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Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is a primary health care profession.  Physiotherapists are highly educated experts in movement, mobility and physical well-being.  We have advanced knowledge of human anatomy and physiology and an appreciation of injury and pathological processes and how they affect function.  Physiotherapy includes specialized, hands-on treatment combined with patient education and exercise prescription to restore movement, resolve symptoms, and optimize function.  In addition, physiotherapists may use a combination of electro-therapeutic devices (TENS, NMES, IFC), ultrasound, heat/cold, and taping techniques as an appropriate part of your treatment.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine.  It is the practice of inserting needles into specific points in order to stimulate Qi (pronounced chee).  According to Chinese Medicine, injury, illness and pathology are believed to be the result of blockages in flow of energy (Qi) along known meridians.  Acupuncture is believed to restore balance or flow of Qi encouraging healing.

More information about acupuncture can be found on the Acupuncture Canada's Websiteunder “Acupuncture 101”.

Dry Needling

Dry needling, also know as intramuscular stimulation (IMS) or Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN), is a skilled technique whereby a therapist uses a thin needle to penetrate the skin in order to affect change in the targeted tissue. Dry needling stimulates underlying myofascial trigger points and muscular and connective tissues and is used as part of the treatment plan in the management of pain, movement impairments and disability, and neuromuscular conditions. When used in conjunction with physical therapy management, dry needling can provide pain relief, improved range of motion, and reduced muscle tension, resulting in resolution of dysfunction and earlier return to active rehabilitation.

Manual and Manipulative Therapy

Manual therapy includes hands-on treatment techniques meant to normalize soft tissue (muscles, ligaments, and tendons) and restore normal joint movement in order to resolve injury/pathological processes and optimize function.  Manual therapy includes soft tissue massaging techniques, targeted tissue stretching, and purposeful, isolated joint movements.
Manipulative therapy is a specialized manual skill involving a small, thrusting technique applied to a deliberately positioned joint in order to resolve a blocked movement.

Core Stabilization

Core muscles include the deep back, abdominal, pelvic floor, diaphragm and gluteal muscles.  Core stabilization exercises target these muscles, training them to produce sufficient force in the appropriate sequence to provide trunk stability.  A stable trunk, or strong core, allows the extremities to produce efficient movement while performing basic activities of daily living or complex athletic skills.

Training core stabilization is important as it:

  • Improves posture,
  • Helps prevent injury,
  • Reduces back pain,
  • Improves balance, and
  • Improves sport performance.

Exercise Prescription

Providing exercises to improve flexibility, range of motion, strength, endurance, power, balance, and/or proprioception is often part of the physiotherapy experience.  Most physiotherapy treatment plans will include the careful selection and instruction of exercises to maximize your recovery and allow you to reach your leisure and/or fitness goals.  Exercises may be included as a home or gym program you work on independently or they may be done in the clinic as part of your treatment sessions.

Sports Performance

Our therapists have a foundation of knowledge and understanding of sport specific terminology, movement and biomechanics that are necessary in successfully treating an athlete and returning them to their sport.

Our therapy team has background and experience training and treating athletes from:

  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Weight Training (Power Lifting, Cross Training, Body Building)
  • Dance
  • Equestrian
  • Figure Skating
  • Speed Skating
  • Curling
  • Badminton
  • Squash
  • Tennis
  • Motocross, and
  • Snow Machine Sports

Work Related Injury Rehabilitation (WCB Provider)

Absolute Physiotherapy is a provided for Yukon Worker’s Compensation Health and Safety Board (YWCHSB) and other WCB providers.

Our goal is to help those injured on the job safely meet the physical demands of their work in order to return to their occupation.  We will work with the injured worker to accurately assess and diagnose their injury, provide necessary treatment and education, and assist with return to work planning.

If you have been injured at work, it is important you have completed and filed all the necessary paperwork with your employer and WCB and that bring any information (claim number, adjudicator, forms) you have to your initial appointment.

Vestibular Rehabilitation

The vestibular system is responsible for providing the brain messages about your body’s position in space. It works with your brain to produce body and eye movements. Dysfunction in the vestibular system causes people to experience balance problems, dizziness and vertigo. Our team of therapists has advanced training in managing and/or treating vestibular dysfunction.

Concussion Management

Concussion, also known as mild traumatic brain injury, can have catastrophic impact on one’s life. It is important to know, you do not have to experience loss of consciousness to have been concussed. If you have had a hard fall or a blow to your head and suspect you may have a concussion, please make an appointment with one of our therapists who are trained in concussion management.

Some symptoms of concussion include: head aches, dizziness, feel in a “fog”, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, difficulty managing social situations, and/or trouble with screen time and reading.

Custom Knee Braces

Is knee pain or injury stopping you fro performing your best? The therapists at Absolute Physiotherapy are trained and experienced at assessing, prescribing and fitting the knee brace that will best meet your needs. Working with the team at Breg our trained staff will help you get the brace you need to get back to your best.

Custom Orthotics

Foot pain?  Back pain? Knee pain? Hip pain?  Is pain or injury stopping you from performing your best? Have our experienced therapists complete a biomechanical assessment and gait analysis for you to see if you may benefit from custom orthotics.  Absolute Physiotherapy is proud to work with the staff of Paris Orthotics to help get the device that best meets your needs.

 

September 15, 2018

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