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Physiotherapy

Physiotherapists are primary health care professionals with a significant role in health promotion and treatment of injury and disease. They combine their in-depth knowledge of the body and how it works with specialized hands-on clinical skills to assess, diagnose and treat symptoms of illness, injury or disability. (Canadian Physiotherapy Association, 2013).

Our physiotherapy services include manual therapy which encompasses peripheral joint and spinal mobilizations and manipulations, soft tissue techniques and mobilization of the nervous system. We also provide motor retraining, advanced exercise prescription, functional work and sport assessments, running clinics, advanced running assessments, return to work rehabilitation, post -operative rehab, acupuncture, and education. We provide a patient first treatment plan which is centred around the individual to provide the most specific treatment plan possible. Our emphasis is on patient independence and lifetime management.


Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, to achieve a therapeutic response. It enhances the function of muscles and joints. It improves the circulation of the blood and lymph, relieves pain and stress, and may reduce blood pressure. (Massage Therapists Association of Nova Scotia).

Our Massage therapy services include Myofascial release, deep tissue, trigger point release, and cupping. We also provide pregnancy massage with the aid of a specially designed pregnancy table, which allows the mother to lie on her stomach comfortably. We treat all forms of injuries from work related injuries to motor vehicle accidents to injuries caused by the stresses of everyday life and activity.


Neurological Physiotherapy

Our neurological physiotherapy program consists of treatment of complex neurological insults including, but not limited to, Spinal Cord Injury, Acquired Brain Injury, Cancer, Multi-Trauma, Complex Pain and Amputations.

The availability of a dedicated neuro-rehabilitation private practice service helps patient’s transition following acute care discharge into an out-patient rehabilitation program thus reducing disruption and potential delay of recovery and helping to reduce wait time

In addition to the clinical environment, our private neuro-rehabilitation service is available in multiple potential settings when appropriate. Based on individual functional goals identified by patients and their families, we provide in-clinic physical therapy, home visits, gym program set up and in-gym recommendations. We also provide community physiotherapy services to compliment those available from the hospitals.

Please see the list below for some of the services we provide. We are very flexible and willing to work with any requests that we receive in order to maximize physical outcomes.  We will correspond with the referring physician or acute care therapist to ensure we are providing the exact care that is requested.

Services include, but are not limited to:

  • In-clinic appointments available at Platinum Physiotherapy, Upper Tantallon
  • Home visits (Halifax, Dartmouth, Sackville, Tantallon, Fall River areas)
  • Baseline testing for strength, mobility, balance, sensation, proprioception, etc
  • Balance assessments, gait and gait aid training, functional ADL assessments
  • Outdoor ambulation profiles
  • Individualized Functional Goal setting
  • Exercise and cardiovascular program prescription and monitoring based on identified goals
  • Community Health Services - teaching care givers to do PROM, stretching & transfers; performing mobility assessments, teaching/monitoring gait, education about home safety and basic set up/assessment of need for of assistive devices (ie. Grab bars), teaching proper use of gait aids or braces, etc.
  • Helping patients with community gym programs (set them up with a program they can carry on with independently at a local gym near them)
  • Regular communication with other members of the healthcare team.

Private neurological services are covered by most private insurance companies and can often be direct billed, call us for more information


Paediatric Physiotherapy

Paediatric physiotherapists employ clinical expertise in the early detection of health problems, treatment, education and management of congenital, developmental, neuromuscular, skeletal, cardiorespiratory or acquired disorders/diseases. Paediatric physiotherapists work with children of all ages, from infants through young adulthood to promote participation and functional independence. Paediatric physiotherapists have a unique role in that they not only work with the child, but also their families in the context of their daily home, school and recreational environment. -Canadian Physiotherapy Association Pediatric Division.  We are now able to offer home visits for our Paediatric program in Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford, Sackville, Fall River, and Upper Tantallon areas.

In addition to neuro-developmental treatment for children and babies with neurological conditions or motor delays, a full range of one-on-one services is available to kids who need treatment following fractures, post-operative care, sporting injuries, little amputees or other trips and spills.  Education for new parents about infant positioning, tummy time and treatment for babies with torticollois or plagiocephaly (tight necks or flat spots on the skull - that cute little head tilt is not always a good thing...) is also available as a group, for individuals in-clinic or in your own home if it is a hassle to bundle up all of the other kids or interrupt nap time!

Common conditions treated by our pediatric physiotherapist include, but not limited to:
Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Down Syndrome, Torticollis, Plagiocephaly, and Global Developmental Delay


Parkinson's Program

Platinum Physiotherapy is proud to announce they are offering LSVT Big's Parkinson's Based Treatment program to patients as both a home visit or in clinic. The innovative four-week treatment program allows Platinum’s LSVT Big certified clinician, Sarah Gaudry PT, to provide physical therapy services to Parkinson's patients looking to improve motor function. The LSVT Big program is an intensive, amplitude focused standardized treatment protocol that consists of four sessions per week for four weeks. The protocol is modified depending on patient's function and can be performed standing, sitting, or lying down. The program, which was developed and researched over the last 25 years with funding from the National Institutes of Health, has been shown to improve balance, increase trunk rotation, improve fine motor control and activities of daily living (i.e. bed mobility and dressing), and promote faster walking with bigger steps.

Our goal at Platinum Physiotherapy is to help patients gain independence with daily tasks as well as improve the quality of life of people with Parkinson’s. There is always room for improvement with the disease. Whether it be an increase in function, strength, or independence. Those things all translate into meaningful gains in the life of people suffering with Parkinson’s disease

Sarah has been working closely with Parkinson’s patients and those with other neurological conditions. This certification allows her to offer a standardized protocol that has been extensively researched and supported by the National Institutes of Health to improve motor function in those patients.

The appointments are one on one, hour long sessions, 4 days a week for 4 weeks. Sessions will be held in our large, bright and beautiful clinic or we can offer home visits if you are unable to travel to us.

Though a referral is not typically required to see a Physiotherapist in Nova Scotia, the LSVT Big program does require a referral from the patient's physician. For more information on enrolling in the program, please contact us at 902-820-2777.

For more information on the LSVT Big program, including patient testimony videos, visit http://www.LSVTGlobal.com.


Movement Assessments

We perform specific running gait assessments using slow motion video. The assessment is designed to analyze running gait, provide a full hands on assessment of biomechanics as well as a specific joint and muscle assessment as necessary.

We provide you with instruction and practice to improve gait, exercises to gain strength and motor control, and drills to help with motor patterning. These assessments are 1.5 hours long and are billed at a different rate than regular physiotherapy assessments. They are designed to help improve your efficiency and decrease your risk of injury. During this time you will be one on one with a physiotherapist and will be provided with your videos (if you wish), drills to improve technique, a custom exercise program to address areas of concern and instruction in how to practice at home. We can also address issues in running plans, particularly for those returning from injury.

Other sports benefit from movement assessment similar to the running assessment. We regularly perform these assessments on sport techniques such as olympic lifting and crossfit movements, paddling, skating etc. All athletes can benefit from our ability to analyze movement to identify sources of injury or inefficiency and design treatment plans around what we identify in the assessment process.


Custom Bracing

We have both over the counter and custom options for knee braces as well as over the counter options for all injuries and body parts. We can order most braces and have them to you within 2 to 7 days depending on the type. Your custom brace will be professionally fitted and guaranteed.


Mentorship

Both Young Kempt Physiotherapy and Beaverbank Physiotherapy are strong proponents of teaching and mentoring. Our therapists are heavily involved in teaching courses and labs at the Dalhousie School of Physiotherapy as well as being clinical instructors for student physiotherapists each year providing them with exceptional student placements. We have developed a strong bond with the School of Physiotherapy as we often provide mentorship or job shadowing opportunities as well as providing part time work for many physiotherapy students while they are studying. This provides them invaluable experience in the clinical setting.

Our therapists teach post graduate courses for the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and provide mentoring hours for other physiotherapists who are working towards their FCAMPT certification.


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