Acupuncture from a Registered Acupuncturist is based on the theories used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It is a complementary and holistic medical practice that entails stimulating certain points on the body, most often with a needle, to alleviate pain (acute and chronic) or to help treat various health conditions such as mental health (anxiety, depression, PTSD), digestive issues (IBS, bloating, indigestion), and immune system functioning amongst many others. The acupuncturist may also use techniques such as cupping, electric stimulation of the needles, gua sha (skin combing), Tui Na (Chinese massage) and nutritional education.
WHAT IS ATHLETIC THERAPY You do not need to be an athlete to see an athletic therapist; their ideal client is a motivated individual with a positive attitude willing to take the necessary steps to deal with their injury to pursue their goals. Best known for returning professional and elite athletes back to their sport after an injury, Certified Athletic Therapists use the same sport medicine approach to quickly rehabilitate your injury – resulting in faster recovery, reduced chance of further injury, and fewer visits to your health care professional. Athletic therapists adhere to the Sports Medicine Model of care. They treat a wide range of patients, from kids with concussions to seniors recovering from hip replacement surgery, using various manual therapies, modalities, exercise prescription and even bracing and taping. The treatment varies but the objective doesn’t: an Athletic Therapist's goal is to help clients return to their usual activities, whether that means playing competitive sports or walking to the mailbox and back. TYPICAL APPOINTMENT Clients can expect one-on-one attention during their visit, with an active aggressive approach to injury rehabilitation. A typical visit employs a combination of methods such as manual therapies, soft tissue mobilizations, dynamic exercise, therapeutic modalities, and detailed home programs to accelerate their progress. Athletic Therapists can: - Diagnose and Treat Acute injuries: Sprains and Strains - Assist in your rehabilitation of a Motor Vehicle Accident with Manual Therapy or Exercise Rehabilitation - Diagnose and Treat Chronic Repetitive injuries - Preparation and Maintenance Care for Sporting Events EDUCATION Athletic Therapists must complete a Bachelor’s degree in addition to completing the Athletic Therapy program at one of seven CATA accredited institutions in Canada. Certification Candidates must hold a valid First Responder certificate and complete 1,200 hours of on-field and in-clinic practical training. Once qualified, Candidates attempt the National Certification Examination including a comprehensive written and practical exam. After successful completion of the exam, Candidates receive the title Certified Athletic Therapist, designated by the letters CAT(C). The Athletic Therapist must ensure they remain up-to-date with current trends and new research in the areas of rehabilitation, orthopedic assessment and emergency care and have ongoing Continuing Education requirements to remain certified with the national Association. INSURANCE COVERAGE Many insurance companies cover Athletic Therapy, it is often in the same para-medical category as Physiotherapy. Since coverage is dependent upon individual policies, it is best to call your 1-800 # to check your coverage. Some companies which include Athletic Therapy coverage: Liberty Health, Great West Life, All sport, Citadel, Greenshield, Empire, Desjardins, Industrial Alliance, Canadian Hockey Association, Manulife Sunlife The Cooperators
Parkway Physiotherapy offers one of the highest numbers of advanced orthopedic members of any clinic in British Columbia. Our physio team is highly trained in sport and orthopedic care. In addition, we regularly host courses to promote continuing education in our profession. Our approach is to offer highly personalized service. You will spend time directly with your clinician rather than being one of several people being treated at the same time. Our goal is to provide you with a timely and accurate diagnosis as well as relevant education regarding both your condition and the optimal healing stimuli to maximize your results. We provide hands on care and rely very little on machines unless they are absolutely required. Our care can include spinal and joint manipulation when it is safe and effective to do so. We assess and treat vestibular disorders and dizziness. We also provide IMS and acupuncture when appropriate as part of your physiotherapy visit. Our therapists are trained to treat a wide variety of frequently occurring and more complex injuries covering the spectrum from motor vehicle accidents to weekend warriors to elite athletes.
Registered Massage Therapy
Our massage therapy team is comprised solely of members of the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia. They are dedicated to continuous education and professional advancement. We offer specialized treatments including deep tissue therapy, myofascial release, headache treatment, pelvic pain, craniosacral therapy and visceral manipulation. Collaboration between therapists ensures excellent integration and communication of care for those patients receiving care from both physiotherapy and massage therapy simultaneously.