How can we help you?
We offer many services, in addition to traditional physiotherapy, to quicken and enhance your recovery time.
Physiotherapy treatment techniques are aimed at removing muscular, joint and nerve symptoms. They restore normal function and mobility and provide patients with skills to help manage their problem long- term. Our physiotherapists use a hands-on approach with a wide variety of manual skills and exercise therapies to help you recover from acute and chronic injuries.
Their extensive training in injury mechanism pathology and rehabilitation allows them to provide the most reliable and evidence-based advice and treatment for musculoskeletal disorders.
What to expect in your consultation?
During your consultation, you will receive a thorough assessment including a physical examination, assessment of biomechanics and history establishment. Following the assessment, your diagnosis and treatment options are clearly explained to you. Your treatment is chosen from a wide range of physical modalities demonstrated to reduce pain and disability.
Along with hands-on treatment and rehabilitation exercise, you will receive advice on how to best manage your injury at home or work, speeding up your recovery and minimizing risk of recurrence. Together, with appropriate medical care, our skilled therapist will help you achieve the best possible outcome.
How does Physiotherapy help?
Physiotherapy is extremely effective for soft tissue strains and tears including muscle and joint related injuries. It is also very effective when there is a pinched or irritated nerve.
Problems may have been caused by high velocity sporting injuries, overstrains, repeated or postural overload type injuries, arthritis, biomechanical related problems or pre/post-surgical related problems. A physiotherapist’s ability to diagnose the pathology and relate it to the mechanism of injury is one of the most significant advantages our physiotherapist offer.
Physiotherapist treat an extensive list of injuries. Our experienced physiotherapist will be able to quickly identify the most effective treatment plan for you.
Physiotherapy is an effective treatment for many conditions:
Physiotherapy is an effective treatment for a range of conditions including, but not limited to:
- Repetitive strain injuries (tendinosis, tenosynovitis, bursitis, entrapment syndromes or stress fractures)
- Spine (e.g. neck, mid back, low back) rib, and sacroiliac joint related disorders including biomechanical dysfunction, strains, disc injuries, and pinched nerves (e.g. sciatica)
- Peripheral nerve injuries and entrapments (e.g. carpal tunnel syndrome)
- Shoulder related disorders (e.g. sprains and dislocations, rotator cuff tendon, and bursitis)
- Elbow related disorders (e.g. sprains, tendonitis, golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow)
- Wrist related disorders (e.g. sprains, tenosynovitis, ganglion cysts, triangular fibrocartilage complex injuries)
- Hand related disorders (e.g. ligament and tendon injuries, trigger finger)
- Abdomen related disorders (e.g. muscle tears, sports hernia, core muscle weakness)
- Hip related disorders (e.g. bursitis, tendonitis, femeroacetabular impingement)
- Knee related disorders (e.g. ACL injury, meniscus injury, MCL sprain, patella dislocation, patellafemoral syndrome, iliotibial band syndrome, patella tendonitis)
- Shin splints
- Ankle related disorders (e.g. sprains, Achilles tendonitis)
- Foot related disorders (e.g. plantar fasciitis, flat feet, metatarsalgia, Morton’s neuroma)
- Sports related concussion
- Uncomplicated traumatic fractures and stress fractures
- Pregnancy related muscle and joint pains
- Postural and Ergonomic dysfunction (e.g. neck, shoulder and back muscle tightness)
- Pre/Post-operative rehabilitation
– And many more!
Treatment modalities include education and advice, manual therapy, joint mobilization and manipulation, muscular and myofascial release, trigger point release, functional dry needling, maintenance manual therapy and exercise therapy. They also include specific rehabilitative therapy, postural rebalancing exercise, biomechanical re-education, clinical core strengthening, orthotics, taping, electrotherapy including ultrasound, interferential and workplace evaluation.
We are committed to helping people recover!
Our physiotherapists participate in regular education continuation programs, ensuring that they stay well-informed on the latest research and most effective treatments available. We have a strong commitment to evidence-based and outcome-measured therapy. Measures are routinely taken and used to re-evaluate and guide clinical decisions during your course of treatment.
Our therapists utilize a wide selection of manual techniques, dependent on the needs of our clients. Manual stretching, friction massage, trigger point release, and myofascial release are some of the treatments designed to restore normal length, mobility to soft tissues and full range of joint motion.
If required joint manipulations may also be used, provided the therapist has the appropriate training and the patient’s consent.
Prescriptive exercise is highly effective and a key component of injury prevention, recovery, pain management, and overall health. We are very knowledgeable in providing patients with exercises specifically designed for you and your needs.
Whether you are pre- or post-surgical, returning to activity or work, improving your ability as an athlete, pre- or postnatal, or managing systemic conditions such as arthritis… our therapists will work with you to design an exercise program to keep you FIT TO PLAY in all situations.
Registered Massage Therapy
Massage therapy focuses on soft tissue manipulation to promote relaxation of the body’s nervous system and enhance muscle performance. A natural form of therapy that promotes healing, circulation, and waste reduction in tissues… The goal of massage therapy is to restore and maintain optimal health and pain-free function of the body.
Registered Massage Therapists (RMT) in Alberta have the highest level of Massage Therapy education in Canada. They are educated and trained to accurately assess and treat with techniques that include massage and manual therapy, joint mobilization, rehabilitative exercises and patient education. Treatment is focused on the soft tissues of the body, including muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints. All our RMT’s have completed diploma programs and are in good standing with the College of Massage Therapy of Alberta with a minimum 3 years of clinical experience.
Electrical modalities, such as ultrasound, laser, neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES), transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), and interferential current (IFC) are all designed to stimulate tissue healing, reduce pain and swelling, and to restore normal tissue function.
We may use a variety of electrotherapy tools during your treatment sessions.
Encompassing a combination of traditional Chinese acupuncture and Western medical science, acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into the skin at specific points to achieve a variety of effects such as pain relief, reduction of swelling, and improved circulation. The release of endorphins and opening of a person’s ch’i or energy flow can relieve multiple symptoms.
Medical acupuncture is not appropriate for all patients, and thus an assessment is required to determine if it is appropriate for you.
Functional Dry Needling
Functional dry needling is a specialized form of needling that differs from acupuncture. It helps to reduce pain and dysfunction by inserting a needle into targeted areas of tightness and trigger points in muscle tissue.
The needle produces a reflex response, causing relaxation of the muscle, thus reducing tension on other joint structures. IMS is not appropriate for all patients and thus a special assessment is required to determine if it is appropriate for you.
Athletic and Functional Taping
Functional dry needling is a specialized form of needling that differs from acupuncture in that it attempts to release tension from knots and pressure points in muscles. The needle produces a reflex response causing relaxation of the muscle, thus reducing tension on other joint structures.
IMS is not appropriate for all patients, and thus an assessment is required to determine if it is appropriate for you.
Vestibular Rehabilitation is a specialized treatment approach used to decrease the symptoms of dizziness, gaze disturbances, and balance impairments, often commonly known as vertigo.
Peripheral vestibular dysfunction has been shown to respond well to progressive balance retraining, specific stretching, and strengthening techniques. A specific vestibular rehab program is designed for the patient to continue and complete at home.
Foot biomechanics play a vital role in the way the body moves and functions. A custom foot orthotic is a biomechanical insole achieving alignment of the foot and ankle and an anatomically efficient position.
Your orthotic evaluation will involve a thorough history and complete biomechanical assessment including a clinical gait analysis, and the creation of a 3-dimensional mould of your foot. Your custom-made prescription orthotic will be unique to your condition, activity level, and to the footwear in which you will use them.
Concussion Management Program
Our healthcare professional, Manas Kathuria, can help you assess the severity of your concussion and plan an individualized treatment plan to help you get back to pre-accident levels.
What are Concussions?
Concussions are a type of brain injury caused by a blow, “jolt” or bump to the head. It is a serious form of trauma that requires proper attention and care to prevent further injury and long-term impairment.
I may have a Concussion: what do I do?
Make sure you tell someone (your partner, coach, parent, teacher etc.) so that you are not left alone. Remove yourself from sport, class, and/or work until a Medical Physician can properly assess you. Rest is the best treatment during the initial hours of the injury.
Schedule an appointment to see a Medical Physician as soon as possible. It is usually unnecessary to visit the emergency room or have someone wake you at night, unless your symptoms are severe and/or rapidly worsening. Get a good night’s sleep!
Undergo proper medical evaluation by a Physician. This typically does not include CT or MRI scans unless your injury is suspected to be more severe and/or needs to be ruled out.
Visit a Concussion Management Provider in your area for further assessment. At Aspire, our PT Manas Kathuria will help you go through baseline testing, which will demonstrate any areas that may be impaired due to the injury and will help guide management recommendations. If you have not previously undergone baseline testing, a follow-up assessment with one of our Health Professionals is still highly recommended.
Follow any management recommendations given to you by your Physician and Aspire Physiotherapy Professional. These may include physical rehabilitation (e.g. for associated neck pain), specific rest strategies and advice around modified school and/or work requirements, specialized rehabilitative techniques (e.g. vestibular therapy/exercises to help combat dizziness), and other recovery strategies.
Follow-up with the Health Professionals involved in your care so that your recovery is properly monitored. If you have questions, please ask us as knowledge of your injury will aid in your recovery.