Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy

Depending on your needs and the specific therapist, sessions at catalyst santé are generally a combination of the following approaches.

Advanced Manual Physiotherapy

Manual physiotherapy is defined as a clinical approach used to diagnose and treat soft tissues and joint structures. This is done through specific hands-on techniques, including but not limited to manipulation and mobilization. CAMPT-Certified™ physiotherapists are Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT) that 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.

Common conditions where advanced manual physiotherapy is often used:

  • Headaches
  • Concussions
  • Jaw pain
  • Whiplash
  • Radiating nerve pain
  • Chronic neck and spine pain
  • Shoulder blade pain
  • Muscle imbalances
  • Herniated disk
  • Pelvic pain
  • Degenerative disk disease
  • Tennis elbow
  • Rotator cuff pain
  • Fractures
  • Arthritis
  • Ankle sprains
  • Joint replacements

Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT)

Muscle Activation Techniques (MATTM) is a hands-on approach for evaluating and correcting muscular imbalances. MAT  looks at muscle tightness as being secondary to muscle weakness and uses a system of checks and balances that deciphers whether exercise is enhancing efficient motion or reinforcing compensation.

Common conditions where  MAT is often used:

  • Arthritis
  • Muscle imbalance
  • Muscle pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Sports performance and optimization

Active Release Techniques (ART)

Active Release Techniques (ART) is a hands-on soft tissue movement-based system used to treat problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. In an ART treatment, the provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and mobility of the soft tissue. Using hand pressure, the practitioner  works to remove or break up the fibrous adhesions. The patient may also be asked to actively move the affected tissue in prescribed ways while the practitioner applies a specific tension.

Common conditions where ART is often used:

  • Headaches
  • Back pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Shin splints
  • Shoulder pain
  • Sciatica
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Knee problems
  • Tennis elbow

Dry Needling

Dry needling is a technique used by physical therapists whereby a very slender needle is used subcutaneously to help decrease pain, decrease inflammation, and/or reduce muscle tension.  Once a muscle is released or “reset”, it is in a more favorable position to contract more effectively.

Is Dry Needling Acupuncture?
No, acupuncture follows energy points and energy lines called meridians. Dry needling, by contrast, targets muscle trigger points or is used subcutaneously to help decrease pain and inflammation. The actual needle, however, is the same.

Who can benefit from dry needling?
Dry needling can help people looking to decrease pain, decrease inflammation, and/or reduce muscle tension.  By decreasing muscle tension, dry needling can also help muscles contract more efficiently.  Common conditions where dry needling is often used include:

  • Neck and Back Pain
  • Sprains, Strains, and Tendinopathies
  • Disc Bulges and Herniations
  • Headaches
  • Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Dysfunctions
  • Rotator Cuff Tears
  • Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow
  • Periostitis (Shin Splints)
  • Plantar Fasciitis

Do I book an appointment specifically for dry needling?
No.  Dry needling is not a method of treatment, but rather a “tool” amongst many other techniques to help achieve goals and objectives set forth within a therapist’s rehabilitation plan.  If dry needling would be an effective option, your therapist will discuss its benefits with you.

Functional Movement Systems (FMS/SFMA)

The Functional Movement Systems consist of two movement patterns screening tools: The FMS (Functional Movement Screen) and the SFMA (Selective Functional Movement Assessment.

The FMS consists of 7 different movements that will be scored based on the quality of your movement patterns. This grading system helps identifying movement limitations, dysfunctional movement strategies as well as asymmetries. The FMS is a great tool to identify problematic movement patterns that increases your injury risk. By highlighting your dysfunctions, it allows movement pattern optimization, whether it is a day to day movement pattern         (eg: going up the stairs) or a more sports specific task. The FMS is also a screening tool used by numerous sports teams with their athletes to work on injury prevention.

The SFMA is geared towards patients with musculoskeletal pain. It is based on 7 fundamental movement patterns. By breaking down dysfunctional patterns, it becomes a systematic tool that allows the therapist to find the cause of your symptoms.

The FMS and SFMA can be used by many healthcare practitioners (Physiotherapist, Athletic Therapist, Doctors, …) and therefore helps to improve communication within your treatment team.

Massage Therapy

We are pleased to provide both relaxing therapeutic massages as well as sports and deep tissue work.

Strength and Conditioning

We offer one on one sessions as well as group strength training and sports specific training.

HiTrainer

HiTrainer is a self-propelled running surface that uses the science of high intensity interval training for rapid and effective strength conditioning in a minimum amount of time. Speed, distance, power, and force (left and right leg) are collected in real time.  This data is available on the machine’s tablet for the therapist while the client is using the HiTrainer. It is also saved on the tablet for future analysis as well as measuring progress. The HiTrainer software offers many running and walking protocols for the client, and also allows the therapist to create their own protocols based on their client’s specific needs. The treadmill can accommodate up to 3 people (the group protocol) using it at a time.

Functional Movement Systems (FMS/SFMA)

The Functional Movement Systems consist of two movement patterns screening tools: The FMS (Functional Movement Screen) and the SFMA (Selective Functional Movement Assessment.

The FMS consists of 7 different movements that will be scored based on the quality of your movement patterns. This grading system helps identifying movement limitations, dysfunctional movement strategies as well as asymmetries. The FMS is a great tool to identify problematic movement patterns that increases your injury risk. By highlighting your dysfunctions, it allows movement pattern optimization, whether it is a day to day movement pattern         (eg: going up the stairs) or a more sports specific task. The FMS is also a screening tool used by numerous sports teams with their athletes to work on injury prevention.

The SFMA is geared towards patients with musculoskeletal pain. It is based on 7 fundamental movement patterns. By breaking down dysfunctional patterns, it becomes a systematic tool that allows the therapist to find the cause of your symptoms.

The FMS and SFMA can be used by many healthcare practitioners (Physiotherapist, Athletic Therapist, Doctors, …) and therefore helps to improve communication within your treatment team.

Athletic Therapy

Athletic therapy is a domain that specializes in prevention and care of muscle, bone and joint problems resulting from sport injuries. We offer prevention, immediate care and rehabilitation of sports injuries, as well as personal training sessions.

Safely train while Injured

One of our specialties is safely bridging the gap between rehabilitation and return to sport/activity.

Nutritional Evaluation

Nutrition has a very direct effect on musculoskeletal and joint health. From decreasing inflammation and providing the proper nutrients for healing, what we put in our mouth can really make a difference. Most people agree that the key to a healthy diet lies in reducing processed food, decreasing sugar and increasing high quality fresh produce. However, easier said than done! Through the use of food journals, questionnaires and food intolerance testing we guide individuals to a healthier lifestyle

Naturopathy

Naturopathy, is a holistic approach, meaning that practitioners strive to find the cause of disease by understanding the body, mind, and spirit of the person. At Catalyst Santé we focus on two areas in naturopathy: one is supporting the body's own healing abilities, and the other is empowering people to make lifestyle changes necessary for the best possible health outcomes. All naturopathic principles employed at Catalyst Santé are done within the context of conventional medical practices.