Physical Therapy is just that; therapeutic intervention which addresses the physical body and how it functions. As the body ages, whether from 20-30 years old, or 70+, it goes through changes. The weight of the world takes its toll and aches and pains are no longer strangers. It takes proper maintenance and knowledge to uphold a healthy, well functioning body.

Physical Therapy is just that; therapeutic intervention which addresses the physical body and how it functions. As the body ages, whether from 20-30 years old, or 70+, it goes through changes. The weight of the world takes its toll and aches and pains are no longer strangers. It takes proper maintenance and knowledge to uphold a healthy, well functioning body.

The physical therapists at Balance Natural Health Clinic will take time to educate, assess and treat your body as a team, with you as the captain. With authentic function and body mechanics at the core of treatment, you’ll experience a real hands-on experience, allowing your body to lead on the road to recovery and prevention.

HOW WE TREAT

Our physical therapists have a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy, the science of movement. With over 1,200 hours of clinical experience before graduating alone, they are well versed in many conditions that the public face on a day to day basis. Post graduate courses ensure that our therapists stay up to date on the most effective treatments out there.

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Your initial appointment will consist of an assessment on your health history as well as a physical assessment on how you are moving. The therapist will watch the way your body transitions through specific patterns. They may apply a hands on approach in order to understand exactly what is troubling you and why you’re experiencing pain. From here, your therapist will take time to discuss the reasoning behind your pain, and offer education regarding your treatment path. Treatment will continue after this and you’ll be well on your way to a higher functioning, pain free lifestyle. Your therapist will likely ask you to practice movements and stretches at home, in order to ensure long lasting relief and progress.

TECHNIQUES WE USE

Sound Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (SASTM)- This technique utilizes a proprietary blend to make tools that allow clinicians to feel and differentiate scarred tissue from healthy tissue through vibrations in the instrument. By preserving healthy tissue using SASTM instruments you can help achieve better outcomes.

The SASTM method is a form of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization. This method enables clinicians to effectively locate and treat areas of soft tissue dysfunction through the use of an instrument, thus preventing overuse of their hands.

Instruments effectively break down fascial restrictions and scar tissue. The ergonomic design of these instruments provides the clinician with the ability to locate restrictions through sound waves. This allows the clinician to locate and treat the affected area with the appropriate amount of pressure.

The introduction of controlled micro-trauma to affected soft tissue structure causes the stimulation of a local inflammatory response. The micro-trauma 'initiates healing'...

...in the reabsorption of inappropriate fibrosis or excessive scar tissue and facilitates a cascade of healing activities, resulting in remodeling of affected soft tissue structures. Adhesions within the soft tissue, which may have developed as a result of surgery, immobilization, repeated strain or other mechanisms, are broken down allowing full functional restoration to occur.

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Manual Facilitation- A hands on approach to the body in a pattern that restores optimal motion through specific movement patterns. This technique is used while the client is actively moving and can be used to both assess and treat movement restrictions in three dimensional patterns.

Trigger Point Therapy- a form of soft tissue mobilization focused on the release of painful, tense areas found in muscles and fascial tissue.

Soft Tissue Massage- A hands on technique used to restore length and function to shortened muscle or connective tissue, including active release, SASTM, soft tissue mobilization, trigger point release, or massage.

Vestibular Maneuvers- Techniques used for the treatment of dizziness, vertigo and balance issues. The Epley Maneuver, Semont Maneuver, and Horizontal Roll are all used to treat BPPV while gaze stabilization exercises are given to improve vision and the ability to focus on a stationary object, while the head moves.

Balancing exercises utilize the ability to move one part of the body while holding steady balance at the same time. For example, walking with moving the head back and forth.

CONDITIONS WE TREAT

Musculoskeletal and Athletics:
  • Arthritis
  • Acute Injury
  • Bursitis
  • Chronic Injuries/pain
  • Contusions
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Disc Herniations
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Knee Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Pre/Post Op Rehabilitation
  • Sprains & Strains
  • Shin Splints
  • Shoulder Impingement
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Tendonitis
  • Aches and Pains
  • Golf Injury Prevention
  • Weight Lifting Injury
Vestibular:
  • BPPV (Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo)
  • Dizziness
  • Balance Concerns
Nervous System:
  • Neural Sensitization
  • Nerve Impingement including Sciatic Nerve pain, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Dural Hypersensitivity
  • Stroke
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome