There are very few conditions that can be treated with a recipe that you can find on the Internet. There is no recipe for most problems, because there are so many different individual variables that affect the treatment selection.
My treatments are based on scientific knowledge and principles. This knowledge and principles, combined with my experience, allow me to design treatments that are evidence-based and tailored to each client’s unique situation.
All treatments include a strong education component. This is extremely important to help each client better understand their problem and what they can do to help themselves. My constant goal is to empower clients to help them help themselves.
The following list is a summary of various treatment options that I offer.
Manual therapy treatment
Soft tissue treatment
Soft tissue treatment techniques are used to improve muscle length by reducing muscle tone/tension, breaking adhesions/scar tissue, and stimulating the healing response. Treatment techniques include deep transverse frictions, deep tissue massage, and myofascial techniques.
I routinely prescribe exercises to address rehabilitation issues (mobility, stability, and motor control limitations), as well as for injury prevention and performance enhancement. Exercises need to be provided for more than just the muscles around the affected joint, and they need to address multiple planes of movement. Movement is affected by mobility, stability, and motor control.
Mobililty exercises include: joint range of motion exercises, muscle and tendon flexibility exercises, self soft tissue treatments, neurodynamic exercises.
Stability exercises include: specific joint (including core) strength exercises, endurance exercises, and power exercises.
Motor Control exercises include: movement correction exercises, posture correction exercises, proprioception exercises, balance exercises, and sport specific exercises.
Neurodynamic exercises address limitations in the mobility of the nervous system (this includes the spinal cord, nerve roots and peripheral nerves). In some cases, it is not the joints, muscles, ligaments, or tendons that are restricted – it is the nerves themselves. We have many long peripheral nerves which run like wires throughout our body. Sometimes after an injury, these peripheral nerves or nerve roots get stuck and no longer move (slide) properly. They can generate pain signals and cause muscle spasm or tightness. The treatment principles behind improving nerve mobility are different from those for improving muscle mobility.
Physiotherapy modalities include: electrical muscle stimulation, heat packs, ice packs, interferential current (IFC), and ultrasound. These are available to clients that I treat at the Nepean Sports Medicine and Physiotherapy Centre.
Movement problems, dysfuctions, and/or limitations:
Some poor movements are not painful, but are still dysfunctional, leading to increased injury risk or injury at another area. For example, poor hip movement leads to knee and low back problems.