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Physiotherapy

PHYSIOTHERAPY

KEY POINTS OF PHYSIOTHERAPY

Physical therapy, also known as physiotherapy, is a healthcare profession that focuses on the assessment, treatment, and management of various physical impairments, disabilities, and conditions. The goal of physical therapy is to help individuals improve their mobility, reduce pain, and increase overall function and quality of life.

Some key points of physical therapy with James:

  • Assessment: He will assess your condition and functional abilities through a variety of techniques, including observation, questioning, and testing. This will help him to understand the your strengths, limitations, and needs, and determine the most appropriate treatment plan for you.

  • Treatment: He will use a range of techniques to help you to improve your mobility and function, including exercises, stretches, manual therapy, dry needling and even adjustments if needed. 

  • Management: He will work with you on developing a long-term plan for managing your condition or disability. This may involve providing follow-up sessions, as well as helping you to learn self-management skills and strategies to leave along with your particular condition.

  • Education: He will give you homework of course! After educating you about your condition, treatment options, and self-management strategies, he will provide guidance on how to incorporate healthy lifestyle habits into their daily routine and exercises so you can do at home to keep getting better between your follow-up sessions.

WHAT CONDITIONS CAN PHYSIOTHERAPISTS TREAT?

Physical therapists are trained to treat a wide range of conditions that affect an individual's movement and physical function. These can include:

  1. Musculoskeletal conditions: Physical therapists can help individuals manage conditions that affect the muscles, bones, and joints, such as arthritis, osteoporosis, low back pain, neck pain, and sprains and strains.

  2. Neurological conditions: Physical therapists can work with individuals who have neurological conditions, such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and spinal cord injury, to improve mobility and function.

  3. Cardiopulmonary conditions: Physical therapists can help individuals with cardiovascular and respiratory conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and heart failure, improve their endurance and functional capacity.

  4. Pediatrics: Physical therapists can work with children of all ages to help them develop, improve, and maintain movement and function. This can include treating developmental delays, orthopedic injuries, and conditions such as cerebral palsy.

  5. Geriatrics: Physical therapists can work with older adults to help them maintain or improve mobility and function, manage chronic conditions, and prevent falls.

  6. Women's health: Physical therapists can help women with conditions such as incontinence, pelvic pain, and pregnancy-related musculoskeletal issues.

PHYSIOTHERAPY WITH DRY NEEDLING

Our physiotherapist James is trained in dry needling or intramuscular acupuncture. Which can be very beneficial in the treatment of your musculoskeletal injuries. 

Dry needling, also known as trigger point is an alternative treatment option for pain relief and improved muscle movement to deactivate trigger points in your muscle.  In combination with other physical therapy exercises and techniques, 
can be an alternative treatment for chronic myofascial disorders.

 

The treatment consists of the insertion of an acupuncture needle into the muscle tissue to try to elicit a therapeutic response.


Is it the same as Acupuncture? 

Dry needling focuses on trigger points in the muscle. While Acupuncture relieves pain or discomfort by normalizing a patient's energy flow.

Which conditions can benefit from dry needling?

- Muscle tightness

- Muscle pain

- Muscle strains

- IT Band syndome

- Tendonopathies

- Neck or back pain

- Tension headaches

OUR PHISIOTHERAPIST

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JAMES ZIJIAN

Phisiotherapist

PHYSIO WITH SHOCKWAVE THERAPY

Shockwave therapy offers a highly efficient, non-invasive solution for addressing damaged soft tissues, particularly tendons and plantar fascia when the injury has become chronic and non-responsive to conventional treatments. It provides a safe alternative to surgery and injections like steroids, with documented clinical efficacy in promoting metabolic reactions. This therapy jumpstarts the healing process by inducing an acute healing phase and stimulating enzymes that alleviate pain, resulting in a remarkable success rate in treating challenging, often persistent, and very painful injuries.

Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT), the application of shockwaves, has a well-established track record in effectively treating conditions such as plantar fasciitis and various tendon issues, including Achilles, hamstring, patellar, gluteal, and tennis elbow tendinopathies.

How shockwave therapy can benefit you?

This therapy directly targets the damaged tissue using precisely calibrated shockwaves that generate small cavitation bubbles within the affected area. These bubbles subsequently burst, triggering increased blood flow, enhanced stem cell activity, and the release of enzymes that alleviate pain. The application of shockwaves not only provides immediate pain relief but also fosters lasting tissue restoration and regeneration.

Patients undergoing shockwave therapy can anticipate the following outcomes:

  1. Alleviation of pain through the desensitization of nerve fibers.

  2. Enhanced blood circulation in the adjacent soft tissues.

  3. Initiation of the healing process through the activation of stem cells.

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WILL MY INSURANCE COVER MY PHYSIOTHERAPY SESSION?

While we find that most extended health insurance benefits and ICBC claims cover Physiotherapy, we advise our patients to connect with the insurance provider regarding the specific details as coverage may vary. 

Does Dry-needling hurts?

The actual inserting of the needle does not hurt—these needles are very thin. Sometimes the muscle will twitch when you put it in, and it can feel sore if that happens. You usually will feel a little muscle ache or soreness for a day or two after that feels like you worked out that muscle.

How many sessions of Dry Needle I need?


It will vary depending on the problem and how long they have had it. Some people with one or two sessions are good to go to get back to normal. But also there can be patients that have chronic problems and dry needle could be a routine treatment to manage it, it can be once a month or every two months, or just whenever they feel like having dry needle, they book a session.

How does the insurance will work with dry needle?


It will be part of your Physiotherapy session, so it will be billed under Physiotherapy and you can use your insurance coverage.

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