The Killens Reid Physiotherapy Clinic was founded by Louise Killens and Suzanne Reid in Ottawa in 1992. Suzanne and Louise, as well as their team, share a strong commitment to the physiotherapy profession and a core belief that hands-on intervention, ongoing education and active patient involvement are at the root of a successful therapeutic outcome.
At our conveniently located downtown Ottawa physiotherapy clinic, you will experience high-quality, one-on-one physiotherapy assessments and treatments with specific focus on manual techniques, client education and promotion of a healthy lifestyle. Clients are strongly encouraged to assume responsibility for their health and to participate actively in their recovery.
Suzanne and Louise’s belief that laughter and a positive spirit are two essential keys for healing has served both their clients and their clinicians well. The practice has grown and evolved wonderfully over the years, both in physical size, staff and professional skills.
You are in good hands!
9 registered physiotherapists,
(5 FCAMPT Certified)
1 registered massage therapist,
1 registered nurse,
2 office managers.
We are here to help you… Get Back on Track!
Assessments at the Killens Reid Physiotherapy Clinic are one-hour long.
We encourage patients to arrive 15 minutes earlier then their scheduled appointment, in order to complete a patient information sheet, and a medical questionnaire. If you would prefer to download this preliminary information, Click to Download your Intake form here
The assessment includes a thorough examination by the physiotherapist. History taking is followed by a physical examination and time permitting the patient is treated during the one hour assessment. We encourage clients to bring any relevant documentation, such as MRI results or X-rays.
The nature of the assessment will differ depending on the dysfunction. Each dysfunction has it’s own, appropriate, assessment approach. The assessment approach for osteopathic dysfunctions differs from that of urinary incontinence and likewise from that of other conditions. For more information on any of our specialties please read further by clicking on the appropriate tool bar navigation headings.
Analysis of the examination and approaches to a successful rehabilitation are then discussed with the patient. Short term goals and long term expectations are then established. Subsequent treatments are then scheduled to follow up with patients.
Treatments are 30 minutes of dedicated 1 on 1 time with the physiotherapist. Electro therapeutic modalities or heat/ice may be indicated after treatment, thus it is recommended that patients allow 45 minutes per treatment. In general patients can expect to book about 8 to 10 treatments, depending on the dysfunction. Sometimes very few treatments are needed and the physiotherapist can place the patient onto a home program with periodic appointments to assess and progress the patient as need be.
At the Killens Reid Physiotherapy Clinic we believe that patients are partners in their recovery. Exercises are often provided to the patients so that they can take an active role in their rehabilitation. Specific exercises given by the physiotherapist compliment the effects of treatment and improve the therapeutic outcome.
Manual Therapy – Hands on Approach
You are in good hands at the Killens Reid Physiotherapy Clinic. We provide expert treatment in orthopaedic and musculoskeletal injuries. Our therapists are hands on – manual therapists. All of our physiotherapists continue to partake in advanced training courses beyond their University baseline training to develop specific hands on techniques and clinical reasoning. During our one hour assessment we assess posture, biomechanical imbalances in strength and flexibility, as well as assess joint movement that may be contributing to your pain and physical limitations.
Several of our physiotherapists have completed the FCAMPT – Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy. This is a manual therapy approach that is revered internationally.
FCAMPT physiotherapists at the Killens Reid Physiotherapy Clinic are:
Another internationally recognized series which is an alternate method of clinical reasoning within the manual therapy approach is the Integrated Systems Model. Through this global approach of clinical assessment and reasoning the “driver” that feeds your faulty movement pattern and pain is determined and treated through manual therapy techniques and specific exercises to restore normal pain free movement patterns. We encourage you to visit either https://ljlee.ca or https://www.dianelee.ca
Our Integrated Systems Model graduates are:
Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy
Killens Reid prides itself in the number of FCAMPT orthopaedic physiotherapists who practice at our clinic. This is the highest standard of orthopaedic education in Canada and is recognized internationally. Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Physiotherapists have completed post-graduate education and attained internationally recognized qualifications in hands-on therapy. They provide focused treatment based on research-guided techniques that speed up patient recovery while educating them about their condition to reduce the risk of relapse. In addition, FCAMPT physiotherapists can teach post-graduate physiotherapy courses.
What makes FCAMPT Therapists Different?
- FCAMPTs have completed a Physiotherapy education program beyond the core University education required to become a Physiotherapist in Canada.
- FCAMPT therapists are not only in Canada, FCAMPTs are in countries around the world. FCAMPT education is regulated by the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapists (IFOMPT).
FCAMPT training improves the Physiotherapists ability to:
- Identify, Understand and Treat a wide range of injuries and diseases
- To Use Hands-on assessment and treatment techniques – improving accuracy and results
- To Integrate Research into assessment and treatment – making treatment and results more consistent
- Think Globally About Injury – what it does to function AND the impact on daily life. This means not just walking, driving and sleeping – but how it impacts family, work, financial income, hobbies, social and public responsibilities, emotions, relationships, stress… and more.
- Think Globally About Diseases – not just focused on what hurts; but what led to the pain, what healing and recovery can be expected, how long healing will take, what the impact will be long term on joints, nerves, organs, balance, coordination, medications… and more.
FCAMPT training permits/allows a Physiotherapist the ability to:
- ‘Manipulate Joints’ – A unique, high-level, regulated skill that can help to reduce pain and improve movement and function.
Read more about work with Patients and Manipulation;
As well, we encourage you to visit their website at http://manippt.org
FCAMPT physiotherapists at the Killens Reid Physiotherapy Clinic are:
The Killens Reid Physiotherapy Clinic has been instrumental in the advancement of health promotion, injury prevention, education and treatment of active individuals. Those benefiting from our services range from the recreational participant through the many levels of athletic competition.
Evaluation of sports injuries includes a thorough biomechanical assessment – range of motion, strength, flexibility and muscle imbalances are examined so that proper counseling can be provided. Treatment may include manual therapy techniques to restore normal active and/or passive range of motion; complemented by a specific exercise program to address the underlying pathology. Mechanical faults, core strength or muscle imbalances are frequently addressed to prevent recurrence and aid in rehabilitation. In addition, progressive exercise programs are frequently provided to ensure a safe return to activity.
Other treatment approaches include bracing or tape which may be used to improve stability or help with proprioceptive feedback. Electrotherapeutic modalities such as ultrasound, interferential, electrical muscle stimulation or transcutaneous electrical neuromuscular stimulator (TENS) may be used to facilitate the healing process.
Killens Reid Physiotherapy Clinic strives to promote injury prevention; educate active individuals before, during and after injury.
Vestibular rehabilitation encompasses evidence-based assessment and treatment approaches.
…physiotherapy for dizziness and imbalance, or more generally; balance rehabilitation”
Who is appropriate for Vestibular Rehabilitation?
Individuals who report any or all of the following symptoms as a result of a vestibular disorder:
- Balance Problems
- Motion sensitivity (quick head movements provoke dizziness)
- Problems with gaze stability (blurring of vision with head movement)
Balance problems may be as a result of upper neck and/or inner ear and/or vision problems as a result of:
- Head Trauma (car accidents, falls, impact sports)
- Ear infections including vestibular neuronitis and labyrinthitis
- Postural dysfunctions
- Illness or disease
- Insidious onset such as Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) where crystals get displaced and get caught in one or more of the semicircular canals in the inner ear
- Stroke or brain injury
What can you expect?
Vestibular Rehabilitation is a specialized physiotherapy treatment program that is individualized for each client and aims to relieve the symptoms and discomfort associated with dizziness and balance problems.
A thorough assessment is performed focused on functioning in several areas:
- Eye and head coordination
- Balance and gait
- Motion sensitivity
- Neck joint stiffness and stability factors, as well as muscle tension and patterning factors, that may lead to poor proprioception and a feeling of disequilibrium
Following the initial assessment, treatment may include:
- Balance retraining exercises
- Specific vestibular exercises
- Supervised therapy sessions to monitor progress and continually challenge the vestibular, visual and balance systems
- Repositioning manoeuvre for BPPV
- Manual therapy to mobilize stiff neck joints and release tense muscles;
- Exercise therapy to correct muscle imbalances and retrain proprioception
Functional Dry Needling, or FDN, (Intramuscular Stimulation (GUNN IMS)) is a treatment technique that uses small, sterile filament needles to release muscular trigger points, tightness and spasm. It is called “dry needling” because it is an insertion of a needle without any substance injected. It is the needle which is the tool of treatment.
The goal of FDN is to treat the neuromuscular system – reduce muscle pain, improve joint range of motion and allow a faster return to strengthening, exercise and full function. Physiotherapists are now using this technique all around the world to effectively treat acute and chronic orthopaedic and musculoskeletal conditions.
Myofascial trigger points (TPs) can develop in a muscle secondary to a variety of stressors i.e. injury, degenerative changes, faulty posture, repetitive motions and psychological or emotional factors. In addition, the trigger points are more likely to develop in tissue which are already sensitized due to i.e. disc dysfunction, decreased circulation and metabolic – biomechanical stresses. When muscles develop trigger points, the tension within the muscle can create compression on local vessels, nerves and joint structures – all of which will affect normal function of these tissues.
The Killens Reid Physiotherapy Clinic have 4 physiotherapists that have completed the Functional Dry Needling
Louise Killens completed the GunnIMS course which is very similar in it’s approach to Functional Dry Needling. For more information on FDN or IMS please refer to our links section.
Myofascial Trigger Points (TPs) are hyper-irritable spots, usually found within a taut band of skeletal muscle or in the muscle’s fascia. These spots, or knots, are usually painful on compression and can give rise to familiar referred pain patterns, tenderness and autonomic phenomena, such as sweating, altered skin temperature and goose bumps. Research has demonstrated that there are numerous inflammatory and pain-producing chemicals at the site of an active trigger point, in addition to an increase in spontaneous electrical activity (SEA). The dry needle has been shown, when causing a twitch response in the muscle, to decrease the SEA and reduce the irritating chemicals.
Note that penetration of a normal muscle is usually painless, however a shortened supersensitive muscle will “grasp” the needle in what can be described as a cramping sensation. The result will be threefold. One, a stretch receptor in the muscle is stimulated, producing a reflex relaxation (lengthening). Two the needle also causes a small injury that draws blood to the area, initiating the natural healing process. Three, the treatment creates an electrical potential in the muscle to make the nerve function normally again. The needle used in IMS or FDN stimulates muscle spindles, and essentially becomes a specific and unique tool for the diagnosis and treatment of neuropathic muscle pain.
During treatment the patient will often feel a significant cramping sensation from the twitch response followed by an immediate improvement of their symptoms. You may also feel sore in the areas that were treated for up to 24 hours . It is also common to feel tired, queasy, and/or emotional after treatment. This is a normal response that can last up to an hour or two after treatment.
After treatment it is highly recommended that you increase your water intake for the 24 hours following treatment to help avoid soreness. Soaking in a hot bath or hot tub will often alleviate post-treatment soreness.
Pelvic Health concerns are very common yet rarely discussed openly, if at all. Many women and men suffer in silence without realizing that there are effective, evidence-based treatment solutions. Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy has been established in the research as a first line of defense against Incontinence and Pelvic Pain for women.
“Prevention, community education and advocacy
are key to our integrated approach.”
The muscles of the Pelvic Floor have 5 important functions:
1. Maintaining continence of our bladder and bowel
2. Supporting to our internal organs (bladder, uterus, intestines)
3. Stabilizing the low back and pelvis
4. Improving sexual function/sexual pleasure
5. Pumping action, helping the lymphatic and circulatory systems to pump fluids from the legs back to the trunk
Dysfunction of this system can cause a host of problems, including:
- Urinary/fecal urgency
- Urinary/fecal incontinence
- Pelvic organ prolapse (POP)
- Pelvic pain
- Dyspareunia (painful intercourse), Vaginismus, Vulvodynia
- Pudendal neuralgia
- Interstitial cystitis
- Chronic constipation/fissures/voiding difficulties
- Vaginal stenosis
“In many cases, incontinence can be prevented.”
What is Urinary Incontinence?
Urinary incontinence is the complaint of an involuntary leakage of urine.
- Urinary incontinence affects 50% of women at some point in their life.
Incontinence is a significant public health issue affecting 3.3 million Canadians!
- 1 in 4 women are incontinent!
- 1 in 9 men are incontinent!
- 1 in 6 children under 17 years of age are incontinent!
- 50% of nursing home residents are incontinent!
- Risk factors: obesity, pregnancy & childbirth, obstetric trauma (e.g. forceps, tearing), previous gynaecological/urinary surgery, menopause, > 40 years of age, medication smoking, chronic straining, radical prostatectomy (men).
- Incontinence can have a profound impact on Quality of Life, leading to depression, social isolation, loss of self-esteem, restricted participation in social activities and, in the elderly population, institutionalization.
What do the Assessment and Treatment involve?
- The Initial Assessment is 1 hour and will include a detailed history-taking, an internal vaginal/anal exam and preliminary lumbo-pelvic orthopaedic assessment. The internal pelvic exam is the Gold Standard in pelvic health physiotherapy and is the only method to accurately assess the function of the pelvic floor muscles.
- The client may be asked to complete a bladder voiding diary and specific questionnaires related to their condition.
- Follow-up treatments vary from 30-60 minutes and may involve vaginal/anal manual techniques (to restore normal pelvic floor muscle tone, release scars and myofascial tensions, improve strength/coordination of the pelvic floor), orthopaedic manual therapy to assure proper function of the ‘core’ body, specific exercise instruction, discussion re movement/posture/breathing and healthy bowel & bladder habits. Other treatment modalities, such as biofeedback and muscle stimulation, functional dry needling and kinesiotaping may be used as well.
“Incontinence is not a normal process of aging.”
Do I need a doctor’s referral?
No, you do not require a doctor’s referral to see a pelvic health physiotherapist however your insurance company may require this should you be submitting a claim for reimbursement through your medical plan.
How many visits will I need?
On average, you will require 8-10 visits, however this number will vary depending on each client’s individual condition. A successful outcome requires a serious commitment on the part of the client, as the daily exercise component of the program is key!
What is a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist?
A Pelvic Health Physiotherapist is a registered physiotherapist who has undertaken a course of study in pelvi-perineal rehabilitation and has met the educational and regulatory standards required to provide pelvic health assessment and treatment in Ontario.
“Incontinence can always be greatly improved or cured with treatment.”
Osteopathy was founded in 1874 by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still
Dr. Still, a physician who was born in Virginia (USA) in the early 1800’s, was trained through apprenticeship and was subsequently employed as a U.S.Army doctor during the American Civil War. The horrors of war and the subsequent death of his wife and children from an epidemic of spinal meningitis left him extremely disillusioned with traditional medical practice. After a period of intense study and reflection, Still founded osteopathic practice.
Increasingly, he opposed the use of drugs and surgery and saw the human body as being capable of curing itself, with the duty of the ‘osteopathic’ practitioner being to remove any barriers to the healthy function of each individual. He promoted healthy lifestyle, nutrition, abstinence from alcohol and drugs and used primarily manipulation techniques to improve physiological function. He believed that everything that was necessary to sustain human life was already present within the human body.
Dr. Still named his new school of medicine “osteopathy”, reasoning that the “bone, osteon, was the starting point from which one could ascertain the cause of pathological conditions.” The scientific foundation of osteopathy was anatomy and its philosophy was based on the understanding of the integration between body, mind and spirit, the interrelatedness of structure and function, and the ability of the body to heal itself when mechanically sound. Still felt that once the ‘mechanical blockages’ to the free flow of bodily fluids were removed, then the free circulation of all fluids would naturally return. This was, he felt, the key to the body’s innate ability to self-heal and self-regulate.
“Osteopathy is the ‘Open Sesame’ to Health.”
-Louis Richardson, D.O.
OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE AROUND THE WORLD
In the United States, osteopathic medicine is practiced by those holding a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree (D.O.). A doctor with a D.O. degree is a fully licensed medical doctor (M.D.) and can prescribe the same drugs and perform the same surgeries as a doctor with an M.D. Some will argue that the distinction between the two has blurred to such an extent as to render the D.O. degree almost obsolete. However, many osteopathic physicians will explain that they strive for a more holistic, more compassionate and community-minded approach to health-care.
The rest of the world (Europe, Asia, Canada, Australia) has not adopted this medical model of Osteopathy. Instead, the training focuses specifically on traditional manual practice.
In the United Kingdom, osteopathy developed as a distinct profession with the first osteopathic college being established in 1917 by Dr. Martin Littlejohn. In Canada, osteopaths are trained along similar lines as their European counterparts. Canadian osteopathic training typically involves a 5-year course of study with written and practical examinations at each year end and a final written thesis upon completion of the required course work. The Canadian College of Osteopathy, founded in 1991 by Philippe Druelle,D.O., offers a comprehensive program in Traditional Osteopathy (philosophy, theory, methodology, technique, clinical education and research).
“…to be an Osteopath you must study and know the exact construction of the human body, the exact location of every bone, nerve, fiber, muscle, and organ, the origin, the course and flow of all the fluids of the body, the relation of each to the other, and the function each is to perform in perpetuating life and health. In addition you must have the skill and ability to enable you to detect the exact location of every obstruction to the regular movements of this grand machinery of life.”
-A. T. Still, D.O.
“When all parts of the body are perfectly adjusted in position and action, it (the body) can best meet its environmental changes of temperature, food, mental strain and all difficulties to which the body is subjected.” -Perrin T. Wilson, D.O.
TECHNIQUES OF OSTEOPATHIC MANUAL PRACTICE
1) High velocity, low amplitude thrusts (‘joint manipulation’).
2) Joint mobilizations.
3) Myofascial release.
4) Muscle energy techniques.
5) Soft tissue techniques.
6) Cranial osteopathy.
7) Visceral manipulation.
8) Lymphatic techniques.
These techniques are employed together with dietary, postural and occupational advice in an effort to help patients recover from injury and illness.
The Collège d’études ostéopathiques de Montréal (CEO) was founded on March 11, 1981. The CEO subsequently established a network of other colleges in Canada and in Europe, including the Canadian College of Osteopathy (CCO) in Toronto. The CEO offers both part-time and full-time programs of study. Our osteopath, Marc Desjardins, studied in the full-time program, which is validated by the University of Wales, in the United Kingdom. The CEO’s full-time program, which is four and a half years long, is characterized by the quality of its teaching, with students being followed closely by a faculty of experienced osteopaths. It is also characterized by the large number of hours (3,000) of training, which the students undergo, both in classroom and clinical contexts. Successfully completing the full-time program leads to a Bachelor of Science in Osteopathy (B.Sc.O.). Those who want to pursue their studies can obtain a Diploma in Osteopathy (Manual Practitioner – D.O. – Québec), by carrying out and defending a research project. Marc obtained his Diploma in Osteopathy following his study of the effects of therapeutic touch on respiratory capacity, a research project that enabled him to explore, confirm and subsequently integrate within his current practice, certain observations he had made throughout his years of experience as a manual therapist.
For Marc, the essence of osteopathic practice lies in restoring the relationships between the different systems of the body, by seeking out restrictions, working to resolve them, and then allowing the area that has been freed up to regenerate itself. He believes his role is to enable his patients to become aware of areas of restriction, so that he can help them free these areas up, using respiratory parameters. The vitality of the cells in the areas of restriction is diminished because these cells are incapable of carrying out their primary function, which is to participate in good respiratory function.
Marc recognizes the importance of using the combination of reason and intuition in his choice of the approach that he will use with each patient. Even if he is trained in several different techniques and if he continues to study other techniques and to attend specialized symposia to develop his skills, Marc remains aware of his own limitations, as well as of those of his patients.
The key to Marc’s approach is empathy. He understands that it may not be possible to fully achieve harmonization of the body’s tissues, but knows that, for a person who is in pain, a few minutes of release can pave the way to a more global release. For Marc, the process of achieving this form of release gives patients the possibility of opening themselves up to a space that is infinitely wide and protective, thereby enabling the bodily envelope, by way of the senses, to tap into the healing powers of this space.
Hailing from Montréal, where he worked for 10 years as a personal athletic trainer (certified by the American College of Sports Medicine) and for 20 years as a massage therapist (member of the Fédération Québécoise des Massothérapeutes), Marc is now an osteopath who obtained his Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree in Osteopathy in 2007 from the Collège d’études ostéopathiques de Montréal as well as from the University of Wales (United Kingdom).
Serving his patients in either French or English, Marc believes in treating not only the body but also the being (body and mind) as a whole; furthermore, he is convinced of the importance of truly engaging the patient in the healing process and in the work that is necessary to achieve overall wellbeing. A skilled all-around athlete, Marc lives in the Gatineau area where he easily maintains his active lifestyle.
“Osteopathy releases pressure, soothes nerves and stimulates circulation. For normal tissue, nothing else is needed.”
-George F. Miller, D.O.
Suzanne Reid attended the Canadian College of Osteopathy in Toronto, Ontario from 1993 – 1999. She completed the required course work and examinations of the traditional osteopathic program, yet did not complete her thesis presentation.
Suzanne has integrated all the elements of osteopathy into her practice, with a particular interest in the fields of cranial and visceral osteopathy. The integration of her previous physiotherapy training and subsequent knowledge of osteopathic theory, methodology and clinical techniques has been of great value, both for her patients and for her own personal and professional evolution.
What is massage therapy?
The scope of practice for registered massage therapists is determined by our college, the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO). It states:
“The practice of massage therapy is the assessment of the soft tissue and joints of the body and the treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction and pain of the soft tissues and joints by manipulation. It is to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function, or relieve pain.”
Massage therapy is often complementary to physiotherapy and osteopathic treatment.
What are the benefits of massage therapy?
- decreases stress, promotes relation
- pain management and relief
- alleviate discomfort associated with muscular overuse, chronic pain
- increases circulation
- relieves physical, mental fatigue
- enhances healing to damaged tissue
- reduces scar tissue and adhesions
- restores length of muscles
- increases flexibility and range of motion
- promotes waste metabolite removal (i.e. lactic acid)
- promotes general health and well being
What does massage therapy treat?
- back and neck pain
- overuse injuries, repetitive strain, tendonitis Degenerative Disc Disease, arthritis
- postural imbalances, associated pain
- adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder)
- headaches, migraines
- carpal tunnel
- muscle spasm, strains, sprains
- post surgical rehabilitation
- nerve entrapments
- complementary support during physiotherapy treatment
At the Killens Reid Physiotherapy Clinic we take pride in the work our lymphatic therapists perform as Certified Lymphatic Specialists. While there is no cure for lymphedema, this diversified team of Vodder Lymphatic Therapists can and have helped relieve symptoms and reduce long term effects of lymphedema.
Our specialists include:
Louise Killens has over 30 years experience as a physiotherapist & is a partner at the Killens Reid Physiotherapy Clinic.
Mary Hutton has practiced over 35 years as a registered nurse.
Both Louise and Mary are actively involved in the paddling community and have helped with breast cancer survivor dragonboat teams ‘Busting Out’ and ‘Les 20 Coeurs’ and are competitive paddlers themselves. Their team, the Cascades Women, medaled at the 2006, 2008 & 2012 World Club Crew Dragonboat Championships and won Canadian Nationals in their division in 2011.
Lymphedema is abnormal swelling of the tissues caused by stagnant, protein rich lymph. This condition occurs when the lymphatic system has been impaired.
Primary lymphedema is an inherited disorder resulting from missing or abnormal lymphatic vessels that cause swelling, usually in distal regions of the limbs such as the hands or feet.
Secondary lymphedema occurs when lymphatic vessels are altered as the result of surgical intervention or radiation treatment or trauma.
What is the role of the lymphatic system?
The human body has a network of lymph nodes and vessels that carry and remove lymphatic fluid the same way blood vessels circulate blood to all parts of the body. The lymph nodes serve as filters for harmful substances and help fight infection.
If the lymph nodes are not functioning normally, harmful fluid can accumulate. Nutrients cannot effectively reach tissue, such as skin causing a buildup of waste products. The resulting lymphedema can lead to discolorations and changes in the skin, hardening of the tissues, infections, and can limit function or mobility.
Signs and Symptoms:
- Full sensation in the limb or affected area
- Decreased flexibility
Early recognition of lymphedema is essential as advanced lymphedema is more difficult to control. When treatment is begun early, patients can enjoy lives with few complications and little or no lifestyle restrictions. Thus limb girth must be monitored and symptoms recognized.
- Restoring function of the body part affected,
- Improving range of motion and strength
- Education on skin care
- Manual lymphatic drainage – a specialized form of gentle massage that stimulates and directs lymphatic flow towards adjacent, functioning lymph systems
- Compressive therapy – the application of compression to the affected area aids in reducing edema and assists in the removal of lymph fluid.
Exercise therapy is a key component in stimulating venous and lymphatic flow. Exercises are aimed at augmenting muscular contraction, enhancing joint mobility, strengthening the limb and reducing the muscle atrophy that frequently occurs with lymphedema.
Lymphedema can occur immediately post operatively, within a few months, or years after cancer therapy. With proper education and care, lymphedema can be avoided or, if it develops, kept under control.
Dance medicine is a growing field which addresses the specific needs of the injured dancer. Louise Killens has completed a series of intensive courses at Harkness Center for Dance Injuries in New York City entitled the Principles of Dance Medicine (https://med.nyu.edu/hjd/harkness/).
Many dance forms, especially ballet, demand an unusual combination of extreme flexibility and motor control in addition to artistry. The use of “turn-out” at the hip and dancing on pointe are good examples of required elements in dance that place unusual stress on the body. As such, its practice can place the dancer at risk of sustaining various traumatic and overuse injuries different from those seen in the sports world.
Distance running is one of today’s fastest growing recreational sports. It’s affordable, accessible, addictive, and has positively changed the lives of many worldwide. Despite this range of benefits, recent studies report that 55-60% of runners are injured every year.
Are You Running Injured?
It is well documented that running injuries can result from over training and/or training errors. Despite developments in running programs, advances in shoe technology, and improved access to running literature, running injuries are not declining, but becoming more common. There are various forms of running injuries and the causes of each type of injury are continuously being studied. However, all forms of running injuries have been linked to habits in running patterns. These patterns may develop prior to an injury occurring, or after an injury as compensation for pain.
It is the current thought that many of these injuries can be prevented or rehabilitated with optimizing running form. With the dizzying array of trend-setting running methods it is difficult to know which method might be right for you, and which are the safest technique adaptations to integrate into your running form.
Our registered physiotherapist, Amy Fahlman is familiar with the various forms of running techniques and is experienced with the complexities of running rehabilitation. She is current on literature recommendations for injury prevention, running form, and rehabilitation. Let her help you on the path to injury free running with various forms of manual therapy, exercise, and a video running analysis.
A biomechanical running analysis can help identify faults in your running form, allowing us to correct your form, rehabilitate a running injury, and most importantly, help prevent it from reoccurring. We use state of the art video analysis tools to correct mechanical errors, maximize running efficiency, and set you on the right path to injury free running.
Your personal video analysis includes:
- A biomechanical assessment by an experienced physiotherapist
- A CD detailing your running technique
- Personalized suggestions to improve your running efficiency
- Individual exercise program to correct faulty biomechanical patterns
What you need to bring:
- A new and old pair of running shoes
- Work out clothes
- Completed running intake form (see attachment)
Each assessment will be minimum of two one-hour appointments. The appointments will involve a detailed strength, endurance, flexibility, and movement patterns assessment, followed by a 20 minute running analysis. Follow up sessions are 30 minutes and will be recommended based on each individual assessment. All appointments will be by a registered physiotherapist, and will be eligible for reimbursement under most health care plans.
Information Every Runner Should Know!!
To make an appointment or to request more information, contact:
Amy Fahlman firstname.lastname@example.org Or call 613-594-8512
“Dedicated to the health and well-being of our clients.”
Killens Reid, The Downtown Ottawa Physiotherapy Clinic.
Conveniently located just two blocks from Parliament Hill.
Call or Email to schedule;
130 Albert St., Suite 610
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5G4
HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday to Thursday
07:00 – 19:00
07:00 – 15:00
Saturday & Sunday
With less than 24 hours notice half the fee will be charged. With no notice the full fee will be charged.
©2017 Killens Reid Physiotherapy Clinic | Ottawa, Canada | All Rights Reserved