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Physiotherapy

The following is a description of physiotherapy according to the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in 2012:

Physiotherapy is a primary care, autonomous, client-focused health profession dedicated to improving quality of life by:

Physiotherapy is anchored in movement sciences and aims to enhance or restore function of multiple body systems. The profession is committed to health, lifestyle and quality of life. This holistic approach incorporates a broad range of physical and physiological therapeutic interventions and aids.

For more information on physiotherapy, please visit http://www.physiotherapy.ca

Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS)

IMS is a dry needling technique used to diagnose and treat myofascial pain syndromes. A needle, very similar to an acupuncture needle, is used to release muscle shortening, which presses on and irritates the nerve. IMS is very successful at treating chronic pain. Usually, 4-8 treatments are required, spaced about a week apart. Depending on your injury, IMS may be used regularly (ie once a month) to maintain function and manage pain levels.

The administering of IMS can be uncomfortable, but it is brief, and usually there are immediate objective and subjective changes following the treatment. The needles are inserted and removed immediately. The needling process can last from 5 – 30 minutes, depending on how many body sites are being treated. After the treatment you can expect to feel some soreness in the muscles. This can last for up to a day or two.

For more information on IMS, please visit UBC Gunn IMS

Acupuncture

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture stimulates the balance and flow of Qi energy, which is essential to health. When the body is healthy, Qi flows freely through the meridians (a conceptual network of pathways throughout the entire body). When there is injury or illness, there is often a stagnation in the flow of Qi through these meridian. Acupuncture uses small needles inserted into points along the meridians to open up this flow of Qi.

Acupuncture used by physiotherapists is primarily musculoskeletal in nature. It is used to treat both acute and chronic pain, improve body function and increase energy. It works by stimulating the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain-relieving neurohormones, and promotes the body’s natural healing abilities.

The needles are usually left in for 15 minutes.

For more information on acupuncture, please visit http://www.acupuncturecanada.org

Vestibular Rehabilitation

Vestibular rehabilitation includes the treatment of dizziness or vertigo, visual disturbances, headaches and balance issues related to a dysfunction of our vestibular systems including our inner ear and visual components. This dysfunction may be related to head trauma, ageing, inner ear infections or medication.

Treatment will include an assessment by a qualified physiotherapist trained in vestibular treatment, followed by a comprehensive rehabilitation program. This may include manoeuvers to ‘reset’ the inner ear, balance exercises, visual exercises, creation of management strategies and training of alternate systems to assist the vestibular system.

Post-Concussion Rehabilitation

Concussions are an injury to the brain that can occur in many sports or everyday life often related to a fall or impact. Concussions are injuries that need to be treated seriously. Acute treatment of a concussion will include assessment by a qualified physiotherapist and treatment, including education and creation of a structured plan to return to activities of life and sport. Symptoms may include headaches, dizziness, sensitivity to light and sound as well as decreased ability to concentrate.

In post-concussion syndromes, symptoms are similar but continue to persist beyond typical timeframes. Treatment may include vestibular treatment for balance disturbances, visual re-training exercises, education and creation of management strategies to control symptom onset, and introduction of appropriate aerobic training techniques.

For more information on post-concussion rehabilitation, please visit Parachute - Concussion and Retrain Pain Foundation

Orthotics

Custom orthotics are used to place your foot in the optimal biomechanical position. They are created specifically for your foot and made based on a thorough assessment of your foot, gait and posture by a qualified physiotherapist.

Custom orthotics can often be of benefit in individuals who have foot biomechanical problems such as over-pronation, plantar fasciitis or forefoot pain, history of ankle sprains, knee pain and low back pain. Additionally, they may be of benefit in positioning an individual’s foot in the optimal position for activities such as running, skiing or cycling.

Your extended benefits often cover the full cost or a portion of the cost of the orthotics. In some cases a doctor’s referral is required by insurance companies for re-imbursement.