Manual therapy is the skilled application of hands-on-techniques including joint mobilization, peripheral and spinal manipulation, soft tissue techniques and neural mobilization to improve mobility, decrease pain and restore function. These techniques often require considerable post-graduate schooling and evaluation to meet the high standards required by the Alberta Physiotherapy College and Association. Manual therapy techniques have substantial support in the research as an effective treatment tool for various musculoskeletal disorders. All five of our physical therapists have pursued additional schooling in manual therapy.
Therapeutic massage can play a role in managing acute or chronic soft tissue disorders, as well as contribute to an overall sense of well-being. Massage therapy can therefore be part of the rehabilitation process or a component of self-care to address the stresses of day to day life. In addition to physiotherapy, the services provided at Corona Station Physical Therapy includes those of a massage therapist who offers therapeutic, relaxation, sports and pre-natal massage therapies .
Massage therapy is a hands-on gentle manipulation of soft tissue to help reduce muscle tension, improve circulation and promote healing. Therapeutic massage relaxes overused and tense muscles, removes toxins that have accumulated in the muscles, and stimulates circulation along with nerve and lung activity. Physical therapy and massage therapy work together to help speed the healing process so that you feel better faster.
There are multiple kinds of therapeutic massage, and depending on what your ailment is, different types of massage therapy may benefit you during your physiotherapy treatment plan. Our massage therapist, Aleh Kadychenka, is a registered massage therapist (also known as RMT), and here to help you on your road to recovery.
Dry needling, also known as functional dry needling or FDN, is a therapeutic treatment procedure that involves multiple advances of a filament needle into the dysfunctional muscle, which typically contains a ‘trigger point’. There is no injectable solution and typically the needle used is very thin. Most patients will not even feel the needle penetrate the skin, but once it has and is advanced into the muscle, the feeling of discomfort can vary from patient to patient.
Usually a healthy muscle feels very little discomfort with insertion of the needle; however, if the muscle is sensitive and shortened or has active trigger points within it, the individual may feel a sensation much like a muscle cramp — which is often referred to as a ‘twitch response’. The twitch response experienced in dry needling also has a biochemical characteristic to it, which likely affects the reaction of the muscle, symptoms, and response of the tissue. The patient may only feel the cramping sensation locally or they may feel a referral of pain or similar symptoms for which they are seeking treatment. A reproduction of their pain can be a helpful diagnostic indicator of the cause of the patient’s symptoms. Patients soon learn to recognize and even welcome this sensation as it results in deactivating the trigger point, thereby reducing pain and restoring normal length and function of the involved muscle.
Typically positive results of dry needling physiotherapy are apparent within 2-4 treatment sessions but can vary depending on the cause and duration of the symptoms, and overall health of the patient. Dry needling benefits can include effective treatment for acute and chronic pain, rehabilitation from injury, and even pain and injury prevention, with very few side effects.
Acupuncture is a treatment technique that was developed thousands of years ago, used to help the body naturally heal itself. The term medical acupuncture describes acupuncture therapies that are performed by a medical practitioner. Studies have shown that it can help accelerate the healing process, improve pain management, and improve function when used with therapeutic exercise and education. Depending on your condition and specific health needs, our physiotherapists may include medical acupuncture as part of your treatment plan.
Our physiotherapists have been professionally trained and certified by the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (AFCI). Acupuncture is a treatment that can work well in conjunction with many of the other services we offer at Corona Station Physical Therapy and can compliment many physical therapy treatment plans.
Corona Station Physical Therapy has a long history of treating jaw dysfunction and has two physical therapists offering advanced TMD care.
Temporomandibular joint or jaw dysfunction can present with many symptoms including headaches, neck pain, clicking, reduced mobility of the jaw and pain in the joint with activities such as yawning or chewing. The problem can develop after an injury such as a blow to the head or a motor vehicle accident, or it can develop gradually over time. Contributing factors may include an injury, abnormal habits (grinding, clenching), emotional distress and underlying joint disease such as arthritis.
One of our skilled therapists will perform a comprehensive assessment including a thorough history and physical exam in order to determinate the most effective treatment plan. Your therapist will provide you with education on the nature of your injury, healing times, posture, pain management and ways to modify your activity to optimize your recovery. Active rehabilitation is a critical component of the recovery process and may include specific stretching and strengthening exercise and postural exercises. Additional treatments may include acupuncture, stress management techniques and modalities (ice, ultrasound, TENS).
For further information, visit our learning centre or the American Academy of Orofacial Pain at http://www.aaop.org.