Physiotherapy

Lead a more enjoyable life with a healthier body by increasing flexibility, strengthening muscles, and removing muscle pain with Physiotherapy!

About Physiotherapy

Daily activity puts a significant stress on our muscles and eventually they atrophy. Physiotherapy assists in rehabilitating and strengthening tired and weakened muscles. Recover from an injury, relieve muscle pain, increase strength and flexibility and maximize your body’s potential with Physiotherapy.

Key Benefits:

  • Relieve muscle tightness/pain
  • Increase muscle strength/flexibility
  • Increase joint mobility
  • Rehabilitate an injury
  • Reduce medication consumption
  • Improve total body wellness

Physiotherapy revolves around understanding how the body functions, diagnosing the problem, and then utilizing the most effective treatment. Treatment may be hands on, educational, or may require you to do certain stretches or exercises on your own. Usually effective treatment is a combination of all three aspects. We will get you feeling healthier, more flexible, and stronger in no time!

Modalities & Techniques

Hands-On Treatment

Manual therapy

Physiotherapists are accredited and highly trained in a variety of specialized hands-on techniques for treating pain and/or limited mobility and function. These specialized skills are suitable for treating joints, muscles, connective tissues, and nerves. The physiotherapist will select the appropriate technique(s) after making a detailed biomechanical analysis of the nerves, bones, muscles and other soft tissues involved.

Manual mobilization and manipulation

Two highly effective manual techniques that physiotherapists use to relieve pain and restore movement are manipulations and mobilizations. Manipulations are single, small, quick movements of a knee, elbow or other joint that provide quick relief and re-orient body parts. Mobilizations are gentle, rhythmic, repeated movements, sometimes small and sometimes large, that restore range of motion.

Soft tissue mobilization (Myofascial release)

This hands-on manual therapy technique restores movement, power, and range of motion to joints. Fascia are layers of fibrous tissue that organize muscle tissue into groups and cover joint capsules and ligaments. Following trauma or repetitive activities, fascia and muscles may shorten, restricting joint movement and blood flow. The therapist uses gentle, precise, passive movements to release tension stored in the fascia and to relax muscles.

Needling

Acupuncture

Acupuncture relieves pain and stimulates the body’s own healing systems without machines or medications. For some patients and conditions, acupuncture alone is enough. LVOSP’s trained therapists administer fine needles through the skin to specific locations in the body with little or no discomfort. LVOSP therapists use the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (AFCI) approach that combines Western anatomy and physiology with Traditional Chinese Medicine. Treatments last 15 to 30 minutes, and the number of treatments will vary with each individual and the condition being treated.

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Intramuscular stimulation (Dry needling)

Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) is a technique to stimulate healing and to relieve chronic pain in deep muscles without drugs. Trained practitioners use thin acupuncture needles that painlessly penetrate skin and unaffected tissues to reach over-sensitized nerves and tight muscles. The patient will feel the target muscle tighten and then fully relax. The practitioner may also “needle” near the spine to reach nerve roots that have become irritated and sensitive.

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Modalities

Game Ready™ cryotherapy

Game Ready™ cryotherapy uses spacesuit technology to provide improved healing and tissue recovery compared to traditional icing and compression. The result for patients is the fastest possible recovery from acute or chronic soft-tissue trauma due injury or surgery. Game Ready™ wraps have separate internal chambers that automatically apply periods of compression and cooling to any area of the body simultaneously. Pressure, temperature, and duration are controlled using a computerized control unit.

Mechanical traction

Mechanical traction relieves spine-based neck and lower back pain, as well as neurological symptoms that radiate to the arms or legs. By gently pulling on the spine, either intermittently or constantly, traction improves circulation, stretches soft tissue spinal structures, and decrease vertebral compression. Mechanical traction can reduce the effects of spinal stenosis, spondylosis (spinal osteoarthritis), and disc herniation.

Electrotherapy, ultrasound, and cold laser therapy

Electrotherapy involves different techniques to stimulate the brain’s electrical signals, and has many benefits. TENS treatments have been shown to be effective for relieving pain while NMES treatments are excellent for strengthening and re-educating weakened and dysfunctional muscles. Other forms of electrotherapy, such as High Voltage Galvanic and Interferential Current, help reduce pain and swelling.

Ultrasound is highly effective in stimulating healing, reducing swelling and, in some cases, increasing blood flow.

Cold laser therapy controls acute, chronic, and post-operative pain and accelerates healing. Treatments last only about 10 minutes, and patients do not feel any pain. Some patients may notice some relief right away, while lasting improvement for acute conditions is usually noticeable after six to eight visits.

Real time ultrasound

Real-time ultrasound lets physiotherapists and patients watch the core muscles “live,” which has two main benefits. For physiotherapists, they can assess any problems with these key stabilizing structures that may be contributing to conditions such as low back pain or incontinence, among others. For patients, being able to see muscles deep in the body gives them the opportunity to visualize proper contractions and to perform their rehabilitative exercises correctly and efficiently.

Polar Care® rental program

Patients recovering from soft tissue injuries or surgery can have all the benefits of LVOSP’s Game Ready™ icing and compression technology in the convenience of their own home. The Polar Care® unit applies the correct temperature and pressure to the injured area automatically via a specially designed sleeve. All the patient needs to do is rest and keep the injured area elevated—there is no need for ice packs or pressure bandages. The unit can be rented weekly without an appointment. Simply contact the LVOSP front desk.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should see a Physiotherapist?

Physiotherapy is for you if you’re looking to recover from an injury, alleviate pain, increase strength and flexibility, and maximize your body’s potential.

Is Physiotherapy safe?

Physiotherapy is recognized as one of the safest pain relief treatments available. It is non-invasive meaning no surgery and no drugs!

Does physiotherapy hurt?

Most physiotherapy treatment is completely painless. However, some discomfort may be felt while doing certain stretches or exercises.

Will my insurance cover the treatment?

Generally our treatments are covered by most major health plans but coverage varies by plan and provider. We suggest contacting your service provider for a full description on your coverage.

Why physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is regarded as one of the most effective methods of treatment because it combines injury rehabilitation with prevention. Increasing joint flexibility and muscle strength, you maximize your body’s productivity.

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