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Integrative Health Treatments in Downtown Dartmouth

Your physiotherapy treatment will depend on your needs, preferences and stage of healing.

 

Conventional Treatments

  • Manual Therapy (precise, gentle joint movements or mobilizations)
  • Muscle balancing and breathing re-education exercises
  • Spine and pain neurophysiology education
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises

 

You may also benefit from the following gentle soft tissue balancing approaches.

 

Learn More about Our Complementary Approaches

 

As Well As

Myofascial Release

Fascia is a normally mobile connective tissue web, which travels continuously in 3 dimensions from the head to the feet. Think of a 3-dimensional sweater. Trauma, poor posture or inflammation can bind this connective tissue down, resulting in excessive pressure on nerves, muscles, blood vessels, bones, joints or organs, and loss of mobility. This connective tissue is part fluid and part elastic, which is why a slow, gentle and steady treatment force applied over a period of time is necessary to restore motion. This gentle force is applied slowly and gently, into or away from tissue restrictions in order to release them and decrease pain and dysfunction.

Manual Therapy

Manual therapy can be defined as a clinical approach utilizing skilled, specific hands-on techniques, including but not limited to manipulation/mobilization, used by the physical therapist to diagnose and treat soft tissues and joint structures for the purpose of modulating pain; increasing range of motion (ROM); reducing or eliminating soft tissue inflammation; inducing relaxation; improving contractile and non-contractile tissue repair, extensibility, and/or stability; facilitating movement; and improving function. (Definition from American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (AAOMPT) and American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

Breathing Retraining

When a person has been in an accident, the body goes into “flight or fight” mode. This is a stress response that can happen automatically. The breathing pattern alters and overtime a person can be left in the stress response mode of breathing. This is called hyperventilation syndrome. Hyperventilation is a complex breathing pattern which can involve upper chest breathing, irregular breathing cycles, sighing, interrupted breathing, spasmodic gasps, and others. I have found that many clients with chronic pain present with some degree of hyperventilation syndrome. When the body is stuck in that unnatural breathing state, it prevents the body from moving to a normal healing state. The nervous system becomes more sensitive and because the body is breathing in stress mode the brain can feel under threat. The more danger the brain perceives the more likely the brain is to activate pain as a protective response. The more safety the less likely the brain is to activate pain as a protection (from pain neuroscience).

Brian Sutherland, expert in CFQ QI Gong

Qi Gong is a whole body moving mindfulness exercise allowing the individual to let go of tension and stresses in a deep way. It is in keeping with Chinese medicine principles, but was discovered and developed through direct insights and investigation into healing at a deep level by Master Yap Soon Yeong of Malaysia. Master Yap is a licensed therapist with the Federation of Chinese Physicians and Medicine of Malaysia. Brian is a certified instructor who teaches this gentle, yet powerful healing approach to patients on an individual basis. For more in-depth information on CFQ Qi Gong please visit : www.cfqcanada.com.

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