For Medical Conditions and Post-Clinical Therapy
This service bridges the gap between the completion of physiotherapy and the initiation of an exercise program in a gym setting. This works well for those that need a little extra help to get back to full strength and fitness at the end of clinical physical rehabilitation following injury or surgery. It also helps those who have a medical condition such as arthritis or low back pain and need help establishing an exercise program. We assess your current strength, flexibility, proprioception and biomechanics, paying special attention to any areas affected by your injury or medical condition. We work closely with the professional trainers at Life Works Gym and The Banff Centre to establish an individual exercise program. This may include one-on-one or group training at the gym, a home exercise program, and advice on appropriate exercise classes available in the community. We regularly monitor and modify your program to suit your needs.
Individualized exercises including biomechanical instruction, stretching, strengthening, proprioceptive work, spinal stabilization, etc are an important part of physiotherapy. With both of the Active Motion Physiotherapy clinics being located in fitness facilities we have a vast array of exercise equipment available for our clients ensuring that each massage and physiotherapy session is educational and challenging.
Believe it or not, one needs to be Fit-to-Sit. Sitting not only requires office furniture that is arranged and ideally adjusted for each individual, but also requires proper strength, endurance, and flexibility. In this dynamic session we not only help guide you through key components of optimal office set up, address common imbalances that lead to neck, back, shoulder and arm pain, but will also teach you how get a workout while you sit! This seminar is 50 minutes in duration and is a great way to educate your office whether large or small.
Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS)
IMS is a dry needling technique aimed at reducing muscle tension and spasm that may be causing pain or dysfunction in an affected area. As a result of acute or prolonged repetitive trauma, nerves can become sensitized. Previously harmless signals become exaggerated, causing the muscles they supply to shorten. These shortened muscles in turn cause pain by pulling on tendons, compressing joints, and compressing nerves. This pain then causes further muscle shortening. During an IMS treatment, the therapist will insert fine acupuncture needles into the tight bands of shortened muscles to evoke a reflex relaxation response in the muscles. When the muscles relax, pressure is reduced on muscle tendons, joints, and the nerves. During this relaxation the nerves return to having an ideal level of sensitivity, enabling the body to heal.
Manual therapy is a broad term that encompasses the treatment of injuries through ‘hands-on’ techniques including soft tissue mobilization, connective tissue techniques, myofascial release, craniosacral techniques, mobilization of nerve tissue, and joint mobilization and manipulation. Some of our physiotherapists have been awarded the Diploma of Manipulative Therapy (FCAMT) after extensive post-graduate training and examination. The goal of this treatment is to relieve pain and restore normal function.
Each massage therapy session at Active Motion Physiotherapy, starts with a complete biomechanical assessment of the dysfunctional area. Both palpation and measured assessment is performed to ensure the correct treatment path is taken. Once the assessment is complete, a customized treatment is developed for the problem area. We use a combination of intrinsic and extrinsic treatment methods which may include deep tissue and myofascial work, trigger point release, lymphatic drainage, etc. A re-assessment is completed after the massage to measure the efficiency of the treatment and to offer post treatment advice based on findings. Remember with each massage appointment our clients enjoy a complementary same-day pass to the fitness facility which can be enjoyed before or after your massage.
Office ergonomic assessments examine your office set up and the way in which you work. In treating clients with neck, back, arm and leg pain Active Motion Physiotherapy has found that it is sometimes not enough to just treat the injury using massage and physiotherapy techniques; but requires getting to the source of the problem which can require assessing your office environment. This assessment includes a review of your personal areas of discomfort, an analysis of your office set up, suggestions and implementation of changes, and a follow up report of recommendations. Remember, having a proper office setup helps to improve job satisfaction, productivity, and to reduce repetitive stress injuries.
At Active Motion Physiotherapy, we don’t just treat the injury, we treat the whole person. Each of our clients receives a comprehensive physiotherapy evaluation and examination in a private one-on-one treatment room.
We offer extended appointment times to ensure that all of your concerns are recognized and incorporated into an individualized treatment plan that works for you and your lifestyle. We pride ourselves on working closely with your team of health care professionals including coaches and trainers to ensure the best management of your needs.
Both the Banff and Canmore Active Motion Physiotherapy clinics are located within athletic facilities. With every physiotherapy session our clients enjoy a complementary same-day pass to the facilities.
Having a strong core often results in a stable spine and pelvic relationship. Core muscles are a group of muscles located deep in the trunk that play an essential role in stabilizing your low back as it connects to your pelvis. In this program you will learn where each of these muscles are, what their role is, how to activate these muscles, and how to incorporate using theses muscles into your daily life whether you are sitting at your desk, out for a walk, or working out at the gym. This is a great program for those who have lower back pain or a history of lower back pain, want to improve their balance, start pilates or yoga, or just get fit!
This is a great assessment for those that are looking to start a new sport, or improve at their current sport. This assessment analyzes the specific demands of the sport, assessing current strength, flexibility, proprioceptive control and biomechanics. The therapists at Active Motion Physiotherapy participate and compete in many different sports themselves, (including running, cross country skiing, down hill skiing, triathlons, road and mountain biking), and therefore add an athlete’s perspective to their professional knowledge and skill. As you know many sports are repetitive in nature. At Active Motion Physiotherapy the therapists integrate competing parts of the body to work in harmony and teach you sport specific strategies to help you achieve your ultimate goals.
Thermal and Electrical Modalities
Electrical and thermal modalities are used to complement the effects of manual therapy and to help achieve goals from alleviating pain to regaining function after injury. These modalities include: ultrasound, transcutaneous electrical stimulation (TENS), electrical muscle stimulation (EMS), electro-acupuncture, interferential current (IFC), heat and ice.