Manual therapy is a treatment technique in which the therapist 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. This is your opportunity to take your health into your own hands!
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.
Dry Needling (in any of these approaches) is not covered by Alberta Health Care. The cost of an assessment is $90, and the cost a treatment is $85.
Acupuncture is a technique based on traditional Chinese medicine which uses fine needles that are inserted into specific points to affect the flow of energy. It is used to treat a broad spectrum of problems, both physical and emotional. Acupuncture can be used for pain relief, arthritis, hormonal imbalances, insomnia, emotional conditions such as stress and addictions, as well as a variety of other medical conditions.
We have several Physiotherapists who may offer Acupuncture as a part of your physical therapy treatment. For those individuals using benefits, it should be noted that these treatments are billed as Physical therapy treatments not as acupuncture treatments.
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.
Hydrotherapy class runs Thursday morning between 8:00AM-9:00AM in the TLC shallow/warm pool. Participants must book in for the class through Parkland Rehabilitation front desk, not the Tri Lesisure Centre.
Cost per session is $35. Coverage may be available for those individuals who are post surgery or fracture through Alberta Health Services. Coverage may also be possible through benefits and WCB.
Pool classes have been put on temporary hold due to COVID closures. Sorry for the inconvenience.