Services

We are pleased to offer the following services at our clinic:

Physiotherapy
Massage Therapy
Acupuncture
Vestibular Rehabilitation
Hydrotherapy
Kinesiology
Fit-to-Work Rehabilitation Programme



For all initial assessments, please arrive 10 minutes earlier than your scheduled appointment, to allow time to provide contact information for our patient database, and fill out forms as needed.

Please refrain from wearing cologne or perfume when attending your appointment, as some of our Clinicians have allergies to their scent. In certain situations, your Therapist may not be able to see you if the scent is too strong.

Click here to book an appointment or call the clinic at 604-448-9616




Physiotherapy

Physiotherapists are health care professionals who diagnose injuries and provide hands-on treatment, electrical modalities and exercise prescription to address movement dysfunction. Physiotherapists also plan and implement individual treatment programs to treat specific injuries, based on a detailed assessment. At our Clinic, we have Therapists that are trained in performing Acupuncture and Vestibular Rehabilitation, in addition to other conventional modalities of treatment.

Your first appointment involves an assessment, physical diagnosis and treatment.

Your Physiotherapist will ask you many questions about your problem including how and when it occurred. Your current symptoms, your general health history and the physical requirements of your job and leisure activities will also be noted. This will assist in understanding the nature of your problem and what is needed to return to your normal, pre-injury lifestyle.

Your physiotherapist will then physically examine the problem area. Several tests will be performed to fully evaluate your complaint- such as range of motion, strength tests, muscle and joint integrity, and ligament stability tests.

Based on the above assessment, your Physiotherapist will discuss your problem with you, and will develop a treatment plan to best reduce pain, increase mobility and strength, and to help you return to your pre-injury state.

Your Physiotherapist has many treatment options from which to choose. These may include manual therapy techniques such as joint mobilizations, muscle release, passive stretches; electrical modalities such as ultrasound, laser, electrical stimulation; exercise, ergonomic/postural counseling and acupuncture. Each treatment plan will be developed to suit your personal situation, taking into account several factors such as your activity level, work demands, physical fitness, time available to exercise, and affordability of subsequent treatments, just to name a few.

You will be advised on how to manage your condition independently to enable a full recovery and how to prevent avoidable recurrences or complications. Your progress will be measured regularly and your treatment will be adjusted as indicated, based on re-assessment.

In order to be successful, the treatment will always involve your active participation, in the form of clinic exercises, a home exercise program and often a combination of heat/ice.

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Massage Therapy

Our massage therapists are Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs), and are licensed through the Massage Therapists’ Association of BC. They are trained in the assessment and diagnosis of soft tissue and joints of the body, and the treatment and prevention of injury, pain and physical disorders.

RMTs are effective in treating and providing relief for a wide range of conditions such as migraine headaches, tendonitis, arthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, sports injuries, as well as many other common conditions related to soft tissue and joint dysfunction.

In addition to hands-on massage treatment, our RMTs are trained in rehabilitative exercise such as hydrotherapy, stretching, strengthening, and postural exercises.

Your massage therapist will begin by asking you questions about your pain and dysfunction and will perform an assessment to determine the nature and extent of your injuries. Once the appropriate muscles and joints are assessed, treatment will begin as indicated. RMTs are trained to perform several types of massage, ranging from gentle to deep tissue massage as well as sports massage.

Following your treatment, your massage therapist will also advise you on specific exercises and stretches to optimize your recovery, and will recommend the use of heat or ice for your condition.

For more information about massage therapy, please refer to www.massagetherapy.bc.ca

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Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine involving the insertion of solid acupuncture needles into the skin at specific points on the body, which influence pain and tissue healing in the body.

Acupuncture needles are solid, stainless steel and measure from 13-70 mm. At our Clinic, we DO NOT use re-usable needles, all needles are disposed of after each session. The needles are very fine, flexible and rounded but sharp at the tip. They are ‘atraumatic’, meaning that they do not have a cutting edge like a hypodermic needle, which slices through tissue. Their design allows acupuncture needles to slide smoothly through tissues and makes them unlikely to cause bleeding or damage to underlying structures.

For more information about acupuncture, please refer to www.afcinstitute.com

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Vestibular Rehabilitation

Vertigo, dizziness, and loss of balance are symptoms that are related to peripheral vestibular pathology. Vestibular rehabilitation is an evidence-based assessment and treatment program within the Physiotherapy practice. Vestibular rehabilitation is a hands-on and exercise based treatment technique to relieve the symptoms of dizziness and loss of balance.

Dizziness is the number one reason for doctor’s visits by people over the age of 65, and 10% of all doctor’s visits are due to complaints of dizziness and balance problems. Although dizziness can be due to a variety of causes, a large percentage originates from the vestibular system, a part of the inner ear and the brain that helps control balance and eye movements. The symptoms that arise from the vestibular system are often easily treated with vestibular rehabilitation techniques. Biomechanical problems, viral/bacterial infections, and trauma such as whiplash are some of the other common causes of vestibular dysfunction.

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Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy refers to therapeutic exercises classes that are performed in the water under the instruction and supervision of a Hydrotherapist. Hydrotherapy integrates the science of safe and effective exercise design, along with the therapeutic properties of water to serve each individual’s fitness abilities, goals and needs. There is no need for the participant to have swimming experience, as their feet remain on the bottom of the pool, with water depth ranging from waist to chest height. Resistance and load can be adjusted according to each individual’s needs. Muscles that are tight on land are stretched in the water, while weak muscles are strengthened in the water, allowing patients to perform a number of exercises that they wouldn’t be able to do on land.

Hydrotherapy at our Clinic is performed by Philip Letts, RMT. Classes are held in the shallow water of the Watermania pool facility on Monday and Wednesday mornings at 9:00 am. Each class is limited to 8 people and is approximately 40 minutes in length. During each class, patients will be taught numerous exercises specific to each patient’s injuries as well as general exercises to increase strength and flexibility.

Hydrotherapy is suitable for almost every patient, and is especially effective for Arthritis, Fibromyalgia and injuries involving multiple body parts.

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Kinesiology

Kinesiology refers to the study of the anatomy, physiology, and mechanics of body movement and the application of these principles to the assessment and treatment of muscular imbalance or injury.

Our Kinesiologist, Andrea Lawson, works Monday-Friday from 9am-12:30 pm. She is responsible for the exercise programs of most patients, and will often observe, correct and progress exercises as needed.

In addition to working at our Clinic, Andrea runs her own company, Balance in Motion and is available for 1 on 1 or group training appointments.

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Fit-to-Work Exercise Program ‘The Post-MVA Rehabilitation Program’

What is the Exercise Program all about?

The Fit-to-Work Program is a three-hour daily attendance program supervised by a registered Physiotherapist and conducted by our Kinesiologist. The goal of the program is to return the patient to their pre-injury work/ activity level and assist them in incorporating a healthy lifestyle. Cardiovascular exercises, spinal stability exercises, specific and general stretches, individualized regime of graduated resisted strengthening exercises, pool exercises and education sessions are key components of the program. The program is conducted at the Watermania Aquatic Centre, with state-of-the art facilities, including a fully-equipped weight room and 50m pool. The projected length of the program is four to six weeks. Initial, progress and discharge reports are sent to the referring physician and insurance adjuster.


Program Components

• Cardiovascular exercises

• Strength training

• Flexibility stretching

• Core stability

• Hydrotherapy

• Work simulation

• Education

• Stress management


How do we measure improvement?

Each participant will receive a journal book for their exercises, where daily progress will be recorded. In addition, various standardized outcome measures including grip strength, standardized questionnaires, and functional capabilities will be evaluated.


Why choose active therapy?

The “Quebec Task Force on Whiplash Associated Disorders” by Spitzer et al. (1995) investigated the world literature on whiplash. Based on their findings they recommended that ‘active exercise as part of a multimodal intervention was shown to be beneficial.’ They also recommended that prevention, education, and early return to usual activities are key components in whiplash management.

The treatment in the Fit-to-Work program is based on available research and encourages an early, safe and successful return to work.

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