The Initial Assessment
The initial assessment will include a detailed history, objective assessment, goal setting, initial treatment, and home exercises. Your initial appointment will be 60 minutes.
Subsequent Physiotherapy Treatment sessions may include manual therapy, soft tissue release, acupuncture, dry needling, and/or a home exercise. Follow-up appointments are typically 30 minutes.
Manual therapy (hands-on therapy) is an integral part of our practice. Our therapists use a wide range of manual therapy techniques to accurately assess and effectively treat patients. always been a part of my practice.
Manual therapy techniques can be used to diagnose and treat spinal and peripheral joint restrictions, soft tissue and nervous tissue limitations for the purpose of decreasing pain and increasing range of motion.
Some of these techniques may include joint mobilizations and manipulations, soft tissue massage and nerve mobilizations.
Acupuncture is the insertion of needles into specific points in the body. Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins – the body’s natural pain-relieving neurohormones – through the insertion of needles into specific anatomical points (acupuncture points) to encourage natural healing. Therapeutic effects include:
- Pain relief
- Increased energy
- Improved mood
- Improved body function
Atraumatic acupuncture needles are rounded at the tip so that they slide smoothly through tissue and are unlikely to cause bleeding. Needles are left in place for 10 to 30 minutes during which time the practitioner may manipulate the needles in order to strengthen or reduce the flow of Qi.
At Integrative Physiotherapy we incorporate acupuncture with other treatment techniques or alone depending on what is appropriate for the patient.
Dry needling is a treatment technique that involves the insertion of a very thin and flexible needle into a shortened muscle in order to help it relax, loosen and function better.
In most cases, multiple muscles have to be needled during a single treatment session. These painful muscles containing tight bands with tender ‘knots’ (known as trigger points) can feel ropey and are involved in many types of soft tissue pain.
The trigger points are specifically targeted with the needle to elicit a local twitch response during treatment. The local twitch response decreases the activity of the nerves supplying the muscle causing muscle relaxation locally and decreasing overall widespread pain and sensitivity.
The needle used is referred to as a ‘dry needle’ because there is no solution or medication being injected
Pre/Post Operative Therapy
Rehabilitation both before and after your surgical procedures is absolutely key to a full recovery. We have seen great results in treating both pre & post-operative patients.
We will work with you to provide an individualized treatment plan with or without a surgical protocol to promote healing and faster return to daily activities and full function.
Your treatment may include a combination of services which will be determined after an assessment has been provided.
Therapeutic exercises or planned physical movement or activities are included in your treatment plan in order to reduce the risk of injury, optimize overall wellness and enhance fitness and well-being.
Following your assessment, we will provide you with an individualized exercise program relevant to your specific limitations and restrictions.
Exercises may focus on improving pain, posture, flexibility/range of motion and strength.
250 Bayview Drive. Unit 1
Barrie Ontario. L4N0Z1
Monday: 9:00 am- 4:00 pm
Tuesday: 10:00 am- 8:00 pm
Wednesday: Appointments for RMT. Physiotherapy appointments by request.
Thursday: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed