Physiotherapy Services in South Nanaimo
At Lantzville Wellness Centre, providing physiotherapy in South Nanaimo and surrounding areas, we offer a broad range of physiotherapy, massage therapy and other treatments to help our clients return to their normal level of activity following injuries and illnesses. Our services include, but are not limited to, the following:
Our licensed and experienced physiotherapists will help you overcome pain and injuries that impact your ability to function to your normal of activity and keep you from enjoying your full quality of life. Our goal is to get you back to your life as quickly as possible.
We stress education and prescribed exercises to be done between visits with your physiotherapist to speed your recovery and allow you to be a partner in your own care.
We offer a broad range of physiotherapy services which allows us to customize your care and ensure that you get the kind of help you need.
We use a hands-on technique known as manual therapy to mobilize and manipulate your body in an effort to decrease pain and increase your range of motion.
Manual therapy is very effective in adding flexibility to stiff joints and muscles.
These treatments, when coupled with our prescribed exercises, will allow you to regain your strength faster by being able to work on your rehabilitation at home between visits.
People with vestibular disorders often experience problems with vertigo, dizziness, visual disturbance, and/or imbalance.
These are issues that can seriously impact a person’s quality of life, making them uncertain about leaving their home on their own and curtailing their normal lifestyle.
We use a specialized form of vestibular therapy intended to alleviate both primary and secondary problems. We include specialized exercises that result in gaze and gait stabilization. Most involve head movements.
Balance and Fall Prevention
Dizziness and balance training issues can seriously impact a patient’s quality of life, making it difficult for them to conduct the normal issues of daily life and fostering fear of going out alone.
Signs of balance issues include frequent falls, vertigo, imbalance, dizziness, and migraines.
We are experienced in providing balance training and therapy to avoid compounding the difficulties created by balance issues.
We will also provide an education component on reducing the risk of falls both in your home and workplace.
A concussion is a disturbance in the brain function stemming from indirect or direct force to the head.
We use a number of assessment tools to aid diagnosis and monitor recovery. While physical and cognitive rest are needed in the initial stages of recovery, we work with patients to ensure as the symptoms resolve that their postural stability is also healthy, as the majority of concussions can be accompanied by neck and shoulder pain.
Our work with recreational and competitive athletes as well as with motor vehicle accident patients has allowed us to gain considerable experience in treating concussions and ensure that the patient does not return to active living until they are fully recovered.
Developed by Dr. Chan Gunn in British Columbia in the 1970s, intra-muscular stimulation (IMS) is an effective treatment for patients suffering from chronic pain of neuropathic origin.
In this therapy, we use needles similar to the kind used in acupuncture to seek out and diagnose muscle shortening in deep muscles.
It is a highly effective way to treat this kind of pain.
Radial Shockwave Therapy
Radial Shockwave Therapy can be particularly effective in people dealing with chronic pain from a variety of causes. Specifically, it improves spasticity and motor functionality and relieves pain and broadens range of motion.
Acoustic waves generated by the shockwave trigger biological effects which lead to faster and long-term healing and regeneration of the tissue.
Shockwave therapy is a multi-disciplinary device used in orthopedics, physiotherapy and sports medicine. Its main asset is generating fast pain relief and mobility restoration. It is non-surgical therapy that speeds recovery, reducing the need for pain killers.
The energy promotes regeneration and reparative processes of the bones, tendons and other soft tissues.
We are experienced in treating sports injuries for both recreational and semi-professional athletes.
Through Active Rehabilitation, we work to determine the cause of your injury, reduce pain and inflammation, and begin the healing process. Throughout this program, we also work to educate you on what happened and why, and ow you can prevent such an injury from recurring.
We will work with your physician and Work Safe BC representative as a team to help injured workers heal and rehabilitate after workplace injuries and return to work as quickly as possible.
At the same time, we will assess the physical skills required to complete your duties and ensure that you do not risk re-injury by returning too early in the healing process.
We also provide work conditioning programs to ensure a graduated and safe return to the workplace.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
We are experienced in helping patients recover from whiplash, concussions and musculoskeletal injuries associated with motor vehicle accidents.
We will join a team with your physician and insurance providers and other health professionals to ensure a safe approach is taken to your care and recovery.
We will assess your injuries and make a detailed, written report for your insurance provider and customize your program of care.
Pre and Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
Research has shown that having physical therapy both before and after a joint replacement surgery will speed up healing and lead to a full recovery.
We are knowledgeable about joint replacement surgery and other surgeries and will work with your surgeon and physician as a team to determine the most effective therapy for you.
Our goal is to help you increase strength, activity and range of motion so that you can return to a normally active life as quickly as possible without recurring problems.
We also offer sports conditioning programs adjusted to each level of athletic skill., Besides being sports specific, our conditioning is age specific to ensure that we help each person increase strength, power, agility and speed according to their personal goals and capabilities.
Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia
The conditions of chronic pain and fibromyalgia are difficult to treat, but we have experience in succeeding bringing relief to patients by using myofascial release and other techniques.
Fibromyalgia, which impacts clients by causing deep muscle pain and soreness, radiating pain, sensitivity to touch, fatigue and stress, among many other symptoms, can rob its victims of the joys of everyday active living.
It impacts both women and men.
Chronic pain persists for weeks, months and even years. There are several underlying factors in chronic pain scenarios of which a lot of people are unaware.
Our goal is to treat your pain effectively without the use of medication or surgery and help you get back to normal living again.
We are trained to assist patients impacted by a number of neurological issues such as Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and post-stroke problems.
We work with a number of stoke patients using neuromuscular techniques to retrain the neuromuscular system to function properly.
Normal patterns of movement can be disrupted by injuries or impaired by certain medical conditions.
The exercises normally used in physical therapy can be helpful in neuromuscular re-education.
Parkinson’s disease, which impacts one percent of the Canadian population, brings symptoms that are caused by a graduate degeneration of nerve cells located in the region of the brain responsible for controlling movement. While tremors are the most recognized symptom of the disease, it can also slow and stiffen a person’s movements. Although there is no known cure, physiotherapy can help reduce the symptoms.
Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy assesses and treats the pelvic floor muscles which are involved in urinary and bowel function, birthing, sexual function, and stability of your spine. Pelvic floor physiotherapy involves education on pelvic floor care, prescription of exercises for strengthening or relaxation, one-on-one work with the physiotherapist, and ultimately aims to improve and optimize the function of your pelvic floor.