PHYSIOTHERAPY AND PAIN
Keeping you active
Physiotherapy can help rehabilitate injuries or also increase function and health.
What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapists are primary health care professionals who help improve your health, manage disease, and recover from injury. Our goal is to keep you doing the activities that you enjoy.
I have a Master’s degree in Physiotherapy which is an education that covers a broad spectrum, such as musculoskeletal and orthopaedic issues, acute care rehabilitation, neurological or cardiorespiratory issues, and neuroscience of pain management. An undergraduate degree is also required and my Bachelor’s degree is in Kinesiology or Exercise Science - studying the science of movement.
As a physical therapist, I continue post-graduate training to stay up to date with the recent evidence.
Anyone can attend physical therapy and you do not need a doctor’s referral to see a physiotherapist unless your insurance requests it for coverage. We are happy to work with your doctor to provide updates about our assessment and how you are doing.
What type of issues do physiotherapists treat?
- Neck pain, whiplash, concussion, or head injury
- Jaw issues (also known as TMD or TMJ / temporomandibular joint pain)
- Shoulder, elbow, wrist or finger issues
- Back pain or sacro-iliac joint pain
- Hip or knee pain, arthritis, patellofemoral syndrome, ACL tears or meniscus issues
- Ligament or tendon issues, ergonomics
- Ankle sprains, heel pain
- Core issues, stress incontinence, diastasis recti, hernia management, pelvic pain
- Strokes, heart attack, breathing issues, arthritis, respiratory health
- Recovering from surgery such as hip or knee replacements, balance issues
- Support with myalgic encephalomyelitis or chronic fatigue syndrome
- Fibromyalgia, persistent pain, neuropathic pain
- Multiple sclerosis, parkinson’s, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis
- Improving fitness, strength, or performance in your sport
It is important to remember that as physiotherapists, we work with people. I use the bio-psycho-social approach, which means we look at how your body is functioning, but also how it is affecting how you feel and your participation in your life. We look at what is important to you.
New or old injury causing pain?
Thanks to the evolving research, we know a lot more about pain and injury than ever before. Understanding your issue better can be very helpful. There can also be things like manual therapy or IMS that help short term for relief, as well as things like home exercises that can help long term.
Humans are very adaptable and resilient and when working together we can help you get back to the things you enjoy. We can discuss your goals, talk about what the evidence shows and find a plan that works for you.
I am fortunate to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team at Tall Tree, which is great because we can work together to deliver you the best of care.
Tall Tree in James Bay also has a psychotherapy, health & nutrition coaching, naturopathic physicians, acupuncture, pilates, massage therapy and occupational therapists to help you reach your goals.