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.
In all cases, a big part of Physiotherapy is to educate you as to how to manage what is wrong and what is needed to stretch, strengthen and/or stabilize in order to maximize your full potential.
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.
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, 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!
Vestibular Rehabilitation with Erin
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 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 makes you dizzy.
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
Therapy with Pauline
Occupational therapy is a profession that helps to solve problems that interfere with completing everyday tasks. Occupational therapists use a holistic approach to assessment and treatment, by addressing cognitive, physical and psychosocial health as it relates to its impact on function.
Our occupational therapist uses a neurofunctional approach to address deficits following a concussion, traumatic brain injury or stroke. She is a Certified Brain Fx Assessor which allows a scientific approach to assess brain health and ability to function in real life. Brain FX is a digital assessment tool that can help in early detection and treatment of neurological dysfunction.
Our occupational therapist can offer the following Brain FX assessments:
Brain FX 360 - Assesses 30 cognitive skills, in addition to physical, psychosocial and sensory skills to build a comprehensive neurofunctional profile. Assessment performed in clinic, in the presence of the therapist and takes 60-90 minutes to administer.
Brain FX Screen - Administered in clinic, in the presence of a therapist. A shortened, validated version of the Brain FX 360 containing seven of the more sensitive tasks. The Brain FX Screen builds a quick brain health profile to develop targeted next steps and to determine if a more comprehensive assessment is needed.
Brain VCax - Evaluates 25 cognitive skills in a virtual care environment to identify functional strengths and challenges to guide treatment planning.
Following performance assessment, an immediate report is available and used to plan highly targeted treatments, with the goal to maximize functional independence. Brain FX assessments can be used to create a personal baseline, and can be used as a reassessment to measure improvement in cognitive areas.
Pauline offers cognitive rehabilitation to help people to implement strategies to improve deficits in areas such as: memory, attention, executive function, and social communication. She is also able to provide visual rehabilitation to address deficits following a neurological event such as double vision, motor tracking, neglect and visual perception.
Book now with Pauline to get started in managing your brain health!
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
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 who is a 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, breast screening 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.
Born to Move Fall Series
with Andrea J. Sirrs
Let us help you flush out that pandemic stress and look forward to the sweather weather ahead with a dash of mindful movement this Fall. A wonderful way to get your body moving and calm that busy mind!
Stretch your body, stretch your mind, stretch your heart. Expect well-rounded, full body sequences that change each week to highlight specific types of poses and areas of the body. Insight and inspiration are linked with fundamentals of alignment and core yogic principles.
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Rediscover your internal framework of strong, balanced core support. These classes riff off the classical principles developed by Joseph Pilates with modern, innovative flavour. Expect the unexpected!
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Fall schedule coming soon. If you are interested, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know which classes you are interested om and which days/times works best for you!
Call us at 403.282.2545 to reserve your spot!
Manual therapy is the application of hands-on techniques to body tissues with intent to therapeutically assess and treat. These techniques include:
• 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.
• Myofascial cupping - a soft tissue therapy that encourages healing by creating a negative pressure or suction on the skin using plastic or glass cups that pull up underlying tissues, blood, and other fluids close to the surface of the skin. It is often incorporated into other manual therapy techniques such as massage therapy, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, and other injury rehabilitation techniques. For musculoskeletal tension, it can also create relaxation by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system.
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.