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Physiotherapy

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Physiotherapy aims at restoring movement, function, and decreasing pain to help you achieve your goals in life, work, and play.

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.

Movement Retraining 

The human body is 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 favors 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.

Dry Needling

Dry needling is a term used to describe the application of sterile needles into various “trigger-points.” A trigger-point is a hyperirritable area of a muscle, often associated with patterns of pain referral and local point tenderness. A healthy muscle typically feels a little discomfort with insertion of the needle; however, if a muscle is exhibiting pain or dysfunction, the subject may feel a sensation similar to a muscle cramp, referred to as the ‘twitch response’. The patient may only feel the cramping sensation locally, or they may feel pain or similar symptoms for which they are seeking treatment. The overall effect is a deactivation of this trigger point, thereby reducing pain and restoring normal length and function of the involved muscle. Dry needling is an effective treatment for acute and chronic pain, rehabilitation from injury, and even for pain and injury prevention. This is the optimal technique for finding and eliminating neuromuscular dysfunction that leads to pain and various functional deficits.

Dry needling is also effective for the management of muscle and neuropathic pain. This includes, but is not limited to: rotator cuff injuries, whiplash, muscle tears, tennis/golfer’s elbow, carpal tunnel, compartment syndrome, low back pain, piriformis syndrome, patellofemoral pain syndrome, patellar tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, impingement, and thoracic outlet syndrome.

Anatomical Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the stimulation, by the insertion of needles, of specific points on the body which have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions. Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain-relieving neurohormones. The technique affects the functioning of the hormonal system, promotes a decrease in inflammation, increased circulation, and relief from pain. Therapeutic effects include pain relief, increased energy, improved mood, and improved function.

Physiotherapists use Traditional Chinese Medicine points while treating from an anatomical basis. The needles are directed at areas of pain to enhance the effectiveness of treatments. Common conditions treated with acupuncture include cervicogenic headaches, concussion/whiplash, chronic pain, low back pain, frozen shoulder, osteoarthritis, and plantar fasciitis.

For more information on our physiotherapy services please contact us at 604-742-8383 or info@qiintegratedhealth.com. We provide in session direct billing to the majority of extended health insurance companies while you attend your physiotherapy appointment, booking via link or 604-742-8383.