Services for Individuals
"I believe in spending quality time with my patients in both assessing, treating and educating you as to the condition you are dealing with, what I can help you with as a therapist. I believe that education empowers the patient to better understand what you are dealing with and with that knowledge you are better prepared to manage it, with my assistance. There are some conditions that cannot be cured and we all need to be realistic about this. However, there are very few conditions that cannot be managed, therefore allowing you to maintain a healthy and vibrant lifestyle, in spite of any diagnosis."
- Susan Reynolds
Manual therapy - joint mobilization and/or manipulation
The aim being to regain full joint mobility and function when the joints are “fixed” and preventing normal motion. I am qualified to perform all of the techniques to restore these aspects of joint mobility.
Soft tissue techniques - myofascial release, massage, connective tissue release
These will decrease any muscle knots, loss of flexibility due to scar tissue and the pain from tight and shortened muscles that cause pain.
This can be used to assist in dealing with both acute and chronic injuries as well as with more complex conditions that involve the whole body system.
Trigger point therapy
These techniques are used to prevent, or reduce, pain from trigger points in the body’s muscles and has been especially effective in treatment of chronic pain conditions.
Up to date scientifically proven modalities to assist with pain relief, muscle spasm reduction, mobilization or prevention of scar tissue development or adherence after an overuse or injury related issue as well as reduction of inflammation in any tissue.
Medical exercise therapy
A specialized program developed in Norway for the safe restoration of strength, range and functional activities following injury or illness.
With many back and neck injuries, an imbalance develops in the key stabilizing muscles of the spine. Without having a therapist trained in the restoration of the function and strength of the spinal muscles, this results in longstanding issues developing in these areas and preventing a return to normality. I have the training to assist you in working through this and regaining your previous or enhanced level of activity.
Overuse injuries of the shoulder from sports like swimming and golf or occupations with use of the shoulder (like laundry workers, welders) are very common. It is important for these individuals to work with a therapist with experience with these types of problems. Often, with chronic repetitive issues, this leads to an abnormality on how the shoulder muscles function. I have had success with specific assessment and treatment to restore the normality of the shoulder complex, elimination of pain and restoration of full function.
Post-partum programs for new mothers
I am both a clinician and trainer in the post-partum program for new mothers. The pregnancy process has a significant impact on the structures and function of the abdominals and pelvic floor muscles. If the new mother does not receive appropriate pre and or post- partum care, they are vulnerable to ongoing pain and dysfunction in the lower back and pelvis regions. I can treat this from both a preventative and corrective perspective, ensuring that then new mothers are able to greet this stage of their life in a healthy, painfree and active manner.
As many individuals know, especially those who grew up in the 1950s, polio myelitis was a very aggressive and debilitating condition. For those who survived that acute episode, they felt blessed to have survived this condition. Unfortunately, in the 1990s, it became evident that those who had survived that initial infection where now faced with a resurgence of the condition. I am one of a few number of physiotherapists to work with individuals who faced this situation. I am aware of the need to promote healthy function and activity without worsening the condition.
This is a common condition faced by the adolescent population who are growing and changing rapidly. The patella (or knee cap) is a bone imbedded within the thigh (quadriceps) muscles. Unfortunately, with rapid growth spurts, sports or leg alignment issues, the knee cap can be impacted. This can lead to disabling pain and loss of function in one or both legs. I have training in a program developed in Australia that has been tremendous in helping individuals with this condition. It has resulted in a number of young people in reducing their pain and regaining their functional ability in spite of this condition and therefore preventing surgical intervention.