Improved mood
  • Improved function
  • Decreased inflammation
  • Increased circulation

Rehabilitative Pilates

Pilates is a form of exercise that works well in conjunction with physiotherapy treatment. The Stott Pilates method is a contemporary approach to the original method developed by the late Joseph Pilates. The basic principles of Stott Pilates, breathing, pelvic placement, rib cage placement, scapular movement and stabilization, and head and cervical placement form the foundation for a safe and effective exercise program. Exercises may be performed on a floor mat or on a piece of specialized equipment called a Reformer.

Benefits of Pilates:

  • Improved spinal alignment and posture
  • Increased core strength and stability
  • Increased flexibility
  • Improved balance and joint position sense
  • Rehabilitation following injury
  • Injury prevention

Pilates clients will receive a physiotherapy assessment prior to initiation of their exercise program to ensure exercises are tailored to their specific needs. Exercise modifications can be made to accommodate for past or current injuries.

Pilates sessions are one-on-one and taught by a registered physiotherapist who has been trained in Stott Pilates.

Functional Movement Screening

The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a ranking and grading system of 7 key functional movements used to identify limitations or asymmetries in the body. The screen is used on individuals with no current pain complaint or known musculoskeletal injury. Movements in the screen require a balance of mobility and stability. The scoring system is linked to corrective exercises that restore ideal movement patterns. By identifying and correcting imbalances in the body future injury risk is decreased.

When the FMS can be used:

  • After rehabilitation of an injury
  • During recruitment or prior to starting a physically demanding job
  • Prior to initiation of a new fitness program
  • Prior to the sporting season

The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is completed under the observation of a trained medical or rehabilitation professional. The SFMA looks at 7 basic movements in those with musculoskeletal pain. The movement patterns are graded as normal without pain, normal with pain, dysfunctional with pain, and dysfunctional without pain. This assessment allows the clinician to determine whether there is a problem with mobility or stability. Treatment and corrective exercise can then be developed to target the necessary structures.

Kinesio Taping

The Kinesiotape method was developed in the mid-1970’s by chiropractor Dr. Kenzo Kase. The properties of the tape closely match the elasticity of the skin and the flexible nature of the tape allows full joint range of motion. With proper application, Kinesiotape can facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints. The tape can lift the skin to alleviate pain and facilitate lymphatic drainage. Kinesiotape application method is dependent on the intended use of the tape, whether you want to inhibit or activate muscle function around a joint.

Additional Benefits:

  • Hypoallergenic and latex free
  • Safe for paediatric and geriatric patients
  • Can be worn during sport and activity without limiting function
  • Re-educates neuromuscular system
  • Enhances performance

Assistive Devices Program

The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care established the Assistive Devices Program (ADP) to assist individuals with funding for mobility devices.  If you require a wheeled walker and have a long-term physical disability of greater than six months, you may qualify for government funding of up to 75 per cent of the approved price through this program.  An assessment by a registered physiotherapist who is also a registered authorizer is required for funding approval.  During your mobility assessment, I will determine your needs, discuss mobility aid options and complete the funding application.  If approved, the equipment purchase must be made with a registered ADP vendor.

Please see the following website for more information:

http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/adp/default.aspx