Manual therapy is a treatment technique in which the physiotherapist uses their hands to apply pressure on muscle/soft tissue and to mobilize joints that are not moving properly to improve function in these areas. After these techniques are applied, you may be given specific exercises to maintain and improve the mobility and strength of the target area.
Exercise prescription is an integral part of successful physiotherapy intervention. Techniques such as manual therapy, IMS or dry needling, passive stretching, mechanical traction and modalities may be very successful at improving mobility and decreasing pain. However, performing exercises at home in between sessions is just as important to keep that rehabilitation momentum going. Your physiotherapist will teach you exercises to stretch and strengthen your target area as well as how to progress your exercises safely. Exercise programs are goal specific to aide in return to a certain activity or sport.
INTRAMUSCULAR STIMULATION (IMS) BIOMEDICAL DRY NEEDLING
FUNCTIONAL DRY NEEDLING
These are all similar treatment approaches that use the insertion of fine needles into tight bands of muscle that contain "knots" or trigger points. This type of treatment focuses on relieving neuropathic pain, which is caused by irritation or pressure on nerves, that consequently make certain muscles become shortened and hypersensitive. These tightened muscles can cause pain by pulling on tendons as well as compressing the joints that they cross. This can lead to joint pain, tendonitis and extremely tender trigger points in the muscle and a chronic pain cycle. The mechanical stimulation of the fine needle into the target tissue is what causes the therapeutic effect and release of these tight bands of muscle.
TREATMENT OF DIZZINESS AND VERTIGO
Dizziness is a term, which is used to describe a variety of sensations (light headedness, feeling of imbalance, disorientation). Vertigo is a specific type of dizziness defined as the illusion of movement occurring in the environment. There are numerous causes of dizziness and specifically vertigo.
One of these causes is a condition known as BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo), which can be successfully treated using a series of movements to reposition crystal(s) that have been displaced in the inner ear. Dizziness/vertigo may also be treated by using techniques to restore mobility to the cervical spine (neck), improve gaze stability (the ability to keep an image in focus when you move your head), and balance (which may be affected by a poorly functioning vestibular apparatus/inner ear). All of these systems play a crucial role in giving your body a sense of equilibrium.
Vestibular assessments and treatments are not eligible for funding through Alberta Health Services.
Hydrotherapy is a warm water pool class tailored to individuals recovering from lower or upper extremity injuries. The program is run by one of our Physiotherapists and designed to help patients regain range of motion, balance, strength and endurance to help restore a proper gait pattern.
Individuals participating in this class must not have any open wounds or incisions.
Classes run Tuesday/Thursday mornings between 7:45AM-8:45AM in the TLC shallow/warm pool. Participants must book in for the class through Parkland Rehabilitation front desk, not the Tri Leisure Centre.
Cost per session is $35. Coverage may also be possible through benefits and WCB.
Parkland Rehabilitation is now providing comprehensive concussion care consistent with the Shift Concussion Management Program. Shift is a comprehensive, Canada-wide program designed to provide personalized, evidence-based concussion management and treatment. Parkland Rehabilitation's services include pre-concussion baseline testing and post concussion care and treatment for sport related concussions.
What is a concussion?
A concussion is a type of injury to the brain induced by biomechanical forces. This can result from a blow to the head or body and results in an energy crisis within the brain stemming from diminished cerebral blood flow. Symptoms can include:
Nausea and vomiting
An individualized approach to concussion management is required because the presentation of symptoms is quite variable from one person to the next. View more...
Telerehabilitation allows you to interact with a Physiotherapist using video conferencing technology for advice and exercise progressions. At Parkland Rehabilitation we pride ourselves in offering our patients the latest technologies to help you achieve your outcomes.
To create your tailored exercise programs we use a brand new app called PhysiApp. PhysiApp lets you complete your prescribed exercise program by following crystal-clear, narrated exercise videos.
PhysiApp is completely free to download from the App store and Google Play store or can be accessed via your browser. Built-in reminders help you to stay on track towards a better you!
What will I need?
Patients may use their desk top computers, lap tops, tablets or smart phones
How do I set up for my telerehab appointment?
You will need to set up PhysiApp on your device.
Your access code for your telerehab session will be sent to you 5-10 minutes prior to your appointment time.