Movement Retraining

The human body designed to keep moving, however repetitive postures and positions in daily life can lead to pain, dysfunction, and injury. When imbalances occur due to repetitive postures and movements, it can lead to pain, weakness, and non-optimal performance. Many of us perform repetitive movements daily in work, life and play which can create dysfunctional movement patterns.

The majority of people are also dominant with one side of their body which can contribute to a pattern of movement that favours one direction more than another. Over time the combination of repetitive postures and strength imbalances can lead to chronically shortened and overworked muscles, as well as gradual shifts in our skeletal system.

Our physiotherapists assess your movement, flexibility, and strength, to determine the primary cause of your pain and dysfunction. The physiotherapists then utilize a combination of skills such as manual therapy, stretching, and corrective exercises to achieve optimal alignment and restore functional movement patterns.

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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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