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Fundamentals Physiotherapy & Wellness Sports Injury Clinic is a multidisciplinary clinic offering physiotherapy, massage therapy and other wellness services that treat a variety of injuries and conditions. An individualized treatment program will be developed and may include any of the services provided below:

PHYSIOTHERAPY

The earliest documented origins of actual physical therapy as a professional group dates back to 1813

Physiotherapists are registered health care providers specialized in the human body and its biomechanics – which is basically how you move! Physiotherapy is an active, exercise-based treatment approach for the rehabilitation process. We aim to restore, promote and maintain movement after injury, illness or surgery. Your initial assessment includes a subjective health history, followed by an objective assessment of range of motion (ROM), strength, reflexes and additional injury specific tests. Our physiotherapists provide you with a clinical diagnosis and a personalized treatment program in collaboration with you to ensure your success.

Our physiotherapists use specific techniques such as postural and gait analysis, manual (“hands-on”) therapy, McKenzie method, bracing and/or taping techniques, personalized therapeutic exercises alongside extensive education, activity modification options and self-management strategies. We also use others physiotherapy related tools such as ultrasound, acupuncture, shockwave and laser therapy, electrotherapy, etc.

If you are unsure if we treat a specific condition, do not hesitate to CONTACT US.

Common Conditions Treated by Physiotherapists:

  • Ankle Sprains
  • Plantar Fasciitis and other foot related symptoms
  • Knee ligament strain or tears (MCL, LCL, ACL, PCL)
  • Whiplash and/or Concussion
  • Postural Dysfunctions
  • Knee Pain (Patellafemoral, Osgood Schlatters, Meniscal Injuries, etc)
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Tennis or Golfers Elbow
  • TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint/Jaw issues)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Sciatica (Nerve Root Impingement) or Disc Herniation/Protrusion
  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis, Impingement and/or Tears
  • Pelvic Floor Conditions (Incontinence, Prolapse, etc)
  • Vertigo/Dizziness
  • Tendonitis/Tendonosis
  • Nerve Irritations and Impingements
  • Pre-Post Surgical Care (Total Knee & Hip Replacement/Rotator Cuff Repair, etc)
  • Chronic Pain
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • And more…

MASSAGE THERAPY

Massage therapy dates back as far as 460 BC

Registered Massage therapists are uniquely trained health care providers who primarily focus on the soft tissues of the body. Their initial goal is to assess the mobility of soft tissue structures such as muscle, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues to then determine a personalized treatment plan. The therapists will use a wide range of therapeutic techniques such as your soft tissue massage, trigger point release, frictions and more. These techniques reduce muscular tension, reduce pain, improve circulation, enhance joint mobility, improve flexibility as well as reduce stress and anxiety. Massage therapy is extremely effective in the treatment of an injury as well as a preventative measure.

 

If you are unsure if we treat a specific condition and it is not listed below, do not hesitate to CONTACT US.

Common Conditions Treated by Massage Therapists:

  • Sports Injuries
  • Torticollis
  • Headaches
  • Whiplash (Motor Vehicle Accidents or falls)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Neck Related pain and Tension
  • Postural Dysfunctions
  • ITB and Patellafemoral conditions
  • Low back pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint/Jaw issues)
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • And More…

SPORT REHABILITATION THERAPY

Your Oshawa based sports rehab experts. 
Providing you with the steps to recovery.

Sports injury management includes the assessment and treatment of sport related injuries and the clinical assessment of return to play. From younger athletes to older athletes, recreational athletes to weekend warriors, and competitive high level athletes, our clinic focuses on their progressive recovery and return to sport.

An initial assessment includes a subjective assessment and an objective assessment to determine the diagnosis. From there, a comprehensive treatment program begins with the initial goal of reducing pain and swelling; followed by a reconditioning approach including sport specific strengthening to achieve optimal performance. Sport specific training and preventative management may be directed towards hockey, soccer, basketball, track and field, weightlifting or the relevant sport.

This may include and not be limited to:

  • ROM exercises
  • Progressive Strengthening exercises
  • Core and Trunk Stability exercises
  • Balance and Proprioceptive training
  • Functional Movement Patterns
  • Combined Movement and Sling strengthening
  • Education on Posture
  • Education on Proper Mechanics

Common Conditions Treated by Physiotherapists:

  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Urinary Urgency
  • Constipation
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  • Dyspareunia (Painful sex)
  • Pre and Post-Prostatectomy
  • Pre and Post-Partum Evaluation

PELVIC HEALTH

It’s more than just Kegels

Do you experience urinary leakage when you cough or jump? Or have pelvic pain that doesn’t seem to want to subside?

Did you realize that it may improve with the assistance of a pelvic health physiotherapist?

Your pelvic floor is a group of muscles that attach to the pelvic bones (tailbone, pelvis, etc) and form the shape of a hammock, or sling-like structure to support your pelvic organs. Occasionally, there can be a temporary loss of motor control or strength of these supportive structures following surgery, trauma, pregnancy and birth which may lead to a variety of pelvic conditions.

Pelvic Floor Therapy is a specialized physiotherapy that aims to help you to regain control of your health and body, as well as improve your mental health. These conditions are physically and emotionally challenging, but they are treatable if seen by the correct health care providers. Pelvic floor dysfunction is also common in men, especially incontinence following prostate surgery.

A recent Cochrane study indicated that physiotherapy should be the first line of defense before surgical consultation for the three most common pelvic conditions. These three common conditions are:

  • Stress Incontinence involves involuntary leakage of urine when you suddenly sneeze, laugh, cough or jump.
  • Urge Urinary Incontinence pertains to the involuntary leakage of urine with a sudden uncontrolled urge to urinate.
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse is a distension of the urethra, bladder, uterus or the rectum through the vaginal wall due a loss of ligamentous support and loss of muscular control.

Pelvic Floor dysfunction is diagnosed by physiotherapists using external and internal manual techniques to evaluate the function of the pelvic floor muscles. The assessment is focusing on your ability to contract and relax these muscles around the pelvis. Self-care and patient education regarding your health is also an integral part of your treatment.

If you are unsure if we treat a specific condition and it is not listed below, do not hesitate to CONTACT US.

Common Conditions Treated by Physiotherapists:

  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Urinary Urgency
  • Constipation
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  • Dyspareunia (Painful sex)
  • Pre and Post-Prostatectomy
  • Pre and Post-Partum Evaluation

CONCUSSION

More than 3 million cases happen every year in the US alone

Have you experienced a recent concussion, or whiplash related injury?

A concussion is considered a mild traumatic brain injury sustained by a bump, hit to the head or even a basic whiplash. Symptoms include dizziness, nausea, vomiting, lightheadedness, fogginess, off-balance, even anxiety and depression. Recent concussion rehabilitation research has changed our views on the recovery process post concussion. It now involves rest for the first 24-48 hours and then a monitored, progressive active recovery process guided by a professional. In order to successfully treat concussions, coaches, parents, athletic therapists and the individuals’ medical team must work in collaboration to ensure successful recovery.

Studies now show that concussion related symptoms are due to the stretching and shearing of the brain tissue at a cellular level from the injury. This in turn, can affect a variety of systems within our body such as our eyes, inner ears, neck and more.

Our initial assessments include an in-depth subjective history as well as an objective assessment of the following:

  • Ocular Motor System (vision)
  • Vestibular system (inner ear)
  • Vestibular- ocular motor (VOR)system
  • Vision Motion Sensitivity Testing
  • Balance Testing

Once the assessment is complete, we are able to provide you with a clinical diagnosis and a personalized treatment program in collaboration with you to ensure your success. Treatment includes education, activity modifications, both school and work modifications, cervical spine therapy, VOR therapy, cardiovascular exercise program and progression of therapeutic exercise to return to school/activity/play.

VESTIBULAR THERAPY

Physical therapy used to treat vestibular disorders or symptoms, characterized by dizziness, vertigo, and trouble with balance, posture, and vision.

Vertigo is a commonly experienced disorder involving symptoms including dizziness and nausea sensations. They are frequently related to dysfunction of the vestibular apparatus, which is a small organ in your inner ear. It is important for maintaining your balance, coordination and movement. If there is any dysfunction, a patient may endure dizziness (vertigo), nausea, visual issues, lightheadedness, anxiety and major disturbance in daily life activities. We provide assessment and therapeutic solutions for such conditions as:

  • BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo)
  • Vestibular Neuritis
  • Post Concussion Syndrome
  • Cervical Origin Dizziness

Our initial assessments include a subjective history on the complaint and an objective assessment of your vision, vestibular system, as well as your cervical spine. Once the assessment is complete, we are able to provide you with a clinical diagnosis and a personalized treatment program in collaboration with you to ensure your success. As an example, BPPV, a common vertigo condition caused by a calcium carbonate crystal dislocation in the inner ear is one of the most common conditions treated at the clinic. It is usually treated using the Epley Manuever with great clinic success.

ACUPUNCTURE

Orginating from China, it is one of the oldest traditional medicines.

Acupuncture is an alternative medicine that involves the insertion of small needles along the body using traditional Chinese meridians pathways. In turn, the stimulation assists with the balance and flow of energy (also known as Qi) to alleviate pain, reduce trigger points and to decrease the sympathetic system activity. Physiotherapists and other health care providers practice acupuncture as a second treatment technique.

 

Common Conditions Treated by Physiotherapists:

  • Headaches
  • Low back pain
  • Tendonitis/osis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Bells’ Palsy
  • Nerve pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Knee injuries
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Neck pain

GRASTON® Technique

This is a new service we are very excited to offer!

GRASTON® Technique is a form of IASTM (instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization) that combines manual therapy with exercise prescription. The GRASTON Technique utilizes specialized ergonomic stainless steel GRASTON® instruments that massage and scrape the skin gently, followed by specific exercise prescription to enhance the healing process of the dysfunctional tissues. This type of manual therapy helps to initiate the healing process for soft tissue injuries such as connective tissues, muscles, neurological tissues and skin. It is effective for orthopedic soft tissue injuries including but not limited to ligament sprains, muscular strains, subluxations, repetitive/overuse stress injuries and tendonitis(osis). Studies have shown that the Graston Technique is beneficial for a variety of conditions such as rotator cuff tendonitis(osis), mechanical low back pain, plantar fasciitis, TMJ, tennis and/or golfer’s elbow, hamstring strain and more.

 

Facts about GRASTON® Technique:

  • More than 31,000 clinicians worldwide use it.
  • It is applied at more than 3,600 outpatient facilities.
  • It is used by 16 NBA teams, 18 NFL teams and 16 MLB teams.
  • It is used by more than 500 professional and amateur sports organizations.
  • It is part of the curriculum at more than 50 colleges and universities.
How is GRASTON performed by a clinician?

The GRASTON Technique identifies and mobilizes areas of scar tissue that are hindering the body’s healing and/or mobility. When the body is injured, there are thick bands of fibrotic tissue that can develop at the site of injury. The technique is used to identify the locations where these fibrotic tissues are present. The treatment technique separates and breaks down the fibrotic tissue across connective tissue (ligaments, etc.) and muscle fibers. The technique, followed by an exercise protocol, allows for proper healing of the tissues in addition to improving their tensile strength and increasing their cross-sectional area.

Am I a candidate for GRASTON?

You may be a good candidate for treatment with the GRASTON if you are experiencing restricted mobility and/or chronic pain following an injury. Our clinicians will conduct a full orthopedic exam to determine the type and extent of your injury and whether this treatment technique is right for your recovery needs.

How many GRASTON treatments would I need?

Your clinician will perform an orthopedic assessment and determine a treatment plan for you. A typical protocol for GRASTON Technique calls for 2 sessions per week for 4-6 weeks, patient and injury dependent. Many begin to see results after the 3rd treatment.

Common Conditions Treated by GRASTON:

  • Plantar fasciitis (foot pain)
  • Cervical strain/sprain (neck pain)
  • Achilles tendonosis (ankle pain)
  • Rotator cuff dysfunctions (shoulder pain)
  • Lateral and medial epicondylitis (tennis and golfer’s elbow)
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome (wrist pain)
  • Lumbar strain/sprain (low back pain)
  • Patellofemoral pain (knee pain)

Benefits of GRASTON TECHNIQUE:

  • Increased blood perfusion to enhance healing
  • Better tissue organization and alignment
  • Stimulate fibroblastic proliferation
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Breakdown scar tissue and fascial restrictions
  • Decreasing recovery and treatment time
  • Reduced pain levels resulting in better quality of life

Fascial Stretch Therapy® (FST)

A table-based, pain free assisted stretching technique performed by a certified Fascial Stretch Therapist.

FST involves pain free stretching and mobilizations that are combined with breathing to support and relax the nervous system. FST not only focuses on stretching the muscles but also places an emphasis on stretching the vast connective tissue matrix known as fascia.

Fascial Stretch Therapy aims to reduce pain, reduce stress, reduce risk of injury, improve range of motion and flexibility, improve your day to day movement, and improve athletic performance!

 

Some of the benefits of FST include:

  • Pain reduction (injury/condition specific or general stiffness & soreness)
  • Postural benefits
  • Improved range of motion, flexibility, and mobility
  • Increased blood flow, circulation, and lymphatic drainage
  • Relaxing
  • Improved movement
  • Reduced risk for injury

Wondering if you would benefit from FST? Fascial stretch therapy is a type of treatment that almost everyone would benefit from. Some examples include:

  • Those who are sedentary most of the day 
  • The everyday athlete 
  • The weekend warrior 
  • Older adults 
  • Elite athletes and young athletes 
  • Someone who has general stiffness and pain
  • The list could go on…

Some of Our Other Services

MANUAL /
MANIPULATIVE THERAPY

A treatment approach used by therapists that entails  “hands-on” techniques that involve treating restrictions in the cervical, thoracic, lumbar or sacral spine or extremity joints. The purpose is to assist a joint and its surrounding structures to improving mobility and reduce muscle tone.

PRE- AND POST-
SURGICAL REHABILITATION

Pre-rehabilitation involves improving range of motion (ROM) and strength prior to surgery to ensure a faster recovery and restoration of function. Post-surgical rehabilitation is intended to focus on restoring ROM, strength, function and return to work and activities following surgical intervention.

RUNNING ASSESSMENT

Assessment and treatment of runners, specifically evaluating range of motion and examining lower extremity deficits. These may be linked with running and in turn, be related to acute and/or chronic type of injuries.

HOME VISIT

The clinic provides in-home visits to those unable to drive or have alternate transportation in the Durham Region. Please inquire with the clinic regarding availability.

Request a consultation with one of our amazing staff to talk about how we can assist in your recovery

BRACING

The use of brace support for joints that are designed to protect and/or stabilize an area that may have an acute or chronic injury/condition.

LASER THERAPY

The use of light to go through the injured tissue by increasing blood flow, reducing inflammation, stimulating healing and tissue regeneration and reducing scar adhesions.

HOME EXERCISE

PROGRAM

Your therapist will develop an in-home exercise program that will work in conjunct with your clinical treatment sessions. The goal of the program is to aid in the recovery process and speed up your prognosis. Following discharge, a program may be provided to reduce the reoccurrence and prevent another episode.

REFERRAL NETWORK

Our clinic works alongside various professionals within the local community to ensure we advocate for your health and wellness including;

  • Oxygen Yoga & Fitness North Oshawa
  • Taunton Chiropractic Health Center
  • Whitby Chiropractic Wellness Center

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