Our Physiotherapy Services
Sporting Edge Physiotherapy offers the following services:
Physiotherapists with manual and manipulative therapy training use ‘hands-on’ treatment to help restore joint range of motion, muscle function, nerve mobility and to reduce pain. Treatment techniques may include joint mobilization or manipulation and soft tissue mobilization techniques. A comprehensive manual physiotherapy approach always involves biomechanical analysis and exercise prescription to augment/maintain the gains made in treatment.
Manual therapy techniques include: joint mobilization/manipulation, myofascial release, soft tissue release, strain-counter strain, muscle energy technique, neural (nerve) mobilization and the Mulligan concept, amongst others.
INTRAMUSCULAR STIMULATION (IMS)
Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) is a total system for both the diagnosis and treatment of myofascial pain. IMS relies heavily on a very thorough patient physical examination by a trained practitioner who can recognize the physical signs of neuropathic pain. This physical exam is crucial since chronic pain is often neurological (as opposed to structural) and is not visible on any sources of imaging.
The IMS treatment uses acupuncture needles because they are able to penetrate deep within muscle tissue. The acupuncture needles specifically target injured muscles that have contracted and become shortened from distress. The needle sites can be at the centre of muscle bands, or they can be near the spine where the nerve root may have become irritated and hypersensitive. Acupuncture on a normal muscle is painless, but a shortened, hypersensitive muscle will ‘grasp’ the needle and this may cause a cramping sensation.
The goal of IMS treatment is to release muscle shortening. Supersensitive areas can be desensitized, and the persistent pull of shortened muscles can be released. IMS is very effective for releasing shortened muscles. When competently performed, IMS has a remarkable success rate.
EXERCISE THERAPY/ PERSONAL TRAINING
Exercise is an important aspect of general health and has been shown to improve mood, heart health and diabetes control. Exercise also reduces the risk of some cancers, osteoporosis and prevents obesity. Exercising is also a way to re-centre your body after an injury, or to help with arthritis or other muscle/joint problems.
At Sporting Edge, our staff physiotherapists will prescribe different types of exercises depending on your needs. Some types are remedial and are designed to improve your flexibility, posture and strength. Others are focused on restoring natural muscle-use patterns, or to better manage uncomfortable or painful symptoms. Your physiotherapist will discuss your exercise schedule with you.
Medical acupuncture involves the use of both traditional Chinese medicine techniques and evidence based concepts in acupuncture to treat many types of conditions. It is a very safe, relaxing, and effective alternative to traditional medication.
Acupuncture involves inserting fine, sterile needles into specific points on the body, but may include sites far from the injured area. Needles can then be rotated or stimulated with a current to enhance the effects.
The benefits of acupuncture are many and varied. Acupuncture can be used to treat conditions related to stress, allergies, and many acute or chronic injuries. Acupuncture can also be used to decrease or relieve pain, decrease inflammation, alter movement patterns, improve performance, and encourage natural healing through.
Some of the conditions treated by acupuncture include:
• Acute/chronic pain (e.g., strains, sprains, osteoarthritis)
• Nerve referral pain (e.g., sciatic/disc herniation pain)
• Allergies (e.g., seasonal/ragweed)
• Headaches (e.g., migraine or tension type headaches)
• Frozen shoulder
PRODUCTS THAT SPORTING EDGE PHYSIOTHERAPY SELLS:
• Exercise Balls
• Balance Boards/Trainers
• TENS Machines
• Taping Supplies
• And More…