Physiotherapy is a branch of physical therapy that helps treat many conditions, not only musculoskeletal. Physiotherapy can be defined as a treatment method that focuses on the science of movement and helps people to restore, maintain and maximize their physical strength, function, motion and overall well-being by addressing the underlying physical issues. It is important to note that Physiotherapy is not a one-time treatment modality. Physiotherapy is treatment plan based and requires commitment for multiple sessions in order to optimally treat injuries. Our physiotherapists incorporate the most up-to-date techniques & tools to assess, diagnose, and treat any injury or condition you are experiencing. You will be back on track to do the things you love faster than ever.
What Does Physiotherapy Treat?
Physiotherapy can treat a broad range of injuries and conditions. Physiotherapy can be used to treat sports injuries, motor vehicle accident-related injuries, sprains, strains, work-related injuries, and much more. Physiotherapists are highly qualified therapists that will assess, diagnose, and treat physical injuries/conditions while prescribing at-home exercise and daily life changes to help you recover and maintain your recovery.
Physiotherapy can help treat and manage:
- Musculoskeletal Injuries
- Post-Concussive Syndrome
- Neurological Disorders
- Post-Operative Recovery
- Sports Injuries
- Paediatric Conditions
- TMJ Syndrome
- Back Pain
- Foot and Heel Pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Frozen Shoulder
- Dizziness, Vertigo, Imbalance
- Chronic Pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
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At Elysian Wellness Centre, our mission is to help relax and heal the soul, body, and mind with the help of a team of experienced, certified professionals dedicated to your health and well-being. Our physiotherapists have decades of experience offering multiple treatments to effectively treat any injury or condition you are experiencing. Whether you’re looking for a sports injury clinic or neurologic physiotherapy in Ottawa, you’ve come to the right place.
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Johanne has dedicated over 25 years of her professional career to promoting health and wellness through assessment, prevention, and treatment of movement dysfunction. Her extensive background and exceptional client care have made her an integral part of the Elysian Wellness Centre team.
METHODS OF PHYSIO TREATMENT
Our Physiotherapists use the most up-to-date and effective treatment methods possible. Even though machines play an important role in Physiotherapy, we do not believe in slapping a machine on our clients and walking away. We implement them as part of a whole course of treatment techniques.
Our Therapists Incorporate, But Are Not Limited To Using:
- IFC (Interferential Current)
- TENS Machine (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
- EMS Machine (Electrical Muscle Stimulation)
- Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) (*** additional charge)
- Acupuncture Stimulator
- Acupuncture and Dry Needling
- Thermophore Heating
- Manual Manipulation
- Soft Tissue Release
- Dynamic Taping
- Kinesiology Taping
- Home Exercise Prescription
- Percussive Therapy
Sports injuries can be a real re-occurring pain! Sports Physiotherapy is a branch of physiotherapy dealing with injuries and issues related to sports and athletes. Sports injuries differ from everyday injuries, as they tend to be injuries to areas of the body typically used in the sport being played. This does not mean that you have to be a high-level athlete to sustain a sports injury, but can be sustained playing recreationally as well.
Sports normally require high-level performance and demand placed upon their body, which stresses their muscles, joints and bones to the limit. Our physiotherapists help athletes recover from all sporting injuries and provide education and resources to prevent problems and get back in the game stronger than ever!
Motor Vehicle Accident
A personal injury from auto accident trauma is common, but can also be severe and can cause pain and suffering. An auto injury may result in lost work time, and cause difficulties in dealing with day-to-day responsibilities/activities. They can also be complicated to treat, require multiple treatment methods, and require therapists experienced in MVA injuries.
After a motor vehicle accident injury, it is vital to get treatment as quickly as possible. Many times, the effects of an auto injury are delayed or subtle, but can also occur instantly. Seek medical advice as quickly as possible to ensure you are adequately treated and protected for the future. Our physiotherapists will take their time assessing and diagnosing your injuries while devising a treatment plan to start your recovery. Once you report your MVA to your insurer, provide us with the claim number, insurance policy number, insurance name, and we take it from there! We will also help manage your claim from start to finish to reduce the stress it may add to your daily life.
Our clinic provides physiotherapists trained in neurological rehabilitation. Neurological rehabilitation patients may suffer from paediatric brain injuries, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, stroke, and other neurological deficits.
At EWC, we know being diagnosed with a neurological condition is scary and can be detrimental to one’s quality of life. We are here to help you improve your day to day functions such as balance and coordination, promote independence, improve muscle strength, and correct improper movement patterns.
Hit your noggin? 85% to 90% of all concussion injuries become asymptomatic within 7-10 days. However, for a yet unknown reason, the other 10-15% of injuries go on to have more prolonged lasting symptoms. It is imperative to seek a proper medical assessment and treatment when suffering from a concussion, as if left untreated, symptoms can linger and potentially never fully resolve.
If you are having symptoms beyond 3 to 4 weeks, this is known as “post-concussion syndrome.” Very little is known about what causes post-concussion syndrome, it is currently believed to be due to continued blood flow abnormalities in the brain, continued energy deficits in the brain, psychosomatic, vestibular/ocular (integration between visual and balance systems) and/or potential dysfunction in the muscles and joints of your neck that occurred because of the impact.
Our Physiotherapists can help treat any whiplash associated with the concussion while providing gentle treatment to help reduce your concussive symptoms and decrease recovery time. They also utilize supplementation and diet recommendations to go hand-in-hand with physical treatment
Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy
It’s not always easy to get back up when you fall. Evidence has shown that vestibular rehabilitation can help treat and improve symptoms related to vestibular disorders.
People who suffer from vestibular disorders have symptoms such as vertigo, dizziness, visual disturbance, and/or imbalance. Vestibular rehabilitation is an exercise-based program that aims to help the body compensate for vestibular damage/conditions by teaching the brain to use other sense (example: visual) to substitute for the deficient vestibular system. Our Physiotherapists will also incorporate specific gentle cranial techniques to help relieve your symptoms. Vestibular rehabilitation will not only help alleviate the symptoms diminishing your quality of life but will help treat and teach your body how to function optimally with a lacking vestibular system. Get your life back on balance with VRT!
Getting old does not have to mean feeling old. Senior citizens commonly suffer from musculoskeletal problems, neurological dysfunctions (such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s), incontinence, arthritis, chronic pain, and balance impairment.
Our Physiotherapists are experts at helping treat these conditions and improve geriatric quality of life. Therapy will incorporate some gentle hands-on treatment, exercise prescription, and modalities such as cold laser therapy to help improve healing by up to 40% in chronic cases. Physical therapy and geriatric rehabilitation are safe, natural, and improves overall strength and physical condition
Pre And Post Operative (Orthopaedic) Physiotherapy
Preparing or recovering for an operation can be stressful. Physiotherapy in cases of pre or post-operation is extremely crucial and can be the determining factor on whether you heal swiftly and properly post-op. Whether it is knee, hip, or back surgery, our Physiotherapists are trained to give you a preoperative examination, then devising a treatment and prevention plan for postoperative care.
Physiotherapists are highly qualified, and in most cases, necessary post-op, to help you recover faster, decrease stiffness and pain, increase range of mobility, and increase strength. Don’t go through the pain of surgery without including pre and postoperative physiotherapy. Your body will thank you!
Trigger Point Dry Needling
Dry needling defers from acupuncture and incorporates a different technique when inserting the fine needles. Therapists providing dry needling insert the needle directly into the affected muscle to promote pain relief and release tension, while acupuncturists insert the needles in acupuncture points to help release endorphins, have a positive effect on the nervous system, and align your internal energy.
The practitioner inserts short, thin, stainless steel filiform needles into pressure points, knots, or affected muscles. These pressure points (also called trigger points) are tight areas or knots in the muscles.
Physical therapists use dry needling with the goal of releasing or inactivating trigger points to relieve pain or improve range of motion. Dry needling effectively treats:
- Acute/Chronic Injuries
- Muscle Knots
- Muscle Tension
- Headaches and Migraines
- Neck/Back Pain
- Muscle Spasms
- “Tennis/Golfer’s Elbow”
- Overuse injuries
Dynamic Tape is the biomechanical tape being used worldwide by rugby players, volleyball players, surfers, tennis players, triathletes, soccer players and many other sporting professions to assist these athletes to move through full range of motion without limitation.
It is also used in the treatment of sporting, musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. It is extremely soft, highly conformable, breathable and water resistant which makes it possibly the most comfortable athletic tape on the market. It is applied with the body part in a short position and the tape on stretch (the opposite to traditional kinesio taping) so that as movement occurs, the tape resists and absorbs load, decelerating movement in much the same way as a bungee cord. As shortening occurs the tape can assist initiation in fast movements or through range in slower movements (e.g. working like an active assist in someone who has had a stroke).
Percussive Therapy is a treatment method that uses rapid, concentrated, short-duration pulses that resonate deep into the body’s tissues. These deep pulses accelerate the growth and repair of soft tissue damage by increasing blood flow to the damaged area. Percussive Therapy also helps relax muscles prior to treatment and helps break up muscle knots/scar tissue.
Providing deep pulses and muscle stimulation, Percussive Therapy also gently stretches the muscles to help with mobility and pain. Patients typically experience much-needed pain relief, increased range of motion and function, and better performance and responsiveness. Percussive Therapy is an excellent treatment option for common injuries and conditions, sports training, muscle knots, scar tissue, and rehabilitation treatments.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does physiotherapy work?
Physiotherapists help people affected by physical injuries, illnesses, or disability through manual therapy, assistive devices, exercise prescription, and education. In your initial assessment, the physiotherapist begins by speaking with you about the reason for your visit, followed by multiple diagnostic tests to determine the cause root of your issue. They will then speak to you about their findings and begin with treatments. After your first session, the physiotherapist may prescribe you an exercise/stretching program along with informing you how often follow-up treatments are required.
How often does the physiotherapist need to see me?
The answer differs depending on the individual, their age, medical history, and type of injury/illness/disability. There is no definitive answer to this question as your physiotherapist will inform you how often they need to see you. It also depends on your progress and your adherence to your physiotherapist’s instructions. An individual who does not attend treatments as often as recommended by their physiotherapist, or an individual who does not follow at-home care instructions by their physiotherapist, will take longer to recover than an individual who does.
Do I need to bring anything with me?
If you have a doctor’s referral, please bring with you upon your first visit. It may help with the diagnostic process, and your insurer may request it (if privately insured). If you have extended health coverage, please bring your insurance card with you so we may process your claim for you (if eligible for direct billing).
How should I dress?
Typically, loose-fitting clothes are ideal, especially around the area the physiotherapist will be assessing and treating. For example, if you have a shoulder injury, it would be ideal to wear a tank top so the physiotherapist may have easier access to assess and treat the area.
What if my condition/issue comes back?
Flare-ups are quite common when it comes to injuries/conditions—the risk of them being re-aggravated increases. If you are experiencing a flare-up, feel free to give us a call to book an appointment so we may treat you through the flare-up and get you back on track.
Is physiotherapy painful?
Physiotherapy’s primary objective is to reduce pain, increase range of motion, decrease symptoms, help you recover and improve quality of life. Typically, some physiotherapy modalities, such as myofascial release and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, may cause some discomfort. Afterwards, you will feel more pain relief. As physical therapy does require you to actively engage in your rehabilitation, it may cause a bit of discomfort during treatment, but after you will feel much better.