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What to Expect
We are absolutely passionate about helping you. You can expect to work with a trained professional, dedicated to helping YOU. We book your time specifically for you. Expect one-on-one time, lots of questions, and a little bit of homework.
Our Centennial Rd location is fully accessible and houses a few speciality services (shockwave, Pelvic Physio, GLA:D program).
Our Athlete Institute location is on the 2nd level, has ample parking and is at the heart of high performance sport in town.
Through our electronic medical records, we can see practitioner notes from each location and you only have to do the paperwork once! Don’t worry about calling the wrong location – we can book you at either clinic.
Still not sure if we can help? Just Ask!
Physiotherapists are health professionals that are specifically trained to deal with the musculoskeletal components of the human body.
Physiotherapists at Headwaters Physiotherapy use a variety of manual therapy techniques, exercises, acupuncture, therapeutic modalities (including taping, pain management), and education. Appropriate treatment for each individual is guided by the most up-to-date research. All Physiotherapists are enthusiastic about helping you and take continuing education courses.
Physiotherapy services are provided pre-and-post-operatively, for acute and chronic conditions, and for preventative measures, for people of all ages.
Those recovering from an injury, surgery, childbirth or looking to prevent injury can benefit greatly from Pilates-based rehabilitation focused classes.
Rehab reformer classes are now offered at our Purple Owl Pilates studio. The focus of these classes is on activating your stabilizers effectively before movement. We focus on neuromuscular re-education and proper movement patterns. Anyone can benefit from these dynamic classes as they reinforce the way we were made to move. Classes are done on the reformer machine allowing multi-planar movements to mimic everyday movements. The movements learned in class are meant to translate into everyday life making everyday tasks easier and pain free.
Physiotherapy extended healthcare plans may cover Pilates-based rehabilitation classes. For more information visit www.purpleowlpilates.ca or book an assessment with Kathy Yardley.
Ergonomics is a tool used to assess risks and hazards in any workplace. It provides the design and administration of safe work practices and emergency changes to optimize the system to fit the people that use it. At Headwaters Phsyiotherapy, we look closely at each individuals’ unique situation and provide recommendations specific to each work space and person.
If you are currently experiencing pain and discomfort at work, in the car or in a home office, an ergonomic assessment may be suitable for you. Ergonomics can also be used in a preventative manner, as it can be incorporated into the design of a new work space, to prevent any future pain or discomfort. Research has demonstrated that when ergonomics is taken into consideration during the design phase of a work space, there is an 80% reduction in musculoskeletal disorders and a 42% reduction in pain and discomfort. Good ergonomics also increases overall productivity, quality and moral.
Depending on your insurance provider, an ergonomic assessment may be covered. If you have been in a motor vehicle accident and are eligible for an ergonomic assessment, the assessment may be covered.
For an individual and/or corporate assessment, book with Lindsay Whiting.
Chiropractors practice a manual approach, using a combination of techniques, providing diagnosis, treatment and preventive care for disorders related to the spine, pelvis, nervous system and joints.
After taking a complete history and diagnosing a patient, a chiropractor can develop and carry out a comprehensive treatment/management plan, recommend therapeutic exercise and other non-invasive therapies, and provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counselling.
Chiropractic care can be useful for acute or chronic conditions, as well as for prevention.
At Headwaters Physiotherapy, our Chiropractors, use different techniques to treat everyone from pediatrics to prenatal to high performance athletes.
Let our staff know a little about your condition so we can assure you are placed with the best therapist for you!
Active Release Techniques (ART®)
ART® is a hands on soft tissue therapy technique used to restore function and reduce pain in the body’s muscular and fascial systems. ART treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia & nerves. Using specific movements to release restricted body motion, ART is effective for both acute and chronic conditions and provides lasting relief.
Every ART session is a combination of examination and treatment. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.
For an ART session, book with Peter or Joy.
Athletic Therapy is the prevention, immediate care and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries by a Certified Athletic Therapist. It involves the assessment of physical function, the treatment of dysfunction caused by pain and/or injury in order to develop, maintain and maximize independence and prevent dysfunction.
People of any age can benefit from Athletic Therapy; including young, recreational, competitive, collegiate and professional athletes.
Extended healthcare plans often cover Athletic Therapy, either one it’s own or grouped with other allied healthcare providers.
Kourtney Matysek and Rebecca Hoekstra are Certified Athletic Therapists at the clinic.
Acute concussion management focuses on returning the athlete to sport safely and efficiently. If pre-season testing was completed, this will be used to determine a timeframe for returning to sport. Symptom reporting and constant communication is essential.
Chronic concussion management refers to anyone who has had concussive symptoms for greater than 1 month. This treatment is different than acute management and will be specific to your case – often the neck, vestibular system, or autonomic system are involved. A proper assessment and treatment plan will dictate your course of treatment.
A growing emphasis has been placed on objective baseline testing protocols that can be used to track an athlete’s recovery and serve as a tangible measurement for return-to-play readiness. By measuring an athlete’s “normal” level of functioning, we are better able to gauge the level of impairment that may exist post-injury by performing comparative testing.
Baseline values can vary widely from one athlete to the next, and in young developing athletes, these measures can change dramatically from year to year. Should an athlete sustain a concussion during the season, this allows for a more accurate and objective assessment of an otherwise elusive injury, and provides important information when making return-to-play decisions.
To be seen by a concussion specialist, book with: Laura Reithmeier, Heather Sullivan, Scott Lyall, Abdullah Imam, Amanda Stevens or Peter Hrkal (chiropractor).
Pelvic Health Physiotherapy
Pelvic Health Physiotherapy is specialized Physiotherapy that is becoming a first line of defence against incontinence and pelvic pain. It is also beneficial for pre- and post-natal rehabilitation and low back pain that has not responded well to conventional therapy.
This type of Physiotherapy involves an internal examination of the pelvic floor muscles followed by appropriate rehabilitation. Evidence shows pelvic floor rehab is the first line of defence, even before surgical consultation, for stress, urge & mixed incontinence.
Please note, there is a higher cost for this specialized service.
For a Pelvic Assessment, book with Heather Sullivan or Kathy Yardley.
Shockwave therapy is a technology that uses shockwaves to treat chronic, painful conditions of the musculoskeletal system. There is evidence for the use of shockwave for chronic tendonopathy.
Shockwave therapy works by neovascularization of injured tissue to help promote healing. This means the injured tissue has an increase in blood vessels after the treatment.
Shockwave can help:
Calcific tendonitis, Rotator Cuff tendonitis, Plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, Tennis elbow, Stress fractures, Non-union fractures, Achilles tendonitis, Patellar tendonitis (jumpers knee), Hip bursitis, Trigger points, Scar tissue, Bursitis, and Mortons neuroma.
Vestibular rehabilitation (VR), or vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) is a specialized form of therapy intended to alleviate both the primary and secondary problems caused by vestibular disorders.
Evidence has shown that vestibular rehabilitation can be effective in improving symptoms related to many vestibular (inner ear/balance) disorders. People with vestibular disorders often experience problems with vertigo, dizziness, visual disturbance, and/or imbalance. Other problems can also arise that are secondary to vestibular disorders, such as nausea and/or vomiting, reduced ability to focus or concentrate, fatigue, anxiety and depression.
Symptoms due to vestibular disorders can diminish quality of life and impact all aspects of daily living. Additionally, one of the consequences of having a vestibular disorder is that symptoms frequently cause people to adopt a sedentary lifestyle in order to avoid bringing on, or worsening, dizziness and imbalance. As a result, decreased muscle strength and flexibility, increased joint stiffness, and reduced stamina can occur.
Our therapists with specialized training in VRT include Heather Sullivan or Amanda Stevens.
Registered Massage Therapy
At Headwaters Physiotherapy, Registered Massage Therapy is offered to:
- Reduce muscle tension/spasm
- Promote healing
- Increase blood flow to strained muscles
- Aid in relaxation
Our team of Registered Massage Therapists use various techniques, including craniosacral, osteopathic techniques & lymphatic massage.
Massage therapy is very often an effective adjunct to other treatments, such as physiotherapy, chiropractic or acupuncture.
Treatments can be booked for 30 minute, 45 minute, 1 hour or 1.5 hour sessions. Most insurance plans cover the cost of Registered Massage Therapy.
Naturopathic medicine is the treatment and prevention of diseases as well as optimization of health by natural means. Appointments involve a comprehensive assessment of all aspects of health, a physical examination and laboratory testing depending on the patient. Treatment may include herbal medicine, clinical nutrition, supplements, acupuncture, homeopathy, nutrient injection, as well as diet and lifestyle counselling. Treatment is individualized and aims to target the root cause of your concern.
Dr. Sarah Glassford is the Naturopathic Doctor at Headwaters Physiotherapy, treating at both locations.