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PHYSIOTHERAPY SERVICES

How do certain treatments work?

Ultrasound provides a deep heat to increase blood flow and make the cell wall more permeable which allows improved ion exchange across the cell membrane. The warmth generated by ultrasound can help relax muscles and ease pain.

Electrical Stimulation includes transcutaneous electrical stimulation (TENS) which is used to decrease pain, high voltage galvanic (HVG) which can be effective for decreasing swelling and pain, and neuromuscular stimulation (NMES) which helps with muscle retraining. We also have TENS units available for purchase.

Manual Therapy includes hands-on therapy such as joint mobilizations, passive stretching, soft-tissue massage, trigger point therapy, postural correction, and gait and balance retraining.

Traction is utilized by physiotherapists to help decrease back and neck pain, and pain radiating into a leg or arm. Traction can relieve pressure on spinal nerve roots due to degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, or spinal stenosis. Lumbar traction is sometimes called spinal decompression therapy.

Exercise can be an important part of your rehabilitation. We have a treadmill, stepper, stationary bike, arm bike, weight machine, balance equipment and stretching areas available in our gym.

We may recommend one or more of the following home treatments...
Heat

A hot water bottle, magic bag, or heating pad work well, just be sure that is not too hot to avoid burns. Use it for 15-20 minutes to relax muscles and to relieve pain.

Cold

A bag of ice or frozen peas can be used as a cold pack. Wrap in a moistened towel and apply to the affected area for 10 - 15 minutes.

Exercises

We will instruct you in appropriate exercises designed to increase movement and strength, and decrease pain.

If you have any questions regarding your physiotherapy treatment, please don’t hesitate to ask!

We treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal, orthopaedic, and neurological conditions, as well as injuries from sports, workplace or motor vehicle accidents. After we evaluate you, we will determine the most effective physiotherapy treatment which may include some of the treatments explained below. We will instruct you in appropriate exercises and educate you in activity modifications and ergonomics to help restore muscle strength, range of motion, and enable you to return to your active lifestyle.

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