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Hands-on Therapy

Manual Therapy

Physiotherapists use purely their hands to move and massage muscles, joints, and target pressure points on the body. Their delicate hands-on manipulation can stretch and loosen tense muscles and joints to restore your body’s natural functions without the use of any equipment.

What does it treat?

Manual therapy treats musculoskeletal tissues including: bones, muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, and fascia — a connective tissue that supports and separates muscles and organs of the body.


What results can be expected?

Manual therapy promotes an increase in the range of motion to restore the mobility and flexibility of joints. This hands-on treatment works to decrease pain and reduce inflammation/swelling by promoting the relaxation of muscles in addition to increasing circulation within the area.

Needle Techniques

Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS)

Rooted in Western Science, IMS uses thin needles to penetrate deep within muscle fibers to release knots and relieve pain caused by muscle tightness. The thin needles used by this therapy creates an electrical impulse in the muscle to stimulate nerve function as well as promoting the body’s natural healing process.

What does it treat?

IMS targets injured muscles that have contracted, such as a muscle pull, and have tightened up from distress.


What results can be expected?

The treatment relieves muscle tightness that manifests as chronic pain and poor muscle function.


Anatomical Acupuncture

Needles are inserted into pre-determined points along meridians of the body to stimulate the release natural pain-relieving chemicals, also known as endorphins, to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions to promote natural healing.

What does it treat?

Anatomical Acupuncture is a pain remedy for treating cervicogenic headaches (pain that comes from a sudden movement of your neck), concussion/whiplash, chronic pain, low back pain, frozen shoulder, osteoarthritis, and plantar fasciitis (heel pain).


What results can be expected?

The therapy improves the hormonal system by reducing inflammation, increasing circulation, and relieving the body from pain. Other therapeutic effects include increased energy, improved mood, and improved function to affected areas of the body.

Advanced Technology

K-Laser Class IV Laser Therapy

K-Laser Class IV Laser Therapy has become standard of care for many musculoskeletal injuries. It uses specific wavelengths of light (red and near-infrared) to create therapeutic effects. Laser therapy is a drug-free, surgery-free, and relatively pain-free technique. K-Laser is safe to use as it’s approved by Health Canada, and it’s used extensively worldwide.

What does it treat?

This treatment is often used for post-traumatic injury, sprains and sports injuries, as well as auto and work related injuries. Numerous studies have shown that K-Laser Therapy can help with acute and chronic conditions including:

  • Tendon injuries
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Myofascial trigger points
  • Tennis elbow
  • Ligament and muscle sprains
  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Plantar fasciitis and heal pain
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Shoulder, back, and knee pain
  • Shingles
  • Fibromyalgia

What results can be expected?

During each treatment session, the laser energy increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area.

This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness, and pain.

As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored and pain is relieved. It can treat painful, debilitating conditions to facilitate improved function and mobility without the use of drugs or surgery.


Shockwave Therapy

An alternative to surgery, Shockwave Therapy is a safe and non-invasive treatment for those suffering from chronic joint and tendon pain and disorders. It uses acoustic pressure waves, similar to ultrasound, which carries high energy to heal stubborn injuries that are difficult to heal with other treatments.

What does it treat?

Shockwave Therapy is has been clinically-proven and effective for treating chronic pain for conditions including:

  • Plantar fasciitis and heel spurs
  • Golf and tennis elbow
  • Tendonitis (i.e. Jumper’s knee)
  • Calcific tendonitis of the shoulder/rotator cuff
  • Frozen/Stiff shoulder
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Trigger finger
  • Hip pain
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Trigger points / Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic muscle tension
  • Brusitis
  • Recalictrant diabetic wounds

What results can be expected?

It works by breaking up old scar tissues on tendons and ligaments as well as accelerate regeneration and reparative process of bones, joints, tendons, blood vessels, and other soft tissues.


Cold Laser Therapy (MR4)

In Cold Laser Therapy or Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), the physiotherapist uses a handheld device to emit low-level laser directly over the injured area. Specific wavelengths of light from the laser penetrate 2 to 5 cm beneath the skin’s layers to interact with tissue to help accelerate the healing process for drug-free pain relief.

What does it treat?

Cold Laser Therapy is commonly used to treat athletes who suffer from sports injuries. In addition to sports, MR4 therapy is used on patients who suffer from a variety of acute or chronic injuries or conditions.


What results can be expected?

NHL’s Los Angeles Kings and MLB’s Kansas City Royals use the MR4 laser for injuries, wound healing, edema control (swelling caused by excess fluid trapped in your body’s tissues), lymphatic responses, and pain and swelling relief (Source: Laser Therapy Equipment Improves Sports Injury Recovery Time). It also reduces spasms and helps restore mobility and range of motion for faster post-injury recovery.


Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy cold air therapy provides long lasting cooling effect by taking heat away from the injury. It’s a dry treatment where the physiotherapist uses the device, attached to a wand, to localize a drop in the air temperature starting at up to -35 degree Celsius. The risk of frostbite is minimized. Non-contact cooling is an important therapeutic property of cold air therapy. It’s used to control pain by activating local anesthesia, reduce swelling, and relax the muscles.

What does it treat?

Cryotherapy is a very popular for treating acute and chronic injuries, muscle repair, tendonitis, and ligament sprains. It is also used in treatment and prevention of injuries related to sports and exercise.


What results can be expected?

This treatment promotes the repair of damaged tissues and reduces pain, muscle spasm, spasticity (muscles are continuously contracted), and swelling.


Electrostatic Therapy

Electrostatic Therapy is a proven technology based on the effects of creating an electrostatic field in the tissue of the patient. The practitioner uses a handheld applicator to massage the treated area. In contrast to other therapies, these pleasant oscillations have a gentle and penetrating effect on all tissue components to an 8cm depth through skin, connective tissue, subcutaneous fat, muscles, blood and lymph vessels for deeper healing.

What does it treat?

Due to the non-invasive and gentle nature of this therapy, very early possibilities of application are possible following injury, from day one post-operatively, and for chronic conditions:

  • Pre- and post-operative therapy
  • Traumatic injury
  • Chronic pain
  • Neurorehabilitation
  • Damage from overstraining
  • Burns
  • Lymphoedema
  • Sports training aftercare to restore the body to its optimal performance

What results can be expected?

Deep Oscillation are clinically proven to:

  • Reduce pain
  • Minimize inflammation
  • Reabsorb oedema (fluid collecting in the cavities or tissues of the body)
  • Encourage wounds to heal
  • Reduce fibrosis
  • Nourish the tissues
  • Help detoxification
  • Improve quality of tissue

Exercise-based Therapy

Active Rehabilitation

This gym-based program is specifically designed for our clients who no longer require acute care but require ongoing attention with respect to their original injuries. Our highly experienced physiotherapist or kinesiologist leads each program. In addition to exercise, Chattanooga Wireless Neuromuscular Stimulators are used to facilitate in faster rehabilitation.

What does it treat?

Individuals most suitable for this program are those involved in a motor vehicle accident and work related injuries. Our physiotherapist or kinesiologist uses dynamometers to evaluate a client’s condition during the initial assessment. It’s also used to determine how the client responds to ongoing therapy and treatment.


What results can be expected?

The program helps patients increase strength, flexibility, function, and general conditioning after an injury. It helps them return to normal function safely and efficiently. Our goal is to resolve the symptoms of our clients’ injuries. We also encourage them to continue the regular exercise regime outside the clinic to promote faster healing.