Physiotherapists are highly trained movements specialists who are experts in rehabilitation.
Some people think physiotherapists just give people exercises, but this completely untrue. When being assessed by a physiotherapist, you will have your joints, muscles and system of peripheral nerves looked-at for areas of concern which could be contributing to your pain. They can assess for lack of or excess movement the joints, weakness and imbalance of muscles, and nervous system hypersensitivity.
How can one person look at so much, you might ask? Well, current physiotherapists have a four-year Bachelor’s degree, and a Master’s degree in Physiotherapy. There are also two rigorous national exams to pass before becoming a Registered Physiotherapist in Canada. Physiotherapists are always learning new techniques, and taking continuing education courses to further their knowledge.
Samantha, our Physiotherapist, has additional training in several growing areas of physiotherapy practice.
Pelvic Health Physiotherapy
Samantha has taken continuing education courses in the assessment and treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction. The pelvic floor is a system of muscles and tissues that have several essential functions. Some of its functions are to be a sphincter for your urinary system, a support system for your organs, and a stabilizer for your core. When the pelvic floor is not functioning as it should, several life-altering conditions can arise, such as:
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Stress incontinence (urine leakage with running, jumping, sneezing, coughing, etc…)
- Urge incontinence (inability to make it to the washroom without leaking, or an extreme urgency to void)
- Low back, groin, and hip pain
- Internal pain (such as with intercourse, endometriosis, insertion of feminine hygiene products, etc…)
The conditions listed above are common, but they are in no way “normal” or something a person should life with day-to-day. Pelvic floor physiotherapy is supported by an immense backing of scientific evidence. Consultation and treatment with a specially trained pelvic health physiotherapist can help you enjoy life to the fullest and get you back to the activities you love.
Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Physiotherapy
The TMJ, or the jaw, is a part of the body often overlooked by people. Many say, “I grind my teeth” or, “my jaw clicks, there is nothing I can do about it”. This would be wrong – physiotherapy can help! The jaw is like any other joint in the body. It can be taught to move better and be less painful with the right treatment. Some conditions of the TMJ that can be treated with physiotherapy are as follows:
- Bruxism or grinding of the teeth
- Lack of opening
- Pain with eating or opening the mouth
- Clicking and/or clunking sounds with or without pain
Dance Injury Rehabilitation
Dancers are without question skilled athletes who push their bodies to the limit for their art and their athleticism. Between throwing their bodies around doing floor work and grand-jetes, to squeezing their feet into pointe shoes, dancers bodies are torqued and twisted day in and day out. Some common conditions in dancers include:
- Ankle sprain or instability
- Spondylosis (micro-fracturing of the spine)
- Muscular spasm in the back or neck
- Groin or hip muscle strain
This area of practice is a passion-project for Samantha. She has danced all her life and knows how big of a difference it makes to be working with someone who knows what you’re going through in class and on stage.
Do not hesitate to contact the Clinic for more information about our Physiotherapy services!