Our therapists can provide you with hands-on manual therapy techniques that aim to manipulate and mobilize your soft tissue (ie. muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia etc), improve joint mobility, develop efficient movement patterns and decrease pain. Common manual therapy techniques include: deep tissue release, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, friction scar/adhesion release, joint mobilizations and on occasion joint manipulations.
Along with our manual therapy techniques, our goal as therapists is to empower you to take care of your own health. Exercises are one of the best ways to do so. By providing you with comprehensive instructions on proper biomechanics, a personalized exercise program can be developed to help you regain optimal physical function. Whether you are immobile or unstable, our therapists can assess your needs and provide you with strengthening and mobility exercises to rehabilitate and prevent injury or disability.
Taping techniques have been used in sports and rehabilitation for many years, and can serve a number of purposes. Taping can be used to help prevent injuries, to protect injuries which have already occurred, for body awareness or postural purposes, or even for psychological assistance. Some conditions for which tape may be used include ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis, patellofemoral pain syndrome, iliotibial band friction syndrome, low back pain, rotator cuff injuries, cervicogenic headaches, and tennis or golfer’s elbow. While these are some commonly treated conditions, taping can also be used for lymphatic drainage, and in various neurological populations such as post-stroke.
Electrical modalities can also be provided in your physiotherapy session. At York-Med we can provide Ultrasound, Laser, Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulation (TENS), Interferential Current (IFC), and Neuromuscular Stimulation (NMES). Depending on the modality, electrotherapy can aid in promoting healing, improving circulation, decreasing pain and decreasing swelling.
Education is at the forefront of our practice at York-Med. Learning about your own body is the first and most important step in your rehabilitation process. If you come for physiotherapy, you can be sure that we will educate you on what to do, and what not to do, to achieve your goals. We love to answer questions and are open to teaching you whatever you want to know. No question is a stupid question.
Chiropractic is focused on restoring, preserving, and optimizing health by natural hands-on care.
Where conventional or "allopathic" medicine focuses on curing illness through surgery and pharmaceuticals, the goal of chiropractic is to optimize health with a non-invasive approach that does not use drugs or surgery. Chiropractic's primary avenue of care is manipulation of the spine and the framework of the body.
The spine is an important structure that houses and provides protection for the spinal cord, while providing mobility for the upper body. This dual requirement of strength and flexibility makes the spine a very complex structure, with multiple joints at each spinal segment (the vertebrae) forming of the spinal column.
When these joints (also known as articulations) are not positioned or functioning normally, it can affect the nerves exiting the spine. Chiropractic care attends to irritations along the spine by manually repositioning these joints. This is a chiropractic "adjustment."
Chiropractors are licensed professionals who are trained to diagnose and appropriately care for or refer patients for the care they require.
Chiropractic patients often visit their chiropractor periodically in order simply to relieve irritations - to get "adjusted." Individuals also seek chiropractic care for back pain, headaches, joint pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, sprains, as well as non-musculoskeletal conditions including allergies, asthma, and digestive disorders. Some chiropractors further specialize in orthopedics, sports injuries, neurology, pediatrics, nutrition, internal disorders, or diagnostic imaging.
Whether you are looking to relieve stress or rehabilitating from an injury, massage therapy can benefit you in your recovery. Massage therapy is a hands-on manipulation of soft tissues such as your tendons, ligaments, fascia, muscles and skin.
Some benefits are listed below:
What happens on your Initial visit?
You will complete a confidential health history as part of your assessment. This is important, as your Massage Therapist needs to know if you have any medical conditions or are taking any medications. Your Massage Therapist will listen to any concerns; assess your individual needs as well as other factors that may be contributing to your injury (lifestyle, nutritional status, etc.). Your Massage Therapist will then develop a treatment plan with you to ensure you receive appropriate treatment that will help you return, to your daily activities.
This is one of the oldest forms of medicine. It has been comprehensively re-searched to prove its efficacy. It is a technique that requires the insertion of fine stainless steel needles into the skin to stimulate identified points. These points are mainly related to nerves and muscles and are therefore very effective in stimulating the body to heal itself and to decrease acute or chronic pain.
Scientific proof has shown acupuncture to:
Acupuncture is a very safe modality when practiced by a trained health care professional at York-Med.It is often used as an adjunct modality for physiotherapy and massage therapy to accelerate and promote healing.
Custom Foot Orthotics
At York-Med Physiotherapy, we offer custom orthotics to help reduce, prevent and promote optimal functioning for your body. We provide an in-depth biomechanical gait analysis looking at your complete gait cycle through the entire kinetic chain. Your feet are only one part of your body and our advantage as movement experts is to be able to evaluate any limitations throughout your body to ensure orthotics are appropriate for your optimal health.A custom foot orthotic is a device designed to realign your foot to control foot motion and redirect and reduce stress to your body. They look like regular insoles but are custom made at York-Med through proprietary Gait Scan technology along with a mold impression of your feet. This ensures that your orthotic is made especially for your feet, providing the greatest support possible.
The poor foot mechanics can include any one of the following:
Check your extended health care benefits if you could be covered for custom orthotics.
Bracing & Supports
At York-Med Physiotherapy, all our physiotherapists have received training to recommend and fit custom knee braces for your specific condition. We are able to measure and tailor braces for many conditions
Custom Knee Braces are custom made for you. Your leg is measured through precise instruments and a brace made of a composite of materials will be used to form your custom brace allowing it to be supportive, lightweight and most importantly, functional in your daily activities. The custom knee braces are suitable based on your assessment and your need. Generally, knee ligament injuries (ACL, PCL, MCL, LCL), instabilities and knee osteoarthritis can benefit.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask us for more information.