This includes the use of manual or hands-on treatment to improve function. Manual therapy many include joint mobilization, muscle and fascial release, or hands-on facilitation to retrain movement.
Pre and Post-Surgical Care
It is has been recognized that surgical recovery is more efficient when the body is in a better physical condition pre-operatively; this is also true for any abdominal or pelvic procedure, including C-Sections.
Post-operative physiotherapy can provide extensive gains towards scar, muscle and fascial healing as well as muscle strengthening. Reducing scar adhesions and facilitating proper muscle firing will assist you returning to your pre-operative function, or better! Getting you back to your lifestyle is what your physiotherapist is here to help you achieve.
Pre and Post Natal Care
A woman’s body undergoes a lot of hormonal and physical changes during pregnancy. Hormones that increase laxity (stretchiness) in the joint ligaments are released in the first trimester and continue to be released throughout the course of a pregnancy. These changes decrease the joint closure, or stability, that ligaments are responsible for – many women notice this in the pelvis.
Did you know that doing pelvic floor exercises during pregnancy make for better control ‘in the drivers seat’ during delivery? Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy can ensure that the pelvic floor is properly contracting and relaxing, which can provide better muscle strength and control for delivery.
- the right way to do exercises during pregnancy
- the right way to lift during pregnancy
- how to prevent diastasis (separation of the abdominal muscles) during pregnancy
- how to do a proper kegal and strengthen you pelvic floor
- Perineal healing: healing from birth tears and episiotomies
- C-section recovery: muscle and scar healing from C-section
- Pelvic floor strengthening to prevent incontinence (so you don’t leak when you jump and laugh) and organ prolapse
- How to stop getting up at night to pee
- How to restore your core strength
- Assessment for diastasis
- Stronger flatter abdominals
- Tone your buttocks: make them stronger so they work for you
Acupuncture uses fine, solid, stainless steel needles along ‘meridians’ or ‘channels’ that have a lower resistance to electricity than the neighbouring tissue. These pathways of energy were mapped by the ancient Chinese centuries ago. A Professor at McGill University, R.Melzach, published research in 1977 indicating that there was a 71% association between acupuncture points that treat for pain and muscle and fascia trigger points. Acupuncture is known for its success in treating pain and promoting healing. Contemporary functional MRI research has revealed a change in brain response when “Qi” is sensed during acupuncture needling. “Qi” is the feeling of heaviness or dull ache as the energy flows throughout the body. For more information regarding acupuncture, please visit the AFCI (Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute).
Muscle Re-education and Rehabilitation
After injury or surgery, rebuilding muscle is imperative to movement and function. At Core Restore Physio we also offer Neuromuscular Electrotherapy Stimulation (NMES) which can offer a two-part benefit in your recovery. One, muscle stimulation and two, pain control. Muscle stimulation therapy can begin the day after surgery/ injury, or weeks later depending. It’s our goal is to get you moving again.
To regain function faster NMES activates the nerve that corresponds to a targeted muscle and causes it to contract. This prevents muscle loss, and by activating the specific muscles helps to regain muscle mass and power.
Ultrasound waves can be thermal (warming) or non-thermal (non-heat generating). Thermal ultrasound can assist in deep heating, help to break up scar tissue and adhesions and improve circulation to soft tissue such as muscles, and this can help to decrease pain.
Non-thermal ultrasound accelerates cellular processes and stimulates healing of tissue at a cellular level to decrease inflammation, reduce swelling, and improve blood flow and this can help to decrease pain.
Adding exercise and evidence based strengthening protocols to a balanced program including muscle length, strength, timing and coordination will restore optimal function. Strengthening the muscles of the inner core (the transverse abdominus, the multifidus, the pelvic floor and the diaphragm) give you the foundation to build on.
McKenzie Method and Therapy
The McKenzie method focuses on using movement mechanics for assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal and spinal disc pain. The McKenzie method uses repeated movements to correct and improve mechanics that reduce and eliminate low back pain and improve spinal function. Part of the treatment program involves teaching you how to deal with your acute back injury and how to safely manage your pain and put you in control.
Pelvic Health + Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy
Everyone wants to know what and where is the pelvic floor? Young, old, male and female, everyone has a pelvic floor. Optimal function of the pelvic floor is essential to happy, healthy human life; that’s why a happy pelvic floor = happy you.
Conditions treated by Pelvic Health Physiotherapy:
- Incontinence: stress and urge incontinence
- Frequency/ overactive bladder
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Painful Bladder Syndrome (interstitial cystitis)
- Dyspareunia (painful sex)
- Coccydynia (painful tailbone)
- Pudental Neuralgia
- Vestibulodynia/ Vuluodynia
- Pelvic pain
- Pre and Post-natal pelvic conditions
- Diastasis Rectus Abdominus (diastasis recti)
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