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Featuring: Our Newest Physiotherapist!

physiotherapy alice li st clair west torontoFeaturing: Our Newest Physiotherapist!

We’re happy to announce the arrival of physiotherapy resident Alice Li to the team. Alice comes from Queens University and before that the University of Waterloo. Alice has experience working with individuals with athletic injuries, degenerative conditions, work-related injuries, motor vehicle accident injuries, and also postoperative conditions.

How does a physiotherapist work?

After taking an initial health-history with you, your physiotherapist will also likely assess you via some physical tests or measures, such as your range of motion or flexibility and potentially a subjective evaluation of your pain levels, if any. Then, you will be provided with a reasonable diagnosis, and together you can explore the various treatment methods and thereby devise an appropriate plan for treatment.

During the course of your treatment at Yellow Gazebo, your physiotherapist may incorporate massage, joint mobilization, personalized exercise regimens, and any other number of modalities aimed at improving your healing time and enhancing your functional mobility. You will also likely be given advice in regards to lifestyle changes that you can make to facilitate your treatment, e.g. mitigating work or home stressors that contribute to your main complaints. While many physiotherapists prefer to use a variety of machines in their practice, we at Yellow Gazebo feel that hands-on therapy is more conducive to faster, longer-lasting healing.

How often will you need to come for treatment?

The precise length of your treatment process will depend entirely on how severe your injury or concern is, and for how long it has been an issue. These factors, coupled with your body’s ability to heal on its own, will help determine an approximate length of time for you to improve. A safe estimate might be 4 to 6 treatments, but the process can potentially be less or greater – again a lot depends on your own personal situation.

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Laser Therapy

laser therapy st clair west torontoLaser therapy (also known as Cold Laser, Low Level Laser or Light Therapy) has been proven to help reduce pain quickly, accelerate healing, and is extremely safe and non-invasive. At YG you can get Theralase Laser Therapy from chiropractor Dr. Jordanna Clarfield-Henry, or Bioflex Laser Therapy from osteopath Nazanin Eshghi Moghaddam. Some of the conditions laser therapy might help include:

Laser therapy works by way of delivering light energy to injured cells in your body, which in turn helps them function normally again and repair the surrounding injured area. The energy is used by your cells to make food energy (work done in the mitochondria inside your cells), which are the miracle cell organelles that drive the biochemical processes of your cell known as cellular respiration. When damaged tissue (which in a basic sense is just a collection of cells needing more energy to replenish themselves) is repaired, the inflammation causing you pain can decrease.

The laser therapy also helps relax nerve pathways that get activated during the inflammation process. The inflammation occurs when you’re injured, as a means of protecting your body from further damage. Essentially inflammation is the gathering of many cells at the injured site to help swell the area for padding. Then it takes some time for the many cells to leave the area, and until this time you’ll continue to feel pain as the repair process is blocked by all of these extra cells in the way. This process evolved in humans tens of thousands of years ago, and is now an over-exaggeration of what we need, but until our bodies evolve further we’re stuck with having to help speed up the process. And laser therapy does just that: it helps speed up the process of inflammation decreasing after injury so that your pain can disappear.

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