My Treatment Approach

 

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Nelson Mandela.

 

All physical therapists strive to make their patients feel better and I include myself in this statement. I employ a range of treatment methods in my practice including manual therapy, Clinical Pilates/corrective exercise prescription, Functional Dry Needling (FDN)/IMS, acupuncture, as well as taping and other modalities to help decrease your pain, improve your mobility, strength and function. My most important personal goal for every patient however, is to provide you with the education to help you better understand your body, your condition/injury and how you can best continue with self management and prevention strategies. I strive to be a resource for my patients and  this includes continuously expanding my knowledge base through courses, research and reading to provide better care, while also guiding you in the appropriate direction through referrals when necessary to get the information and care you need. While I treat all musculoskelatal areas/conditions, my primary area of interest and specialty is the foot and gait related disorders.

 

More about my services:

Clinical Pilates:

Most people are familiar with Pilates being a form of exercise designed to improve the strength and function of the core. While this is true, I incorporate my Pilates training in the clinical setting to address various musculoskeletal issues and movement dysfunctions. Pilates for me is more about movement re-education, helping you to be more mindful of your body, various compensation strategies that you may have and how to improve upon these to improve the overall efficiency of your movement and help decrease your pain.

Functional Dry Needling/IMS & Acupuncture:

Dry Needling is a general term for a therapeutic treatment procedure using an acupuncture needle inserted into a muscle or muscles in areas of the body where pain and/or dysfunction may be present. Often in these areas, trigger points exist, which are known as palpable bands of muscle tissue that are usually painful to touch. The needle is inserted into these areas with the goal of producing a local twitch response, or contraction of the muscle and ultimately reducing the trigger point.

Dry needling is known as an effective treatment for patients suffering from acute and chronic pain, for patients rehabilitating from injury, and even for use in preventing pain and injury, with very few side effects.

Manual Therapy

Manual therapy, or manipulative therapy, is a physical treatment primarily used by massage therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, chiropractors, osteopaths and many other health care practitioners to treat musculoskeletal pain and disability. It most commonly includes soft tissue mobilization as well as mobilization and manipulation of joints.