What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a medical science concerned with the assessment, maintenance, and restoration of the physical function and performance of the human body by:
•Improving and maintaining functional independence and physical performance.
•Preventing and managing pain, physical impairments, disabilities and limits to participation; and
•Promoting fitness, health and wellness.
Physiotherapy's unique contribution to health care stems from it's advanced understanding of how the body moves, what keeps it from moving well, and how to restore mobility.
How can Physiotherapy help you?
If you have recently experienced a work or sport injury, are experiencing limited joint mobility or if you have been living with pain or discomfort for months or even years, physiotherapy may be what you need.
Your Manual Concepts Physiotherapist will:
•Perform a thorough assessment to identify and determine the extent of your problems and address them using the best available treatment strategy.
•Identify the causes and any predisposing factors behind your condition and present a program designed to avoid reoccurrence of your symptoms.
•Provide rehabilitation following occupational or sporting injuries.
•Provide rehabilitation and exercise before and after surgery.
•Provide advice on exercise programs.
•Provide or advise on special equipment or supplies.
Why should you be treated at Manual Concepts Physiotherapy?
While Manual Concept's facility is shiny and new, it is staffed by therapists who are recognized internationally as among the most experienced and highly qualified in Canada. In addition to time spent treating patients, our primary therapists spend time each week teaching advanced therapies and treatment techniques to physiotherapists from other clinics.
What is Massage Therapy?
Massage is one of the oldest, simplest forms of therapy and is a system of stroking, pressing and kneading different areas of the body to relieve pain, relax, stimulate, and tone the body.
Modern massage therapy, far more than a stroking of the skin, is often referred to as bodywork or somatic therapy, and refers to the application of various techniques to the muscular structure and soft tissues of the body that include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, vibration, rocking, friction, kneading and compression. While most techniques are applied using primarily the hands, massage therapists do use other areas of the body, such as the forearms, elbows or feet. All of the techniques are used for the benefit of the musculoskeletal, circulatory-lymphatic, nervous, and other systems of the body. In fact, massage therapy positively influences the overall health and well-being of the client.
How can Massage Therapy help you?
Massage does much more than create a pleasant sensation on the skin, it also works on soft tissues like muscles, tendons, and ligaments to improve muscle tone.
Although it largely affects those muscles just under the skin, the benefits of massage therapy may also reach the deeper layers of muscle and possibly even the organs themselves.
Massage also stimulates blood circulation and assists the lymphatic system (which runs parallel to the circulatory system), improving the elimination of waste throughout the body.
The benefits of massage therapy include increased range of motion and flexibility, stress reduction and improved circulation all of which can also help achieve an overall feeling of well-being.
What is Intra Muscular Stimulation?
Intra Muscular Stimulation or IMS is a scientifically based and proven technique for reversing the shortened muscles that cause musculo-skeletal pain. This pain is called neuropathic pain, and is difficult for doctors to diagnose and treat as it usually presents with no sign of tissue damage or inflammation.
IMS uses instruments adapted from traditional acupuncture to stimulate shortened muscles which then results in muscle relaxation and relief from chronic pain.
How can IMS help you?
If you suffer from chronic pain and have tried medications, massage, traditional physiotherapy, osteopathy, or chiropractic and still do not find lasting relief, your pain could be caused by muscle shortening.
Muscle shortening produces pain by pulling on tendons, straining them as well as distressing the joints they move. This constant strain can press on and irritate the nerves, leading to a condition now recognized as "super-sensitivity" of your nerves and nerve endings.
IMS can help this condition by inducing the shortened muscle to relax which relieves the pain. The effects of IMS are cumulative, with each treatment stimulating a certain amount of healing, until eventually, the condition is healed and the pain disappears.
In pain of recent origin, one treatment may be all that is necessary. In recent published studies of patients with low back pain, the average number of treatments required was 8.2.