Physiotherapists are graduates of a recognized university-based school of physiotherapy and are qualified to provide preventative, diagnostic and therapeutic services aimed at restoring function and preventing disability arising from disease, trauma or injury. With applied knowledge and understanding of the human body in action, Physiotherapy can help to increase mobility, relieve pain, build strength and improve balance and cardiovascular function. Physiotherapists not only treat injuries, but can teach you how to prevent the onset of injury that can limit your activity. Book your appointment with Stephanie, our Registered Physiotherapist (MSc PT). Click here to learn more about Physiotherapy and what to expect during your visit.
Manual therapy can include hands-on work as that of myofascial release, soft tissue mobilization, and mobilization of spinal segments and joints. Manual therapy treatment is achieved through specific exercises as well as through the use of physical therapy modalities, as that of the IFC and Ultrasound.
Electrical stimulation is the use of electrical impulses to make muscles contract, to provide pain relief. Electrodes, usually small pads with an adhesive, are attached to the surface of the skin and connected to a device that generates impulses. Electrical stimulation machines used include the Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) and the Interferential Current (IFC). Frequencies produced by these machines have been proven to stimulate endorphins, the body’s natural pain killer. This form of therapy is helpful at reducing pain, inflammation, edema and spasms.
When ultrasound therapy is applied to the skin, the therapist makes use of coupling gel in order to reduce the friction on the surface of the skin. High frequency ultrasound waves penetrate deep inside the skin and target the affected area that cannot be reached by other methods such as manual therapy. Ultrasound therapy is used to restore normal blood flow at the affected area, relax muscles and promote the self healing process. Ultrasound therapy can be an ideal way to effectively treat musculoskeletal injuries, joint pains, soft tissue injuries, bone fractures and restricted range of movements that occur at a depth of 1cm to 5cm underneath the skin.
Cold laser therapy, also known as low-intensity laser therapy, promotes healing while using low levels of light. The technique is called “cold” laser therapy because the low levels of light are not enough to heat the body’s tissue. During the treatment, different wavelengths and outputs of low-level light are applied directly to a targeted area. The body tissue then absorbs the light, and the damaged cells respond with a physiological reaction that promotes regeneration. The main uses for cold laser therapy are tissue repair and relief from pain and inflammation.
Our physiotherapist will prescribe exercises that include active motion, strengthening, stretching, balancing and conditioning exercises. Exercises are continually applied, assessed and reviewed to suit the needs of each patient. It is a very good preventive measure against the possibility of future injuries.
Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy
Pelvic floor physiotherapy is a branch of physiotherapy involving internal and external assessment, and treatment of weakened or imbalanced pelvic floor muscles. Pelvic floor muscles are located between the hip bones and the sacrum, and they serve to support the pelvic organs including the bladder, colon and uterus. You may benefit from pelvic floor physiotherapy post pregnancy, or if you have any type of pelvic floor dysfunction such as urinary incontinence or sexual dysfunction.