Graphic shows the interdisciplinary approach of the Shift Rehabilitation

The Shift Rehabilitation’s Interdisciplinary Approach

Here at Shift Rehabilitation, we have a unique, interdisciplinary approach to treating our patients. Our clinical team is made up of 8 practitioners trained in Physiotherapy, Osteopathy, Chiropractic, Massage Therapy and Athletic Therapy.

When you come to visit us, our front desk staff is trained to match you with the practitioner that is best-suited help treat your specific conditions. We provide a one-stop shop for a wide range of therapy & treatment services.

It’s all about the patient, and how we can help you get better, quicker. Because we’re all under the same roof the referral process between practitioners is seamless and it is not uncommon for your care to be shared amongst a few of our team members, each offering their own specialty.

You can learn more about our different therapy & treatment services below.

What is Physiotherapy?

Our physiotherapists assess and treat patients’ musculoskeletal conditions in order to reduce and eliminate pain, address muscle weakness, loss of stability and limited functional abilities. They tailor treatment plans based around self-management strategies, which improve mobilization and patient satisfaction.

Their goal is to promote recovery from injury, reduce risk of reinjury and enable early detection of acute events. A special skillset of our Shift physiotherapists is acupuncture and the fitting of custom-assisted walking devices.

What is Osteopathy?

Our Osteopathic Manual Practitioners recognize a patient as an integrated whole. When all of the body’s components are in balance, a person is complete and in total health. Our osteopaths work to maintain, improve, and restore the normal physiological function of interrelated body structures and systems, enhancing the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

For example, when a patient complains of headaches, they assess the whole patient looking for the cause of the problem — not just treating the symptom of headache. They incorporate manual assessment and treatment techniques to work to identify and ease restrictions, constrictions and pain; reduce swelling; improve tissue mobilization; and promote healthy function in people of all ages.

Some unknown talents of our Osteopaths include treating TMJ (jaw) discomforts, concussion management, as well as pre and post-natal care.  

What is Chiropractic Care?

Our chiropractors are extensively educated in the prevention, assessment, diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal conditions and associated neurological system. They will recommend a course of treatment to help relieve pain and improve function without surgery or pharmaceuticals, such as manipulation, mobilization, soft tissue therapy, exercise, education, modalities (i.e. ultrasound or laser) and rehabilitation.

Specific training in spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) allows chiropractors to provide adjustments using highly-skilled and precise movements to the vertebrae of the spine, correcting joint motion to restore proper movement and improve function.

Musculoskeletal conditions are not the only type of conditions treated by the Chiropractors here at Shift. They also have advanced training in concussion assessment and treatment strategies.

What is Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy consists primarily of hands-on manipulation of soft tissues of the body, specifically the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, and joints for the purpose of optimizing health. At Shift, our massage therapist’s treatment has a therapeutic effect on the body, optimizing health and well-being by acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems.

Physical function can be developed, maintained and improved, while physical dysfunction, pain and the effects of stress can be relieved or prevented through the use of massage. Our massage therapists here at Shift have specialized training in craniosacral massage and acupuncture — they may use these techniques as part of your treatment.

What is Athletic Therapy?

Our Athletic Therapists adhere to the Sports Medicine model of care. They treat a wide range of patients, from kids with concussions to seniors recovering from hip replacement surgery, using various manual therapies, modalities, exercise prescription, and even bracing and taping.

The treatment varies, but the objective doesn’t: our Athletic Therapist takes a more active approach to help clients return to their usual activities, whether that means playing competitive sports or walking to the mailbox and back.

If you think you could benefit from the care of one, some, or all of these practitioners give us a call today!

  1. Coleen Cawdeary
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    Is Kathleen James practising physio and osteopath at your clinic?

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