The following is an overview of some of the services and training that Balance Health Physiotherapy offers, as well as some of the conditions we treat. If you’re looking something that you don’t see listed below, please contact us to discuss.
If you have any conditions that are not listed below please call us to discuss further; this list is intended to be used as a general guideline.
From daily stress to injuries, acupuncture can help restore balance to mind, body, and soul. According to modern science, the placement of painless, thin pins at strategic locations on the body stimulates sensitive and powerful points throughout the nervous system. The World Health Organization attests that acupuncture can effectively regulate: post-operative pain, carpal tunnel, neck and back pain, sciatica, and various other mechanical issues.
The POSE Method® utilizes key postures or poses identified during movement. The Running Pose incorporates the whole body, vertically aligning shoulders, hips and ankles with the support leg while standing on the ball of the foot. Shifting from one leg to the other by falling forward and allowing gravity to do the work, the support foot is pulled from the ground, while the body falls forward; the other foot drops down freely in a change of support.
Muscle or soft tissue injuries can be grouped into basic sprains and strains. They can cause pain, swelling, and sometimes result in inability to move the joint. Ankle sprains are the most common type of sports injury. Joint injuries can be much more complex. Basically, they can be the result of anything from inflammation or irritation of the joint to tears and degenerative changes. Many heal with treatment and time, some will require advanced imaging for diagnosis, and possible surgery to correct.
Please refer to the information found under Joint & Muscle injures, Repetitive Strain injuries and Tendinitis.
The majority of acute back pain episodes are due to a muscular strain and postural problems. With a little treatment, exercises and guidance, these injuries will usually resolve within anywhere from a few weeks to three months. In the case of patients with low back or neck pain that lasts longer than three months, or patients with predominantly leg or arm pain, a more specific and definable problem should be explored.
The term “repetitive strain” injury can be misleading. Also referred to as repetitive injury, repetitive motion injury, repetitive trauma, and overuse injuries, RSIs can be caused by repetition, force, rapid movement, overuse, static loading, excessive strain, uncomfortable positioning of limbs, or holding one’s posture in an unnatural, constrained or constricted position.
Tendinitis, also known as Tennis Elbow, Golfer's Elbow & Jumper's Knee, is inflammation or irritation of a tendon – any one of the thick fibrous cords that attach muscle to bone. The condition causes pain and tenderness just outside a joint. While tendinitis can occur in any tendon, it's most common around your shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees and heels. Tendinitis can typically be treated successfully with physical therapy, rest, and pain medication.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting millions of people worldwide. It occurs when the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones wears down over time. Although osteoarthritis can damage any joint in your body, the disorder most commonly affects joints in your hands, knees, hips and spine. Osteoarthritis symptoms can usually be effectively managed, although the underlying process cannot be reversed. Staying active, maintaining a healthy weight and other treatments may slow progression of the disease and help improve pain and joint function.
Balance Health Physio aims to optimize outcomes by improving range of motion and strength prior to a procedure (Pre), and then, in coordination with surgeons and other practitioners, after surgery (post). Research has demonstrated that “pre-hab” or “rehabilitation prior to surgery” may help improve outcomes post-surgery. Our clinicians will work closely with you and your surgeon to optimize your results.
As injuries are sometimes not obvious or could worsen over time if not addressed properly, it’s important that you always see a doctor after any motor vehicle accident. The most common injuries that occur as a result of these types of accident are: Neck Injuries, Leg and Knee Injuries, Broken Bones, Back Injuries, Concussions.
Balance Health Physio is a certified service provider for the Workers Compensation Board of PEI. If you are injured while at work: First, contact your supervisor to inform them about the incident. Next, fill out the proper paperwork and consult a doctor; he or she will help determine if Physio is appropriate for your condition. PLEASE SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION IF YOU ARE UNSURE AS TO THE SEVERITY OF YOUR INJURY.
Muscle Weakness may be generalized or may affect one muscle or muscle group exclusively. Diseases of the neuromuscular system, injuries, metabolic diseases, and toxins can all cause measurable muscle weakness. Signs and symptoms can include difficulty completing daily tasks such as grooming or writing, or problems related to gait and loss of balance.
Regular exercise can help control your weight, reduce risk of heart disease and certain cancers, and strengthen bones and muscles. But if you haven't exercised for some time and you have health concerns, you may want to talk to a Licensed Health Professional before starting a new fitness routine. Consider your fitness goals, think about your fitness likes and dislikes, and note your personal barriers to fitness. Then consider practical strategies to keep your fitness program on track. Starting a fitness program doesn't have to be an overwhelming; by planning carefully and pacing yourself, you can make fitness a healthy habit that lasts a lifetime.
Balance Health Physio provides both custom and non custom knee braces. Specializing in DonJoy braces, we have a brace for you, whether it be for playing hockey, football, skiing, golfing or just getting you through the work day with less pain. We custom fit you with the best braces on the market for ACL, MCL, and osteoarthritic problems.