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Physiotherapy Techniques

Address
205-2190 Yonge St.
Toronto, ON M4S 2B8
Phone
416-484-9295
Fax
416-644-0985
Hours
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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The Centre for Physiotherapy

Joint Mobilization and Manipulation

Joint manipulation is a common treatment used to address issues affecting the range of movement of your joints. This technique is also utilized to treat pain associated with joint stiffness. Using high-velocity movements, physiotherapists aim to increase range of motion and realign the joints in question.

Manual Traction

A gentle force is applied to the neck or back. Traction helps people who have problems with their discs in the cervical and lumbar spine. It is a gentle technique that relieves pressure on the spinal nerves. It can limit pain, muscle spasms and tension.

Soft Tissue Massage and Trigger Point Therapy

This treatment is a specific type of massage which aids in relaxing muscles, increasing blood circulation and lymph flow, improving the healing time of strained ligaments and muscular tissue, reducing the inflammation of joints, improving range of motion and joint flexibility, decreasing spasms, improving oxygen flow and helping to relieve muscle tension. A trigger point is a hyperirritable spot that is painful. It is called a trigger point because it triggers a painful response. The therapist will locate and deactivate them using finger pressure.

Deep Transverse Frictions

It is a deep massage technique that helps prevent or destroy adhesions and helps optimize the quality of the scar tissue. It also helps to evacuate pain triggering metabolites.

Myofascial Release

Myofascial release is used to relax muscles that are affected by pain and stiffness. With this technique, a physiotherapist can stimulate the muscles, improve circulation and increase flexibility within the muscle’s connective tissues.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture treatments involve the insertion of fine, sterile needles into specific sites (acupuncture points) along the body’s meridians (detailed lines mapped along the human body) to clear blockages and encourage the normal function of the individual.

Dry Needling

Dry needling is a type of therapy that is sometimes associated with acupuncture, because of the use of filament needles, but this technique differs in that it is used to stimulate specific tissues in order to relieve pain within a patient’s muscles. This technique can be used along with other therapies to create a more comprehensive pain-relief program. If you are having myofascial pain or pain that is affecting your muscles, ask our physiotherapists about dry needling.

Taping

Taping is used as a way to promote faster recovery from injury and as a protection against future injury. It limits the movement of certain muscles or joints to guard against strain. Some forms of taping theoretically promote blood flow in and out of the deep fascia and innervate the underlying musculature.

SpiderTech™ Kinesiology Therapy

This is the application of kinesiology tape to modulate pain and myofascial dysfunction. This type of therapy provides the continuous care necessary to reduce discomfort and swelling. It helps restore strength to an injured area and can improve the mobility where range of motion has been restricted. It effectively helps accelerate your recovery.

Electrotherapy

Over the years, electrotherapy has been increasingly used for the treatment of tissue pain and swelling. Some patients find electrotherapy a good complement to other types of physiotherapy treatments. Some examples of electrotherapy include laser therapy and ultrasound therapy.

Iontophoresis

This is a method by which ionized medication (e.g., the steroidal anti-inflammatory dexamethasone prescribed by a licensed physician) is driven through the skin by an electric current so that it reaches deep tissues. Iontophoresis is used to treat acute and sub-acute inflammation. It is a painless and sterile procedure.

Phonophoresis

Besides its use in imaging technologies, ultrasound has also found a place as a way to improve the delivery of topically applied drugs. Phonophoresis, or the use of ultrasound, can be used for a variety of physical injuries which might require an analgesic or anti-inflammatory.

Rehabilitation Programs

These are used for improving strength, balance, coordination, proprioception, endurance and flexibility as well as promoting personal responsibility for health and physical conditioning.

Corrective and Preventative Exercise

These are to help patients achieve better alignment and function. A regular regimen of moderate exercise can greatly reduce your chances of re-injury. Keeping the muscles strong and flexible will protect you against further injury.

Education

We will educate you regarding your condition, its causes, management and prevention.

Ergonomic Advice

Correcting your posture can have a great effect on your daily life. Many patients often see an improvement with conditions such as back pain and neck pain. Also, an improved posture has been shown to reduce fatigue when sitting or standing for long periods of time.

Physiotherapy Treatment

Our private treatment room as well as our bright, clean open-concept facility allow both therapists and patients to interact with regard to treatment and injuries.

Whether you have a long standing complaint or a recent problem, our experienced physiotherapists will be able to help. Whether you’re an Olympic athlete, a weekend warrior or simply wanting to get fit, we are used to dealing with people from all sporting backgrounds and of all ages.

With any musculoskeletal injury, establishing and understanding the cause of the problem is crucial. Following a detailed assessment, our therapists will devise a treatment program to not only address the current symptoms but to prevent future reoccurrences of the problem. Your rehabilitation will be focused towards the specific demands of your sport and lifestyle.