Physiotherapy Techniques

At Partners Physiotherapy Service, we employ multiple treatment techniques. The following provides an overview (though it is by no means exclusive) to outline just some of the techniques you can expect from our Physiotherapists, in addition to exercise prescription!

Our Physiotherapists continue to evolve their practice through continued education. Many of these techniques are considered manual therapy procedures which include soft tissue mobilization, manual traction and joint mobilization. Over the years we have been very supportive of continuing education which gives our physiotherapists the opportunity to incorporate such techniques as the McKenzie Method and the Mulligan Concept.

If you are wondering about a technique, but do not see it listed here, please do not hesitate to call us 519-881-8373.

Soft Tissue Release is designed to focus on increasing recovery rates of muscular injuries, treating muscular imbalances, and relieving chronic pain. It is a popular form of therapy among athletes as it is a quick and effective way of improving flexibility after muscle injuries.

Myofascial Release is a manual therapy technique that is utilized to help relieve pain and tension that is due to injury or stress. Its purpose is to access the areas of blockage and tension to release them, thereby freeing up the muscle and allowing it to move more easily and effectively.

Connective Tissue Massage is a form of massage that releases connective tissue restrictions in the body and to break up any restrictive scar tissue. It helps relieve chronic tension, to increase the range of motion and can help to improve posture. It provides relief from symptoms without requiring excessive force.

Trigger Point Release is a technique used to treat muscle spasms and muscle knots. A trigger point can affect not only the muscle but can also cause referred pain in tissues supplied by nerves. Trigger points are tender to the touch and can cause a decreased range of motion in the affected muscles. The physiotherapist will locate and deactivate them using finger pressure. They will also teach the client how to move in different ways to keep them from recurring.

Kinesio Taping gives support and stability to your joints and muscles without affecting circulation and range of motion. It is also used for preventative maintenance, edema and to treat pain. It allows a full range of motion and normal biomechanics.

An example of Kinesio tape for stability of the knee

Therapeutic Taping is used to relax overused muscles and to facilitate under used muscles. It allows a large range of motion while still protecting movement.

Vestibular Rehabilitation is an exercise focused approach to assist in decreasing dizziness and disequilibrium symptoms associated with peripheral vestibular pathology. It involves specific exercises designed to decrease vertigo, improve balance function and increase activity level. Vestibular Rehabilitation will assist in promoting central nervous system compensation for the inner ear deficits. It is a highly effective modality for most adults and children with disorders of the peripheral or central balance system.

Cold Therapy is extremely useful for acute injuries as less blood flow helps to reduce and prevent further swelling and inflammation.

Heat Therapy is used for sore, stiff, nagging muscle or joint pain. It is used before exercise to increase the elasticity of joint connective tissues and to stimulate blood flow. It can also help relax tight muscles or muscle spasms.

Ultrasound treatment is the use of high frequency sound waves directed into a specific area of the body. Overstretched or torn muscle, tendon or ligament (strain or sprain) will heal faster and with a much better final result. Swelling and inflammation is reduced faster. Stretching and exercising of tight muscles and joints becomes easier. Scar tissue either internal or external will be less painful, more flexible and strong.

TENS refers to the transmission of low level electrical pulses through the skin to the underlying peripheral nerves. It relieves pain by having a direct effect on the pathway the pain is taking into the central nervous system. It reduces the sensitivity of the cells which transfer the pain onward to the brain.

Interferrential Current Therapy is a treatment to aid the relief of pain and the promotion of soft tissue healing. Tiny electrical impulses are induced into the tissues in the area of pain. Where these waves intersect below the surface of the skin, the low frequency stimulation induces the body to secrete endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain killers. This treatment can also reduce painful symptoms, decrease local swelling, help restore normal movement and accelerate the healing process.

Hydrotherapy is used as a treatment for a wide range of conditions in a heated pool environment. It utilizes the warmth to relax muscles; the buoyancy to assist or resist movement; and the weightlessness to decrease pain and decrease stress on joints while you exercise.

Pain Management

This program is meant to help the client to gain control over their pain and improve the quality of their life. Rehabilitation strategies must be individualized to optimize improvement in physical function. Activity related goal setting and pacing of activity play key roles in the clients with chronic pain.

Workplace injuries

Very common and can involve any part of the body. Some common injuries include low back strain, repetitive strain, tendinitis, carpal tunnel, fractures and muscle strains. Our highly trained physiotherapist can help you recover from these injuries and to return to normal function in a safe and timely manner. We can achieve this through our many treatments.