A Physiotherapist is a primary healthcare professional dedicated to helping people restore, maintain and/or maximize physical function and promote fitness, health and wellness. Physiotherapy is developed within the sciences of movement and looks at the function of multiple body systems to restore or enhance function. Physiotherapists use in-depth knowledge about how the body works with specialized hands-on clinical skills to assess, diagnose and treat symptoms of illness, injury or disability.
Vestibular physiotherapy involves the organs of balance. Specifically vestibular physiotherapy includes the parts of the inner ear, the pathways that lead to the brain, and the brain itself that help control balance and eye movements. Vestibular disorders or balance difficulties (vertigo) can result from pathology to this area by disease, aging, or injury.
The symptoms from vestibular pathology can include dizziness, vertigo, lightheadedness, imbalance, difficulty concentrating, blurry vision, nausea, and fluctuating hearing.
Vestibular physiotherapy involves hands on maneuvers that can relocate the inner ear crystals to normalize balance and dizzyness impairments. The primary goal involves retraining the brain to coordinate information from the inner ear balance organs, vision and the proprioceptive system (sensory receptors that are sensitive to stretch or pressure).
What does a vestibular Physio session involve?
We at Total Health Physio will use infrared video googles to illuminate the eyes of a patient suffering from dizziness to vertigo to determine whether the pathology is of a peripheral or central origin. This technology allows us to gain an accurate diagnosis and perform the appropriate treatment maneuvers for BPPV or start vestibular rehabilitation exercises.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Total Health Physio is a preferred provider for rehabilitation from injuries and impairments sustained from a car accident. Due to the complexity of whiplash injuries sustained after a motor vehicle accident, people choose Total Health Physio for their rehabilitation because of their multi-disciplinary approach. We can provide individuals with whiplash injuries access to physiotherapy, chiropractic, registered massage therapy and personal training healthcare providers all in one location. Total Health Physio is registered with FSCO (Financial Services Commission of Ontario), which means the clinic can direct bill your insurance policy for all services rendered at the clinic under the MVA fiscal guidelines. All of your rehab is covered by the auto insurers which means there are no out of pocket costs to you for any service and/or supplies/equipment that may facilitate your recovery.
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Acupuncture & Dry Needling
Total Health Physio offers a wide selection of custom and off the shelf bracing. Our custom bracing specialist is certified for both Donjoy and Ossur ligament and/or osteoarthritis unloader knee braces.
Ossur and Donjoy braces are the number 1 preferred braces in the athletic community, worn by professional soccer, football and hockey players. Custom braces come with an ACL knee guarantee and a lifetime warranty on the carbon fiber frame. The Donjoy and Ossur Osteoarthritis unloader braces are backed by the Arthritis Society and are considered the best unloader brace on the market. We also offer a wide selection of Donjoy products, Ossur products, McDavid Braces, MedSpec Braces and Mueller Braces.
Osteopathic Manual Therapy
Osteopathic manual therapy focuses on the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the body’s structure, whether it is related to the pelvis, peripheral joints, visceral organs, nervous systems, venous system or spine. Osteopathic manual therapists use manipulations to the joints or organs and gentle oscillatory movements to correct biomechanical dysfunctions that are related to neuromusculoskeletal complaints. By restoring proper mechanics to an area the osteopathic manual therapists allows the normal flow of fluids and improves function which will help to reduce pain and normal activity for that patient.
Shockwave therapy, an acoustic pressure wave is transmitted to the body tissue and, consequently, to the painful area. The pressure wave created at the point of contact transmits radially inside the patient’s body.
Shockwave therapy was initially introduced as a way to break down kidney stones without direct contact. It then evolved to treat non-healing bones by activating osteoblasts.
Today it treats a wide range of medical conditions, including:
Jumper’s knee (Patellar Tendonitis)
Treatment of tendinopathy
Hamstring muscle injuries
Myofascial trigger points
Stiff big toe (Hallux Rigidus)
Calcific rotator cuff tendonitis
Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)
Broken bones that have failed to heal (non-unions)
Enhancing bone healing
Muscle and connective tissue injuries
A shockwave is an intense, but very short, energy wave travelling faster than the speed of sound. Because it is so powerful, most patients who undergo shockwave treatment recover faster than those treated by other methods.
Shockwave therapy sessions are usually 20 minutes long and provide successful relief and restore mobility painlessly. Permanent relief typically begins about 72 hours following treatment.
Most patients require three-to-six sessions. There is no downtime for recovery.
There are no shockwave therapy side effects. Treatments are non-invasive and promote accelerated recovery of injured soft tissue, bone, and joint pain.
Muscle Activation Techniques
Muscle Activation Techniques® assesses and corrects muscular imbalances, joint instability, and limitations in range of motion.
A revolutionary approach to the assessment and correction of muscular imbalances, joint instability, and limitations in range of motion within the human body
A non-invasive technique, designed to balance the muscular system of people of all ages.
A unique systematic format used to “jumpstart” the muscles in order for them to function with maximum efficiency.
WHO IS MAT® FOR?
MAT® is effective for EVERYONE from elite athletes to rehabilitation patients, and anyone in between. MAT® has been successfully implemented with professional athletes (NFL, NBA, NHL, CFL, PGA, etc.) in clinical rehabilitative, personal training environments, and countless other settings.
WHAT CAN MAT® DO FOR YOU?
Muscle Activation Techniques® is a specific and unique process for evaluating an individual’s ability to produce efficient muscle contraction. Loss of muscle contraction results in a decreased range of motion, and therefore decreased physical performance.
Range of motion testing can indicate which muscles have decreased contractibility, and precise forces are applied to restore that muscle’s efficiency. The MAT® Certified Specialist is trained and certified to perform several force application techniques that can restore function and strengthen weak muscles.
In no time at all, you will be performing your daily activities with ease, whether that means throwing 100 yard passes or walking up the stairs!
Registered Massage Therapy
Ancaster Massage Therapy offers therapeutic massage, which is the manipulation of soft tissue for the purpose of enhancing function and preventing or reducing pain. Ancaster Massage therapy is an excellent technique that promotes healing after an injury, and is also a valuable form of preventative health care. We have massage therapists that are certified ACTIVE RELEASE PROVIDERS, which is a well known soft-tissue/movement based technique that has been well studied in the literature with proven results for soft tissue and movement based injuries. All of our therapists at Ancaster Massage Therapy are registered massage therapists.
Chiropractic is a health care discipline that focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects ones health without the use of drugs. Chiropractors specialize in manual adjustments that help relieve pain and restore normal functioning to the joints, supporting muscles and ligaments.
Your nervous system is the body’s information highway sending messages from the body to the brain and vice versa. The nervous system travels out between the joints in your spine to carry these messages.
Stress or strain on the vertebrae can irritate the nerves at that level and any other part of the body that nerve supplies. This is called a “subluxation” or restriction. This is why a problem with your spine can cause symptoms such as arm or leg pain. Subluxations do not always cause pain during the initial stages of stress or strain on the vertebrae and therefore those who are not experiencing back or neck discomfort can still benefit from periodic chiropractic adjustments to help recognize a problem before symptoms develop.
Correcting subluxations can reduce pain and inflammation, reduces muscle spasm and tension, normalizes spinal biomechanics and more importantly, can remove nerve irritation and interference, which can improve overall health and wellness of the individual.