LOW INTENSITY LASER THERAPY

Vitality uses nothing but the best in laser technology – the Bioflex system that has been studied and perfected for over 15 years. The technology utilizes superluminous and laser diodes to irradiate abnormal tissue with photons; these particles of energy are absorbed by a variety of molecules resulting in the conversion of light into biochemical energy. This initiates numerous positive physiological processes to restore normal function. One of the greatest aspects of laser therapy is that it is actually curative and therefore eliminates symptoms such as pain and edema resulting from new or chronic injuries.

For further information, including primary research articles and a list of conditions that can be treated with low intensity laser therapy visit www.bioflexlaser.com

ART®

Active Release Techniques

Active Release Techniques or ART® is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves that usually occur as a result of overuse. Over-used soft tissue can accumulate small tears, become oxygen-starved, and rupture, all of which lead to the formation of scar tissue. This scar tissue causes muscles to become short and weak, tendons to develop tendinosis, and nerves to become trapped. The end result is reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. Additionally, tingling, numbness, and weakness may accompany a nerve entrapment.

The ART® practitioner uses a hands-on approach to identify the involved soft tissues then directs the treatment using anatomy-specific protocols that combine a specific patient movement with directed tension along the target tissue. Following treatment, the tissue is noticeably more mobile, with each subsequent treatment creating a cumulative effect.

To be full-body certified in ART® the practitioner must complete all three courses (Spine, Upper and Lower Extremity) and re-certify annually to maintain certification.

To find out more information, visit www.activereleasetechniques.com

GRASTON TECHNIQUE®

Graston Technique® is a patented soft tissue technique system that uses specially designed stainless steel instruments to detect and treat areas of scar tissue and restriction within muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia.

Our body’s response to soft tissue trauma is to lay down scar tissue as quickly and randomly as possible in order to stabilize the damaged area. Over time, the scar slowly remodels into normal muscle, tendon, or ligament tissue. However, sometimes the repair process stalls and the scar tissue persists where it causes pain, weakness, and reduced mobility. When used by a certified practitioner, Graston Technique® instruments are highly effective at breaking down and splaying the scar tissue fibres in addition to increasing both local cellular activity and rate of blood flow. As a result, healing conditions are optimized and the tissue returns to full function much sooner.

It is common to experience minor discomfort during the treatment and some mild bruising afterwards, as the technique intentionally imparts microtrauma to the tissue. This is a normal response and part of the healing process.

To find out more information, visit www.grastontechnique.com

ORTHOTICS

Orthotics by the Orthotic Group

An orthotic is made to treat or adjust abnormal foot motion; provide support, stability and control; increase balance; absorb shock; and relieve pressure on uncomfortable or sore spots. They may be pre-molded (over-the-counter) devices for conditions that are not severe, or custom made to address an individual's specific needs. It is important to remember that your feet are the foundation of your body. How your feet perform can affect how your skeletal body feels and performs. The stability and efficiency of the foot and ankle promote better foot health and overall body function.

The primary cause of foot problems and related conditions is skeletal imbalance. These structural imperfections cause a certain amount of instability during foot function, subjecting the foot to excessive stress and stain that can eventually cause pain and deformities. The greater the imbalance, the earlier these symptoms will become evident at a greater their intensity. Orthotics correct for the inherent imbalances in the foot, improving function and relieving or preventing the appearance of such symptoms.

orthotics improve performance

Orthotics can also improve athletic performance. Sports place high demands on the feet that are not encountered in normal daily activity so slight imbalances in the foot which may not be dangerous or detectable under everyday circumstances may render you vulnerable to injury. By normalizing biomechanical function of the foot, lower limb and torso, orthotics are able to reduce fatigue and promote the kind of efficient "muscle memory" that's crucial in injury reduction and maximizing performance.

A careful physical exam is performed by one of our chiropractors. In addition, the patient walks over the state-of-the-art TOG gait scanner which analyzes ground contant and pressure distribution during your gait cycle. Thirdly, a semi-weight bearing foam cast is taken so the orthotic can be custom molded to your foot shape.

For more information, visit www.theorthoticgroup.com

MASSAGE THERAPY

For centuries massage therapy has been used to ease muscular tension, alleviate pain and promote relaxation by having a calming effect on the nervous system. Over the last half of this century, however, massage therapy has evolved and is now a regulated health profession in British Columbia. RMTs in BC attain two and a half to three years of education at accredited colleges and sit comprehensive board examinations before attaining licensure. RMTs are now trained in the assessment of soft tissues and joints of the body using orthopedic testing and manual palpation.

Massage therapists are also trained in the treatment and rehabilitation of many common injuries and conditions such as repetitive strain and tendinopathies, sprains, muscle tears or strains, whiplash, TMJ dysfunction, back injuries, frozen shoulder and tension headaches. Massage therapy can also decrease the pain and dysfunction associated with conditions such as arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, fibromyalgia, as well as peripheral neuropathies such as carpal tunnel, thoracic outlet syndrome, sciatic pain, and nerve compression. Massage therapy is also a great way to maximize physical function and decrease the incidence of injuries associated with work, sport and daily activities. Preventatively, regular massage therapy can be used to decrease the likelihood of developing chronic pain and to help develop better posture, mobility and strength.

Your massage therapist may use a variety of techniques such as myofascial release, which involves lengthening the connective tissue in areas of restriction as well as separating muscles from one another when adhered, joint mobilizations that improve range of motion, deep tissue techniques such as muscle stripping or trigger point release to decrease pain and chronic tension, and relaxation techniques which involve kneading, and stroking of the muscles in a rhythmic fashion. Your massage therapist may incorporate exercises, stretches or movement education into your treatment, and provide you with home care that is suited to your physical needs. Whether your goal is to relax and manage stress, or to decrease pain and improve physical function massage therapy may be of benefit to you.

For a full list of conditions that can be treated by massage therapists please refer to the RMTBC website: http://www.rmtbc.ca/patients/condition-types.

ACUPUNCTURE

Acupuncture is one of the oldest and most commonly used medical procedures in the world. This treatment modality encourages the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. The insertion of very fine, sterile, single use needles into precise acupuncture points on the skin aids in the stimulation and smooth flow of energy (Qi) and blood. Electro-stimulation and cupping techniques, as well as warming moxibustion, are also used in combination to enhance desired healing outcomes. According to Chinese Medicine theory, the human body consists of 20 meridians; 14 of which have acu-points situated along them. These acupuncture meridians conduct the body’s Qi between the surface of the body and the internal organs and tissues. If the Qi does not flow properly, the meridians become blocked and thus illness results. Acupuncture works to regulate the flow of qi and blood through the meridians, thereby nourishing organs and tissues, opening blockages, relieving pain and calming the mind. It is commonly known to be very effective in treating pain disorders and is also used for a wide range of internal problems.

Although acupuncture is virtually painless, it is encouraging for some needle sensations to be felt by the patient in order to realize the maximum benefits of the needles and their placement. Many people find acupuncture to be quite relaxing and either fall asleep during the treatment or have a strong desire to sleep once the treatment is over. Patients are advised to take it easy after an acupuncture treatment and should not undertake in any strenuous activities, such as working out at the gym, for at least a few hours.

Acupuncture therapy has been safely and effectively tested in controlled clinical trials in recent literature for which a variety of diseases and disorders.

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