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Physiotherapy "A Happier, Healthier You"

We offer assessment and individual treatment for acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. 

Treatments include:

  • Electrotherapy - including TENS, muscle stimulation (EMS)

  • Acupuncture

  • Interferential Current Therapy- for reducing pain and swelling following an acute injury

  • Manual Traction - for spinal problems

  • Mulligan Therapy - mobilizations through movement

  • Athletic Taping - for acute and chronic soft tissue injuries

  • Injury-specific exercises

  • Endurance conditioning

  • Heat and Ice

  • Spinal Stabilization programs and Spine School

  • Advanced Rehabilitation Programs/Training

  • Clinical practice provider for Dalhousie University

  • Workshops and seminars specified to your needs

Manual Therapy "A hands on approach"

Manual therapy involves the physiotherapist’s use of his or her hands to mobilize the joints of the spine and extremities, create movement in nerve tissue or facilitate the activation, flexibility and normal tone of muscle.  Several different techniques can be used to restore normal motion and regain control of that motion.  This allows each region of the body to move fully, efficiently and safely.

Exercise Therapy "The body in motion"

Exercise therapy involves eliciting motion of the body or its parts in order to relieve symptoms and improve function.  Specific stretching, strengthening and stabilization exercises are a critical part of the rehabilitation process for most musculoskeletal injuries.  Continued exercise is an important component of injury prevention.

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Acupuncture "A dynamic approach"



How does acupuncture work?

  • Western medicine believes that acupuncture stimulates the body to produce its own pain relieving chemicals called “endorphins". 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.

  • The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture stimulates the body's natural healing abilities, reducing inflammation, and promoting physical and emotional well-being.

Does it hurt?

  • People experience differing sensations with acupuncture. Most patients feel only minimal discomfort as the needles are inserted; some feel no pain at all. Once the needles are in place, there should be no significant discomfort.

  • Acupuncture needles are extremely fine and are made from stainless steel. Two or three acupuncture needles would fit inside the barrel of a regular hollow needle used for injections.

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.

  • The AFC requires that only sterile disposable needles be used, preventing any risk of infection. In particular, there is no possibility of transmission of the AIDS or hepatitis viruses when sterile disposable needles are used.

How many treatments are 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. In some cases, one treatment will be sufficient.

  • For complex or longstanding conditions, one or two treatments a week for several weeks may be recommended with less frequent treatments as improvement occurs. Treatment sessions usually last between 15 and 30 minutes. Relief may be immediate or occur within a few hours or days.

  • Acupuncture can be used as the only form of therapy or it may be combined successfully with other forms of medical or physical therapy.

Do I have to believe in Acupuncture for it to work?

  • No. Acupuncture is used successfully on cats, dogs, horses and other animals. A positive attitude towards wellness may reinforce the effects of any type of treatment. A neutral or negative attitude will not block the effects of acupuncture.

Is there any special advice to follow before an acupuncture treatment?

  • Acupuncture treatment can be done at any time. Patients are advised not to eat unusually large meals before or after treatment. It is best to avoid alcohol or sedatives for four hours prior to treatment. Pain medications may be taken as required.

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