Physiotherapists help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, electrotherapeutic modalities, education and advice.
A physiotherapist will assess you using detailed history-taking as well as specific physical tests and measures, such as flexibility or range of motion. He or she will then analyze the assessment findings and use clinical reasoning to establish a diagnosis. Together, you will explore your current abilities and functional needs so the physiotherapist can plan treatments that are consistent with your goals and general health status, and which incorporate approaches and techniques supported by the best evidence available.
Physiotherapy treatment may include but is not limited to:
Soft tissue massage or release
Active Release Techniques
Joint mobilization to reduce pain and stiffness
Electrotherapeutic and thermal modalities including ultrasound, interferential current and Transcutaneous electrical neural stimulation (TENS) to relieve pain, reduce swelling, facilitate the healing process, improve movement and function
Personalized exercise programs designed to improve your strength, range of motion, and function
Functional activity testing and training
Work and occupational re-training and return to work planning
Patients are more and more frequently being referred to physiotherapy for a wide range of pelvic pain and incontinence issues. There is growing evidence for what physiotherapy can do to treat pelvic conditions in men and women and in our practice we see excellent outcomes for our patients.
We treat a variety of conditions including:
Male and female pelvic pain
Pelvic organ prolapse
All patients are assessed by a licensed physiotherapist who is specifically trained and rostered in pelvic health management. They will take account of your full history and include any issues related to your low back, hips, core strength, previous injuries, surgeries or pregnancies. Treatments may include manual therapy, exercises, lifestyle and dietary advice depending on your particular needs.
Initial assessments last approximately one hour and follow up appointments are typically 30 minutes. In addition to an in-depth history of the patient's complaint and screening for low back issues, the physiotherapists will carry out an internal examination (vaginally and/or rectally), much like a gynecological examination.
Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive alternative to surgery for those suffering from joint and tendon disorders. Shockwave therapy sends shock waves into the bone or soft tissue, reinjuring the area on a cellular level and breaking up scarring that has penetrated tendons and ligaments. The controlled reinjuring of tissue allows the body to regenerate blood vessels and bone cells. The resulting revascularization leads to faster healing and a return to pre-injury activity levels.
Shockwave therapy is effective for pain management for multiple reasons: The shock waves stimulate a metabolic reaction in the affected tissue, causing stress fibers to develop and/or change in their permeability: they generate cavitation bubbles that break down calcific deposits; and they induce an analgesic reaction mechanism, which blocks pain messages.
Shockwave therapy provides a safe, non-surgical alternative for those suffering from rotator cuff tendinopathy, tennis elbow, Jumper's knee, Achilles tendinopathy, and plantar fasciitis. The number of shockwave therapy sessions required often varies depending on the severity and chronicity of the injury. A typical treatment protocol usually requires 3-5 treatments at weekly intervals. After the treatment sessions are finished the injured area continues to heal with maximum recovery occurring approximately 3 months after the treatment sessions end.
Massage therapy is a comprehensive intervention involving a range of techniques to manipulate the soft tissues and joints of the body. The purpose of massage therapy is to prevent, develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function or relieve pain (Massage Therapy Act, 1991). Each client is provided with a personalized treatment tailored to their individual needs and modified as necessary. Applying their knowledge of anatomy and physiology, massage therapists use a variety of modern and well-established massage techniques, as well as remedial exercise, hydrotherapy (hot and cold) and other therapies to treat their clients. It is a clinically-oriented health option that achieves undeniable results in the relief of an array of discomforts stemming from stress, muscular overuse, injuries and many chronic pain syndromes. There are many different types of massage including, but not limited to: deep tissue, relaxation, aromatherapy, lymphatic drainage, pre and post natal, sports, etc.
Aromatherapy massage combines massage therapy and essential oils, and uses the restorative properties of the essential oils to relax and heal your body and mind. Essential oils are one hundred percent natural, highly concentrated oils and, during the treatment, are usually combined with the lotion or oil that the therapist will be using. These oils are absorbed by the skin and transported through the body's blood and lymphatic system to organs, glands, nerves and soft tissue. They are also absorbed by your olfactory senses, which are connected to the limbic system. The limbic system controls emotions, and influences the nervous system and hormones, therefore when you inhale essential oil molecules, it can affect heart rate, stress level, blood pressure, breathing, memory, digestion, and the immune system. Different oils have different effects on the body. Common ailments that can be treated are stress, headaches, fluid retention, muscle aches and pains and fatigue.
Acupuncture is a therapeutic intervention (a technique) that can be used as an adjunct to therapy in treating specific health dysfunctions. These conditions may include but are not limited to musculoskeletal pain and movement disorders, sports injuries, functional imbalances, problems of dysregulation, headaches, stress-related disorders and chronic pain.
Contemporary Medical Acupuncture is a precise peripheral nerve stimulation technique, in which fine solid needles (acupuncture needles) are inserted into anatomically defined acupuncture points and stimulated manually or with electricity for therapeutic purposes. At Activecare, we use sterile, single use acupuncture needles.
During the initial assessment, your treating therapist will conduct an exam which will identify dysfunctions within the neuromuscular system. Therapeutic goals and treatment targets are selected based on the identified neurological and muscular dysfunctions contributing to the clinical presentation of the symptoms. Contemporary Medical Acupuncture is a physiological intervention similar to exercise that elicits existing available regulatory mechanisms through the up-regulation and down-regulation of specific cellular processes.
Contemporary Medical Acupuncture can be effective in treating various disorders, such as low back pain, sprains and strains, IT Band Syndrome, osteoarthritis, rotator cuff tendonitis and headaches. It can provide an effective adjunct to your physiotherapy, chiropractic or massage therapy treatments.
Activecare Physiotherapy is committed to providing the highest quality patient centered care in a warm and nurturing environment. We will optimize your ability to achieve your rehabilitation goals by empowering you to participate and take leadership in your recovery. Each treatment program is individualized and is based on the findings of a thorough assessment completed by the health care professional.
At Activecare Physiotherapy we undertake regular continuing education in order to provide you with the most up to date treatment techniques. Our clinicians use a predominantly hands on approach while utilizing exercise prescription, and modalities to complement treatments.
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