Our Services

Our Services Include:

Orthopaedic Manual Physiotherapy

Our therapists have completed post university education in the orthopaedic manual therapy training program offered by the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA). This training along with other professional development courses allow our therapists to provide ‘hands on’ joint and soft tissue mobilization and manipulation techniques. The techniques we use depend on your condition and treatment is always individualized. Manual physiotherapy techniques have been proven to be an essential part of a comprehensive and effective physiotherapy treatment plan. Read more about manual physiotherapy here: http://www.orthodiv.org

Certified Hand & Upper Extremity Therapy (CHT)

Many upper extremity and hand problems require a specialized approach to achieve optimal results. In particular, post traumatic and post-surgery conditions require specific custom splinting (orthosis) and therapy management. Certified Hand Therapists have completed post graduate training in the management of a wide variety of upper extremity & hand conditions. CHT services include wound care, stitch/staple removal, splint fabrication or recommendations, sensory evaluation, specialized exercise programs, return-to-work assistance and functional re-integration. Read more about Certified Hand Therapy here: http://www.htcc.org/

Custom Hand & Upper Extremity Splinting (Orthosis)

We can custom fabricate a variety of hand & upper extremity splints (orthoses) for you. We also carry some specialized pre-fabricated splints that are difficult to find. After a thorough assessment, we can recommend the best splint (orthosis) for your condition. Here are some examples of what we can do:

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Spinal Decompression

Spinal decompression utilizes a computerized traction bed that applies uniform and calculated doses of traction force to therapeutically elongate the spine. The traction force can be further localized to the region of the spine most affected. This treatment is appropriate for individuals who have low back pain that is caused by herniated discs, degenerated discs and/or intervertebral joints with or without buttock/leg pain which has not responded well to other forms of treatment.

Decompression treatment lasts 20-30 minutes per session and is typically easily tolerated. The number of treatment sessions required is individual and depends on your condition. We always perform a thorough assessment prior to initiating spinal decompression therapy. Watch a YouTube clip here to see more: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2pdYXEEivM

Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS: Chan Gunn or Functional Dry Needling)

Intramuscular stimulation (IMS) is also known as ‘dry needling’.  Many of our physiotherapists have been certified in the original form of this treatment technique by Chan Gunn or practice IMS in a very similar manner known as functional dry needling. IMS involves inserting acupuncture-like needles into affected muscles to stimulate a response in the nervous system and reflexive relaxation of the muscle. The muscles selected for needling depend on your individual presentation and the results of a thorough orthopaedic & neuropathic assessment. Read more about IMS here: http://www.istop.org/

Sports Rehabilitation

The athlete requires a different approach to rehabilitation. In particular, athletes require an advanced and high-intensity rehab program with return-to-sport planning. Trevor & Jen have experience working with professional (NHL, CFL, MLS) and recreational athletes. They can get you back in the action.

Concussion Rehabilitation

After a patient has sustained a concussion injury, seeing a trained concussion therapist in a timely manner is a critical first step. We have physiotherapists that are trained in Concussion Management and are accepting new patients requiring concussion rehabilitation services. Concussion services include BOTH pre-injury ‘baseline’ examination and post-concussion assessment & treatment. The physiotherapist examination is complimented with ImPACT testing (computer-based neurocognitive exam) that measures many different competencies that may be affected with a concussion. ‘Baseline’ examination & ImPACT testing is recommended for all contact sport teams and group rates available.

Further information of Shift Concussion Management can be found here: http://www.shiftconcussion.ca

Radial Shockwave Therapy (RSWT)

RSWT is NOT an electrical shock but rather a physically generated sound wavethat occurs when an object reaches the speed of sound.   Shockwaves accelerate the healing process in the body by stimulating healthy metabolism and improving blood circulation. Damaged tissue gradually regenerates and heals.   RSWT is a well-researched, effective treatment for chronic (>3 months since onset) muscle & tendon conditions known as tendinosis (i.e. the chronic form of a tendonitis). Common conditions treated with RSWT include Tennis elbow, Achilles tendinosis and rotator cuff (shoulder) calcific tendinosis.  Most conditions require 4 to 6 treatments, spaced out once per week.   Our clinic uses a Storz shockwave system, manufactured in Switzerland and considered the world’s most advanced shockwave technology.  YouTube link:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDfngyEBjnw

Visceral Manipulation

‘Viscera’ relates to the internal organs of the body, such as the liver, kidneys and intestines. Visceral Manipulation, or VM, is a gentle manual therapy that aids your body’s ability to release restrictions and unhealthy compensations that cause pain or dysfunction, but elevates the entire body to find the source of the problem. The VM therapist feels for the altered or decreased motion within the viscera, as well as restrictive patterns throughout the body and then applies VM techniques. VM therapy re-establishes the body’s ability to adapt and restore itself.

Registered Massage Therapy (RMT)

From the Massage Therapists’ Association of BC: “RMTs work with illness, injury and disability in diverse and broad patient populations. They are primary health care professionals that focus on disorders of the musculoskeletal and related systems. Treatment and management of many health conditions by massage therapists is supported by research.

Post MVA Rehabilitation

Recovery from a motor vehicle accident (MVA) can be a difficult process. Many clients lose general conditioning in addition to the specific injuries from the MVA. Post MVA Rehabilitation is a sub-acute program (6-8 weeks following an accident) where you would continue to work with your physiotherapist but also start a one-on-one conditioning program with our kinesiologist. The sessions are typically 1 hour long and include specific suggestions from the physiotherapist along with general conditioning principles. Frequently, the goal of this program is to assist clients with return to work and we’re happy to provide a RTW Plan and monitoring as part of the program.

Return to Work Coordination / Job Site Visits

Returning to work (RTW) requires careful planning and coordination to ensure a safe and smooth transition from injury to full function. Our RTW Coordinator works with clients, therapists and employers to create an appropriate RTW Plan that reinforces ongoing rehabilitation and progression of function. A Job Site Visit (JSV) is an evaluation of a client’s workplace to best ascertain the full scope of the client’s duties. Our RTW Coordinator will go to your workplace and complete a JSV to be followed by a written report including potential light or modified duty options available to a client.

Registered Clinical Counselling

Counselling can help you feel better, supported and understood. Counselling can also help you identify your values, embrace your strengths and your weaknesses, celebrate your abilities, and work towards your goals. The counsellor will work with you to understand and take control of problems through teaching you new skills to change how you feel, think, act, cope, and interact. 

Counselling can utilize a variety of treatment methods including: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for anxiety and depression, Attachment training for parental education and coaching, Emotion Focused Family Therapy, EMDR, Solution-Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Mindfulness.

Seniors’ Health

As we age, our bodies require some special attention. For seniors, their unique issues are often related to balance, preventing falls / fall protection, loss of muscular strength, osteoporosis, cognitive/memory loss, osteoarthritis, incontinence, joint replacements and maintaining independence in living. The assessment will be tailored towards these unique seniors’ issues and an individualized treatment plan formulated. We take a holistic approach and can recommend other health disciplines to partner in achieving your goals. Read more about Senior’s Health: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/topic.page?id=C163331A938A48E386AF450BE8E283FF

Lifestyle Programs

You don’t need to be in pain to come to see us – in fact we really hope you’re not in pain! Our clinic can help with lifestyle changes that may require some motivation and guidance to achieve. These changes could include:

  • Weight loss
  • Increasing cardiovascular and muscular fitness
  • Type 2 diabetes management
  • Sport-specific conditioning (i.e. marathon, triathlon, Sun Run, varsity sports training)

Our kinesiologist will work one-on-one with you to push you to achieve results. If required, we’ll connect with other health professionals (i.e. dietician, physician, naturopathic doctor) to ensure a full spectrum of care.