Physiotherapy can make you stronger

“Physiotherapy can make you stronger in so many ways.” This phrase is front and centre on the Ontario Physiotherapy Association’s facebook site. With so many tools in our toolbox, our role at York Rehab is to help improve your pain and function, as well as improve the quality of your life! The team at York Rehab is committed to help you recover from injury, learn how to prevent injury, and improve all aspects of your fitness and health.

As described by the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, physiotherapy is rooted in movement sciences, using both a holistic and individualized approach. With extensive experience in post-graduate course work, the York Rehab team offers an assessment and treatment approach that is evidence based – meaning our therapy ensures the most optimal care and outcomes. Just as our degree program in Physical Therapy was completed within a Faculty of Medicine, our continuing education allows us to assume an important role within your health care team.

At York Rehab, we provide a treatment approach that uses specifically designed exercises unique to each patient, manual therapy, and various physiotherapy modalities (such as ultrasound, acupuncture, biofeedback). As the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapists explains: Manual therapists are well trained to use their hands to diagnose and treat limitations in movement in the spine, arms and legs. Using gentle, hands-on techniques, we can help reduce muscle tightness, improve movement in the joints, reduce pain and improve function.

Did you know that we are also trained in joint manipulation? A joint manipulation is a passive high velocity (quick) low amplitude (small) thrust that is applied to a joint beyond its physiological limit of motion, but within its anatomical limit – intended to restore optimal motion, function and/or reduce pain. Well within our scope (or skill) of practice, and regulated by The College of Physiotherapists of Ontario, physiotherapists use manipulations selectively – when the assessment, clinical experience, evidence, and patient consent indicate it is the best treatment approach. Our manipulation techniques are extensions of our mobilizations, and isolated and localized to a specific direction. In fact, we often use a distractive technique that can offer immediate relief without torque, twist or strain.

Both Bob Lyeo and Jen Bladon are Fellows with the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapists in Canada, whereas Ann Botham, Fiona MacKenzie, and Liisa Ruomo-Reddy are credentialed MacKenzie therapists. Having completed rigorous training, mentorship hours, and qualifying examinations, their practice also includes safe and effective spinal manipulations. When identified as an effective and necessary tool – after thorough assessment and in addition to therapeutic exercise and education – manual therapy and safe manipulation practices are an integral part of the York Rehab approach –towards recovery and a stronger you. :)

As analytical and movement experts, you are in good hands at York Rehab!!

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