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Manual Therapy
Manual therapy is a specialty within physiotherapy that involves the use of hands-on techniques to restore or normalize movement of the spine and extremities. Our manual therapists have extensive post-graduate training in manual therapy through the orthopaedic division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

Exercise Therapy
Exercise therapy involves the use of specific individualized stretching and strengthening programs to restore and improve movement and relieve pain. Our physiotherapists incorporate exercise into most treatment programs as a critical part of the rehabilitation process.

Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS)
IMS is a dry needling technique that helps reduce pain caused by supersensitive muscles, which are often found in the presence of chronic musculoskeletal pain. When nerves that supply muscles are compromised through injury or repetitive trauma, the muscles (and other soft tissue they supply) become supersensitive. This leads to muscle shortening or “trigger points” that contribute to pain and dysfunction. By using acupuncture needles to release shortened muscles, IMS can relieve pain from the muscles and their associated joints and soft tissue. A thorough assessment by one of our physiotherapists can help determine if this is an appropriate treatment for you. More information on IMS is available on the website: www.istop.org/education.html

Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into acupuncture points to promote natural healing, alleviate pain, and normalize functioning.

Vestibular Rehabilitation
Vestibular rehabilitation is a specialized physiotherapy treatment program directed towards relieving the symptoms and discomfort of vestibular disorders. Dizziness, vertigo, unsteadiness and balance problems can all be treated through a gentle exercise and treatment program tailored to meet the specific needs of the patient.

Taping and/or bracing an injured joint or muscle can be used to prevent further injury or allow improved function. Physiotherapists will use taping as required to improve healing and functioning.

Kinesiology is the study of human anatomy, physiology and the mechanics of body movement. Our physiotherapists have all obtained Bachelors of Science degrees in Kinesiology prior to studying physiotherapy.

Massage Therapy
Massage therapists use a range of techniques to manipulate the soft tissues and joints of the body to reduce pain, enhance function and improve well-being. Registered Massage Therapists (RMT) have the highest training standards in North America and have successfully completed Registration Examinations.

Sports Medicine
Sports Medicine is a branch of medicine specializing in the diagnoses and management of musculoskeletal injuries and illness, often resulting from participation in sports and recreational activities. You must be referred by your family physician to see Dr. Shoesmith at Coastal Physiotherapy.

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