Physiotherapy is a profession directed at evaluating, restoring, and maintaining physical function. We want to provide you with the tools you need to repair damage and fix any pain/stiffness. Our skilled Physiotherapists are trained in various musculoskeletal injuries as well as concussion management, vestibular (vertigo) therapy, Intermuscular Stimulation (IMS), custom foot orthotics, and of course, the bread and butter of Physiotherapy, exercise prescription.
We can help you with:
Back and neck pain
Prevention and management of work-related injuries
Motor vehicle accident-related injuries
Your Physiotherapist may chat with you about using different modalities, mobilizing or manipulating joints, stretching muscle or tight tissue in the area, strengthening for proper movement patterns, or breaking down scar tissue to help you work toward fixing the primary problem..
IMS (Intramuscular Stimulation)
and Dry Needling
All of our Physiotherapists are trained in IMS/Dry Needling and use this as a technique to treat both chronic pain and new injuries. IMS is also very effective in treating pain of neuropathic origin. Nerves can become compressed or irritated for various reasons causing their signals to become exaggerated or perceived as painful ones. The result is pain that exists despite having no signs of inflammation or tissue damage.
Another result of neuropathic pain is chronic muscle shortening. Overactivation of the muscle by an irritated nerve causes muscle spasm and chronic muscle shortening. Pain is a result of the shortened muscle pulling on the tendons, straining them as well as distressing the joints they move. Muscle shortening also increases wear and tear and contributes to degenerative changes such as 'tendonitis', 'osteoarthritis', and degenerative disc problems.
When your car is revving too high, we quickly push on the gas to 'reset' the idle. With your nerves, we can stimulate them with electroactivity and physical trauma of the needle resulting in the muscle cramping.
The result is the nerve activity being 'reset' and the muscle tone decreasing, thus relaxing into a fully lengthened position and alleviating the chronic muscle shortening and correlating symptoms. Areas that were previously “supersensitive” will regain normal sensation.
Acupuncture is the gentle stimulation of specific points on the body using single-use, sterile disposable needles. The activation of these acupuncture points opens up communication pathways through the various systems of the body.
Acupuncture stimulates the central nervous system to create biochemical changes in the body. This activates our body’s natural healing potential so it can effectively fight disease, support good health and modulate pain.
Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and World Health Organization (WHO) as being an effective treatment for a variety of health conditions such as: pain, injuries, insomnia, stress, mental health, digestive health, women’s health, fertility, and more.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) for pregnancy and fertility support is gaining popularity and validity in the Western world each year. Acupuncture and CHM has shown great results in both men and women, in restoring fertility, improving sperm and egg quality and balancing the endocrine system and hormones.
Acupuncture and CHM can be applied from preparing to conceive to pregnancy to postpartum care.
Fix Physio is a certified Complete Concussion Management™ clinic. We utilize a comprehensive, multi-modal approach to concussions, based on current advances in concussion research.
What is a concussion?
A concussion can be simply defined as a disruption in neurological functioning following a significant impact to the head or elsewhere on the body. This causes a biochemical imbalance within brain cells as well as decreased blood flow and temporary energy deficits within the brain.
Essentially, the acceleration/deceleration of the brain in the skull causes a stretching of the nerves. This stretch causes a molecule called ATP to be released, resulting in a bunch of nerves firing at once. This initial stage is an energy crisis and results in low ATP stores, which is an issue because ATP is what tells our nerves to fire, and we need our nerves to fire to do/comprehend everything! It is once these ATP stores are fully restored that we are able to get back to everything we would like to do. The problem is, that you often feel symptom-free before your ATP stores have fully recovered. If this is the case, your brain remains extremely vulnerable to re-injury. We offer both baseline tests and post-concussion testing which will allow us to determine when the time should be right to return to regular activities.
Concussions often occur with various 'peripheral' issues. Ie; neck pain, dizziness, blurred vision, cognitive difficulties, headaches, and more. These peripheral issues are where we can really jump in and help as Physiotherapists. Through various exercises and manual techniques, we have your solution to recovery!
Allow us to help you return to your sport and/or day-to-day life!
with BreAnne or Rebecca
Dizzy? Lightheaded? Vertigo (ie; room spinning)? Nausea? Imbalance?
Whether your dizziness/vertigo is from BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo) or from inhibition of the system that controls dizziness and balance, there are various forms of treatment and exercise that can be done to alleviate your symptoms.
What does treatment involve? --> Depends on what is wrong!
BPPV has a very specific treatment protocol where specific positioning techniques are used depending on which part of the inner ear is involved. Erin who is a certified Vestibular Therapist will assess which positioning technique to use by assessing your eye movement during each test.
Other conditions may involve a combination of manual therapy and a specific exercise program. Exercises prescription is based on 3 principles: adaptation, habituation, and substitution, all based around re-training the system so that certain stimuli no longer make you dizzy.
Running Injuries & Prevention
At Fix Physio, we understand that running is one of the purest forms of human movements. Book with Rebecca to prevent running injuries and/ or treat them if they occur.
In this appointment, Rebecca will assess your strength, mobility, and stability. She will watch you run on the treadmill, video you in slow motion, and then review the videos with you, analyzing your gait. You will receive an individualized exercise plan (designed just for you) that targets any areas of weakness, limited mobility, or instability found in your assessment. She will educate you on ways to improve your gait to reduce injury risk and improve performance. This is a long (90-minute), assessment and education-heavy appointment. Rebecca assesses the whole body, including the trunk, shoulders, feet, and legs, in this assessment. Rebecca loves to run, has taken several courses on treating, assessing, and analyzing runners, and has been on her own runner's rehab journey. Comprehensive run assessments are one of her favorite things to do.
Psychology is a profession that focuses on intervention strategies to improve and maximize mental, cognitive, physical, and other functioning of individuals. Our psychologist utilizes an integrative theoretical approach involving Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Narrative Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy (REBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to consider each person holistically.
Our areas of focus include:
Life transitions/adjustments (career, marriage, retirement, etc)
Trauma (MVA, PTSD, abuse)
Chronic pain management
Disordered eating patterns
We strive to help our clients live in a more intentional manner by exploring unconscious patterns that may be creating these difficulties.
For more information visit: endthestigmacounselling.com
Functional Rehabilitation with Shannon
Are you dealing with chronic pain that hasn't improved with traditional forms of treatment? Shannon Rogers is a Clinical Exercise Physiologist and expert on chronic pain management. With a focus on an integrated approach to patient care, she combines specialized soft tissue techniques with Pilates, clinical exercise, therapeutic movement, and postural re-education. She also specializes in the areas of chronic headache, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, perinatal and women’s health.
Moving better means enjoying life more! Our passion is to help you do that too, no matter what stage of life you are in, the nature of your activity goals, or the limitations you currently face.
Visit her website: www.catalystkinetics.ca to learn more about what she can offer you through Functional Rehabilitation principles!
Women's Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy
with Aly and Christina
Women's Health Programs are designed to help women prevent, recover from, or cope with the various health issues that can arise during their lifetime. Puberty, pregnancy, childbirth, hormonal changes and menopause are all milestones within a woman’s life and, along with additional medical illnesses like breast cancer, osteoporosis or abdominal/pelvic surgery, women need specialized attention and care during these phases of their life. Our treatments are provided by Aly MacLean and Christina Roman who are licensed Physical Therapist with training and expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of women’s health conditions. We offer a wide range of treatments covering body dysfunction, sexual health, pre/post natal care, and pelvic floor care.
Our Women’s Health Program is designed to help empower women through use of manual therapy techniques and education. By making information and evidence-based treatments readily available, our aim is to help women stay as healthy and active as possible during each life change and challenge they might face. After an initial assessment with one of our Physical Therapists, including an internal exam, a customized treatment program is designed for each individual. This can include sessions with a Physical Therapist or another member of the Health Care Team.
Breathwork and Movement
Let us help you flush out that daily stress and look forward to a blooming, mindful, energetic season. A wonderful way to get your body moving and calm that busy mind!
Somatic Breathwork - This is a conscious, intentional assist for the body in returning to a natural, unhindered breath. Gentle facilitation techniques are woven in, so the body and mind relax allowing for an unfolding and release of stored stress.
Embodiment Practices - We become more grounded, centred, and connected when the mind-body bridge is explored. Awareness enhances moment-to-moment movement of thoughts, feelings, sensations, and energy through the physical body.
Integrative Energywork - A signature remote offering that is a blend of Reiki, Akashic Records work and Mindfulness techniques to support and promote healing on every level, from physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
You can book private (1 person) or semi-private (2 people) appointments with Judy.
Visit involutioninc.ca to learn more
Osteopathic Manual Therapy
A hands-on manual therapy treatment method that looks at the way the body functions as a whole, rather than viewing its parts or symptoms separately (i.e. a hurt shoulder here, a neck strain there).
During Osteo treatments, Steph targets the nervous system to help calm the body. By calming down the nervous system the body can collectively function, both mechanically and physiologically, to create a better balance from the inside out. Her goal is to remove any compensations caused by new or old injuries, habitual postures and stressors, with the entire body in mind.
So…What IS Rapid NeuroFascial Reset or RAPID NFR?
RAPID NFR is new soft tissue, movement-based therapeutic technique that addresses the central nervous system's role in alleviating pain, tension, and restrictions within muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves.
What does it feel like?
Every session is a combination of examination and treatment. The Rapid therapist uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness, and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. Hypersensitive areas are treated by combining precisely directed tension with specific patient movements.
Rapid sessions may be uncomfortable during the movement phase of the treatment. This occurs as the neurological system is being stimulated to restore normal function. Treating the body at the neurological level stimulates a reprogramming of the tissue – tight muscles relax, range of motion is restored, and the pain is eliminated.
Rapid treatments are performed clothed in comfortable attire.
Why choose RAPID-NFR?
Clients are drawn to Rapid because of the “rapid” or effective response to treatment. This helps active individuals quickly get back to life and living.
How many sessions does it take?
Most painful conditions are resolved in 2-8 treatments.
Conditions treated with RAPID:
Golfer’s and Tennis elbow
Low Back Pain
Vertigo and Tinnitus
Quad, Hamstring, and Groin Pulls
This is just a shortlist. If you are in pain, I can help! Call to book your RAPID appointment today!
with Simon or Adeline
Manual therapy is the application of hands-on techniques to body tissues with the intent to assess and treat therapeutically.
Simon specializes in...
• Deep Tissue Massages - used to break up scar tissue and muscle adhesions (the “knots” that we feel in our muscles that inhibit our circulation and cause pain and inflammation).
• Neck Discomfort - providing quick neck pain relief and improved range of motion.
Adeline specializes in...
• Massage - a form of manual therapy used to reduce tension, anxiety, stress, and promote overall circulation, relaxation, and flexibility.
• Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization - a popular treatment for myofascial restriction. IASTM uses specially designed instruments to provide a mobilizing effect to myofascial adhesions and scar tissue.
• RAPID Neuro Fascial Reset - RAPID NFR is new soft tissue, movement-based therapeutic technique that addresses the central nervous system's role in alleviating pain, tension, and restrictions within muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves.
Adeline offers manual therapy every Thursday and every other Saturday
FCE (Functional Capacity Evaluations)
Our Functional Capacity Evaluation protocol consists of standardized testing to measure an individual’s ability to safely perform physical demands required by their job, activities of daily living, or leisure activities. To ensure validity and accuracy, all tests are performed in a controlled setting and are designed to replicate specific job demands, or environmental factors in which people live and conduct their lives.
Functional Capacity Evaluations are an essential resource for:
- Determining safe and sustained return to work, and job-placement decisions
- Disability evaluation
- Determination of functioning in non-occupational settings
- case management and case closure
Our testing includes:
- Detailed Job Demand Analysis
- Musculoskeletal Testing
- Material Handling Testing
- Non-Material Handling Testing
- Complete Evaluation Report
This service is performed by Rochelle Panther, who is registered with the Alberta Kinesiology Association, and has completed her FCE training through Metriks Education. We are now accepting new patients on a referral and personal basis.