At Advantage Physiotherapy in Kleinburg, our physiotherapists provide individualized assessments and evidence based treatment which will focus on your specific needs. Through manual therapy, modalities, and a tailored exercise program, we aim to treat the cause of your pain.
What Do Our Physiotherapists have to Offer?
- Assessment and treatment expertise gained from continuous education and specialization
- A thorough understanding of normal and abnormal body function
- A focus on hands on treatment (manual therapy)
- Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilizations
- A selection of pain-relieving modalities (shockwave, ultrasound, laser, interferential current, muscle stimulation, and paraffin wax)
- Specialized skills in acupuncture, myofascial release and movement analysis
- Concussion Management
- Titleist Performance Institute Mobility Screening (applies to all rotational sports)
- Ongoing communication and reports with other medical professionals and insurance companies assisting in your care
- Knowledgeable and friendly support staff to assist in your care
- Skills in athletic and joint taping to avoid unwanted movements and injuries
- Access to high quality bracing, orthotic and rehabilitation products
- Thorough exercise programs to assist with stretching, strengthening and conditioning people at all fitness levels and stages of recovery
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a therapeutic method used to encourage natural healing, reduce or relieve pain and improve function of affected areas of the body. Acupuncture is safe and effective and is often successfully used as an alternative to medications. Relief is sometimes obtained when traditional medical therapy has failed.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles through the skin and tissues at specific points on the body. There is no injection of any substance and the treatment itself causes minimal discomfort. “Classical” acupuncture was developed in China as a system of diagnosing and treating pain and disease. “Anatomical” acupuncture refers to a modern approach taken by many western trained acupuncture therapists. When combined with a knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology modern therapists can use acupuncture effectively.
Modern technology has allowed variations in acupuncture treatment. Electro-acupuncture involves stimulation of inserted needles with gentle electrical impulses.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture stimulates the body to produce its own pain relieving chemicals called “endorphins”. These chemicals mimic morphine by attaching to opiate receptor sites found throughout the nervous system. Endorphins help to block pathways that relay pain messages from the body to the brain, resulting in relief of pain, general relaxation and biochemical restoration of the body’s own internal regulation systems.
Are there any adverse effects or risks to the treatment?
One of the most striking aspects of acupuncture is the almost complete absence of adverse effects and complications from its use. Most patients find that the treatments are relaxing and cause minimal discomfort. Acupuncture Canada recommends that only sterile disposable needles be used, preventing any risk of infection.
How many treatments will be required?
The number of treatments will vary with each individual and the condition being treated. For acute problems, only a few treatments may be required. For complex and chronic conditions, one or two treatments a week for several weeks may be recommended with less frequent treatment as improvement occurs. Relief may be immediate or occur within a few hours, or after a few days. In some conditions, several sessions may be required before improvement is noticed. Acupuncture can be an individual treatment or used in combination with manual therapy.
Dry needling is a technique used by physiotherapists in order to treat muscular pain and myofascial dysfunction. Dry needling is performed using the same needles used for anatomical acupuncture but needles are inserted into trigger points. This technique uses needles to target specific muscles that can be contracted and shortened. These tight muscles can compress joints and nerves and cause pain or limited range of motion. Releasing trigger points by using dry needling can greatly reduce the tightness and pain and also increase flexibility and range of motion. Common minor complications that usually resolve on their own include bleeding, bruising, and pain during or after treatment.
Shockwave is an acoustic wave which carries high energy to painful spots and myoskeletal tissues with subacute, subchronic and chronic conditions. The energy promotes regeneration and reparative processes of the bones, tendons and other soft tissues. Acoustic waves with high energy peak used in Shockwave therapy interact with tissue causing overall medical effects of accelerated tissue repair and cell growth, analgesia and mobility restoration.
Conditions commonly treated by Shockwave include:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendinopathy
- Scar tissue treatment
- Tennis elbow
- Jumpers knee
- Calcific rotator cuff tendinitis
Complete Concussion Management
Certified with Compete Concussion Management https://completeconcussions.com/
At Advantage Physiotherapy, we are trained healthcare practitioners at recognizing and treating acute and post concussion syndrome (PCS). Concussions will never be fully preventable, so recognizing and providing appropriate care for concussive injuries is crucial.
Immediately following a concussion, its imperative to start treatment right away to reduce the risk of PCS. Treatment follows the updated Return to learn/work protocols along with evidence-based education. Being a part of the Complete Concussion Management team provides us with access to valuable up-to-date resources and evidence to provide the best care possible.
Post Concussion Syndrome
Although PCS is classified as signs/symptoms >3 months, we begin to treat the concussion as chronic as early as 14 days post injury. The majority of the population is misinformed on proper concussion protocol by either resting significantly longer then needed or returning to work/sports immediately following a concussion. Initiating treatment early helps resolve symptoms sooner. If diagnosed with PCS, we try to assess and treat the area responsible (vestibular, cervical, metabolic, visual) through exercise, manual therapy, and education.
Prior to every season, it’s important to have every athlete/team run through baseline testing so we have objective measures to identify if a player is ready to return to play following a concussion. Baseline testing provides us with valuable information that may support safer return to play decisions because symptoms alone are a poor indicator of recovery.
Golf: Titleist Performance Institute Certified – Mobility Screening
We believe golfers will benefit the most from a healthy and efficient body. The most efficient swing is not the same for every golfer, because efficiency is unique to their body. The Titleist Performance Institute has analyzed how physical limitations in a player’s body can adversely affect the golf swing and potentially lead to injury. To achieve an efficient swing and reduce the risk of pain following/during a round of golf, a golfer must be screened to assess any compensatory joint movements throughout their golf swing.
Example: Someone with low back pain after 6 holes can have tight hip internal rotators, leading to excessive rotation at the lumbar spine to make up for that lack of movement.
This screen involves an assessment of physical fitness/injury history, followed by 16 movement screens which assess your joint mobility, muscle length, and quality of movement. Once this screen is finished, the results are used to create an exercise plan unique for that golfer. The plan will include strengthening/stretching drills and manual therapy directed at targeting areas that need improvement to lead to a pain free and efficient golf swing. Golf is difficult enough; pain only makes it worse.
The screening movements can apply to all rotational sports including hockey, volleyball and tennis to identify mobility restrictions.
There are tremendous benefits to be achieved through regular massage therapy from a Registered Massage Therapist. Whether your need is to have a moment of relaxation, reduce muscle tension or attain relief from chronic pain or headaches, a therapeutic massage can enhance your overall sense of emotional and physical well-being as well as your quality of life.
Massage therapy benefits people of all ages and can be used in the treatment of both acute and chronic conditions. While it benefits the injured, the ill and the stressed, massage therapy is also excellent at preventing musculoskeletal problems before they develop. In addition to Therapeutic Massage, we also offer Relaxation massage, Pregnancy Massage, cupping massage and indie head massage.
Private Yoga Therapy
If you are looking for a yoga practice designed specifically for you and adapted to your needs, set up a Private Yoga Therapy Session today.
Your Yoga Therapy session includes:
- A complete health and lifestyle assessment
- A fully customized yoga practice to meet your current health and lifestyle needs
- A diagram of your personal practice to be done at home
- Ability to check in with your Yoga Therapist anytime with questions, concerns or personal feedback. Depending on your needs, follow-up sessions can be booked
Yoga therapy sessions are tailored to meet your specific, individual needs. You will learn movement, modified postures, breathing and mindfulness techniques to help you meet your goals and be given a home practice tailored to your needs and lifestyle.
Register for a session today with the confidence that you will learn yoga in a safe and supportive environment, favourable for those of you experiencing pain, limited range of motion in joints, chronic conditions or simply need the individual attention. Learn to cultivate a meaningful personal practice that supports your daily life.
Yoga therapy will be provided by a certified Yoga Therapist, Sangita Balsara. Call our office to book an appointment.
Populations We Treat
- Patients of all ages (Infants to the elderly)
- Competitive and recreational athletes
- Private and self-insured individuals
- Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)
- Motor Vehicle Accidents (MVA)
Commonly treated Injuries include
- Sports Injuries
- Strains and Sprains
- Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Jaw pain (TMJ) and headaches
- Neck and back pain
- Repetitive Strain Injuries
- Joint replacement rehabilitation
- Post surgical rehabilitation
- Workplace injuries