Manual Physiotherapy and Exercise Therapy

Manual therapy and exercise therapy are two crucial components of physiotherapy. Manual therapy involves hands-on techniques that aim to improve joint mobility, reduce pain, and enhance overall function. Our physiotherapists uses their hands to manipulate, mobilize, and massage soft tissues and joints of the body. Common manual therapy techniques include joint mobilization, soft tissue massage, myofascial release, and trigger point therapy. 

Exercise therapy involves a combination of stretching, strengthening, and cardiovascular exercises that are tailored to an individual's specific needs and goals. The goal of exercise therapy is to improve strength, flexibility, endurance, and overall function. Our Physiotherapists design an exercise program that is specific to the individual's needs and goals and will work with them to ensure proper form and technique to prevent further injury. Exercise therapy can be particularly effective in treating conditions such as osteoarthritis, rotator cuff injuries, and knee injuries. 

In many cases, manual therapy and exercise therapy are used together to provide a comprehensive treatment approach. For example, our physiotherapists may use manual therapy techniques to improve joint mobility, followed by exercise therapy to strengthen the muscles surrounding the joint to provide stability and prevent further injury. These two therapies can help individuals recover from their condition, reduce pain, and enhance overall function. Physiotherapists may also use other modalities such as ultrasound, electrotherapy, and acupuncture to complement manual therapy and exercise therapy and provide a holistic approach to treatment. Overall, manual therapy and exercise therapy are essential components of physiotherapy that can help individuals recover from a variety of conditions and injuries.

Spinal Decompression Therapy

Spinal Decompression Therapy is designed to help treat back pain, sciatica, conditions of the spinal nerves, bulging disks, and more. This treatment, which involves a specialized machine designed to gently stretch out the spine in order to relieve pressure and allow for more effective healing. This therapy is designed to be gentle and cause a minimum of discomfort.

At Western Ontario Sports Injuries & Rehabilitation Centre, we will determine if Spinal Decompression Therapy is right for you and if it is the best option to help treat your individual condition, and we will customize a plan around you to help you get the best results from this treatment, and we will work this therapy into a plan designed to help you heal from your individual conditions.

Vestibular Rehabilitation (BPPV, Vertigo, Dizziness)

Vestibular Rehabilitation is a treatment program designed to help with conditions related to the inner ear, and this therapy is intended to help with conditions including dizziness, vertigo, balance issues, and more. Vestibular problems are a common occurrence across Canada, and with many different symptoms, you need an experienced partner to help identify and treat these conditions correctly.

We will assess your symptoms and determine if your condition is best treated by a program of Vestibular Rehabilitation. Our experienced team will work to identify your individual problem, and we have experience with conditions including vertigo and BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo), and more. We will then work with you on a program including exercises designed around your specific symptoms to help you manage and work towards improving issues such as dizziness, imbalance, and related pain and muscle weakness.

Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses high-energy sound waves to stimulate healing and reduce pain in various musculoskeletal conditions. It is commonly used to treat conditions such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinopathy, tennis elbow, and shoulder calcifications. The treatment works by increasing blood flow to the affected area, stimulating collagen production, and breaking up scar tissue. Shockwave therapy is a safe and effective treatment option for individuals who have not responded well to traditional treatments such as physical therapy or medication. We utilize shockwave along with exercise and manual therapy to help promote tissue healing.

Please note, some conditions or co-morbidities are contraindication to Shockwave therapy.

Pre- and Post-Operative Physiotherapy

Pre and post-operative physiotherapy treatment is essential for individuals undergoing surgery. Pre-operative physiotherapy aims to prepare the body for surgery and minimize the risk of complications during and after the surgery. Our physiotherapists will assess the individual's physical condition and develop a customized exercise program to improve strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular health. This program will help the individual prepare for the physical demands of surgery and optimize their recovery after the procedure. Pre-operative physiotherapy can also help reduce anxiety and improve mental health by providing education and support to the individual.

Post-operative physiotherapy is equally important in the recovery process. Our physiotherapists will assess the individual's physical condition after surgery and develop a customized treatment plan to promote healing, improve mobility, and reduce pain. This plan may include manual therapy, exercise therapy, and other modalities to promote healing and prevent complications such as blood clots and infections. The physiotherapist will work with the individual to develop a safe and effective exercise program to improve strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular health. The goal of post-operative physiotherapy is to help the individual return to their daily activities as quickly and safely as possible, while reducing the risk of complications and promoting long-term recovery.