OUR SERVICES

WHAT TO EXPECT ON THE FIRST VISIT

During your first visit, our lovely and helpful front desk staff will welcome you to the clinic. Our highly experienced and friendly therapist will complete an initial assessment to discover what injury you are presenting us with, and how it happened. Following a detailed history and physical assessment, we will determine a proper course of action depending on your goal. One important aspect of recovering from injury is to help educate patients on ways to prevent further aggravation of symptoms.

Treatment intervention could include:

  • Muscle and fascial Release Techniques
  • Laser
  • Electrical modalities (Interfential current IFC, Ultrasound)
  • Performance Taping
  • Joint mobilizations
  • Exercise prescription

PHYSIOTHERAPY

Physiotherapists are regulated health care professionals that excel in the ability to assess and treat a variety of conditions arising from the muscles, joints, ligaments, bones, and nerves of the body. All of our physiotherapists have a Masters Degree from an accredited university and are registered and in good standing with a regulatory board.

At My Physio and Sports Rehabilitation centre, our physiotherapists emphasize the importance of using a ‘hands-on’ technique for treatment. They perform a thorough clinical examination to assess the integrity of the neuromusculoskeletal which includes muscles, ligaments, joints and nerves.  Following this assessment, they will provide a customized treatment plan that includes a combination of therapy techniques such as:

Active Release Techniques® (ART®), Functional Range Release Technique® (FRR) uses motion to locate and break up scar tissue/fascial adhesions that can form due to direct injury or repetitive movement over time.  As injuries occur to soft tissue, our body tries its best to recover by laying down scar tissue.  Scar tissue is more dense then normal muscle/fascial tissue.  This increase in density creates adhesions and restrictions between muscles that can limit range of motion and increase pain.  Both of these techniques are employed to assist in the break-up of scar tissue and adhesions.  This will restore normal range of motion in the treated joint, improve function, and alleviate pain.

Pain Relieving Modalities are used to help decrease swelling and inflammation resulting from tissue injury.  These modalities include: electrotherapy (Interferential, TENS), LASER and ultrasound.

Joint Mobilization techniques are used to normalize joint mechanics and improve range of motion.

Kinesiotaping uses stretchable kinesiology tape in a specific manner to correct muscle function, improve neuro-motor control, and support underlying muscles and ligaments.

Graston Technique/ Instrument assisted uses a specifically designed tool to treat areas of adhesions and fascial tension, and break up any scar tissue to help treat injuries.

LASER Therapy uses infrared laser light to reduce pain and inflammation and in the treatment of scar tissue.

Rehabilitation Exercises are specific exercises provided to the patient in order to help strengthen and stretch the affected area. These specific exercises are designed to help relieve pain and prevent the injury from reoccurring.  All exercise prescriptions are customized to the individual patient requirements.

Our physiotherapists have experience in effectively assessing and treating several neuromusculoskeletal conditions such as:

  • Shouder Pain/Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
  • Upper/Lower Back Pain
  • Scoliosis/Poor Posture
  • Cervical Disc Herniation
  • Neck Pain/Whiplash
  • Arm Pain/Biceps Tendonitis
  • Tennis Elbow/Elbow Tendinosis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome/Pins and Needles
  • Osteoarthitis
  • Sports Injuries/Automobile Accidents/Worker’s Comp. Injuries
  • Lumbar Disc Pain
  • Ligamentous Knee Injuries
    (MCL, ACL, LCL, PCL)
  • Patellofemoral Pain/Strain
  • Shin Splints
  • Ankle Sprains/Strains
  • Plantar Fasciitis/Achilles Tendinopathy/Foot Disorders
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Jaw Joint Pay/Dizziness
  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome/Upper Leg
  • Pre & Post Operative Rehabilitation

MASSAGE THERAPY

Massage therapy consists primarily of hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, specifically the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints for the purpose of optimizing health. Physical function can be enhanced, maintained and improved and the effects of stress can be relieved or prevented through the use of Massage Therapy.

PREGNANCY MASSAGE

Pregnancy can produce several aches and pains due to added joint pressure and muscular tension. Advanced training in pregnancy massages help focus attention on relieving stress and tension on the pregnant body by loosening tight muscles and ligaments.

CHIROPRACTIC

If you want to make a difference in your future health, you can trust the chiropractors at My Physio and Sport rehabilitation Centre. Chiropractors are primary health care practitioners trained to effectively assess, diagnose and manage soft tissue and musculoskeletal injuries, enhance athletic performance and treat post-surgical conditions. They understand the importance of working alongside other health care practitioners, including medical physicians, physiotherapists and massage therapists in order to facilitate patient care and recovery. At My Physio the healthcare team  bring many years of experience and skill in treating neuromusculoskeletal pain including a variety of sports injuries. Further conjunctive therapy includes acupuncture which can treat an array of musculoskeletal and soft tissue injuries.

  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Elbow tendinosis
  • Rotator cuff tendonitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciopathy
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Various running injuries
  • + More

What to expect at My Physio when visiting our Chiropractors

At My Physio the importance of providing the most optimal care to patients is emphasized. Your visits will always consist of a careful and complete health consultation/assessment followed by a thorough clinical examination before commencing any treatment. The assessment includes a thorough functional and biomechanical evaluation of the soft tissue, joints and nervous system. Once we have an accurate diagnosis, we will provide an effective customized treatment plan to incorporate a combination of therapeutic techniques directed towards relieving your musculoskeletal symptoms.  Some of the therapeutic techniques include:

  • Acupuncture to help eliminate pain, stimulating nerve receptors in the skin and muscle and cause an increase of local blood flow that encourages tissue healing.
  • Myofascial Release Technique to locate and break up scar tissue/fascial adhesions that form due to direct injury or repetitive movement over time in order to improve function and alleviate pain.
  • Exercise/Stretches to enhance your chiropractic treatment and enable you to move better.
  • Chiropractic Manipulation techniques are used to normalize joint mechanics and improve range of motion.
  • Graston Technique/ Instrument assisted uses a specifically designed tool to treat areas of adhesions and fascial tension, and break up any scar tissue to help treat injuries.
  • Kinesiotaping uses stretchable kinesiology tape in a specific manner to correct muscle function, improve neuro-motor control, and support underlying muscles and ligaments.
  • LASER Therapy infrared light to reduce pain and inflammation in the treatment of injured tissue.

Custom-made Orthotics

Custom Orthotics are individually made shoe inserts to correct faulty foot mechanics and address biomechanical foot disorders. They help optimize foot and lower limb alignment to improve gait and mitigate the stresses to the body, resulting in pain reduction, improved biomechanical function and reduce the risk of injury. At My Physio and Sport Rehabilitation Centre the healthcare providers will do a thorough assessment and take 3-D image casts of your feet. They will also perform a gait analysis to appropriately prescribe your orthotics. Your healthcare provider will observe how you walk to identify any existing functional abnormalities. At My Physio our qualified healthcare providers, including a chiropodist, are trained to thoroughly assess and determine if orthotics are indicated and correctly fit you as required. Your custom-made orthotics will likely take up to two weeks to be manufactured. When your orthotics are ready, our office will contact you to schedule an appointment to dispense them to you and educate you on proper orthotic use and care.

Are Custom Orthotics Covered By My Insurance

Most extended healthcare insurances cover custom-made orthotics provided they are manufactured from a 3-D cast of your foot and prescribed by the appropriate healthcare provider such as chiropodist, family practitioner or podiatrist. You can check your extended healthcare insurance plan to determine if you need a prescription. Extended healthcare insurances/group insurances will allow chiropractors and physiotherapists to dispense the orthotics.

What Conditions Can Custom Orthotics Treat

With assessed poor foot biomechanics custom orthotics can help such conditions as:

  • Hallux Valgus (bunions) Hallux Rigidus
  • Metatarsal Pain
  • Mortons Neuroma
  • Plantar Fascitis/Fasciopathy
  • Heel Spur/Fat Pad Syndrome
  • Low Arches (Pes Planus) High Arches (Pes Cavus)
  • Achilles Tendonitis/Tendinopathy
  • Lower Limb Pain (Ankely, Knee, Hip)
  • Patellar Femoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS)
  • IT Band Syndrome
  • Low Back Pain and Saroiliac Join Dysfuction
  • +Many More

For more information about orthotics, speak to one of our healthcare providers to find out if they will benefit you. Our staff is eager to assist you in contacting your extended healthcare insurance plan to see if you qualify.

MEDICAL ACUPUNCTURE

At My Physio And Sports Rehabilitation Centre, we like to provide patients with a variety of conservative therapy techniques to ensure you recover from injury and pain.  This includes dry needling and medical electro acupuncture.  Dry needling and electro acupuncture help with the following neuromuskuloskeletal conditions:

  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Neck and low back pain
  • Shoulder pain and rotator cuff tear
  • Post- operative stiffness and lack of mobility
  • Joint pain/ Arthritis
  • Sport specific strains/sprains
  • Acute & Chronic pain
  • Tight and Stiff Muscles
  • Radiculopathy (Nerve compression)
  • + more

At My Physio, Acupuncture is used in conjunction with other effective techniques such as soft tissue therapy (ART®, FR®), joint mobilizations, kinesiotaping, and rehabilitative exercise to ensure the most effective treatment.  We believe that integrating several manual therapy techniques helps with quicker recovery.

IS IT SAFE?

All of our therapists at My Physio are tremendously trained in the application of acupuncture needles.  They understand the indications of when to use acupuncture, and use safe needling insertion techniques to help minimize pain.  An initial ‘pinch’ may be felt upon insertion but should be relatively pain free after that.

YOUR FIRST SESSION

At My Physiotherapy, our team always uses single use,  disposable, sterile stainless steel needles in order to prevent discomfort upon insertion.  The needles vary in length, thickness and insertion depth depending on the area being addressed.  Acupuncture needles are inserted in a comfortable quiet therapy room, and upon administration you will be required to stay relatively still and relaxed.  Depending on the treatment, needles will remain in place for about 10-20 minutes for optimal therapeutic benefit.  Majority of patients feel a significant improvement after one treatment.  Acute conditions may require a few treatment sessions, where more chronic conditions may require 2 to 3 treatments per week over the course of several weeks to help relieve pain.

PHYSIOLOGICAL SCIENCE BEHIND ACUPUNCTURE

The main purpose of acupuncture is to help increase blood flow to injured or tight tissue, and thus help stimulate healing.  Once an acupuncture needle penetrates the skin, there is an increase in blood flow to the local area caused by the release of three types of neuropeptides(Calcitonin Gene Related peptide (CGRP), nitric oxide, and substance P ).  This increase in blood flow helps to promote the delivery of oxygen and other healing cells to the tissue to aid in recovery.  Acupuncture needles also help release endorphins, which are the bodies’ natural painkillers.  Medical Acupuncture can be used to loosen tight tissue, stimulate and facilitate weak muscles, and improve neural conduction.  Several acupuncture points are closely related to trigger points, which are sites where nerves come in contact with muscles.  Acupuncture has a large influence on the nervous system because upon insertion, they stimulate nerve cells.  This stimulation causes the nerve to transmit signals back towards the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord).  The Central nervous system responds with the release of endorphins.  These endorphins act as natural painkillers and can tremendously relieve the pain.

WHAT IS ACTIVE RELEASE TECHNIQUES® / FUNCTIONAL RANGE RELEASE

Considered the gold standard in soft tissue techniques, ART® is an advanced and effective myofascial release technique that is movement based. It is great for several neuromusculoskeletal conditions and sports-related injuries. ART® is used to treat soft tissue adhesions, including muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, nerves and other connective tissues. Active Release Techniques® providers use their hands to assess and treat areas of dense, thickened and tight tissues. After a detailed examination the therapist will apply a precise tension to the abnormal tissue in combination with a particular movement that promotes lengthening of the soft tissue and scar tissue break up. This technique is most beneficial when added with other modalities and specific rehabilitative exercises to ensure that the effects are permanent.
Functional Range Release technique, or FR® Release is an advanced, and comprehensive system of soft tissue assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation used by some of the most highly regarded manual therapists around the world. FRC Technique® is a revolutionary soft-tissue treatment and rehabilitation management system. Considered the new gold standard of soft tissue therapy, My Physio offers this form of treatment to help patients obtain optimal recovery.

HOW DO THEY WORK?

When you overuse a muscle, micro-trauma occurs at the cellular level, this results in scar tissue and tight fibrous bands that can limit the mobility of the tissue. Also, it can result in the nerves being compressed or trapped and the blood vessels unable to deliver blood and oxygen to the tissues. These occurrences can stimulate pain and once the tissues are released, normal tissue gliding can occur with movement, and therefore help eliminate pain.

WHAT CONDITIONS THAT WILL BENEFIT FROM ACTIVE RELEASE TECHNIQUES®/FUNCTIONAL RANGE RELEASE®

Active Release Techniques® and Functional Range Release ® have proven to be successful in treating conditions such as:

  • shoulder impingement
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • sciatica
  • tennis elbow
  • plantar fasciitis
  • low back pain
  • hip tightness
  • patellar femoral pain syndromes
  • piriformiss syndrome
  • neck pain

If your condition is the result of a repetitively strained muscle and a muscle imbalance, you can be confident than these two soft tissue choices are right for you. Additionally, muscle release techniques have been shown to improve tissue flexibility, strength, muscle recruitment and thus help with any neuromusculoskeletal complaint. One of our trained therapists will determine whether ART® or FR® is right for you.

GRASTON TECHNIQUE® / INSTRUMENT ASSISTED SOFT TISSUE RELEASE

At My Physio, several of our therapists may include Graston Technique® as an added treatment option. Graston Technique® is a patented form of manual therapy known as soft-tissue instrument-assisted mobilization. It is one of a number of manual therapy approaches that uses instruments specifically designed with curves and edges to help release restricted tissues. This allows for more optimal muscle release.

The technique uses a stainless steel tool designed to help the practitioner identify areas of restriction and attempt to break up scar tissue and fascial adhesions. Our practitioners are fully trained in this technique and use it in combination with other conservative therapies to help treat a variety of chronic and acute conditions.

PURPOSE OF GRASTON TECHNIQUE®TISSUE RELEASE

Our goal at My Physio is to reduce the patient’s pain and increase function using the graston technique®.  The graston technique® is used to:

  • Break down scar tissue and fascia restrictions that are usually associated with some form soft tissue injury (e.g., a strained muscle or a pulled ligament, tendon, repetitive strain of a muscle or fascia).
  • Reducing restrictions by stretching fascial tissue in an attempt to rearrange the structure of the soft tissue being treated (e.g., muscle, fascia, tendons, ligaments).
  • Promoting a better healing environment for the injured soft tissue.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Depending on your presenting complaint, one of our highly trained practitioners may recommend Graston Technique® as one of your treatment options.  The therapist will commence by placing a massage cream/oil on the surface of the skin, that will help decrease the friction between the skin and the stainless steel tool.  The therapist will then begin by gently pressing the tool on the skin and massage it over the tissue requiring treatment.  The skin may begin to turn red and there may be some possible bruising over the area which indicates healing and muscle release.

LASER THERAPY

Laser therapy by patients of all age ranges and neuromuskuloskeletal conditions. It helps promote ATP (energy) to injured tissues/cells in our body, which helps promote quicker healing. It produces no heat and therefore not capable of damaging tissue in the body. Cells of our body naturally have the ability to resist over stimulation, meaning it is not possible to harm tissue by overdosing, as long as the therapeutic laser is used in the therapeutic window, and remains below the maximum permissible exposure of tissue.

What to expect during Laser Treatment:
If one of our highly trained and skilled practitioners decides that LASER therapy is a suitable treatment option for you, you will be provided a set of protective eyewear to wear during the procedure to protect you from possible light exposure. Depending on the area of treatment, the practitioner will place the laser over the area of injury for 3-5 minutes at a time, where you should not feel any discomfort or pain. The practitioner may decide to provide this treatment a couple of times to different areas to ensure all the affected tissue is addressed. No discomfort should be felt during and following this modality.

BENEFITS

1

Reduces Swelling

Laser quickly reduces swelling caused by bruising or inflammation of joints to provide enhanced joint mobility.

2

Relieves Pain

Effectively stimulates deep tissue regeneration and relieves pain and inflammation.

3

Accelerates Healing

Reduces scar tissue formation and helps decrease the amount of fibrotic collagen tissue formation following surgeries, injuries and trauma.

4

Non-invasive

The laser used for tissue relief are not strong enough to damage cells, even when used 24 hours a day, resulting in extremely safe treatment.

POST OPERATIVE SERVICES

After orthopedic surgery, including, but not limited to, shoulder rotator cuff repair, knee ACL/PCL reconstruction, hip or knee replacement, it is likely that you will require post-operative physiotherapy. At My Physio our trained staff will provide an individual rehabilitation plan to reduce pain and inflammation and help restore normal ranges of motion, strength and flexibility. Our goal is to closely monitor your progress in order to provide the most optimal care and recovery to pre-injury status. Our team-based approach will also work closely with the involved surgical staff, keeping them informed as well as communicating with them regarding your progress towards full recovery.

WHAT TO EXPECT

At My Physio, you can expect focussed care incorporating pain management, manual therapies, and targeted exercises to effect optimal function to pre-injury status. Whether it is work or sports related, rehabilitation will include appropriate methods to return you safely to your pre-injury activity.

Pre-surgical rehabilitation intervention is equally important as post-surgical rehabilitation. At My Physio we would recommend consulting with our physiotherapist if surgery is being considered. Our therapists are trained to educate you and physically prepare you for the possible surgical intervention in order to ensure a speedier recovery.