Physiotherapy is the assessment and treatment of injury or illness through physical methods such as exercise therapy, manual therapy, taping, dry needling and other treatments.
Return to Sport / Return to Work
Preventative and rehabilitative individual exercise prescription and comprehensive patient education provided to help clients fully return to pre-injury sport and/or work level.
Core stabilization involves retraining of the deep muscles of the abdominal and low back region to help restore normal spine stability. Increased stability reduces shear forces on the spinal joints (decreases pain and premature wear and tear) and allows for more efficient transmission of forces through the spine (e.g. in sports, a stable spine allows for a faster throw in baseball or a harder kick in soccer). Basic and advanced core training can be done without any equipment. However, many exercise devices are available at Physiomoves to assist in core training (e.g. elastic bands, balance boards, exercise balls, medicine balls).
Pre and Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
Prior to surgery, some patients require strengthening or range of motion exercises to enhance their recovery after surgery. Our therapists are very familiar with post-surgical treatment protocols (e.g. rotator cuff repair, total knee replacement, total hip replacement, Achilles tendon repair) and can guide you toward optimal recovery.
Osteoporosis and Arthritis Management
Exercises are prescribed to help maintain joint range of motion and/or bone density, improve balance and prevent falls, increase muscle strength and maintain or improve posture.
Pre and Post-Natal Rehabilitation
Therapeutic exercises are prescribed to women preceding or following childbirth to help restore back and/or pelvis alignment, core strength, and function. A certified post-natal fitness instructor is also available for 1:1 personal training sessions.
Joint mobilization is a "hands-on" technique that involves gentle, rhythmical gliding or traction to joints to help restore normal motion and reduce pain.
Selected "hands-on" techniques are used by the physiotherapist to restore normal soft tissue (e.g. muscle, tendon, fascia, scar tissue) mobility and length.
Each Physiomoves location has the following electrotherapeutic modalities: Laser, Therapeutic Ultrasound, TENS (trans-cutaneous nerve stimulation, IFC (interferential current), and NMES (neuromuscular electrical stimulation).
These modalities may be used as part of your treatment to help stimulate tissue healing, reduce pain, reduce swelling, and restore normal muscle function. Your Physiotherapist is skilled in the use of each of these modalities and will determine if/which modalities will best for your specific needs in addition to manual and exercise therapy. If you have any questions about the electrotherapy modalities we offer at Physiomoves, please do not hesitate to ask your Therapist.
Taping: Athletic taping and RockTape (elastic tape)
RockTape (or Kinesiotape/K-Tape) is an elastic tape that is water resistant, breathable and can be worn up to 7 days.
This form of taping has 2 effects:
- It stimulates blood flow and lymph flow to aid in the healing process and
- It stimulates skin receptors to reduce pain and help the body sense position and movement. This form of taping can be used in the treatment of a variety of conditions such as back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, ligament sprains and muscle strains.
Athletic taping may be used to provide pain-relief, support and compression for acute injuries (e.g. ankle sprain, tendon injury) or to provide support and sensory input for hypermobile joints (e.g. unstable ankle or knee). Athletes may come to Physiomoves for taping of a joint(s) prior to a game or competition.
Functional Movement Screen
Eric and Tyler are Physiotherapists that have their Functional Movement Screen (FMS) Certification and Selective Functional Movement Screen (SFMA) Certification. Dan has also completed his SFMA training. The FMS is an exciting new tool that documents movement patterns that are key to normal function. A score is generated which identifies the areas a person needs to target (e.g. stability or mobility of a particular region of their body).
The FMS is used to identify people who are at risk of injury during physical training. Your therapist can prescribe a corrective exercise program to address your mobility and/or stability deficits. The FMS score also predicts an athlete's performance capability. This tool can be used prior to starting a training program or at the end of your rehabilitation to determine if all your movement patterns are correct.
The SFMA is a more advanced screening tool that can only be used by healthcare practitioner such as physiotherapists. The SFMA pinpoints a client's primary dysfunction and is similar to an in-depth orthopaedic exam. Although the SFMA does not provide a score, it is very useful in determining what movement patterns need to be corrected and how to prescribe the most appropriate corrective exercises.
Go to www.functionalmovement.com to learn more about the FMS and SFMA.