Nancy Lu, BSc MSc
Nancy graduated in 2017 from Western University with a Masters of Physical Therapy, and in 2014 from University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Honors in Life Sciences, double majoring in biological and nutritional sciences.
Nancy is highly skilled in assessment and treatment; she uses a multi-modal approach for optimal outcomes that includes manual therapy, soft tissue release, muscle energy techniques, and therapeutic exercise. She is highly passionate about getting individuals back to what they love doing most, through facilitation of the necessary skills for life-long health and well-being. As an advocate of health promotion and disease prevention, she uses her creativity and keen eye for body movement patterns to create holistic treatment plans with her patients. Given her scientific background, she is interested in the theoretical knowledge of the functioning of the human body. In particular, Nancy is interested in neck and back pain, shoulder and hand conditions/disorders. She is also comfortable treating children from the age of just one year old and up.
Nancy is also certified in pelvic floor physiotherapy and treats patients with concerns about pelvic health, including those pre-partum, pre-natal, and post-partum.
In her free time, you will find Nancy trying new outdoor activities, minimizing her space, and learning how to care for her plants.
What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is the practice of improving your quality of life by promoting optimal mobility and overall health and well-being. Physiotherapy can also help to prevent illness and disease, manage acute and chronic conditions, and help you to rehabilitate from injury or the effects of disease or disability. It can also can help create for you maintenance plans that will prevent re-occurrence or re-injury. Physiotherapy has its basis in the movement sciences, and aims to enhance or restore the function of your entire body. One who practices physiotherapy is known as a physiotherapist.
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. 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, 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 treatment is not only more enjoyable for you, the patient, but is also more effective in producing lasting results.
What can physiotherapy treat?
You can be helped with any or all of the following:
- sprains and strains
- joint injury or disability
- difficulty walking
- plantar fasciitis
- rheumatoid arthritis
- back pain
- neck pain
- joint pain
- athletic injury