K-TOWN Physiotherapy provides services to individuals to develop, maintain and restore maximum movement and functional ability throughout their life.
Many patients arrive at their first physical therapy appointment expecting to receive hot packs, ultrasound and instructions on how to complete a series of exercises. These modalities are warranted in many instances and most therapists would agree that exercise is needed to help restore muscle imbalances. However, many therapists now approach the restoration of function from a different perspective. These therapists are interested in why a muscle isn’t functioning properly and view exercise not as the driving mode of recovery but as a complement to manual therapy. They may, for instance, look to restore proper sacroiliac or lumbar joint function to treat piriformis syndrome rather than directly manipulate the piriformis muscle through exercise.
Manual physical therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy delivered with the hands as opposed to a device or machine. In manual therapy, practitioners use their hands to put pressure on muscle tissue and manipulate joints in an attempt to decrease pain caused by muscle spasm, muscle tension and joint dysfunction.
Our rehabilitation equipment is extensive and includes: a universal gym with leg press, treadmill, Monark stationary bike, BOSU, rebounder for shoulder rehabilitation, theraballs, weights, pulley system, fitter, indo board, body blade, and wobble boards.
Most clients will be given an injury-specific supervised exercise program designed to assist with their rehabilitation. Clinic-guided exercises allow the treating therapist to ensure that proper technique is used to maximize results.
- Ultrasound-Ultrasound produces sound waves that pass through the skin and cause a vibration of the local tissues. It has been shown to cause increases in tissue relaxation, local blood flow, and scar tissue breakdown. The effect of the increase in local blood flow can be used to help reduce local swelling and chronic inflammation, and, according to some studies, promote bone fracture healing. The intensity or power density of the ultrasound can be adjusted depending on the desired effect. A greater power density (measured in watt/cm2 is often used in cases where scar tissue breakdown is the goal.
- IFC-Interferential Current is a direct electrical current that is used to relieve pain, reduce swelling and promote soft-tissue healing.Tiny electrical impulses are induced into the tissues in the area of the 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.Most patients find interferential therapy to be very beneficial and describe the treatment as being relaxing and having a ‘pins and needles’ sensation.Ligament sprains (wiki link), muscle strains and spasms often respond well to interferential current therapy.
- Heat-Heat treatments are used for sub-acute and chronic conditions to help relax and loosen tissues, and to stimulate blood flow to the area. Heat treatments for chronic conditions, such as repetitive strain injuries (wiki link) can be helpful before participating in activities.
- Ice-Ice treatment is most commonly used for acute injuries. If you have a recent injury (within the last 48 hours) where swelling is a problem, you should be using ice treatment. Ice packs can help minimize swelling around the injury. Applying an ice pack early and often for the first 48 hours will help minimize swelling. Decreasing swelling around an injury will help to control the pain.Ice treatments can also be used for chronic conditions, such as overuse injuries in athletes. In this case, ice the injured area after activity to help control inflammation. Never ice a chronic injury before activity.
Dry Needling/Intramuscular Stimulation (FDN/IMS)
Dry Needling/Intramuscular Stimulation (FDN/IMS) is a treatment for muscular tightness and spasm which commonly follows injuries and often accompanies the degenerative processes. This muscular tightness and spasm will cause compression and irritation of the nerves exiting the spine. When the nerves are irritated, they cause a protective spasm of all the muscles to which they are connected. This may cause peripheral diagnoses, such as carpel tunnel, tendonitis, osteoarthritis, decreased mobility and chronic pain. Small, thin needles are inserted in the muscles at the trigger points causing the pain referral. The muscles would then contract and release, improving flexibility of the muscle and decreasing symptoms.
Pediatric Physiotherapy Services
Pediatric Physiotherapy Services provides a detailed gross motor assessment of children ages 1 month – 6 years of age. The child’s strength, range of motion, tone, balance and coordination will be assessed. The Peabody Gross Motor Assessment Tool is a standardized test which can be used in the assessment to establish base line measures and age equivalence for your child’s gross motor skill level. Treatment will be play based to facilitate a fun and positive experience for your child.
What kind of conditions could use Pediatric Physiotherapy Services?
- Global Developmental Delays
- Gross Motor Developmental Delays
- Cerebral Palsy
- Low Tone (Hypotonia)
- Developmental Coordination Disorder
Pediatric Physiotherapy Services are provided at our West End Location with Lindsey Haussler, Registered Physiotherapist. In-home sessions are also available for this type of service.
Women’s Health – Pelvic Pain and Incontinence
Biofeedback is used for treatment of pelvic pain and muscular dysfunction to help facilitate normal tone and function of the pelvic floor muscles.
Biofeedback is a technique that uses monitoring instruments to measure and feed back information about muscle tension. The overall purpose is to develop self-regulation skills that play a role in normalizing muscle tone and function. This reduces and/or eliminates pain from a muscle that has been in dysfunction as well as increases control of specific muscles which assist in the control of continence.
- Athletic Taping-Athletic taping techniques can help prevent injury as well as protect the athlete from re-injury when returning to sport. The role of tape is to limit the movement in an injured joint to prevent excess or abnormal movement. In addition it should provide support to the muscles surrounding the joint that may be under additional strain due to the ligament injury.Another benefit of taping is thought to be the enhanced proprioception (or kinaesthetic feedback) that the tape provides during movement (or in other words it is thought to improve co-ordination). For example if a taped ankle starts to invert (turn over) during a jump then the tape will restrict this and inform the body that it needs to contract muscles to prevent this movement in the ankle. Without this feedback the athlete may be unaware the ankle has started to invert and land on it badly injuring it again.Tape should only be used in conjunction with a proper rehabilitation programme including stretching, mobility and strengthening exercises.
- Sport Specific Rehabilitation-Whether you are a professional or amateur athlete, our therapists will get you back to your full potential. We’ll work with you to maintain or adjust your training schedule while helping you recover from your injury.
- On-Field Coverage
K-TOWN Physiotherapy provides competition coverage for all sporting events. Coverage can include pre and post-competition coverage including prophylactic taping and warm-up treatment as well as pre and post-competition massage therapy.
K-TOWN Physiotherapy is the therapy provider for all St. Lawrence College Viking Varsity Athletics.
The therapists also provide coverage for KASSAA high school rugby and football.
Previous and ongoing event and team coverage:
- St. Lawrence College Varsity Athletics
- KASSA High School Rugby
- KASSA High School Football
- OFSAA Boys soccer
- Queen’s Lacrosse
- OFSAA Boys Volleyball
- OFSAA Boys Basketball
- OFSAA Girls Basketball
- Queen’s Women’s Rowing
- Kingston Dragon Boat Festival
- Judo Ontario
- Impact World Tour
- Skate Canada International
- Scotties Tournament of Hearts