Manual Therapy

Manual therapy is a clinical approach utilizing skilled and specific hands-on techniques, such as manipulation, joint mobilization and soft-tissue techniques. Manual Therapy is used to treat joints and soft-tissues for the purpose of modulating pain, increasing range of motion, and improving function.

Our physiotherapists are trained to assess joint movements and treat areas of dysfunction. Areas of hypomobility (lack of movement) can be treated using manipulation or joint mobilization to restore a full range of movement. Areas of hypermobility (too much movement) can be treated using stabilization exercises and posture retraining.

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Rhonda Cooper graduated from the Masters of Physiotherapy program at UBC in 2006, with an undergrad in dance from Simon Fraser University.

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Rhonda Cooper graduated from the Masters of Physiotherapy program at UBC in 2006, with an undergrad in dance from Simon Fraser University. She has since completed her FCAMPT diploma through the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, studied the Integrated Systems Model with Dr. Linda Joy Lee and Diane Lee, and completed her acupuncture certification through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute.

Rhonda has been instructing physiotherapists in advanced manual therapy techniques as a teaching assistant with the Orthopaedic Division of the CPA for the past 2 years. She has also recently instructed contemporary dance technique class at Simon Fraser University, allowing her to integrate her scientific based knowledge of human biomechanics with the art form of dance.

Having recently completed a qualitative research project investigating injury prevention and excellence in dance with funding through the Canada Council for the Arts, Rhonda is continuing to build her a scientific knowledge base for working with dance artists.

Rhonda sees her role as a physiotherapist is to facilitate the body’s natural healing process. Thorough assessment, client education, mindful exercises and modalities (such as manual therapy and acupuncture) are her approaches to treatment.

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