THE FULL-BODY APPROACH
OPTIMIZING ATHLETES FROM HEAD TO TOE.
Soft Tissue Extensibility.
These are all things that are assessed and treated during Physical Therapy through Manual Therapy (hands on techniques including massage, soft tissue release, and joint mobilizations) and Movement Retraining.
Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) is a needling technique that consists of inserting fine monofilament needles into dysfunctional musculature (trigger points, muscle bands, etc...). This elicits a "Grasp Reflex" where the tissue contracts and subsequently relaxes, allowing blood flow to be restored. With the new blood flow, the tissues are able to maintain their relaxed state.
The needles are inserted for a short period and then removed. While inserted they may be stimulated or advanced repeatedly to help alleviate tension.
Exercise Therapy is perhaps the most important component of Physical Therapy. Exercises are the only way the improvements gained from manual therapy are maintained.
Exercises help to improve:
Movement Screening helps to identify general mobility and stability dysfunction that can lead to an increased injury risk and decreased performance. Proper mobility is the foundation on which sports performance is built. You need to be able to move well to perform well.
After the screening process is complete, I will be able to provide you with exercises and training tips to maximize your capacity for movement. This is just a glimpse into your movement - not a full Physical Therapy assessment. In some cases, a full assessment may be recommended in order to maximize your performance.
Concussion Baseline Testing is an invaluable tool for those athletes involved in high risk sports such as hockey, rugby, football, and soccer. It is not a means to diagnose a concussion, but when done correctly, it plays a huge role in the return to play decisions following a concussion. By teaming up with the Complete Concussion Management Inc., I am able to easily help coaches, athletes, and teachers understand where a player is at following a concussion, and how they can help with their recovery - there's literally an app for that!
If you have any questions or if you're interested in booking screens for your teams please just Contact Me.
Concussions are becoming a hot topic in sport for good reason. We are just now starting to begin to understand what a concussion is and how we recover from it. The brain is a complex organ and as such - treatment and recovery are complex as well. That is why my assessment and treatments look at a multitude of systems including vision, vestibular system, and the cervical spine - just to name a few. In order for you to recover fully, and return to play safely - we need all of these systems to be ready.
Waiting and resting are not the answer - the research is clear. If you think you have a concussion, it's best to be assessed in the first 24 hours so we can get you on the path to recovery as soon as possible.
Taping is a great adjunct to treatment that can help prolong the results of a treatment session! Taping techniques available include Kinesiotape, athletic or mechanical taping, and (often) a combination of the two.
Taping should always be a temporary measure. The goal is just to help your body learn how to move better - it should never be something you are dependent on.