Manual Therapy/Sports Injuries
All the physiotherapists at Rutland Physical Therapy have taken extensive post-graduate courses in manual therapy. Many of these courses are part of the curriculum of the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association which involve courses, mentorship and rigorous exams that result in the designation of Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapists (FCAMPT).
Other Manual Therapy courses are also important for optimal treatment of orthopaedic conditions such as neural mobilization, Mulligan SNAGS , Mackenzie techniques, McConnell , Kinesiotaping.
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Traditional Osteopathic Techniques
Traditional Osteopathy was developed by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still in the 1800’s. Dr. Still determined that the body has an innate ability to heal itself if any restrictions or adhesions in the tissues are released to allow the normal circulation of fluids. Traditional Osteopathic training involves the development of sensitive palpation skills that allow the practitioner to determine the areas of restriction in the body and then treat them with gentle manual techniques.
Traditional Osteopathic techniques include craniosacral therapy, muscle energy, visceral techniques, myofascial release, joint manipulation, lymphatic drainage and many other treatments that are now taught as separate courses but also included in the osteopathic degree.
Osteopathic training in Canada is through the College d’Études Ostéopathiques (CEO) in Montreal and the Canadian College of Osteopathy (CCO) in Toronto. These degrees involve 5 years of part-time training and 2 years of thesis writing. Individual Osteopathic courses are also available through the Barral Institute and the Upledger Institute.
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Acupuncture is the method of inserting very thin and sterile needles into the skin at various points on the body to achieve therapeutic effects. Physiotherapists trained in acupuncture through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute learn the systematic approach developed by Dr. Joseph Wong, a medical doctor with specialty in physical medicine. The effects focus on pain reduction, anti-inflammation and autonomic nervous system normalization. The studied effects of acupuncture show particularly significant results for improving post-operative pain, chronic and acute lower back and neck pain, sciatica, neurogenic pain, headaches, nausea and tendinosis.
Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS)
Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) was developed by Dr. Chan Gunn in the 1970’s. IMS uses thin needles like those for traditional acupuncture but is based on scientific principles of neurophysiology of the muscles. Dr. Gunn developed IMS to deal with neuropathic pain or pain from supersensitivity of nerves. IMS treats the shortened muscles that are constantly contracted because the nerve supplying the muscle is supersensitive. The needling causes the muscles to relax and the nerve to become desensitized with the treatments.
IMS is ideal for chronic or acute neuropathic pain and nerve sensitivity. Number of treatments can vary from one to several, depending on the nature of the injury. IMS works well when combined with other Physiotherapy modalities such as manual therapy and exercise prescription.
What Does A Women’s Health Physical Therapist Do?
The emphasis of the health sciences on fitness and wellness has brought to women’s attention a need to pay closer attention to their bodies during recreation, work, and throughout life. Many physical therapists have specialized training which will benefit women with a variety of medical conditions. These therapists use every facet of their physical therapy training to evaluate and treat female clients, promoting and enhancing health through the life span. All treatments are individually designed after thorough evaluation.
Cold Laser Therapy
Therapeutic laser involves the use of low level laser light to get rid of pain and inflammation as well as to stimulate the repair of musculoskeletal injuries. The low level or cold laser we use at Rutland Physical Therapy is quite different from a surgical or hot laser. This is because our therapeutic laser delivers light energy which is low intensity. The light particles or photons from the laser stimulate cellular repair and the transformation from damaged to healthy tissue. Because the laser can penetrate deep into the tissue, it can be used to treat injuries that are up to 10 cm below the skin. Laser is an effective way of treating both acute injuries and chronic pain. It is very safe and has no side effects.
Ortho-Bionomy is based on the principles of Osteopathy and Martial arts. “Structure governs function”, “move away from resistance, pain, and find a place of comfort.” It is a simple, gentle method of facilitated healing through techniques of ‘positional release’, ‘reflex response’ ‘balancing energy’ it can help release tension and allowing the body to realign to its natural state. A session is usually one hour; exercises may be given to help integrate the changes. Click here to find out more about ortho-bionomy.
Pilates is a body awareness exercise method that is based in both eastern and western movement philosophies, combining mind/body connection, breathing techniques, spinal alignment, movement ease, flexibility and core centered strength. Pilates can be used for rehabilitation purposes as well as conditioning for athletes. At our studio we offer private sessions and individualized programs and classes as well as specialized classes.
Real-Time Ultrasound (RTUS)
In recent years, real-time ultrasound has become the gold standard in physiotherapy for assessment of the stability muscles of the spine and pelvis; the tranversus abdominus, pelvic floor muscles and multifidi. RTUS gives the therapist and patient a clear image of the muscles as the patient contracts so dysfunction is measureable and the RTUS gives feedback as the function changes. This is useful in any patient after back or pelvis injury including athletes, post-MVA or the average person with back or pelvic pain.
Lone Ross has taken numerous courses in RTUS and specializes in working with patients to correct muscle imbalances that lead to pain and dysfunction. She has worked with the Canadian Olympic aerial ski team to assess and correct any muscle imbalances that the athletes have that could lead to injuries.
Lone and Shari Brown used the RTUS for objective measures in a research study in which they looked at the effect of Osteopathic treatment for women with Urinary Incontinence. They had very significant results and in 2011 presented their results at the World Physiotherapy Congress in Amsterdam. They also presented at a conference in Beijing.