Our Physiotherapists Help You Get on The Road to Recovery
If you suffer from any of the following conditions, our Brantford Physiotherapy clinic can help:
Repetitive Strain injury
Pelvic Floor Problems
Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Rotator Cuff Injury
Sprains and Strains
Ankle and Foot Pain
What To Expect At Your First Physiotherapy Session
On the first visit, our Physiotherapist performs a thorough health history and examination to discover the root cause of your pain or problem. This exam consists of questions, tests, and other procedures to determine where your problem is coming from and how best to address it.
Once this step is complete, our Physiotherapist will report what they find and explain what techniques are best to treat the presenting issue. We also take imaging reports or other test results into consideration.
The first visit lasts about 1 hour and includes initial treatment, as required.
We use various techniques that improve function, reduce pain and swelling, restore strength and improve range of motion. The treatments may include exercise, mobilization, manual therapy, acupuncture, cupping, ultrasound, electric stimulation, and home care advice.
During the recommended treatment plan, we perform regular re-exams. These evaluations help us monitor how much you have progressed and decide whether to change the treatment plan or the type of treatment you receive. We perform these exams periodically to make sure we’re giving you the best treatment recommendations.
Do I need a referral to see a physiotherapist?No, if you feel you would benefit from seeing a physiotherapist, you can call anytime to book your appointment.
I’ve had physiotherapy before, and I was left in a room with a machine on and told to do my exercises myself. Is this the type of treatment you provide?Our physiotherapy sessions are in a private setting with a licensed physiotherapist. We use various techniques that do include machines, but your therapist conducts treatment sessions, and you are never left alone. We might provide home exercises, but you receive complete instructions on all exercises given to you.
How long do physiotherapy appointments typically last?Your first appointment lasts 1 hour, and follow-up visits last 30 minutes. During these sessions, you spend the time one-on-one with your Physiotherapist.
Can you direct my bill to my insurance company?Unfortunately we do not direct bill to insurance. We will be able to provide you with a receipt that has all the details needed to submit to your insurance. It is also essential to check with your insurance company to see if you have coverage for physiotherapy.
How many times will I need to have FR?It depends on the nature of the condition being treated, but most people see significant results within the first 6-8 visits. If scar tissue has formed from an injury that happened a long time ago or from chronic overuse, then sometimes it can take longer. An FR provider will be able to assess the problem accurately and provide each patient with a prognosis.
Can you use FR on athletes?Yes! FR is a great technique that is utilized by many top professional sports teams. It can be used to help athletes heal from injuries or it can also be used to help prevent injuries. Pro sports teams employ medical staff trained in FR so that they can ensure their athletes stay in peak physical condition.
How does it work?FR treatments target scar tissue (adhesions) that can build up in muscles when they are injured or overused. FR providers use hands on treatments to break up or release the scar tissue so that the muscle can heal properly. Scar tissue can cause pain, loss of range of motion or wear and tear on the nearby joint if it is not treated and removed.
What is FR (in layman's terms)?Functional Range Release (FR) is a system of diagnosing and treating joint and muscle problems. It is a hands on technique used by Chiropractors and Physiotherapists to treat muscle tension and scar tissue (adhesions). Scar tissue and muscle tension can develop in almost anyone, especially after an injury, after surgery or due to chronic stress or overuse of a muscle or joint. In the last 10 years, FR techniques have been taught to the medical staff of many pro level athletic teams, but you don't need to be an athlete to benefit from FR. It is used by Chiropractors and Physiotherapists to treat people of all ages for various aches, pains or conditions of the muscles or joints.
How are FR practitioners certified?FR providers learn the technique over the course of several seminars that are 22 hours in length each. There are 3 regions of the body to learn for a total of 66 hours of learning before they are a full body certified FR provider. However, if only one region of the body has been learned, an FR provider can perform the techniques on that region. The regions are spine, upper extremity and lower extremity. In addition to the FR seminars, providers can also take additional courses that provide more in depth instructions regarding examination / diagnosis and rehabilitation / exercise. These are important components of everyone's recovery and are part of each patient's experience with FR.
What conditions is it most effective for?FR is effective for all kinds of conditions. If it hurts, feels stiff or sore, FR can most likely help. FR is used to treat all kinds of injuries ranging from severe to minor. The following is a list of common conditions that can benefit from FR: ✔️Whiplash ✔️Headaches / migraines ✔️Neck pain / tension ✔️Low back pain ✔️Sciatica ✔️Carpal Tunnel Syndrome ✔️Shoulder impingement ✔️Rotator Cuff injuries ✔️Golfer's Elbow ✔️Tennis Elbow ✔️Arthritis (Osteoarthritis) ✔️Knee sprains / strains ✔️Ankle sprains / Strains ✔️Plantar Fasciitis In addition to the conditions listed above, FR can also be used to help patients who are recovering from surgeries. The techniques can help improve range of motion and help with proper healing.
Who benefits from FR?Functional Range Release® (FR) is for people looking for relief from joint and muscle injuries. Whether these injuries are acute or chronic in nature, FR® helps you make a quick recovery. But it is also for people looking for the best solution who don't know where to turn, or for those who are not getting the relief they are looking for from their current course of therapy.
Can you use FR on children?Yes! FR is safe and effective to use on anyone of any age. FR providers are trained to use appropriate pressure when treating their patients, and can adapt their technique for any body size or level of comfort.
Our Brantford Pain Relief Clinic Offers The Following Services To Help You:
Acupuncture is an effective method of pain relief that uses sterile needles inserted into specific parts of the body. It helps reduce inflammation allowing the area of pain to heal quicker.
Cupping is a technique used to increase blood flow by placing cups on the body that create suction. This method of treatment helps relax tense muscles and relieve pain.
Ultrasound Therapy is a standard modality used by physiotherapists to help relieve pain and treat muscle injuries. It works by sending sound waves that vibrate the injured tissue. Ultrasound waves help ease pain by increasing blood flow, reducing swelling, and gently massaging the damaged tissue. It is very safe, and we can use it on any body part.
A TENS machine is a device that emits a low voltage electric current that is helpful for pain relief. It stimulates the nerves of the affected area and causes your body to release pain-relieving biochemicals called endorphins. It is very safe and can be used to treat acute or chronic pain.
Interferential Current (IFC) is another common modality physiotherapists use to assist with pain relief. It also uses electric currents to penetrate deep into the tissues under your skin. These electric currents help accelerate the healing process by reducing swelling and stimulating tissue healing.
Your Physiotherapist may use manual therapy during your treatment. This type of therapy is hands-on and can help with pain relief. Joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments are worked on and manipulated to restore proper function and movement.
Surgical Rehabilitation is a common reason people seek physiotherapy. Our Physiotherapist has many years of hospital-based experience assisting patients who have recently undergone surgery. He uses many different types of treatments and exercises to help you recover and regain strength. In addition, we give educational advice to help you avoid re-injuring the joint as it heals. If you have recently had surgery or will be undergoing surgery in the future, be sure to consult with us so that you can make a full and speedy recovery.