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Our goal is to promote healthy active living, treat and prevent injuries and enhance independent living.

Physiotherapy treatments involve a number of different treatment techniques to reduce pain and dysfunction, to promote health, and keep people moving.

Anatomical Acupuncture
Anatomical Acupuncture

Anatomical Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into various points in the body with the goal of altering biochemical and physiological processes.  Acupuncture stimulates the release of the body’s natural pain modulators to restore balance in the nervous system.  This technique utilizes traditional acupuncture points to impact the underlying tissues and nervous system to effectively control pain, resolve inflammation, restore physiological function, enhance regeneration of tissues and normalize Anatomic Nervous System imbalance.

Balance, Dizziness and Vestibular Physiotherapy
Balance, Dizziness and Vestibular Physiotherapy

Dizziness, balance issues and vertigo affect a significant amount of the adult population.  For people over 65, the complaint of dizziness is the #1 cause of physician visits. The two most common causes of imbalance and disequilibrium that respond well to physiotherapy are Cervicogenic dizziness (caused by neck issues) and Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo or BPPV (caused by the vestibular system). The vestibular system is the apparatus in the inner ear involved in balance. Dysfunction of the vestibular system can present from balance problems to very nauseating and disabling vertigo and dizziness.  Symptoms can be spontaneous or as a result of trauma or disease. A physiotherapist with post graduate Vestibular training can perform a thorough assessment involving ocular, balance and coordination testing to determine the cause of the symptoms and what treatment is appropriate.  Although symptoms can be vague, many people generally benefit from some form of vestibular treatment.

Bike Fitting
Bike Fitting

A custom bike fitting performed by a trained physiotherapist can benefit anyone who has had discomfort related to cycling (foot/ankle pain, lower back pain, knee pain, upper back/neck pain, hand and saddle area numbness, etc.) Whether a competitive or recreational cyclist, a custom bike fitting can maximize comfort and efficiency on the bike and reduce the risk of developing overuse injuries.  A bike fitting involves a thorough history, a physical assessment and observation on the bike.  Appropriate adjustments will be made to the bike and cleats, proper posture and riding technique will be discussed and exercises will be prescribed as needed. You will need to bring your bike into the clinic in clean, working order and it is ideal to wear the clothes you would cycle in to the assessment.

Concussion
Concussion

Concussions are quickly becoming more recognized as a common and serious sports injury. As with any injury, it is important that a concussion is taken seriously and managed appropriately. A medical practitioner trained in concussion management is an integral part of recovery post concussion.  After assessment, an individually tailored treatment plan will be implemented to ensure the best outcome possible.  A baseline assessment is recommended for those participating in contact sports that are at risk for concussion. This can be extremely valuable for the treating practitioner to safely and effectively facilitate the return to sport and play.

Core Strength and Conditioning
Core Strength and Conditioning

Your core or ‘inner core’ muscles are the main support for your spine and are important in the body’s ability to stabilize, control and move the spine and trunk. The proper strength and function of these muscles provide the support necessary to reduce adverse stress on the spine and pelvis in daily activities and sports.  A deficiency in these deep muscles can lead to abnormal movement patterns and loading of the spine and pelvis, and therefore pain.  A trained physiotherapist can expertly assess these deep core muscles and provide you with specific exercises and education to ensure adequate strength and function and eliminate lower back, pelvic and any associated pain.

Custom Bracing
Custom Bracing

Kokanee Physiotherapy offers custom knee bracing.  Bracing allows an individual to control the position of the joint, restrict potentially harmful motion and allow desired motion. Depending on the ailment, bracing can stabilize and protect an injured ligament (MCL, ACL, etc), protect a joint post operatively and help to decrease pressure on the degenerative areas of an arthritic joint (Osteoarthritis). Custom braces are lightweight and designed specifically for each individual’s shape to provide the most comfortable support possible.

Custom Foot Orthotics
Custom Foot Orthotics

Foot orthotics are designed to control foot function by treating imbalances and modifying areas of weight-bearing on the foot.  They can be effective in helping eliminate pain and dysfunction in the foot and subsequent ankle, leg, knee, hip or lower back pain that may be related.  Trained physiotherapists can provide an individual assessment and custom designed orthotic to reach rehabilitation goals comfortably.

Exercise prescription/ Strength and Conditioning
Exercise prescription/ Strength and Conditioning

In addition to being an integral part of the rehabilitation process, Exercise prescription/Strength and Conditioning are important to those looking to enhance their performance, return to an activity after a period of rest, prevent injury and increase strength pre-surgery.  After a thorough assessment, specific exercises – including strengthening, stretching and overall conditioning -will be prescribed to correct movement limitations, postural deficiencies, muscle weakness and restrictions with the goal of optimizing function.

IMS and FDN
IMS and FDN

Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) and Functional Dry Needling (FDN) are two techniques involving the safe insertion of filiform needles into specific muscles and tissues with the goals of reducing pain and inflammation and restoring normal function.  Highly trained therapists utilize these techniques to reduce taut bands in muscle and therefore reduce tension and pain in structures influenced by the muscle and the muscle directly.  IMS and FDN are safe and effective treatments for many neuromusculoskeletal conditions.

Manual Therapy and Soft Tissue Techniques
Manual Therapy and Soft Tissue Techniques

Our therapists use a variety of hands on techniques to treat joint, muscle, nerve and other soft tissue impairments. Guided by assessment findings, a variety of techniques can be utilized to treat soft tissue and joint structures, with the goal of reducing pain and inflammation, restoring range of motion, stimulating tissue repair, increasing tissue extensibility, optimizing movement and improving function. Manual Therapy and Soft Tissue techniques include joint mobilizations, joint manipulations, mobilizations with movement, muscle energy techniques, traction, myofascial release and massage. These techniques elicit a neurophysiological response associated with the body’s pain modulation circuit.  It is common for a therapist to use a variety of the above techniques to provide effective and thorough treatment.

Massage
Massage

Massage techniques include the manual manipulation of the body’s soft tissues, muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissue.  It is a non-invasive and effective therapy that can help to decrease stress, control pain, promote relaxation and allow the body to heal efficiently by eliminating restrictions of the circulatory and lymphatic systems.  

Modalities
Modalities

Modalities can be an effective part of physiotherapy treatment.  If deemed appropriate by the therapist, electrical modalities can be used to decrease pain and swelling, promote healing and increase strength and function of muscle.  Kokanee Physiotherapy offers Ultrasound, TENS, Interferential Current (IFC), Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES), moist heat and ice.

Osteopathy
Osteopathy

Osteopathy is an approach to health care that looks at the body’s homeostatic mechanisms in relation to optimal health.  The goal of treatment is to relieve pain, improve mobility and restore optimal health in safe and non-invasive manner. Having expert palpation skills, Osteopathic practitioners find and treat the root cause of the problem and develop a treatment plan by understanding the relationship between the structure of the body and how well it functions.

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy
Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

Pelvic floor dysfunction is very common and can occur in both women and men.  A pelvic floor issue can present as difficulty with bowel and bladder control, sexual pain and dysfunction, constipation, pelvic organ prolapse, and pelvic/tailbone/lower back pain.  Whether male, female or pre/post partum, an assessment can be beneficial for pelvic floor issues at any age. Treatment will likely consist of education, manual therapy, postural advice, exercises and necessary modalities to reach rehabilitation goals.

Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy

Physiotherapists are primary healthcare practitioners that are highly skilled in hands on assessments and treatments for the whole body.  Physiotherapists aim to promote healing as well as manage and prevent disability and disease through movement, exercise therapy, manual therapy, modalities, needling techniques, education and advice. A thorough assessment can help to keep you moving and function optimally in work, play and life.

Pre and Post-Operative Therapy
Pre and Post-Operative Therapy

Optimal pre-operative strength and function is commonly correlated with better post-operative results.  Pre-operative therapy can help answer questions and concerns about the upcoming procedure and provide you with the appropriate preparatory exercises and hands on therapy.  Post-operative therapy will reduce pain, swelling and movement restrictions.  Together with the surgical team, Therapists will guide you through the stages of healing to restore mobility and reach functional goals. 

Running Analysis
Running Analysis

Running is fast becoming one of the most popular ways to exercise. A running analysis performed by a physiotherapist can help identify factors that could lead to injury or identify changes that are necessary to diminish pain and discomfort due to a current or past injury. This service is available for everyone from beginner to expert interested in identifying risk factors to run safely, improving performance and preventing new and/or recurring injuries.

Sports Injury Rehabilitation
Sports Injury Rehabilitation

Sports Injury Rehabilitation helps athletes to relieve pain, restore normal function and achieve optimal performance.  It involves an individualized assessment and treatment of an injury, followed by a specific rehabilitation program to restore mobility, flexibility, joint positioning, coordination and balance.  Sports injury rehabilitation is beneficial for a wide variety of condition from a sprain/strain to post surgical, and assists athletes in restoring pre-injury function and avoiding recurrent injury.

Taping and Kinesiotaping
Taping and Kinesiotaping

Taping is a technique used by physiotherapists to help support a specific structure in the body that is compromised. Whether it is a joint, ligament or muscle, taping can be used to facilitate pain free movement and function during activities. Tape can be applied safely and effectively to most areas of the body.

Kinesiotaping is a technique that uses specialized, elastic-like tape to support body structures while allowing full range of movement.  Kinesiotape works with the lymphatic system to increase circulation of the blood and lymph in an injured area.  It is used to relieve pain, decrease swelling and to facilitate or relax muscles to promote normal function.  The tape is latex free, breathable and has a light-weight feel that is safe to wear for multiple days.

WCB/ICBC Claims
WCB/ICBC Claims

Kokanee Physiotherapy accepts both Worksafe BC (WCB) and ICBC claims. We work in conjunction with ICBC, WCB and physician to restore pre-accident health and function.  For WCB and ICBC claims please bring your BC CareCard and claim number to your first appointment.  A doctor’s referral is not required for physiotherapy but if you are filing a claim you will need to see a physician.