What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a medical, hands-on approach to relieving pain and restoring function. Physiotherapists are medical experts in musculoskeletal and neurological conditions and work closely with physicians.
Our physiotherapists evaluate your movement patterns, identify the cause of your pain, and work to eliminate it. While every client’s condition and pain is unique, your physiotherapist will use a variety of gentle hands-on techniques, exercises, and equipment to relieve pain quickly and restore your function to optimum levels. The overall goal is to restore pain-free mobility and function and to prevent the injury or pain from recurring.
When to see a physiotherapist?
Physiotherapy is an effective approach to resolving pain, maximizing athletic performance, healing injuries, and optimizing functional movement. You may consider calling a physiotherapist if:
You are recovering from a sports-based injury
You are recovering from an accident
You have a structural condition (ex., scoliosis) that limits your daily movement and comfort
You are experiencing joint, muscular, or nerve pain
You plan on becoming pregnant, are pregnant, or have given birth in the past
You have been diagnosed with arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, or fibromyalgia
You are experiencing dizziness or vertigo
You have experienced a head injury, suspect you have had a concussion, or have been diagnosed with a concussion
You will be undergoing surgery in the foreseeable future
You are looking to promote long-term wellbeing, mobility, and strength!
Sport physiotherapy is the specialized branch of physiotherapy that deals with injuries and issues related to sport. Athletic performance places demands on the body that can increase stress on muscles, joints, and bones. This specialized knowledge enhances the integrated approach that it takes to return an athlete to sport following an injury, maximize performance outcomes, and prevent injury.
CSS Sport Physiotherapy Director: Michelle Keene
Orthopaedic rehabilitation refers to a branch of physical therapy that specializes in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of the musculoskeletal system, which includes pathology or dysfunction of bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and joints. Treatment of musculoskeletal conditions may include any or all of the following practices: soft tissue treatments, joint mobilization/manipulation, exercise prescription, modalities, patient education, and needling techniques. Physiotherapists in this realm specialize in the management of a variety of injuries including those suffered from motor vehicle accidents, work-place injuries, slips and falls, overuse injuries, as well as managing post-operative care.
CSS Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Director: Cohl Muntain
Concussion management is a branch of physiotherapy that deals directly with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of concussions. Concussions occur when a head trauma causes a surge of ATP (energy) in the brain, and is followed by a decline of function that can last several weeks. It is fundamental to the health of the concussion sufferer that they are appropriately returned to work, sport, and life only when the concussion is fully healed. Our Concussion Management certified physiotherapists will not only diagnose the concussion, but ensure that the patient recovers fully to minimize long-term damage. Concussion Baseline Testing (that provides a pre-injury benchmark) is another important component of this process.
CSS Concussion Management Director: Lee Stevens
PELVIC FLOOR PHYSIOTHERAPY
Pelvic floor physiotherapy is a field of treatment that works specifically with pelvic floor dysfunction, and symptoms that may manifest in that area. The pelvic floor includes muscles, ligaments, nerves, and connective tissues, all which play an important role in the function and comfort of the bladder, uterus, genitals, and anus. Pelvic floor physiotherapy can assist with urinary or bowel urgency, incontinence, or burning, pain with sex, pelvic pressure, pain or heaviness, discomfort while sitting, and with pre-natal care and post-partum recovery. Pelvic floor physiotherapy often includes both internal and external assessment and treatment, focusing on the relaxation and strengthening of the various pelvic floor muscles. Pelvic floor physiotherapy can benefit both women and men!
CSS Pelvic Floor Therapist: Bree Rutten
Dry needling is a medical technique performed by skilled physiotherapists to immediately reduce pain and muscle tension, and to improve mobility. This technique is used in the treatment of a variety of musculoskeletal problems, including (but not limited to): acute or chronic injuries, headaches, neck pain, back pain, tendinitis, muscle spasms, sciatica, hip and knee pain, muscle strains, fibromyalgia, tennis or golfer’s elbow, and more! Dry needling involves the use of sterile acupuncture needles that are inserted through the skin into muscles, tendons and ligaments. For most clients, there is little to no discomfort associated with this procedure, though some muscle soreness may be experienced 24-48 hours after the procedure.
Acupuncture is a system for diagnosing and treating disease that uses a series of fine needles inserted into specific points on the body. Acupuncture originated in classical Chinese medicine, but has since been combined with modern medicine’s approach to anatomy, physiology and illness to provide a comprehensive approach to treating pain and promoting well-being. At CSS, acupuncture is used alongside exercise therapy as a means of treating musculoskeletal injuries and pain.
BIKE FIT ASSESSMENT
A Physio Bike Fit consists of two, one-hour sessions with a physiotherapist. Following an extensive interview of your cycling history and goals, this process will include a physical assessment, video analysis, pedal stroke analysis, bicycle adjustments, and corrective exercises. Cyclists of all abilities, from the occasional recreational rider to a competitive cyclist can benefit from a professional Physio Bike Fit at Craven SPORT services. Do you feel uncomfortable riding your bike? Are you experiencing back, neck, knee, or saddle pain during or after biking? Are you feeling numbness, tingling, or pain in your hands and feed while riding? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you would benefit from a Physio Bike Fit Assessment!
CSS Therapists performing Bike Fit Assessments: Bruce Craven
A Running Assessment is a 1.5 hour appointment with a physiotherapist, designed to analyze all things running. Following an extensive interview of your running history and goals, this process includes a physical assessment, treadmill walk and run video analysis, and the development of an individualized corrective exercise program. Throughout this process, clients will eliminate reoccurring running pain syndromes, build strength and stability, and develop solutions to avoid future pain or injury.
CSS Therapists performing Running Assessments: Full team!
CANCELLATION POLICY: CRAVEN SPORT SERVICES RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHARGE A $50.00 CANCELLATION FEE FOR MISSED APPOINTMENTS, OR WHEN LESS THAN 12 HOURS CANCELLATION NOTICE IS PROVIDED PRIOR TO A CLIENT’S SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT TIME. AFTER TWO OR MORE LATE CANCELLATIONS/NO SHOWS, THE CLIENT WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY FOR THE FULL AMOUNT OF THE APPOINTMENT.