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Physio-Therapy & Rehab

Physio – Therapy & Rehab

INTRO TO Physio-Therapy & Rehab

Orthopedic and musculoskeletal injury rehabilitation focuses on treating conditions specific to the supporting structures of your body. Some of the common conditions it can help treat include: post operative care, acute injuries and trauma, total joint replacement, chronic diseases and conditions, arthritis and other degenerative joint conditions.

By focusing on specific areas of your musculoskeletal system (bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, spine and joints) that are impacted by injury, disease or trauma, our doctors are able to target treatment and develop a customized plan to help you achieve the most rapid and complete recovery possible. Treatment may include manual therapy (hands-on mobilization of soft tissue), modalities (ultrasound, electrical stimulation), therapeutic exercise (range of motion, strengthening) and other therapies that target the underlying cause of your pain and treat the effects of your injury or disease.

10 benefits of using physiotherapy to manage and prevent physical problems:

Eliminated or minimize your pain – No more time wasted worrying about that nagging pain. Our goal is to get you free of pain and feeling healthy again.

Muscle flexibility restored – so you can feel relaxed and have ease of movement throughout your daily activities. Why? In your daily activities you will need full range of motion for your function; therefore you need full flexibility of the muscles.

Muscle strength restored  – so you can take on all your activities on the weekend and not feel like you cannot do them or are at risk of injury. ( ie. playing freely with your kids and keeping up to them.)

Joint range of motion restored – this is important because if you have: a. Neck injury – when driving you will need to check your blind spot to avoid a vehicle collision. b. Lower back injury – being able to move to bend over and twist to do your daily activities and sports. c. Shoulder injury – being able to reach to grab objects above your head and behind you.

Increased function at work and play – You will need to use your body to do everyday activities at home and at work. For example lifting your little children into the car seat. Lawn and garden care in the spring and summer or raking leaves in the fall.

Return to enjoying activities with your family.

 Peace of mind – not having to worry about that nagging pain that was limiting your function.

 Being able to sleep uninterrupted and free of pain at night – Awaking feeling recharged and ready to take on the challenges ahead for that day!

Discontinue or reduce your medication consumption -therefore less risk and potential side effects associated with prolonged use of medication.

Return to playing your favorite sport and hobbies that you have enjoyed that provide you with a higher quality of life.

All of these 10 benefits are what our staff at APMR focus on to restore your overall function to get you moving faster and feeling better. We will provide you with a customized recovery program that will restore you to your maximal potential, and get you moving faster.

When it comes to back pain, prevention is undoubtedly better than cure. Yet most of us are guilty of ignoring our health until it starts to interfere with our daily life. Those little twinges and pangs that occur with increasing regularity are often consigned to the area of the mind marked ‘probably shouldn’t worry’. Perhaps it’s testament to our stiff upper lip culture that we prefer just to soldier on and expect things to get better with time. However, whilst some problems may go away untreated, it is important to draw a distinction between everyday aches and pains and chronic issues which might be the sign of an underlying problem. Many people are turning to physiotherapy to help alleviate a range of physical ailments and promote a greater sense of wellbeing. Our professionals are trained to offer a full range of services and can not only treat specific issues associated with injuries and medical conditions, but can also help build up your overall strength to help increase vitality and ease of movement.

One of the many positive things about physiotherapy is that it does not compete with other treatment modalities but complements them; it can also be used in conjunction with prescriptions and other therapies to ensure that recovery time is lowered. For some people, physiotherapy can be the sole treatment and it often provides a more natural, immediate and long-lasting solution to a variety of problems. Treatment varies significantly from person to person, but the focus is on spending time with a patient to discover precisely what the issue is and the best technique to solve it. Through controlled movement, exercise, manual therapy and advice, our skilled professionals will help you to manage pain and facilitate recovery, leading to long-term gains. This is because our doctors won’t just work on the site of pain, but also examine the lifestyle issues that may have given rise to a problem in the first place. Manual therapy is the name given to the variety of techniques that a trained physician will use to relieve pain and muscle stress. Soft tissue manipulation, massage and even hydrotherapy are just some of the techniques that are used to target imbalances in muscle and bone structure. However, these are rarely used on their own, and your doctor will employ them in conjunction with other exercises and advice about your lifestyle to help eliminate problems in the long term.

FAQ’s

What is a Subluxation?

The word “subluxation” comes from the Latin words meaning “to dislocate” (luxare) and “somewhat or slightly” (sub). A subluxation means a slight dislocation (misalignment) or biomechanical malfunctioning of the vertebrae (bones of the spine). These disturbances may irritate nerve roots and blood vessels which branch off from the spinal cord between each of the vertebrae. This irritation may cause pain and dysfunction in muscle, lymphatic and organ tissue as well as imbalance in the normal body processes.

WHAT CAUSES A SUBLUXATION?

A fall, injury, sudden jar, trauma, or sometimes an inherited spinal weakness can displace a vertebra. Other causes include improper sleeping conditions or habits, poor posture, occupational hazards, incorrect lifting practices, obesity, lack of rest and exercise, and stress.

HOW IS A SUBLUXATION CORRECTED?

Doctors of Chiropractic are specialists in neuromusculoskeletal conditions. They are trained to restore the misaligned vertebrae to their proper position in the spinal column. They do this manually, utilizing the chiropractic procedure known as “spinal adjustment.” Your chiropractor, in most cases, will use his or her hands in applying corrective pressure to the spine in a specific direction and location. The manual force or thrust helps restore the alignment and mobility of the vertebrae. In some cases, the chiropractor may use instrumentation to detect subluxations and adjust the spine.

DOES THE ADJUSTMENT HURT?

Under normal circumstances, chiropractic adjustments are painless. In cases of recent trauma, such as whiplash, mild discomfort may be experienced due to inflammation. It is also common to feel a brief sensation in the extremities immediately following an adjustment due to the sudden decompression of the affected nerve root.

IS REGULAR CHIROPRACTIC CARE NECESSARY?

Regular chiropractic care may be necessary to correct spinal subluxations to help maintain sound health and fitness. Your spine is under constant strain during waking hours. Improper lifting techniques, poor posture, accidents, falls and bumps, and other causes can contribute to spinal strain. Timely adjustments can help restore the neuromusculoskeletal integrity of the spine to normalize the bodily equilibrium and increase resistance.

How old should a person be before he or she begins chiropractic care?

Chiropractic patients range in years from birth to old age. Regardless of age, the vertebrae can become misaligned. For example, the birth process may cause trauma to the neck and spine. Left uncorrected, the vertebral subluxation may disturb the delicate spinal cord and nerves which control the youngster’s muscles and organs. In some cases, an uncorrected subluxation may lead to a deformity of the spinal column. An early chiropractic checkup may detect many spinal problems while they are still easily correctable.

How will the adjustment help me?

Chiropractic adjustments by themselves do not actually heal the body. When any of the 24 moveable spinal vertebrae become misaligned, a basic imbalance or disruption can occur in the nervous and blood vascular systems, which may contribute to stress in the body. Chiropractic adjustments help eliminate that imbalance or disruption so that the body can function at its true potential.

Does an adjustment have to make noise to be effective?

No, it is a common misconception that your joints must make a noise to be properly adjusted. However, more often than not when your vertebrae are adjusted, the smooth articular (joint) surfaces become separated, creating and then releasing a small vacuum, making a noise. This is the sound made when you crack your knuckles. Your chiropractor is concerned with the position of your vertebrae, not with the noise that may occur.

Should I go to a Chiropractor if I feel fine?

Even if you feel fine, chiropractic care can help your body maintain its required level of health and fitness. Your chiropractor can recommend a preventive spinal-care program and advise you on correct posture, dietary information and back exercises. Regular spinal checkups can help detect and prevent spinal stress due to subluxations.

Is it true that Chiropractors do not prescribe medication or perform surgery?

Yes. Chiropractors do not include medication or surgery in their treatment program. Chiropractors maintain that the body has a built-in capacity to restore health within certain limits, and base their care on this principle. Occasionally, the use of medication can interfere with the body’s healing mechanisms, produce side effects, create a dependence and lead to drug-caused disease or complications. The first response in most illnesses and injuries should be conservative care. Chiropractic’s principles make it possibly the safest and most appealing of the healing arts.

How does chiropractic care help the pregnant woman?

Because of the additional weight and stress on the framework of the body in pregnant women, chiropractic adjustments can help lower the incidence of pain in the low back and legs, and between the shoulder blades. In some cases, fewer headaches and problems with nausea and elimination may also result. Many chiropractors care for expectant mothers in the regular course of their daily practices. It is wise, however, to first inquire about the experience of your chiropractor in caring for pregnant women and what he or she recommends for you.

Can I have chiropractic care after back surgery?

Yes. Rest assured that your doctor will avoid the surgically modified area of your spine. Surgery often causes instability above and below the involved area. These areas will be the focus of your chiropractic care. It’s important to rehabilitate the spine following surgery. The fact that you had surgery indicates there was a weakened area. In order to reduce the risk of having additional surgeries, it is important to strengthen the weakened area of the spine through proper rehabilitation.

Can patient's with osteoporosis get chiropractic care?

Yes. When developing a care plan, your doctor will consider the unique circumstances of each patient. There are many ways to adjust the spine. The method selected will be best suited to your age, size and condition.

How long until I feel better?

Some patients experience almost instant relief. Others discover that it can take many weeks or months. Many factors can affect the healing process. How long have you had your problem? Are you keeping your appointments? Are you getting the proper rest, exercise and nutrition? Do you smoke? Are you in good condition? Within a short period of time, most patients sense enough progress to full carry out their doctor’s recommendations.

Are adjustments safe?

Yes. A New Zealand Government study concluded that chiropractic adjustments are “remarkably safe.” Taking over the counter pain relievers is about 100 times more risky.

How do I know if I have a subluxation?

You can have subluxations and not even know it, like tooth decay or cancer. Subluxations can be present before any warning signs appear. The results of a thorough examination can show the location and severity of subluxations you may have