How do we work?
Who are Physiotherapists?
How are Manual Physiotherapist different than other Physiotherapists?
What is Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy?
Do I need a Doctor’s Referral to see a Physiotherapist?
Is Physiotherapy covered by extended health benefits?
What are the benefits of Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy can help by decreasing pain, improving joint mobility, increasing strength and coordination, and improving cardio-respiratory function. Everyone can benefit from Physiotherapy whether living with a chronic illness, recovering from a work injury, or rehabilitating from a sports injury or suffering from everyday aches and pains. Physiotherapy increases your independence and gives you the freedom to function in your home, workplace, or favourite leisure activity. Physiotherapy offers a range of specialized services to patients with a wide variety of conditions. We can help you recover from an injury or accident, prevent injury and disease and live a healthier lifestyle. Increasing joint range of motion, improving flexibility, improving coordination and balance, designing ergonomically correct work and home environments, returning to work after injury, becoming stronger, and staying mobile and active are important aspects of living well.
What is Massage Therapy?
Are Massage Therapists regulated?
Why Massage Therapy at healthfx?
Is Massage Therapy covered by Insurance Plans?
What are the benefits of Massage Therapy?
Increased blood circulation will bring about reduction of swelling (edema), faster healing (better delivery of nutrition to cells and removal of cellular debris), lowered heart rate and blood pressure (increased volume of blood), and enhanced overall health (smooth delivery of the body chemical messengers, nutrition and removal of debris to and from all organs).
In the case of injury, either from trauma such as an accident or surgery or repetitive strain such as poor posture, a Massage Therapist can physically stretch your muscles, inhibit muscle spasm, increase range of motion of joints, and help break down scar tissue. A massage therapist is trained to assess and treat most soft tissues in the human body. Once a pattern of muscle dysfunction is assessed and treated, a massage therapist will provide advice and tools such as specific exercises and stretches to lessen or eliminate your soft tissue problem.
Often touted are the psychological benefits of Massage Therapy. Massage Therapy will reduce stress, which in turn will reduce or eliminate the production of stress chemicals in the body. Stress chemicals can be harmful to the body over long periods of time. Physical touch and massage techniques involving slow, soothing strokes to one’s back or neck can slow a busy, overworked mind and settle or centre a person. Health professionals also recognize the communication of such caring touch as an adjunct to pain relief, whether physical or emotional.
If a person’s physical or emotional health is challenged, massage therapy can produce benefits whether the situation is acute (immediate) or chronic (long standing). Many people also use regular massage therapy as a form of body maintenance, receiving massage faithfully for the continuance of good health.
What is the process of developing an individualized Physiotherapy Exercise Plan?
An exercise training program with a preventative and corrective focus is the best approach towards a better future. In order to live a healthy and active lifestyle, one has to develop their body in the way it moves during daily functional movements. The challenge is to focus on the key components (key clinical and performance indicators) that will improve your physical state rather than take a generalist approach to your training. We have experience and the expertise to assess key clinical and performance indicators and understand the process of development. With this expertise and experience the focus is not on symptomatic treatment and short term relieving strategies, but rather is focused on corrective and physical development strategies. At Healthfx Physiotherapy we use experiences and methodologies (evaluation, diagnosis, planning, measurement, and follow up) that are known to be successful in the prevention of injury and disease, in the treatment of dysfunction and in the development of optimal physical function.
Laser Therapy and Electrotherapy
Laser therapy is the use of monochromatic light emission to treat musculoskeletal injuries, chronic and degenerative conditions and to heal wounds. The light source is placed in contact with the skin allowing the photon energy to penetrate tissue, where it interacts with various intracellular biomolecules resulting in the restoration of normal cell function and enhancement of the body’s healing processes. The specific conditions treated well by low intensity laser include repetitive stress injury, carpal tunnel syndrome, rotator cuff tear, TMJ, ligament and tendon tears, fractures with associated soft tissue injuries, facet joint syndrome, contusions, discogentic back and neck pain, tendonitis, synovitis, bursitis, plantar fasciitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. The absorption of photons and transformation of light to biochemical energy is a cumulative effect and requires sufficient stimulation in order to initiate response. Meditech Bioflex has been producing this technology for 20 years and has an extensive in house clinical lab.
The light source is placed in contact with the skin allowing the photon energy to penetrate tissue, where it interacts with various intracellular biomolecules resulting in the restoration of normal cell morphology and function. This process also enhances the body’s natural healing propensities.
Low Intensity Laser Therapy does not heat or cut tissue. Unlike many pharmacological treatments that mask pain or only address the symptoms of the disease, Laser Therapy treats the underlying condition or pathology to promote healing. The technology utilizes superiuminous laser diades to irradiate diseased or traumatized tissue with photons. These particles of energy are selectively absorbed by the cell membrane and intracellular molecules, resulting in the initiation of a cascade of complex physiological reactions, leading to the restoration of normal cell structure and function. The process is curative and therefore results in the elimination of symptoms including pain. In addition, it enhances the body’s immune system response and facilitates natural healing.
The process is curative and therefore results in the elimination of symptoms including pain. In addition, it enhances the body’s immune system response and facilitates natural healing.
The therapy is completely safe and has no adverse side effects.
The technology is highly effective in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, arthritis, sports injuries, wound healing and a wide range of dermatological conditions.
What are the effects of Laser Therapy?
- Endorphins – natural analgesics
- Cortisol – precursor of cortisone
- Growth Hormone – instrumental in tissue repair
- ATP – improves and regulates cellular metabolism
In addition, there is :
- Increased protein synthesis – collagen, DNA, fibroblasts
- Venous and lymphatic flow facilitated
- Increased angiogenesis – elevation of oxygen saturation
- Enhanced immune response, etc.
These are just some of the many processes that accelerate cellular regeneration