At FSRI, we also offer a number of specialized physiotherapy services, including the following:
Acupuncture: Insertion of needles into the muscles to treat imbalances in the body’s energy (referred to as De Chi by Chinese Medicine), and based on points mapped out on meridians. In our clinic setting, acupuncture can be used to treat all dysfunction and pain of a musculoskeletal nature, including migraines.
Dry Needling (DN): Taking the standard acupuncture technique to a more advanced level, dry needling (DN) is based on anatomy and neurophysiology. Instead of meridians, DN involves treatment for myofascial pain syndromes through the insertion of acupuncture needles into the trigger points (chronically tight bands in a muscle), to desensitize the muscle therefore reducing pain. It is useful for all musculoskeletal dysfunction and pain, especially chronic problems.
Manipulation: This is a manual treatment applied to a joint, which uses a high velocity, low amplitude controlled movement, aimed at increasing joint mobility and reducing pain.
Home Visits: Special arrangements can be made to provide treatment at home for patients with certain conditions or physical disabilities that prevent them from seeking treatment at the clinic.
Neurological Physiotherapy: Physiotherapy treatment programs consisting of a combination of therapeutic techniques, specifically designed for patients suffering from neurological disorders such as stroke, head injuries, multiple sclerosis (MS), and Parkinson’s disease; to name a few.
Geriatric/Elderly Care: This is a specialized area of therapy that focuses on managing and treating a number of conditions and problems associated with aging, where patients are seen by physiotherapists dedicated to the growing needs of the elderly population. The focus of physiotherapy here is not only to treat any musculoskeletal problems, but also the prevention of future injuries.
Ergonomic Assessment: Assessing work station set up, then rearranging and structuring the work station to relieve and prevent repetitive strain.
Women’s Health: This specific branch of physiotherapy addresses issues specific to women, and involves things such as pelvic exams, behavioral and exercise education for treating urinary incontinence, pelvic pain and sexual dysfunction in women; as well as all of woman’s musculoskeletal needs pre and post-natal.
Regardless of the issue or problem, the goal of our physiotherapists is to develop specialized and individualized treatment plans. The appropriate treatment plan is created after a thorough subjective history taking and a biomechanical assessment.
During the subjective history stage, our physiotherapists will ask a number of questions to construct a complete medical history and background, determine current complaints and problems, and identify treatment goals. Our therapists will then perform a biomechanical examination which consists of a number of tests and screenings, including palpation, range of motion test, muscle testing, neurological screening, posture assessment and other specialized tests. The final treatment plan is subsequently developed with the patient's input; this includes frequency and duration of treatment, home and supervised exercise programs, patient education, short-term/long-term goals, and post-therapy expectations.
Our physiotherapists are supported by a team of allied health professionals in the areas of occupational therapy, speech therapy, exercise prescription and kinesiology, sports massage, and alternative therapies such as Reiki and lymphatic drainage – as well as the physicians at our medical clinic. Patients suffering from trauma or needing lifestyle changes to improve their health outcomes can also utilize the services of our psychological department. Additionally, the physicians at our medical clinic are always on hand to support with any medical concerns.