Muscle/Joint Pain,
Sports Injury Rehab (Orthopaedic Rehabilitation)

Physiotherapy can be effectively utilized to treat aches and pains in the whole body, from the jaw all the way down to your feet.

Typically, we begin with a comprehensive assessment that details the history of your problem and screens your general health history.  This helps us to identify your goals as well as to obtain an understanding of your injury/pain.  Following this, we perform a physical exam.  This involves a postural scan, testing for mobility and strength and also special tests to help diagnose your problem.

After we complete this, we discuss our findings and recommendations with you to determine the treatment direction we recommend and ensure this will address your goals.  This is a collaborative process.

Our treatment goals are developed together with your specific goals in mind, whether they be pain relief, improved strength, long term management, etc.  Treatment strategies may involve education regarding postural adjustments, ergonomic advice, exercise program assistance/development, advice regarding bracing, return to work assistance and long term strategies to help prevent further problems.  We utilize manual therapy, modalities (ultrasound, interferential current, etc.) and advice regarding other treatment options if we feel you might benefit from some other management strategies beyond or along with our specific skill set.

Examples of issues we provide treatment for:

  • arthritis
  • sprains
  • post-op surgeries
  • post fracture
  • tendonitis
  • rotator cuff injuries
  • low back pain
  • TMJ (jaw)
  • mechanical headaches

Neurological Rehab/Head Injury Rehab

Functional restrictions that have a neurological basis or originate from a brain or central nervous system injury/illness require a slightly different approach than what is typically done for orthopaedic injuries.

We begin with a comprehensive history and follow this with a physical examination.  The examination assesses posture, mobility, strength, sensation, coordination patterns, balance and specific functional testing (like your walking pattern, ability to transition from sitting to standing, etc.).  Depending on what we identify during the history, we may perform a comprehensive vestibular assessment as well.

In the early stages of treatment it is best to be in an environment with minimal distractions because people can have problems with light and sound sensitivities.  Therefore, we provide the opportunity to work in quiet, private offices.

Treatment strategies are then initiated to address the problems identified during the assessment and coordinate these with the individual’s specific treatment goals (both short and long term).

Treatments could include:

  • advice on whether bracing or an orthosis would be beneficial
  • visual exercises and balance retraining
  • using various cueing methods, to encourage and retrain movement patterns
  • education and exercises to reduce tone or minimize its affect on your movement
  • exercise prescription for retraining strength, coordination and muscle patterning
  • concussion management would involve assisting with safe and proper reintegration to activity and treating secondary problems that could occur (ie balance, vestibular issues)
Examples of issues we provide treatment for:

  • stroke
  • MS
  • spinal cord injuries
  • vertigo/vestibular issues
  • concussions

Paediatric Physiotherapy

“Yes, kids love technology, but they also love legos, scented markers, handstands, books and mud puddles, It’s all about balance”
– K.G, First Grade Teacher

We chose this quote because we feel it represents a principle of understanding the unique characteristics of every child and when working with children, especially in a Physiotherapy environment, your child needs to be understood as unique and treated as such. At Body Balance Physiotherapy we believe that our treatment approach of one on one physiotherapy helps in providing your child with a comfortable environment to experience their course of recovery.

Physiotherapy for a child is meant to be an experience that is interactive and built with the goals of the child and parent in mind. Whether your child has suffered an injury such as a sprained ankle or has neurological stiffness from a condition such as Cerebral Palsy, we will focus on your child in an environment that is not intimidating (loud or busy) and has the privacy that you and your child deserve while rehabilitating. Children require a focused and supportive environment for recovery and we will individualize your child’s treatment to their specific needs and help you, as parents, promote their recovery as well.

Examples of issues we provide treatment for:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • Post-operative paediatric orthopaedic corrective surgery
  • Low muscle tone and hypermobility

Assistive Devices Program

The objective of the Assistive Devices Program (ADP) is to provide consumer centered support and funding to Ontario residents who have long-term physical disabilities and to provide access to personalized assistive devices appropriate for the individual’s basic needs.

Devices covered by the program are intended to enable people with physical disabilities to increase their independence through access to assistive devices responsive to their individual needs.

The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care runs the Assistive Devices Program (ADP) to help people who have long-term physical disabilities get needed equipment and supplies.

In most cases ADP pays 75 per cent of an approved price.

http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/adp/default.aspx

At Body Balance Physiotherapy, Kevin VanReenen, is registered as an authorizer for Ambulation Aids. Seating, Wheelchairs (Manual), Wheelchairs (power). He will work along side the vendor of your choice to assist you in applying for the equipment that you need to stay mobile.

Recent News

Check out our latest news posts - including our quarterly newsletter, Body Balance Quarterly (BBQ) - A newsletter designed for the patients of Body Balance Physiotherapy that addresses current rehabilitative methods and addresses questions people may have regarding Physiotherapy “Hot Topics”

June 28, 2017 in Body Balance Quarterly

Health & Wellness Edition

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June 14, 2017 in News

Running and Osteoarthritis: Does Recreational or Competitive Running Increase the Risk?

Published: Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 2017 Volume:47 Issue:6 Pages:391–391 DOI: 10.2519/jospt.2017.0505 Recreational runners had less chance of developing knee and hip arthritis compared to nonrunners/sedentary individuals and…

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January 30, 2017 in Body Balance Quarterly

New Location, Hydrotherapy & Keeping Children Active

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December 21, 2016 in News

Merry Christmas from Body Balance

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year. We will be closed after Dec.23rd and will re-open in our new location starting January 2nd, 2017…

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