ART is a hands on, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.
How do overuse conditions occur?
Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:
acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc),
accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia)
Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons cause tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness. ART removes the scar tissue so the muscles, tendons and ligaments can return to their proper function and flexibility.
What is an ART treatment like?
Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The ART provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.
What is Graston Technique?
Graston technique is an instrument assisted technique used to break down scar tissue in muscles, tendons and ligaments. The technique utilizes 6 stainless steel instruments uniquely shaped to treat different areas of the body.
At our clinic, depending on the area of the body and/or problem you may get both ART and Graston in the same treatment. Stretching and icing the treated area after treatment is essential.
Massage Therapy is the assessment and manual treatment of the soft tissues of the body, including muscles, tendons and ligaments. Massage improves muscle tone, stimulates circulation and promotes relaxation. The circulatory, respiratory, digestive and nervous systems all benefit from massage therapy. Your massage therapist may suggest stretches or strength building exercises specific to your condition, and also recommend when follow up treatments should be booked.
Massage Therapy Pricing
** we are not able to direct bill insurance for massage therapy services
What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave therapy is an effective, non-invasive treatment for those suffering from many chronic tendon and joint disorders. Radial Shockwave therapy sends acoustic energy waves into the affected area causing a controlled micro-trauma. The effect of this micro-trauma is that it re-injures the tissue on a cellular level which results in the break down of scar tissue in the affected muscles, tendons, ligaments, or bone. The controlled re-injury of the tissue allows the body to regenerate blood vessels and cells, leading to faster healing and often a return to pre-injury activity levels.
How does Shockwave Therapy reduce pain?
Shockwave therapy is an effective modality in the management, reduction, and elimination of pain. Shockwave is effective because the acoustic energy waves stimulate an increase in metabolic activity in the affected tissue; encourage the break down of calcium deposits and also induces an analgesic reaction which results in blocked pain messages.
What conditions can benefit from the therapy?
Anyone with soft tissue injuries can benefit from shockwave therapy, especially athletes. Shockwave therapy provides a safe, non-surgical alternative for those suffering from chronic injuries including:
rotator cuff syndrome
Who should not use Shockwave Therapy?
Relative and absolute contraindications for the use of shockwave therapy include:
Blood thinning medications such as Coumadin or Heparin
Heart or circulatory problems
Cancer in or around the treatment area
Nerve or blood supply being too close to the site of treatment
Cortisone injection in the area to be treated less that one month prior to shockwave therapy
Custom Foot Orthotics
Feet are important because one pair must last a lifetime! They are the structural foundation of our entire skeletal system. Any deviation from optimal balance can have a significant and adverse effect not only locally in the feet, but above the feet up to our lower back and even as high as the neck!
The staff at Professional Foot Orthotics are Canadian Certified Pedorthists, with over 15 years of experience. We are one of very few healthcare professionals educated and tested in how to assess, modify, design and fit both custom made orthotics and footwear. The result: a biomechanically supportive system that addresses your own personal requirements that has a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
Orthotics are a brace that can be discretely inserted into the shoe to support, align, prevent and or correct lower body and foot deformities to improve ones foot function. Used in conjunction with appropriate footwear, a foot orthotic can be effective in helping to treat a number of lower body alignments/problems including low back pain, hip pain, knee pain, heel, arch and forefoot pain.
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture
What types of treatment are used?
A TCM practitioner will determine what form of therapy is best for you upon completion of the initial intake process. There are different techniques that a TCM has at their disposal, but they will often include acupuncture in its various forms, including traditional, medical or electro, massage, cupping, gua sha and herbal therapy. Typically, treatments will be composed of a couple techniques, with the most common being acupuncture and herbal therapy.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Acupuncture is incredible safe. In fact, one of the most interesting aspects of acupuncture is the almost complete absence of adverse effects and complications from its use. Most patients find that the treatments are relaxing and cause minimal discomfort. Acupuncture is a safe technique, provided that practitioners are properly trained and follow appropriate techniques. Acupuncturists use single-use, sterile disposable needles and have extensive training regarding precautions and contraindications to acupuncture.
It is important to inform the practitioner of your medical history, medications and if you are pregnant or could possibly be pregnant, as acupuncture treatment may have to be modified or may not be appropriate.
How does acupuncture work?
Your acupuncturist will insert a acupuncture needle into specific points on the body which have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions in order to bring about the body’s natural ability to heal and regulate. Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain-relieving neurohormones. Acupuncture also affects the functioning of the hormonal system, promotes a decrease in inflammation, increased circulation and relief from pain.
Therapeutic effects include:
Improved body function
There has been a tremendous amount of research done on what mechanisms drive the efficacy of acupuncture with theories ranging from endorphin release to the “gate-control” theory to the “nerve-reflex” theory. Ultimately, we know that a reduction in inflammation is a large part of it and also why it is applicable to such an array of conditions.
How many sessions of treatment will I need?
Many people start to see a significant difference within one to two treatments, but some take longer to respond depending on the condition being treated. If no difference is felt by the end of the fifth or sixth treatment, the diagnosis of the condition should be reconsidered, and further medical investigations may be needed.
Acute injuries are treated as soon as possible and sometimes even daily at first. Chronic conditions will often need repeat maintenance treatments to maintain the momentum after an initial period of frequent treatments. Post treatment exercise and discipline in diet is extremely important for continued improvement and recovery.
What conditions can be helped with acupuncture?
Pain: Acupuncture is used to treat a vast number of painful conditions, with some examples being:
Acute injuries Chronic pain Sprains and strains Back and neck pain Tennis elbow Sciatica Headaches Migraines Arthritis TMJ Psychological Disorders, including: Stress Anxiety Depression Insomnia Ear, Eye, Nose and Throat Disorders, including:
Sinusitis Hay fever Dizziness Tinnitus Digestive and GI Disorders, including: Irritable Bowel Syndrome Colitis Constipation Diarrhea Abdominal bloating Gynecological/ Genitourinary, including: Fertility PMS Menstrual problems Prostatitis ED
This is not a comprehensive list. If you don’t see your condition listed here, speak to your practitioner.
What does it feel like?
Acupuncture should not hurt. When the needle first goes in occasionally there will be very brief sharp pain which should go away within a few second. After the needle is where it should be, you may feel a dull ache around the needle that can last the entire session.
On a rare occasion, you practitioner may decide to perform a technique called intramuscular stimulation (IMS). This is a very quick technique that can be effective at relaxing a stubborn muscle. This technique, while quick and effective, can be mildly painful.