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Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is a medical profession dedicated to assessing and treating health and movement dysfunctions.

Physiotherapists are highly skilled and autonomous health professionals who provide safe, quality client-centred care through a commitment to service availability, accessibility and excellence. The profession is shaped by scientific evidence and the education and competencies of the physiotherapists delivering the services. Physiotherapy is grounded in the belief that, to be effective, its services must respond to the changing needs of populations and our health system. (From CPA with reference below).

At Oakridge Physiotherapy we honor this belief and feel honored to serve the members of our community since 1978.

At Oakridge Physiotherapy we work with our clients to improve their quality life by:

  • Promoting optimal mobility, health and wellness.
  • Preventing disease, injury, and disability.
  • Managing acute and chronic conditions.
  • Improving and maintaining optimal functional independence and performance.
  • Rehabilitating injury and disease or disability with exercise, manual therapy and therapeutic interventions.
  • Educating and assisting our clients to prevent re-occurrence, re-injury or functional decline. (From PABC with reference below).

Our goal at Oakridge Physiotherapy is to reduce and/or eliminate your pain and improve your function.

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If you have any questions, please call us any time!

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Massage Therapy

Massage is the manipulation and mobilization of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and tissue using various techniques, to enhance function, aid in the healing process, decrease muscle activity, inhibit nerve excitability, and promote relaxation and well-being.  

Massage involves working and acting on the body with pressure – structured, unstructured, stationary, or moving – tension, motion, or vibration, done manually or with mechanical aids. Target tissues may include muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, skin, joints, or other connective tissue.  Massage helps promote fluid flow throughout the body and improve general health.  Massage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearm, or a massage device.

If you have any questions, please call us any time!

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Osteopathic Manual Therapy

Osteopathy has been around since the late 1800's. It is a form of hands-on, manual therapy that treats the body as a complete and functional unit. It involves the treatment of the soft tissues, such as muscle, tendon, ligament, and fascia, as well as joints and bones to help restore the the body's natural function. Osteopathy includes craniosacral therapy and visceral manual therapy as well, in order to return the natural balance and tissue tension within the body's systems. Ultimately, osteopathy assists clients in their journey to a greater state of health. For further information please call us anytime. 

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Electrotherapy

At Oakridge physiotherapy we use electrotherapeutic agents to help us augment our treatment. These agents include:

  • Ultrasound.
  • Interferential Current (IFC)
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS).
  • Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES).
  • Laser therapy.
  • Spinal Decompression and Traction.

These agents are used to treat pain, inflammation, swelling, muscle function, tendon & ligament injuries, and to promote general healing.

Give us a call if you have any questions.

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Acupuncture

Acupuncture or dry needling is based on traditional Chinese medicine or TCM. It has been practiced for at least 2,500 years. In its application acupuncture is utilized in certain points on the body associated with energy channels or meridians, which are stimulated by the insertion of fine needles. Acupuncture needles are solid and sterile, one-use needles.

Acupuncture is thought to restore health by removing energy imbalances and blockages in the body. Practitioners of TCM believe that there is a vital force or energy called qi (pronounced "chee") that flows through the body along channels or pathways called meridians. Qi regulates the spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical harmony of the body. Acupuncture may be used to raise or lower the level of qi in a specific part of the body in order to restore the energy balance.

Acupuncture is also utilized to treat general dysfunctions in the body such as:

  • Muscle tension
  • Muscle pain
  • Joint pain
  • General body aches and pains
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Stiff shoulder
  • Swelling
  • Neck and back pain/stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Arthritis
  • And many more....

If you have any questions with regards to dry needling or acupuncture please call us any time!

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IMS - Intramuscular Stimulation

Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (Gunn IMS) is a whole body approach to assess and treat chronic pain conditions that occur in the musculoskeletal system when there is no obvious sign of injury or inflammation.  Gunn IMS relies on a detailed physical examination of the patient based on the concept of neuropathy.  Neuropathy is defined as a nerve not functioning properly increasing sensitivity of the muscles which result in chronic muscle tightening.  Signs and symptoms of neuropathy may include deep aching pain, tender points in the muscles and restricted movement.  The presentation of signs and symptoms are important because they generally do not show up with medical imaging (X-rays, MRI, CT scans).

Gunn IMS utilizes thin needles to penetrate deep within muscle tissue, specifically targeting injured muscles that have shortened from distress.  The goal of treatment is to release muscle shortening, which presses on and irritates the nerve.  Examples of conditions that can benefit from treatment include:

  • Tennis elbow
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Chronic neck/back pain
  • Headaches
  • Motor vechicle accidents
  • Repetitive strain injuries

Even through both Gunn IMS and Acupuncture involve the insertion of fine needles, the theory and approach are different. Gunn IMS is based on a medical assessment looking for physical signs and treating chronic muscle shortening.

For further information please visit UBC Gunn IMS, or call us anytime.

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Pelvic Floor Therapy

Physiotherapy is an excellent resource for assisting clients in their pelvic health. Pelvic floor issues affect both men and women and there are many causes, including post-surgical, post-partum, injury, and many others. At Oakridge Physiotherapy our practitioners can address one’s pelvic floor health. Pelvic floor therapy is often used to address the following:

  • Stress Urinary Incontinence (Leaking).
  • Over Active bladder (Urgency).
  • Constipation.
  • Fecal Incontinence.
  • Diastasis rectus abdominus (DRA) - separated stomach muscles.
  • Coccydynia - painful tail bone.
  • Nocturia - having to urinate throughout the night.
  • General pelvic pain.
  • Post prostatectomy.
  • Post hysterectomy.

If you have any further questions, feel free to call and one of our physiotherapists can answer your questions.

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Personal Training

Personal training involves both general and specific exercise prescription to assist in the recovery following an injury or to improve one's fitness level. At Oakridge physiotherapy our experts focus on your needs and work with you to help improve your mobility, strength, coreband back conditioning, or anything you wish to address.

Our personal training programs are designed to address the individual needs of each person. Our personal trainers work with you to identify your goals on a one-to- one basis. Each personal training session is one hour in length.

Give us a call to help take you to the next level.

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Exercise Therapy

Exercise therapy involves both general and specific exercise prescription to assist in the recovery following an injury or to improve one's fitness level. Our physiotherapists are highly trained to identify the areas of your body needing help. With precise mechanical evaluation our physiotherapists can determine where any deficiencies might exist and walk you through the steps needed to return to activity or get you back in the game.

Our physiotherapists are highly trained to treat postoperative total hip and total knee replacements, neck and back strains following a car accident, sprains and strains of your shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle, and foot. The equipment we use in our clinic includes:

  • Stationary bike
  • Treadmill
  • Free weights
  • Exercise bands
  • Exercise tubing
  • Pulley machines
  • Stability balls
  • Bosu ball
  • Fitter
  • Shuttle
  • Stability Platforms
  • And more...
Custom Orthotics and Bracing

At Oakridge Physiotherapy we believe in providing the best care for our clients. In order to provide that care we often will partner with other practitioners and organizations to help us help you.

We have been proud to be in partnership with Paris Orthotics in the provision of quality custom orthotics and custom bracing. Paris has been around since 1907 and they continue to be one of Canada’s largest and most respected manufacturers of premium custom made prescription orthoses. (More here: Paris Orthotics)

A custom orthotic is a device specifically designed for the client and is not a generic device you buy off of a shelf. It is made for you and only you. It is a device to be placed in your shoes to address a number or ailments. A custom orthotic may be used to address the following:

  • Plantar fasciitis - a common pain at the sole of the foot.
  • Arthritis - which may affect the joints of the foot.
  • Diabetes - which may affect peripheral circulation in the feet.
  • Metatarsalgia - a foot disorder that affects the bones and joints at the ball of the foot.
  • Pes planus or low arch/flat feet.
  • Pes cavus or a high arch.
  • Shin splints or lower leg pain affecting the shins.
  • Bunions.
  • Achilles tendinosis.
  • Knee pain.
  • And many others.

Give us a call for more information or to book an appointment.

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Post MVA Rehabilitation

At Oakridge Physiotherapy, our professionals are very experienced in treating clients whom have received injuries as the result of a motor vehicle accident. Generally in BC, clients must navigate through their claim management with ICBC. Our administrative staff and physiotherapists can assist clients with this process as it pertains to their ongoing medical management and recovery in conjunction with their doctor. We provide communication with your family doctor and claim adjuster. We can help you.

Our physiotherapists can assist clients with many conditions resulting from a motor vehicle accident including whiplash, soft tissue injuries, and back strain.

After a motor vehicle accident often people are in pain and are unable to do many of the things they were able to do before the accident. We can help you with your pain and assist you in getting back to work, getting back to exercise and improving your quality of life.

Please give us a call with any questions or to make an appointment.

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Work Injury Rehabilitation and Worksafe BC

At Oakridge Physiotherapy, our professionals are very experienced in treating clients whom have received any work related injury affecting the musculoskeletal system. This includes:

  • Joint sprains and strains
  • Fractures
  • Post-surgical rehab
  • Ligament injuries
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Neck and back strains

Generally in BC, clients must navigate through their claim management with Worksafe BC. Our administrative staff and physiotherapists can assist clients with this process as it pertains to their ongoing medical management and recovery in conjunction with their doctor. We provide communication with your family doctor and claim manager. We can help you with your pain, recovery, and return to work in a safe manner.

Let us know if we can help you.

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Joint Replacement Rehabilitation

Total joint replacement of the knee and hip have been quite common with advanced cases of osteoarthritis affecting these joints. As a result, the procedures have become more advanced and clients are expecting a quicker recovery. That recovery however, is not without work.

This is where the physiotherapists at Oakridge Physiotherapy can help you. Our professionals have extensive experience in joint replacement rehabilitation and know how to help you push through things to gain better range of motion and strength while also understanding the need for pacing and helping you manage the pain associated with this process.

The initial days after total joint replacement can be scary but our professionals can walk you through the process and help get back to whatever it is you want to do, whether it is hockey, golf, tai chi, or just getting up for a walk. These are real possibilities even after joint surgery.

Let us know if we can help.

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Neck and Back Care

Neck and back injuries are the most frequent problems treated Oakridge Physiotherapy. Our physiotherapists are experts when it comes to treating your neck and back. The neck and back are obviously delicate areas of the body so we will always ensure the treatment we provide is appropriate for the problem and is safe. Using precise assessment techniques we can determine what the problem is and can help reduce your pain and restore your function. Exercise will always be a component in helping to improve your function and quality of life and we are the exercise experts. We will get results.

We will also ensure we communicate to your family doctor when the need arises so your healthcare team is on the same page. We will also ensure you have a solid understanding of the problem. We will take great care at educating you about your anatomy and the steps needed to enhance your recovery.

Give us a call if you have any questions.

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Active Conditioning

Our active conditioning program is designed to help our clients get back to regular activity, work and a healthy lifestyle. We have developed our program to assist our ICBC and private insurance clients in the progression of their rehab journey. This includes the initial recovery from the injury to an eventual return to activity and work. The program helps bring all members of you medical team (physician, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, and manager, etc.) together to better meet your needs during your recovery. We encourage all 3rd party insurers to contact us anytime to find out how we can help enhance the recovery of all individuals in a timely fashion.

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Lumbar and Cervical Decompression/Traction

Decompression therapy is one option for clients dealing with neck and back pain resulting from a pinched or impinged nerve near the spine. A pinched nerve in the neck or back may be caused by a bulging disc, spondylolisthesis (or the slippage of vertebra), or degenerative/arthritic conditions leading to an impingement on the nerve root or even the spinal cord.

At Oakridge Physiotherapy we use a digital traction device to provide decompressive therapy in order to alleviate pressure on the nerve and thereby reducing your symptoms. Decompression therapy is not meant for all cases of back or neck pain. A thorough assessment can help determine if you may be a candidate for decompression therapy. Any of our physiotherapists can help with this form of treatment.

If you think this might help you, feel free to give us a call.

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Concussion Management

Our clinic is now an official Complete Concussion Management™ clinic.  As concussions have become the focus for both professional and amateur athletes around the world, we at Oakridge Physiotherapy Centre wanted to be at the forefront of concussion diagnosis, management, and rehabilitation.  With our collaboration and education through Complete Concussion Management we now offer the very best in research-proven concussion treatments and rehabilitation.

What is a concussion?

A concussion can be simply defined as a disruption in neurological functioning following a significant impact to the head or elsewhere on the body.  This causes a biochemical imbalance within brain cells as well as decreased blood flow and temporary energy deficits within the brain. 

Following a suspected concussion, a player should be immediately removed from play, assessed and placed on complete rest in order to recover from the energy deficit.  Studies have shown that any activity, both mental and physical, in the immediate days following concussion can delay the process of recovery and should be avoided until the athlete is completely symptom free.

What is baseline testing?

The biggest concern surrounding concussions comes from the energy deficit that occurs in the brain following injury.  When the brain is in this low energy state, it has been well established that the brain is extremely vulnerable to additional trauma, where even smaller impacts can lead to another concussion; and these second concussions can cause severe brain injuries with potentially permanent or fatal outcomes.

The problem is that symptoms (meaning how someone feels) do not coincide with brain recovery.  The only way to know when the brain has fully recovered and out of this “vulnerable period” is to compare current brain function to when the individual was healthy; this is what is known as a “baseline test”.

A baseline test is a battery of tests that measures every area of brain function that could potentially become affected following a concussion (you need more than computer tests!!).  The reason that the test is termed a “baseline” is because it is done BEFORE the athlete gets injured.  In order to know when an athlete has fully recovered, we first have to know where they were when they were healthy.  Without having this information, there is no way to truly know when an athlete has fully recovered and is safe to return to their sport.

Baseline testing is the most important thing to get done prior to beginning your sports season on a yearly basis.

Complete Concussion Management™:

Complete Concussion Management™ is a concussion research company that educates healthcare practitioners on cutting-edge concussion therapies and management strategies based on the most current medical research so that they may provide the highest quality of concussion treatment and follow-up outside of professional sports.

Certified Complete Concussion Management™ practitioners are continuously updated on current research and treatments in order to manage these injuries properly and safely to ensure adequate recovery, thereby limiting the risk of further injury and long-term brain damage.

Services:

  • The most comprehensive baseline testing anywhere
  • Post-injury diagnosis and injury management
  • Concussion rehabilitation for chronic symptoms (Post-Concussion Syndrome)
  • Coach & trainer education and certification programs

The CCMI Network:

Complete Concussion Management™ is the largest network of specialized concussion clinics in all of Canada.  Athletes tested through our program can have preferential access to any CCMI certified clinic across the country.  All of these clinics have received the same training, are conducting the same tests, and using the exact same equipment.  This means that if you are baseline tested in your town and you are out of town for a tournament and you get a possible concussion, you can walk into that clinic and be tested and compared against YOUR OWN baseline!

Complete Concussion Management

If you think this might help you, feel free to give us a call.

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Manual Therapy

Manual therapy involves the mobilization of the soft tissues, nervous tissue, the joints, and the spine. Our physiotherapists are able to assist our clients in restoring their normal joint mobility and reducing tissue tension in the application of specific techniques, such as the following:

  • Muscle energy technique.
  • Joint mobilization.
  • Spinal mobilization.
  • Joint Manipulation or Adjustment.
  • Active and Passive myofascial release

If you think this might help you, feel free to give us a call.

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