Manual and Sport Physiotherapy
At RPM, Physiotherapy is our core business. We pride ourselves in offering the most evidence based and current techniques to assist our clients. Our focus is on hands-on manual therapy and exercise prescription to restore mobility, strength as well as improve performance. We are work with everyone from weekend warriors to elite and professional athletes to achieve personal goals and personal bests. Our staff have taken extensive post graduate, specialty education and are constantly upgrading their knowledge and skill base.
Therapeutic techniques may include but are not limited to; soft tissue mobilization, joint mobilization and manipulation, passive and active stretching, muscle energy techniques, exercise prescription and modalities as required. All of our sessions are conducted one-on-one with a senior physiotherapist in a private examination room. Clients have access to RPM’s state-of-the-art gravity, TRX and spinning equipment as well as their open gym space and fully stocked change room and showers.
Pre and Post Natal Physiotherapy
Whether you carry and deliver naturally, have a c-section or adopt, welcoming a new family member can be tough on a parent’s body. It is very normal to experience discomfort as your body adapts to the demands of pregnancy and parenthood. Changes can occur through several of your body systems and too often limit your ability to stay active and fit throughout this life changing process.
Since becoming a Mom herself in 2013, Melanie has been passionate about assisting parents understand and manage the changes to their bodies while minimizing pain. Treatments are focused largely on strengthening the core, improving postural and lifting mechanics and maintaining proper joint alignment. Careful attention is paid to teaching techniques that are safe and encourage healthy physical fitness.
Registered Massage Therapy
Massage Therapy is the practice of soft tissue manipulation that affects the body both physically and psychologically. Physically, treatments mechanically affect fascial restrictions, adhesions, vascular and lymphatic systems as well the neurological system. Psychologically the effects include increased wellbeing and assist in relieving stress.
Physical injury and stress are held in the body through imbalances. Patterns of muscle tension, trigger points, and contractures pull on the fascial web requiring the body to shift and compensate. This repeated and chronic pattern can cause pain and injury in the body in areas that seem unrelated.
Our goal is not to treat only the symptom, but the cause of pain or injury.
Breast tissue have their own special health needs. Many woman experience breast congestion, pain, swelling and poor circulation.
Woman who have had surgery on their breasts can have extensive scarring that cause pain and will lead to obstruction of movement, blood and lymphatic flow.
Lactating woman can experience some form of pain and discomfort during this time due to blocked milk ducts.
Breast massage maybe the most effective modality for addressing these problems.
The goal of breast massage is to achieve relief for the condition being addressed and thru communication and support, help educate clients on how to maintain good breast health.
Instructional Baby Massage
Baby massage is a wonderful tool for both parents and babies alike. Sessions are instructed by a registered massage therapist and provide guidance in home based massage techniques. Some of the benefits of baby massage include:
Enhanced communication and bonding between baby and parents
Strengthened immune system increasing resistance to disease
Stimulation of systems of the body including the respiratory, circulatory, digestive and nervous systems
Assists in the development of muscle tone and suppleness
Develops body awareness and coordination
Encourages contentment, improves rest, relaxation and sleep patterns
Relieves colic and constipation
Osteopathy is a natural medicine and manual practice which which aims to restore function in your body by treating the root cause of your symptoms. Osteopathic practitioners use position, mobility and vitality to restore healthy functioning in the body.
Osteopathic treatment is hands on and uses your symptoms to guide treatment by locating areas in the body which have caused your symptoms. Osteopathic practitioners use a wide variety of techniques including but not limited to: soft tissue work, mobilization techniques, visceral techniques and cranial sacral techniques.
What can Osteopathy do for you?
Osteopathic practitioners treat people of all ages from newborns to older adults. Please see the list below for some examples of conditions and problems we can treat.
TMJ & jaw pain
Recovery from pneumonia & bronchitis
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Constipation & diarrhea
Latching & sucking difficulties
C-section & epidural scars
Pelvic floor strengthening
Private Rehab Pilates
Without exception, everyone is well served by having a strong core. Not only does it give us more stability and balance, it is the anchor for speed, power and agility. Very few exercise regimes concentrate on a strong core as well as Pilates. Pilates uses a combination of body weight, light resistance and stability to build strength, endurance and lean muscle mass. These attributes make it an excellent rehabilitation tool and one that Melanie has used in patient treatments since 2009. Patients began to see such success with these exercises that they began to ask for private Pilates classes and small group classes to build on these results.
Pilates is an effective way to address the following:
Low back pain
Although therapeutic taping was popularized in the London summer Olympics, therapists have been using tape to support joints and facilitate muscle use for years. Taping is often used as an adjunct to manual therapy and strengthening to correct movement patterns or joint positioning. Therapeutic taping is a useful tool for encouraging proper posture, correcting the biomechanics of a muscle or stabilizing a loose joint. It can also be useful to minimize spasticity, promote lymphatic drainage and decrease swelling.
RPM therapists use a variety or tape and techniques to support your recovery. These may include but are not limited to leukotape to minimize hypermobility and instability, Kinesiotape to promote muscle alignment and firing and athletic tape to provide support during activity.
Motor Vehicle Accident Rehabilitation
RPM is happy to accept clients following motor vehicle accidents. Car accidents can be traumatic and often result in chronic injuries, unfelt at the time of collision. Our goal is not only to restore you to your pre-accident functional level, but also to get you back to work and recreation safely and comfortably. Treatment focuses on restoring strength and mobility while decreasing pain. Hands on techniques are used in combination with exercise therapy and modalities to create an individualized treatment plan.
We are a certified treatment provider through the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (www.fsco.gov.on.ca) and are able to bill your health care auto insurance provider directly.
Acupuncture is based on an ancient form of Chinese medicine. It involves the insertion of fine, sterile acupuncture needles into the skin at specific points on the body to achieve a therapeutic effect. The needles are then manipulated by hands or by electrical stimulation. Acupuncture is used to decrease inflammation, improve function, increase relaxation, and encourage the body’s natural healing process. Furthermore, it can have an immediate effect on pain reduction as it stimulates the release of the “happy hormone” endorphin. Acupuncture is used to treat both acute and chronic health issues. Recent research studies show that acupuncture provides the best results in conjunction with other therapies. Our trained staff members will incorporate acupuncture in your physiotherapy treatment.
Conditions acupuncture is most commonly used for include but are not limited to:
Tennis elbow, golfers elbow, headaches, Achilles tendonitis, neck pain, rotator cuff injuries, mechanical back pain, osteoarthritis, chronic pain, pain following a motor vehicle accident
Kinesiology is the science of human movement. Kinesiologists can help prevent and reduce risk factors associated with diseases such as coronary heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Kinesiologist can also help with recovery from sports injuries, surgery and falls. Some examples of how kinesiologist can help include:
Postural evaluation and retraining
Motor vehicle accident claims
Fitness conditioning & strength training
Diabetes management strategies
hysiotherapy doesn’t have to be a response to an injury. It can be a way to prevent injury, improve overall wellness or translate the progress you have made during rehabilitation into healthy lifestyle choices. Personal training is an excellent way to achieve these goals. Our personal trainers and physiotherapists work together to create individualized programs to help you surpass your expectations. Your training program is based on your initial assessment and training sessions are monitored and adjusted by the team according to your personal needs. Regardless of your current level of fitness, within a few weeks you will see a noticeable improvement in your strength, endurance and flexibility with the right level of encouragement and guidance.
Our personal trainers have been with us for many years and love the positive energy in our club; their genuine enthusiasm will help you achieve your fitness goals with challenging, but always fun and safe, routines that will prevent you from plateauing. We’re certain you will enjoy our warm and welcoming club as much as the rest of the RPM community!
Personal training may be covered under physiotherapy as part of your private health care benefits.