Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession dedicated to assisting people to move well and be healthy throughout their lifespan. The key facets of the profession are:
- Assisting people to move well
- Prevent chronic lifestyle diseases (e.g. obesity, type II diabetes) through healthy living and movement
- Reduce the effects of disease, chronic conditions or injury on people’s ability to mobilise and live the way they want to live
- Reduce pain from chronic or acute injuries, conditions or diseases
- Educate and plan for ways to reduce the chance of re-occurence of injury
A physiotherapy degree is attained through a rigorous accredited university program in Canada or abroad. Physiotherapists have an extensive knowledge of human anatomy, pathology ( the study of disease), orthopaedics ( the study of injury and disease to the musculo-skeletal system) and biomechanics (the physical functioning of the body).
We will assist you in moving the way you want to move.
IMS and dry needling evolved from traditional Chinese acupuncture. IMS is based on the premise that for many people, regardless of the initiating incident, muscular tightness is the source of their pain. Shortness in the muscles of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine can cause tightness and pain elsewhere. For example, tightness in the low back muscles can lead to tightness in the hamstring and calf muscles. In a runner or walker, this can lead to heel pain and Achilles tendinosis. Scientific research supports the use of IMS in people with pain due to muscle shortening, such as low back pain.
IMS is often effective for new injuries such as a tight or pulled hamstring or “tennis elbow”. It can help with long standing problems such as bulging discs or herniated spinal discs. In this case, by relaxing the muscles around the disc level of concern, the compressive pressure on the disc can be reduced, allowing the person to move more freely.
What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave Therapy has nothing to do with electrical shocks; it is a bit of an unfortunate name for the technology! Shockwave was introduced as a form of non –surgical treatment for kidney stones. Two of the fortuitous side effects were accelerated bone healing and improvements in damaged or degenerative soft tissues.
Following our initial and on-going assessment over the treatment program, it will be apparent:
- Where you are weak,
- Where your muscles are tight and short
- Where you lack muscular control and /or joint stability
- How your posture during sitting, standing, working and exercising affects how you move and why and where you are sore
- How your movement strategies ( from pulling weeds , to running in a marathon) impact on your body
From this we then formulate a movement program that will address these issues. The program is specific to you and can be performed at home or in a gym. The key thing is that you do the movement homework we give you. You can expect a better outcome if you are actively involved in the rehabilitation.
Manual therapy is a physical treatment whereby the therapist uses their hands to alleviate a patient’s musculo-skeletal pain or movement restriction.
The International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT) defines manual therapy techniques as:
“Skilled hand movements intended to produce any or all of the following effects: improve tissue extensibility; increase range of motion of the joint complex; mobilize or manipulate soft tissues and joints; induce relaxation; change muscle function; modulate pain; and reduce soft tissue swelling, inflammation or movement restriction.”
Scientific research shows us that 50% of runners get injured every year. Ninety percent of these occur in the knee, shin and foot region. The causes are either intrinsic or extrinsic. Intrinsic factors are things that stem from your body: muscular tightness, weakness, poor running form, and poor joint stability. Extrinsic factors are things from outside of your body: e.g. running shoes, the surface you run on, the program (or lack of program) you use to plan out your running schedule. At Pure Form, we look into all of these issues, to finally get to the source of your running injury. Once that is figured out, we will help you to get back on track by designing a return to running program and a movement rehab program specific to you.
There is strong research evidence that patient education provided by a health care provider is an important component of a patient’s treatment program. In physiotherapy, education is usually in the form of an explanation to the person of why the pain or injury occurred. Often this can be explained in terms of how the person moves in their daily activities or in their sport, or how they hold their posture. Advice is then given on simple ways to move differently so that the person can return to normal or improved function. Poor sitting posture at the work station, improper bicycle fit, poor running form, and picking up and holding a new baby on the same side of the parent’s body all the time are examples of movement patterns that we may advise on.
Women’s Health is an area of treatment interest that addresses a spectrum of issues related to women’s health including: sexual health, maternal health, child birth (pre/post partum), prolapse, incontinence, sport related issues, post surgical conditions and bone health.
Vestibular physiotherapists can help assess, diagnose, and treat or educate patients on the above conditions. Often there are multiple factors involved in the treatment of vestibular dysfunction, vision, vestibular, and mental health factors. Your physiotherapist can treat, provide a home exercise program, educate, and recommend specialists as needed.