Physiotherapy is treatment to restore, maintain, and make the most of a patient’s mobility, function, and well-being. Physiotherapists focus on both prevention and rehabilitation. Treatment can be for problems caused by injury, disease or disability. Here are some examples:
Neck and back pain caused by problems in the muscles and skeleton
Problems in the bones, joints, muscles and ligaments, such as arthritis and the after-effects of amputation
Loss of mobility because of trauma to the brain or spine, or due to diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis
Rehabilitation from sports injury
Post surgery recovery
Injury from work or motor vehicle accident
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Registered Massage Therapy
Massage therapy is the manipulation of soft tissues of the body including muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints. Massage therapy is a clinically-oriented healthcare option that helps alleviate the discomfort associated with every day occupational stresses, muscular over-use and many chronic pain conditions.
Massage therapy should only be provided by a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT). An RMT is a primary healthcare provider in British Columbia and anyone may visit an RMT of their choice.
Massage therapy can be used as a treatment for both acute and chronic conditions. RMTs work with a wide variety of patients in the treatment of illness, injury rehabilitation and disability.
A referral or prescription is not required to visit an RMT, although some insurance companies may require this.
As university-educated health professionals, Kinesiologists apply exercise and movement science to promote health and well-being; prevent, manage, and rehabilitate injuries; treat illness and chronic disease; restore function; and optimize human performance in the workplace, clinical settings, sport, and fitness. Kinesiologists are the only human movement specialists who use science and research to offer movement as medicine, to any person with a health or fitness goal who wants a hands-on, personalized approach.
Osteopathy is a safe and effective patient centered manual therapy which works in combination with the individuals own homeostatic mechanisms to help restore balance and optimal health. It works with the understanding that the way the body is able to function is inseparable from the way it is structured.
All aspects of the body must work together to maintain health and the osteopathic approach is able to address the person as a whole to improve not only structure and therefore function but overall health and wellbeing.
Osteopathic Practitioners support the body’s ability to restore and maintain health by using skilled palpation and manual techniques to influence muscles, joints, nerves, connective tissue, circulation and internal organs.
Acupuncture is an ancient healing practice rooted in traditional Chinese medicine, involving the insertion of fine needles into specific points on the body to stimulate natural healing processes. These points are strategically chosen along energy pathways called meridians, which are believed to regulate the body's balance and flow of energy, known as qi or chi.
Acupuncture works by promoting the body's own ability to restore equilibrium and improve overall well-being. The insertion of needles stimulates nerve endings, triggering various physiological responses. This can include increased blood flow, release of natural pain-relieving chemicals, and activation of the body's self-healing mechanisms.