Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession that helps people with illness or injury recover physical function. Physiotherapy helps conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system (bones and joints), nervous system and cardiovascular system. Your physiotherapist will perform a detailed assessment and do a thorough interview to learn about your problem. You will learn about your condition, how to manage your problem and how to prevent further pain and disability. You will often be taught exercises that can help correct your problem. You may receive “hands-on” treatment such as massage, stretching and joint mobilization. Someone who is experiencing pain may also benefit from pain-relieving procedures such as acupuncture, ultrasound or electrotherapy.
Acupuncture is a form of treatment that originated in China. It involves the insertion of fine needles into the body to relieve pain, decrease inflammation and improve physical function. Modern scientific research has found that when acupuncture needles are inserted into the body the nervous system undergoes a chemical change. Neurotransmitters such as serotonin become elevated during and after an acupuncture treatment. As well, acupuncture has been demonstrated to cause the body to produce pain-relieving opiates — “endorphins” — in the brain and bloodstream.
Acupuncture treatment is delivered by a physiotherapist who has received additional postgraduate training in acupuncture. Medical research has shown that physical ailments such as tennis elbow, osteoarthritis, neck pain, low back pain and headaches respond positively to acupuncture treatment.
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (CSCSs) are professionals who apply scientific knowledge to train athletes for the primary goal of improving their athletic performance. They conduct sport-specific testing sessions, design and implement safe and effective strength training and conditioning programs and provide guidance regarding nutrition and injury prevention. The sport conditioning program at Stonetown Physiotherapy & Sports Injuries Clinic focuses on the individual athlete and his or her sport.
Canadian Certified Pedorthists work with healthcare providers to alleviate painful or debilitating conditions resulting from abnormalities or limited actions of the lower limb. As one of the few healthcare professionals educated in the assessment, design, fit, manufacture and modification of orthotics and footwear, Canadian Certified Pedorthists are regularly called upon to fill prescriptions and make recommendations regarding appropriate footcare management. They work alongside other healthcare professionals to help maintain foot health and mobility and see patients on referral from a prescribing healthcare professional such as a family physician.
Chiropractic care focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries with a focus on neck and back pain. Chiropractors treat a range of conditions that impact the muscles, joints, nerves, tendons and ligaments throughout the body.
An initial chiropractic visit consists of a thorough history and physical examination of the complaint followed by an explanation of what is occurring and what treatment can be provided.
Chiropractic treatment can consist of manual therapy including spinal manipulation (adjustments), muscle stretching, acupuncture and strengthening exercises. Chiropractic care focuses on reducing pain, improving function, and helping patients to develop tools to handle pain and discomfort and get back to their daily life and activities they enjoy.
Athletic therapy is a healthcare profession that focuses on the prevention, assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal (muscles, bones, joints) injuries. Abiding by the sport medicine model, it is an athletic therapist’s goal to help individuals avoid injury and stay active or return to activity in a timely manner after an injury. Your athletic therapist will conduct a thorough examination and provide treatments that may include manual techniques (massage, stretching and joint mobilizations), electrotherapeutic modality use (such as ultrasound or interferential current), corrective exercise and taping techniques. You will learn about your condition and be given exercises to continue as a home exercise program all to help you lead your desired level of active life.
Occupational therapists work with individuals who are experiencing a variety of physical, psychosocial, environmental and socioeconomic barriers to recovery. Their services include conducting home assessments to ensure individuals are safe in their home; providing strategies to improve sleep and pain management; and assisting in return-to-work planning after an accident. Occupational therapies include concussion management and programs for reducing disability associated with depression, PTSD, cancer and other chronic health conditions.Home