Physical therapy or physiotherapy is a healthcare profession dedicated to working with people to identify and promote mobility, functional ability, quality of life and movement potential. Physiotherapists work with all age groups and with a wide range of health conditions. Pain management, rehabilitation from acute injury, management of chronic conditions are just a few examples where a physiotherapist can help.physiotherapy in thornhill Since physiotherapy is not limited to rehabilitation of injury and the effects of disease or disability, a physiotherapist also provides education and advice for health promotion, disease and trauma prevention. Physiotherapy treatment can include therapeutic exercises, manual therapy, electrical modalities such as TENS or ultrasound, and work hardening.
LASER stands for "Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation." Using LASER in physiotherapy is a relatively new method of treatment. The significant effects of LASER in the healing process in our body have made this tool very popular and highly demanding by physicians, physiotherapists as well as clients.
It has been proven that using LASER in physiotherapy:
- Reduces inflammation
- Relieves the pain
- Accelerates the regeneration process in damaged soft tissues
- Reduces lymphedema
In a wide range of orthopedic and neurological problems such as back pain, knee pain, tendinopathy, ischatica , muscle strain, soreness and many other issues, LASER Therapy is one of the best and most effective methods.
What does LASER do in my body?
The light energy of LASER is absorbed by the injured tissues and transformed into the chemical energy demanded by the injured tissues to speed up the healing process.
In addition, LASER increases the level of natural pain relief in our blood circulation system.
Our highly educated and experienced physiotherapists will find out and explain if LASER therapy is suitable for you.
Spinal Decompression Traction:
Spinal traction or spinal decompression means the same. A specific force used by your physiotherapist to gently separate the vertebrae. This relieves the pressure on the discs and facet joints. Traction also takes the pressure of nerves and relieves spasm in the spinal muscles. Releasing off the pressure of the inflamed nerves and soft tissues allows the inflammation to subside. Taking off the pressure "even for a short period of time" allows fluidand nutrients to the discs and joints which in turn helps in healing processand rehydration. Repeating the treatment perpetuate the effect. Computerized systems helps physiotherapists apply higher and accurate levels of traction force and also program the traction cycle and the rest in between. During treatment, you do not feel pain and in fact, you may feel relief even after the first session of treatment. Using the other therapeutic systems like Infra Red and Ultrasound can help disks, joints, muscles and soft tissues be more flexible and make a better result. Spinal traction is a form of decompression therapy that relieves pressure on the stool. Spinal traction stretches the spine to take compressed disks, this straightens the spine, and improves the body's ability to heal itself. Patients with spinal conditions benefit from this therapy because traction reverses the force of gravity. Following conditions get the most benefit from decompression traction.
Degenerative Joint and Disc Disease
Facet Joint Disease
Neck And Back Muscle Spasm
Mechanical Pain And ....
Decompression Traction Is Not Suitable For Every One. Ask our physiotherapist if it is for you
- Nerve Root compression
- Disc Bulging, Protrusion, and Herniation that responded with reduced pain to manual traction
- Spinal Stenosis
- Mechanical Neck and Lower Back Pain
- Degenerative Joint Disease (Osteoarthrits)
Shock Wave Therapy
Is a new technology used to treat chronic conditions of the musculoskeletal system. Shock Waves are acoustic waves with high amplitude and low frequency.
- Shock Wave Therapy is suggested and not limited to:
- Heel spur (Calcaneal Spur)
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Tendinitis and Calcium Deposition
- Frozen Shoulder
- Tennis Elbow and Golfer's Syndrome
- Piriformis syndrome
- Tight ITB
Treatment time is about 10 minutes, Slight may experience pain or irritability during the treatment you
After treatment, the treatment Ice is Placed on site for 10 to 15 minutes
Normally five to seven session of treatment would be sufficient
Feeling the initial degrees of improvement varies between the first one and several days after the last session, however, the improvement process may take several months after the last session.
Shock wave therapy helps with:
- Accelerating the healing process
- Increasing circulation
- Cavitation Bubbles: Break down pathological calcium deposition
- Stimulation of osteoblasts
- Decreasing pain through direct impact and through pain control gate
Shock wave therapy is suggested and not limited to treatment of:
- Heel Spur (Calcaneal Spur)
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Tendinitis and Calcium Deposition
- Frozen Shoulder
- Tennis Elbow & Golfer Syndrome
What should I expect when being treated with Shock Wave Therapy in a physiotherapy clinic?
- Initial assessment by a highly Experienced Registered Physiotherapist
- Discussion about the treatment plan and estimation of the treatment result
- Normally five to seven sessions would be sufficient
- You may experience Slight pain or irritability during the treatment
- After treatment, ice is Placed on the treatment site for 10 to 15 minutes
- For the first 24 hours after treatment, you will be advised not to do vigorous activities
- Treatment provided once a week
- Researchers suggest more than 80% of success in treatment with shockwave and the initial degree of improvement varies between the first sessions to several days after the last session.
Ultrasound is a method of stimulating the tissue beneath the skin's surface using very high frequency sound waves, between 800,000 Hz and 3,000,000 Hz, which can not be heard by humans. There are three primary benefits to ultrasound. The first is the speeding up of the healing process from the increase in the flow of blood in the treated area. The second is the reduction in pain from the reduction of swelling and edema. The third is the gentle massage of muscle tendons and / or ligaments in the treated area because no strain is added and any scar tissue is softened
IFC (Inter Ferential Current)
Interferential Current (IFC) is essentially a deeper form of TENS. In essence, IFC modulates a high frequency carrier waveform with the same signal produced by a TENS unit. The high frequency carrier waveform penetrates the skin more deeply than a regular TENS unit, with less user discomfort for a given level of stimulation. Deep in the tissues, the carrier waveform is canceled out, resulting in a TENS-like signal deep below the skin. Interferential Current Therapy (IFC) is a non-invasive therapy for symptomatic relief and management of chronic intractable pain and post-surgical and post-traumatic acute pain. It provides a safe and effective alternative to pharmacological approaches to pain control. IFC has minimal side effects and is non-addictive.
TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) is the use of electrical current produced by a device to stimulate nerves for therapeutic purposes. TENS devices are used as a non-invasive nervous stimulation intended to reduce both acute and chronic pain. For over 30 years, the medical community has used TENS as a safe and effective alternative to pharmacological approaches to pain control for many patients. Today, many people confuse TENS with Electro Muscle Stimulation (EMS). EMS and TENS devices look similar, with TENS being used for blocking pain, where EMS is for stimulating muscles.
Infra Red Therapy
- Infra Red Therapy is an electromagnetic wave at wavelengths between 750, nanometers and 1 millimeter.
- Infra Red Therapy Increases blood flow via Increasing the heat in the treated area
- Infra Red Therapy may Directly increase the diameter of the vessels through relaxing the smooth muscles in blood vessels wall which in turn Increases the blood flow
- Infra Redtherapy Increases the metabolism in treated area that can help with increasing the temperature and can also increase blood flow
Compression therapy unit consists of an inflatable garment that is worn like a pair of pans. Using a pneumatic "air" pressure, the Compression treatment unit applies a strong pressure to the muscles and the venous system of the limbs sequentially and with the heart's direction, which helps prevent fluid and blood from pooling.
- Compression therapy unit also push back and return the fluid into the veins and lymphatic vessels.
- Compression therapy unit The massage extends from the fingers and toes and comes step by step up to the upper parts of the limb.
- Compression therapy reduces heart contraction by helping the blood to turn it back to the heart.
The Circulatory System or Cardiovascular System, including Heart and the vessels, is responsible for circulating blood to all body organs. Blood brings the nutrients and oxygen to the organs and collect CO2 and the waist product. The heart pumps the blood to the body organs through the arteries, and peripheral muscles help pump the blood back to the heart through the veins. Many different factors such as aging, smoking, alcohol consumption, diabetes mellitus, high cholesterol, varicose veins, lack of exercise, muscle weakness and deconditioning, and so on, can reduce blood flow and / or venous return. of the target organs. Some of the common symptoms are:
- Cold feet and toes-not just in the winter time,
- Cold hands and fingers, - Cold
hands and fingers, - Feeling numb and / or tingling sensation in the end of the extremities,
- Edema, Swelling and water retention, especially in the feet.
To reduce the symptoms and improve circulation, we recommend circulating therapy including IBW (Infra Red Body Wrap) and Compression therapy. Using both Infra Red Body Wrap and Compression Therapy at the same treatment session will help your limb to have more blood thus more nutrient and oxygen while preventing swelling and edema.