Services

The following Physiotherapy services are available exclusively at Lethbridge Physiotherapy:

  • Acupuncture – Shauna and Irene
  • Intra-muscular Stimulation (IMS) – Shauna and Irene
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents (MVA)
  • Workers Compensation (WCB)
  • Registered Massage Therapy (RMT)
  • Temporal Mandibular Problems (TMJ/ Jaw) – Irene
  • Kinesiology – Eric & Becky
  • Progressive Goal Attainment  Program (PGAP) – Becky

Feeling excruciating pain? Unsure of a service that may help? Take a look below to see what we do … we would like to help. Call us at 403.328.5673 if you have any questions or to discuss your physiotherapy needs.

Registered Massage Therapy (www.mtaalberta.com)

Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of the soft tissues of the body with the intention of producing therapeutic results.  Put another way massage therapy is the deliberate damage of the muscle tissue with the intention of a positive result.  Depending upon what stage the injury is in either, acute or chronic a skilled massage therapist will utilize different manipulations to treat the injury.  If the injury is in the acute stage the massage therapist will employ techniques to help decrease the pain and decrease inflammation.  These techniques could be light stroking or drainage techniques.  If the injury is presenting in the chronic stage the massage therapist will employ techniques, like frictions, that will break down the scar tissue and start a positive controlled inflammatory response.

Depending upon what your needs are massage therapy could be for you.  The first literary reference to massage dates back to 3000 BC.  Hippocrates the father of modern medicine prescribed massage.  Massage today in contemporary society is being used to treat complicated medical conditions, as a treat after a hard day’s work or just a part of regular health maintenance.  Either way the benefits of massage to the body are it increases circulation; stimulates the lymphatic system (the body’s defense system), increases relaxation, decrease muscle tone, decreases scar tissue, improves digestion, improves range of motion and increases endorphins in the body (the body’s natural pain killers).  These are only a few of the benefits – talk to a massage therapist to learn more or to see if massage is for you.  All massage has a relaxation component and all massage has a therapeutic element.

Acupuncture (AFCINSTITUTE.com) (acatcm.com)

Acupuncture is one of many components of traditional Chinese medicine. In this traditional approach the human body is approached as an energetic system and the energy that flows through the body is referred to as Qi (pronounced “chee”). Disease, disorders, and conditions are approached as imbalances in the body’s energy system.

Acupuncture is a method of balancing the body’s Qi by inserting needles at specific points along the body’s energy pathways (meridians), in order to modify or prevent the perception of pain, or to normalize the flow of energy that allows the body to heal itself. Modern science explains these concepts through the endorphin theory: the inserted needles cause the release of endorphins (the body’s natural pain killers).

Acupuncture is a valuable tool in treating a variety of conditions that are seen by Physical Therapists. – Shauna and Irene

IMS ~ Intramuscular Stimulation (www.istop.org)

IMS is a dry needling technique that uses an acupuncture needle to release tight shortened muscles. The affected muscles are palpated for supersensitive, tight points and then needled to elicit a grasping response by the muscle. This stimulates the nerve to fire and causes a reflex relaxation of the muscle or a releasing sensation. Treatments are usually once a week to allow for time between appointments for the body to heal itself. The number of treatments you will require will depend on several factors – such as the extent and duration of your condition, how much scar tissue there is, and how quickly your body can heal. Needling stimulates a certain amount of healing and the effects of IMS are cumulative.
MVA (www.autoinsurance.gov.ab.ca)

We have serviced a wide variety of motor vehicle accident injuries with out comprehensive post MVA program. This will entail using many or all of our treatment and rehabilitation skills and techniques. You will have an assessment and your injuries will be explained to you. Our primary goal is to reduce your pain and get you back on your feet as soon as possible.
WCB (www.wcb.ab.ca/home/)

If you have been injured at work, we offer acute Workers Compensation Board care. Our primary goal is to reduce pain inflammation, increase range of motion, strength and function of affected area.

TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) (www.mayoclinic.com)

This is a disorder that effect the jaw joint between the temporal bone and mandible. The symptoms that one might experience are popping or clicking of the jaw, decreased jaw opening, pain with eating. The most common cause of TMJ pain is myofascial pain dysfunction syndrome and usually involves the muscles. Other causes might be an internal derangement in the jaw or degeneration of the joint.

Kinesiology (www.cka.ca)

Kinesiology, by nature, is the study of human movement. Our kinesiologists work along side the physiotherapists to develop a program for your injury or condition. A comprehensive evaluation will be performed and an appropriate strength, flexibility, pain control rehabilitation or functional strength program will be developed.

This program will involve a component of home exercise or gym program to be done here or a facility of your choosing. The program will be developed and performed in a one on one setting and individualized to your specific needs.

(PGAP) Progressive Goal Attainment  Program 

(www.pdp-pgap.com/pgap/en)

PGAP is an evidence-based treatment program for reducing disability associated with pain, depression, cancer, and other chronic health conditions.

The Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP) is the first disability prevention program specifically designed to target psychosocial risk factors for pain and disability. Psychosocial factors were chosen as targets of the intervention on the basis of emerging research supporting their relevance to return-to-work outcomes, and their amenability to change through intervention. PGAP is a life-role re-integration program that has been tailored to meet the rehabilitation needs of individuals who are struggling to overcome the challenges associated with a wide range of persistent pain conditions. PGAP is a standardized community-based intervention delivered by frontline rehabilitation professionals such as occupational therapists, physical therapists, kinesiologists, occupational health nurses and rehabilitation counsellors.

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