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Physiotherapy Downtown Calgary

Waldo RunningAre you suffering from a physical problem? If so, physiotherapy may be the ideal solution for you. At Fifth Avenue Place Chiropractic & Massage, Physical Therapist Waldo Cheung assists patients who want to increase their quality of life. The treatments used in physiotherapy are individualized to you.

You’ll get exactly what you need to address your full body health. Neurological, orthopedic, cardiovascular injuries and more can be treated with physiotherapy.

What is physiotherapy and how is my profession different from chiropractors, osteopaths, and other health practitioners?

It is the evaluation, management and prevention of any movement dysfunctions that arise from injury, and disease.

Physiotherapy is a professional form of primary care dedicated to improve one’s quality of life by

  1. Managing and rehabilitating health conditions that limit one’s mobility and activity
  2. Education to prevent disease, injury recurrence, disability and functional decline
  3. Optimizing mobility, physical activity and wellness

An Array of Available Treatments

When you receive physiotherapy, it may encompass a range of different techniques. Therapeutic exercise, electrotherapy, heat therapy, ultrasound, cryotherapy, dry needling, Shockwave is one example. We will use our experience and knowledge to assess you and determine the best plan.

The many conditions that physiotherapy can help include:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Headaches
  • Motor vehicle accident injury
  • Musculoskeletal dysfunction
  • Back Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Neck pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Office Injuries
  • Post-operative cases
  • Repetitive use injury
  • Sports injury
  • Texting thumb

What Is Dry Needling and How Does It Work?

Dry needling (DN) is a technique used to treat dysfunctions in skeletal muscle, fascia, and connective tissue. It diminishes persistent pain, and reduces or restores impairments of body structure and function leading to improved activity and participating.

Dry needling has been shown to inactivate by eliciting local twitch responses, which are modulated by the central nervous system. The local twitch responses have been shown to be associated with decreased pain, inflammation and relaxation of taut bands. It also normalizes the chemical milieu and pH of skeletal muscle, restores the local circulation, activates mechanoreceptors and decreases pain.

DN can help treat:

  • Trigger points
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Soft tissue tightness
  • Scar tissue
  • Radiating pain
  • Chronic pain
  • Whiplash injuries
  • Tendinitis

How Can Physiotherapy Help Runners?

waldo-and-jessica-runningPhysiotherapy can help identify, treat and prevent running injuries by promoting the best scientific practices related to the runner’s health. Our physiotherapist, Waldo is an educator and certified professional with The Running Clinic, an international reference in the field of running injuries and health promotion. He has extensive experience working with runners at the recreational and collegiate level manage their injuries and achieve their goals.

Running Injuries Treated By Physiotherapists

  • Patellar-femoral and knee pain
  • Iliotibial (IT) band pain
  • Shin splints- medial tibial stress pain
  • Achilles and foot pain- plantar fasciopathy
  • Hip pain – femoral acetabular impingement, athletic pubalgia
  • Hamstring pain
  • Calf pain
  • Back pain

Shockwave Therapy in Downtown Calgary

Shockwave therapy is a modality that may help with pain and inflammation when combined with exercise therapy. The science has shown it may have some benefit for issues with the calcific tendinitis, Achilles tendinopathy, and plantar fasciitis. (Speed 2014, and Al-Abbad 2013).

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of physiotherapy?

You can experience improved mobility, pain management, enhanced sports performance and avoid surgery. Additionally, you can improve your balance, manage age-related conditions and recover from trauma.

What can I expect on my first visit?

We suggest that you bring along a pair of shorts to your first appointment. We also have gowns you can change into if necessary. On your initial visit, you will undergo a physical examination. This process includes your health history and specific testing procedures. These tests might consist of muscle and joint motion and an evaluation of your posture, movement and flexibility.

From this information, your physiotherapist can give you a diagnosis, prognosis, plan of care, and short- and long-term goals. You will then receive physiotherapy treatment based on that evaluation and diagnosis.

Will I receive a treatment on the first day?

Yes, your physiotherapist will perform an initial assessment and then proceed with treatment.

Will I get exercises and a home treatment plan?

We often give out home advice to patients. Full instructions and recommendations will be given to you on the work you are to do at home.

Do you offer direct billing?

Yes, we direct bill through most major benefit plans. Any treatment costs that are not covered will be billed back to the patient within three weeks of treatment. You will be notified via email, phone, or letter from the accounts manager if needed.

Do I need a doctor’s referral?

Some patients are referred to a physiotherapist by their doctor, but others seek out physiotherapy themselves. Either way, you are welcome at our clinic.

Get on the Road to Better Living

Have you been considering what you can do to improve the way you feel? Our team is here for you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for physiotherapy Downtown Calgary!

Physiotherapy & Dry Needling in Downtown Calgary AB | (403) 261-1801