Move Authentically Physiotherapy’s (MAP) philosophy is based around integrating many modalities to discover what will work for each individual client. Depending on the source of the problem we will use different techniques to help decrease pain, improve mobility and function with the hope to return clients to their normal activities. At MAP we focus more on hands-on/manual therapy, as oppose to electrical modalities, to restore normal function.
Acupuncture originated in China and has been practiced for thousands of years. It involves inserting fine, sterile, single-use needles at various depths, into specific points in the body. According to traditional Chinese Medical Theory, acupuncture points are located on meridian lines and one’s overall health relies on uninterrupted balance of these channels. Acupuncture helps to restore flow or chi throughout the body, which helps reduce pain and illness.
What can acupuncture help treat?
- Headaches, including tension and migraine headaches
- Low back pain
- Nerve pain or neuropathy
- Neck pain
- Menstrual cramps
Cupping therapy is a practice in which special cups are placed on the skin to create suction. This suction effect causes the tissue beneath the cup to be drawn upwards. This action increases blood flow to the area, which can help draw healing nutrients into the area, and flush away any swelling or toxins. Cupping can create some bruising, however, there are ways that your therapist can reduce the risk of this occurring.
What can Cupping help with?
- Decreasing pain
- Reducing swelling and edema
- Decreasing muscle knots and tension
- Stimulating lymphatic drainage
Dry Needling is a Western Medicine technique that uses acupuncture needles and is an effective treatment for muscular pain and myofascial dysfunction. This treatment involves inserting acupuncture needles into a muscle’s trigger point or muscle knot. Trigger points are irritable, hard knots in a muscle, that can refer pain to many areas in the body and can cause difficulty performing your day to day tasks. Dry needling is most effective when used in combination with other treatment modalities such as myofascial release, joint mobilizations, and home exercises.
What conditions can be treated with dry needling?
- Neck and back pain
- Arm pain (ex: shoulder impingement, rotator cuff dysfunction, golfer’s elbow)
- Buttock and/or leg pain (ex: sciatica)
- Muscle strains
- Knee pain
- Calf tightness
The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is a movement based diagnostic system, designed to clinically assess 7 fundamental movement patterns in those with known musculoskeletal pain. The assessment provides an efficient method to systematically find the cause of symptoms, not just the source, by logically breaking down dysfunctional patterns and diagnosing their root cause as either a mobility problem or a stability/motor control problem.
This systematic process allows clinicians to clearly match their intervention to the main problem of the patient. This model efficiently integrates the concepts of altered motor control, the neurodevelopmental perspective, and regional interdependence into musculoskeletal practice.
Myofascial release is a very effective hands-on soft-tissue technique that has been used successfully for over a hundred years to treat difficult injuries and pain. This treatment technique aims to reduce muscle spasms or knots, improve blood flow and circulation and increase flexibility. Myofascia is dense tissue that encases all of your muscles and bones. This outer covering is called fascia which is very strong and looks almost like a spider web. It is a continuous weave of a network, which has no beginning or end.
In a normal, healthy state the myofascia has the ability to be fluid and move without restriction. However, when you experience physical trauma/pain, and inflammation it can lose its pliability. As it becomes restricted it can be a source of tightness elsewhere in the body.
Myofascial release can directly change, and improve the health of the fasica. This hands-on technique promotes blood flow, which breaks down scar tissue, relaxes the muscle and the fascia, and decreases the pain and dysfunction.
Myofascial release can effectively help with:
- Low back pain
- Neck Pain and stiffness
- Arthritic conditions
- Sports injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Knee and hip pain
- Calf pain and tightness