Our Services

Physiotherapy (including Sports Injuries) 

We start with a thorough history of your injury, illness or disability so we fully understand your condition – the first step in helping you feel better.  We handle all types of injuries and conditions – sports injuries included.  You will also undergo a comprehensive physical evaluation and will actually begin treatment on your first visit.

All of us are trained to manage and treat sports injuries – it is a large part of what we do.

Treatment is based around strategies to rid you of your symptoms quickly and easily.  Depending on your specific issue, treatment may include a simply exercise program, manual hands-on therapy or other techniques as well as education about your particular injury.

Knowing that everyone is unique, we will regularly assess your condition and make any necessary changes to your treatment plan.  We want to ensure that when your treatment is complete, you’ll have a thorough understanding of how to stay healthy and prevent future re-injury.

We understand your time is valuable. Our therapists make your time a top priority. Unfortunately life doesn’t stop for an injury.  Our goal is to work with you as partners to dvelop a personalized treatment program to speed your recovery and get you back to normal as quickly as possible.  We pledge to do this in a manner that both suits your needs and fits your schedule.

See Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about the various conditions that can be treated by physiotherapy.

Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy (Chest Physio)

Cardiorespiratory physiotherapy (commonly known as chest physio) is a branch of physiotherapy that focuses on maximizing independence and well being in those with problems of oxygen transport. Chest physio treatments may include re-education of proper breathing mechanics, positioning, cough retraining, respiratory muscle training as well as airway clearance interventions (e.g. percussions and vibrations).

Patients ideal for outpatient cardiorespiratory physiotherapy may have shortness of breath at rest and frequent secretion production. Conditions often appropriate for treatment include cystic fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (chronic bronchitis) and pneumonia. Patient interested in a cardiorespiratory assessment at the clinic are advised to receive a referral from their family physician prior to seeing a physiotherapist.

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is an interactive process that includes many methods and techniques to help people deal with issues that are preventing them from living fully.  It also helps them build the strength to tackle these issues should they return. It is the exploration of feelings, thoughts and behaviours which enable and empower clients to be the best they can possibly be.  Whether you are experiencing trauma related to an accident, relationship difficulties, addictions, anxiety or depression, psychotherapy can provide a solution-focused therapy for individuals. Since mental health includes all aspects of life – physical, social, emotional, mental and spiritual – all aspects of health are equally important and deserve special care and attention.

Registered Massage Therapy

Registered massage therapists offer individualized treatments using manual manipulation of soft tissue (muscles and tendons) to decrease pain, muscle soreness, muscle spasm and to improve general mobility.  RMT is often used in conjunction with physiotherapy whether you are recovering from a sports injury, have a chronic condition, had a fall, or simply need to relieve some of the tension that builds up in all of our bodies.  Massage Therapy can help with anxiety, digestive disorders, fibromyalgia, headaches & migraines, TMJ dysfunction, frozen shoulder, sports injuries, insomnia and low back pain to mention just a few.

Pre-natal and Post-partum therapy

During pregnancy, as well as, post partum, pain in the hip and pelvic area, sciatica, back and legs are common complaints. Physiotherapy can help alleviate the pain. The treatment will include heat, taping, bracing, mobilizations, muscle energy techniques, stretching, and soft tissue massage. Also, treatment will include strengthening specific to pregnancy guidelines and problem areas. The physiotherapist can also help with breathing and relaxation during labour, as well as labour positioning.

Blocked milk ducts will usually resolve spontaneously with 24-48 hours after onset. However, if it does not resolve, physiotherapy can help by using therapeutic ultrasound and providing the mother with education on how to manage and prevent this from occurring. Treatment consists of two back to back treatments of therapeutic ultrasound. During the first treatment the physiotherapist will also give you advice on positioning and massage.

Vestibular Therapy

Vestibular Physiotherapy uses exercise-based treatments designed to promote central nervous system retraining for inner ear deficits. We can address issues including benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), unilateral or bilateral vestibular loss including vestibular neuritis, motion sensitivity, and cervicogenic dizziness.

Some typical symptoms that are associated with vestibular dysfunctions include dizziness, vertigo, light headedness, imbalance, difficulty concentrating, blurry vision, nausea, and fluctuating hearing.

The goal of vestibular physiotherapy is to retrain the brain to coordinate information from the inner ear balance organs, vision, and the proprioceptive system. Treatments can range from canalith repositioning maneuvers, gaze stabilization exercises, habituation exercises, and static and dynamic postural stability training.

Concussion Management

Concussions are common injuries associated with car accidents, falls, or sports injuries, and may be as a result of a direct blow to the head or indirect blow to the body. Symptoms of concussion can appear immediately, later on the day of the injury, the next day, or several days later. The majority of concussion symptoms resolve on their own within the first couple weeks following the injury. In cases where symptoms are lasting beyond this short period of time, assessment and treatment with physiotherapy can be very beneficial for symptom management and return to function.

There can be a wide variety of symptoms after a concussion. Some symptoms that can be helped by physiotherapy concussion management include dizziness, headache, visual changes, balance and walking changes, motion sensitivity, sleep disturbances, nausea, and fatigue.

The physiotherapy assessment of someone with concussion includes examination of neck movement, eye tracking and eye movements, balance, motion sensitivity, and tolerance for exertion. Treatment is based off of the examination findings and often incorporates manual therapy to the cervical spine, visual and vestibular exercises, graded exertion, and balance retraining.

Pelvic Health Physiotherapy Services

Pelvic Health Physiotherapy addresses wide reaching issues with respect to pelvic health in both men and women.  We can address issues including bladder and fecal incontinence, pain in the pelvic region – including but not limited to vulvodynia, pelvic organ prolapse, cocydynia and interstitial cystitis.   We have specialized training in working with men who have incontinence and sexual dysfunction following prostate surgery and women who have experienced traumatic births, general trauma and pain with sexual intercourse.

Pelvic Health Physiotherapists take specialized courses focusing on assessing and treating the pelvic floor.   We perform a full orthopaedic physiotherapy evaluation in addition to internal examinations.   We look at the individual as a whole and attempt to address the role of the nervous system in relation to pain and dysfunction as well.

While there are a number of pelvic health training programs, all of my courses have been taken through Pelvic Health Solutions. This is a Toronto based company with many well respected clinicians who are passionate about the role of pelvic health physiotherapy in relation to an individual’s overall health.   Pelvic health physiotherapy has been well researched and is one of the most evidenced-based tools in physiotherapy practice.  It is routinely used in Europe and Australia and it’s role in Canada is ever growing.

If any of your patients are experiencing pelvic floor dysfunction signs and or symptoms please let them know of our services at 613-836-4676  / email: scrp@bellnet .ca / www.stittsvillephysio.ca

Please feel free to direct any questions to our Pelvic Health Physiotherapist Specialist at jillianhooper@fastmail.com.

Infant Care

Infantile Torticollis and Plagiocephaly.

Torticollis is a side flexed and rotated neck. At birth, some children have Torticollis caused by one of the following: fetal positioning in utero, a benign tumor in the sternocleidomastoid muscle, trauma during birth, or compartment syndrome in the muscle. Some children acquire Torticollis later on from an injury, ear or pharangeal infection, post-surgery or due to bone tumors. Often, this condition is very treatable with physiotherapy, especially if the infant is seen early in life.

Plagiocephaly is the asymmetrical flattening of the skull which is often, but not always, associated with Torticollis. Education and treatment from a physiotherapist can help your child reduce or alleviate the problem.

Treatment options for these conditions could include: parent education, stretching, exercising, positioning, myofascial release, massage, use of a brace or helmet, taping, and/or integration of reflexes.

Neurodevelopmental Treatment and Myofascial Release for Pediatrics

NDT is a holistic therapeutic handling technique used for the assessment and treatment for optimization of movement.  It requires knowledge of postural control and movement strategies for typical and atypical development.  The therapist does an individualized assessment for optimization of tasks and skills to suit the individual’s needs.  Myofascial Release an help restore proper function of the soft tissues, helping to decrease pain, optimize alignment and function, and improve overall health of the tissues.  These techniques also apply to adults.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine disposable needles through the skin and tissues at specific points on the body.  It can be used as part of your physiotherapy treatment to help encourage natural healing, manage pain and reduce inflammation.

Speech-Language Pathology

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults.[6] Speech services begin with initial screening for communication and swallowing disorders and continue with assessment and diagnosis, consultation for the provision of advice regarding management, intervention and treatment, and provision counseling and other follow up services for these disorders. Services are provided in the following areas:

  • cognitive aspects of communication (e.g., attention, memory, problem solving, executive functions).
  • speech (phonation, articulation, fluency, resonance, and voice including aeromechanical components of respiration);
  • language (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatic/social aspects of communication) including comprehension and expression in oral, written, graphic, and manual modalities; language processing; preliteracy and language-based literacy skills, phonological awareness.
  • swallowing or other upper aerodigestive functions such as infant feeding and aeromechanical events (evaluation of esophageal function is for the purpose of referral to medical professionals);
  • voice (hoarseness (dysphonia), poor vocal volume (hypophonia), abnormal (e.g. rough, breathy, strained) vocal quality. Research demonstrates voice therapy to be especially helpful with certain patient populations; individuals with Parkinson’s Disease often develop voice issues as a result of their disease.[7]
  • sensory awareness related to communication, swallowing, or other upper aerodigestive functions.

Speech, language, and swallowing disorders result from a variety of causes, such as a stroke,[8] brain injury,[9] hearing loss,[10] developmental delay,[11] a cleft palate,[12] cerebral palsy,[13] or emotional issues.[

Chiropody

Chiropody can help patients eliminate foot pain, gain mobility and maintain healthy feet through the treatment of such things as:

  • corns and calluses
  • cracked heels
  • plantar warts or lesions
  • diabetic or arthritic foot care
  • fungal, thickened, distorted or ingrown nails
  • athlete’s foot or other skin infections
  • plantar fasciitis
  • “growing pains” in the legs
  • flat feet