Manual and Manipulative Therapy

FAQ for patients

Do I need a doctor's referral to book an appointment? No.

How much does it cost per visit?$70. We book on the half hour. We are also happy to book 45 minutes and one hour appointments, which are recommended for first time visits.

Do you take ICBC claims? Yes. However, you will be charged a user fee as ICBC does not cover the full cost of treatment.

Do you take WCB claims? No, not at this time.

Do you make orthotics? No, but we can assess your need for orthotics and refer you to a pedorthist.

FAQ for insurers

Can you perform an assessment and write a treatment plan and report for my client? Yes. We can tailor the assessment and report to your needs.

Do you provide conditioning programs? The Go! Physiotherapists have had experience teaching kinesiologists injury-appropriate exercises and directing individualized post-MVA programs. We provide a "Get Going" program that combines physiotherapy with a goal-oriented exercise program, where your client will be taught the appropriate conditioning exercises in addition to education and manual therapy as needed.

Manual and Manipulative Therapy

Manual Therapy means "hands on" therapy.
Below, you’ll find a sample of effective manual therapy techniques that our therapists have spent years of post-graduate level courses learning.

We perform Joint Mobilizations to improve lubrication in stiff joints. Joint mobilizations, or “mobs”,  improve how a joint glides and increases movements in ranges of the joint that are restricted. “Mobs” can also be used to break down scar tissue, to unlock a fragment of  cartilage that is blocking joint range-of-motion, and to relax tight and painful muscles.

We use Manipulative Therapy when the  injury is less responsive to traditional joint mobilizations. Manipulations involve the use of a joint-specific, high-velocity thrust to restore joint range-of-motion, break down scar tissue, relax muscles and reduce pain. Manipulation can also be used to correct spinal mal-alignments and to restore symmetry. Before performing these treatments, we perform several safety tests to ensure that it is indeed safe and necessary to perform.

Our physiotherapists who perform manipulations have been certified following several years of post-graduate education in this area of expertise. 

We also apply other forms of manual therapy such as Soft Tissue Massage, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point release, Muscle Energy Techniques and Active Release Techniques.

These terms are used for different types of soft tissue techniques to help loosen tight muscles and tight tissues in the body, and to recruit (or activate) muscles to correct spinal mal-alignments and restore symmetry. By balancing the soft-tissue tensions in the body, less pain is provoked with everyday movement and function. Examples of conditions that respond well to these techniques are tendonitis pain, tendonopathies (such as tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis), repetitive strain injuries, sports - related injuries such as patello-femoral pain syndrome (PFPS), IT Band syndrome, and spinal posture or mechanical neck and back pain and other related problems.

 

Call us at 604 568 4628 for more information on any of our physiotherapy services. Even if you don't see a treatment on the list, give us a ring and we'll be glad to point you in the right direction!