Our Neurological Physiotherapists
A neurological physiotherapist treats people who have sustained an injury to or have a disease or condition affecting the brain or central nervous system - such as:
- Traumatic or acquired brain/head injury
- Balance disorders
- Spinal cord injury
- Other neurological conditions/diseases (i.e. Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy)
These neurological conditions are complex and affect the whole person - physically, emotionally, and cognitively.
In addition to the standard registered physiotherapy qualification, our neurological physiotherapists have specific knowledge, training and experience in:
- Neurological conditions
- The way the brain and central nervous system work and influence other systems of the body
- Normal postural alignment, movement and balance
- Bobath concept and/or neuro-developmental techniques (NDT)
- Myofascial release techniques
Normal muscle tone and fascial tissue allows us to move freely and automatically without effort or thought. Following a neurological injury such as a brain injury or stroke, tone may be increased or decreased making initiation of movement effortful or impossible. The neurological condition/injury may also cause abnormal alignments and compensatory movement patterns that can cause pain, and interfere with balance and mobility.
Our neurological physiotherapists are trained to see and feel these problems and provide hands-on treatment rather than modality-based interventions. This hands-on treatment facilitates input to the brain and central nervous system to modulate tone, release tight fascia and re-establish more normal patterns of movement. This can be viewed as the therapist's hands "talking to the brain" to change what is abnormal to more normal and automatic functioning (i.e. seeking to enhance neuroplasticity).
As with all interventions with serious or catastrophic injuries, neurological physiotherapy requires long-term intervention and supports an inter-disciplinary approach to rehabilitation.
Our Orthopedic/Manual Physiotherapists
You do not need to have a neurological condition or disease to be treated at our clinic!
Orthopaedic/manual physiotherapy can help treat:
- Chronic pain
- Muscle, bone, joint pain
- Sports injuries
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Motor vehicle accident injuries
- and more!
We have many orthopedic/manual physiotherapists that can treat a variety of injuries and conditions that are not neurologically based! These therapists also use a whole-body approach in their treatment skills. Rather than just looking at the area of pain or restriction, our therapists expand their assessment to looking at the whole body and where the root cause of the problem may be. Our orthopedic/manual therapists may use some equipment (i.e. an ultrasound) during treatment but the majority of the treatment is done using hands-on techniques. Treatment is done one-to-one in private treatment rooms, meaning the therapist treats ONLY YOU for the duration of treatment session.