Services


Spinal/Extremity Mobilization and Manipulation

 

 

 

 

 

Manipulative techniques have been used in various cultures for thousands of years. Manipulation is a high velocity, low amplitude thrust to the synovial joints of the spine or joints of extremities to affect the motion and function of the joint, whereas mobilizations use a low velocity, low amplitude, oscillatory approach.

Dr. Lau practices the Diversified Technique which uses specific manual thrusts focused on restoring biomechanical function.

Several scientific studies and systematic reviews suggest that patients with neck or back pain demonstrate clinically important improvements and that spinal manipulation achieves equal or superior improvement in pain and function when compared with other commonly used interventions for short, intermediate, and long-term follow-up.

 


Acupuncture

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Practiced for over 3000 years in China and other Asian countries, the benefit of acupuncture treatment is now clearly recognized and well documented in Western medical journals and in medical institutions across Canada.

Used to encourage natural healing, improve mood and energy, reduce or relieve pain and improve function of affected areas of the body. It is safe and effective and is often successfully used as an alternative to medications or even surgery. Relief is often obtained with acupuncture when traditional medical therapy has failed.

This therapy involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body and is an effective therapy for acute and chronic conditions.

 

 

Myofascial Release Technique

Myofascial Release Technique is a form of soft tissue therapy used to treat somatic dysfunction (i.e. impaired or altered function of bodily structures) and the resulting pain and restriction of motion. This therapy works by releasing the level of tightness or scar tissue formation that has resulted from overuse, injury, or postural imbalances, thereby improving tissue texture, tension, movement, and function.

 

 

 

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Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger points or "muscle knots" are a common cause of pain Trigger Point therapy uses deep digital pressure held for a period of time to relieve the tension in the muscle that may have resulted from stress, overuse, injury, or postural imbalances. By releasing the tension, this therapy will relieve the pain associated with the tight muscles and improve movement and function.

 

 

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Modalities

Modalities are used to help strengthen, relax, and heal muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

Dr. Lau uses a variety of modalities in conjunction with manual therapies to aid in the optimal recovery of her patients:

 

Heat Therapy/Cryrotherapy:
Heat is beneficial for relieving tight muscles. This decreases pain caused by muscle tension, and increases blood flow to the area because of vasodilation of the blood vessels. Patients with muscle strains, spasms or arthritis often benefit from heat therapy.
Cryotherapy is generally used to treat areas of pain and inflammation. The cold temperature, applied to the area in need of treatment, causes the vasoconstriction of blood vessels. This will decrease the inflammation in the area which in turn will decrease pain and swelling.

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Percussive and Vibration Therapy/Thumper
Massage enhances two of the main functions of the body, which are the delivery of nutrients to the trillions of cells in the body, and the elimination of waste products from the trillions of cells in the body. The blood and lymph fluid systems facilitate this crucial delivery and elimination activity, upon which all of life depends.

Massage aids this process by dilating blood vessels and relaxing muscles, which improves the flow of life-giving blood, and the flow of cleansing lymph fluids throughout the body.

Percussive and Vibration Therapy offer deep tissue massage therapy within a short period of time.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Electrotherapy:
This therapy is used to treat variety of conditions ranging from acute sprains/strains to chronic muscle and joint pain and inflammation.

By applying special pads to the skin in the proximity of the muscles to be stimulated, therapeutic current is delivered to the tissue causing excitation of the muscle. of treatment, therapeutic current. This therapy is used for pain management, treatment of neuromuscular dysfunction, improving joint and muscle mobility, treatment of acute and chronic edema, and tissue repair.

 

 

 

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Kinesio Taping

Kinesio Taping gives support and stability to your joints and muscles without affecting circulation and range of motion. It is also used for Preventive Maintenance, edema, and to treat pain.

Kinesio Taping is a technique based on the body's own natural healing process. This Kinesio Taping exhibits its efficacy through the activation of neurological and circulatory systems. This method basically stems from the science of Kinesiology, hence the name "Kinesio". Muscles are not only attributed to the movements of the body but also control the circulation of venous and lymph flows, body temperature, etc. Therefore, the failure of the muscles to function properly induces various kinds of symptoms.

 

 

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Rehabilitation and
Re-Conditioning

This form of therapy is an integral part in achieving full recovery and should be incorporated in all patient treatment care programs.

With specific prescription exercises including stretching and strengthening, as well as cardiovascular exercise, it will not only facilitate any weak or underused muscles, bu condition the body to be stronger, more responsive, and prevent recurrence or persistence of symptoms.

 

 

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Therapy

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The Kinesio Taping Method is applied over muscles to reduce pain and inflammation, relax overused tired muscles, and to support muscles in movement on a 24hr/day basis. It is non-restrictive type of taping which allows for full range of motion.

In contrast, traditional sports' taping is wrapped around a joint strictly for stabilization and support during a sporting event obstructing the flow of bodily fluids as an undesirable side-effect.

Kinesio Tape is used for anything from headaches to foot problems and everything in between.

 

 

 

 

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Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Therapy is an innovative form of soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Therapy has been shown to decrease overall time of treatment, speed up rehabilitation and recovery, reduce the need for anti-inflammatories, and can resolve both acute and chronic conditions. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Information provided by

Thumper Massager Inc.

Kinesio Tape Canada