Christine Salter

Fifth Avenue Physiotherapy Team

OUR TEAM

Christine Salter

Christine Salter

Registered Physiotherapist, IMS/DN Practitioner, Manual / Manipulative Therapist
christinesalter@fifthavephysio.com

Patient treating hours:
Monday – Friday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Education:
BSc Physiotherapy (U of S)

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Anatomical Acupuncture/ TCM, AFCI, 1997
  • Part A examination certification, CPA Ortho Division, 1998
  • Yoga teacher certification, Yoga Passage Studio, 2010
  • Certification in vestibular rehabilitation, 2020
  • Certification in dry needling & IMS, 2020

ABOUT CHRISTINE
Christine likes to treat sports injuries and other injuries related to trauma or overuse of the body. She also addresses the preventative aspect of physiotherapy and encourages her patients to practice self-care even when they are not injured. Christine listens well and has a keen eye to look for asymmetry in the body. Physiotherapists have many tools to measure both the “quantity” as well as the “quality” of the movements and postures and then compare the left to the right side. It is helpful to have this information and find ways to understand our body better when we are navigating through the recovery process. We often need a little help to understand our protective responses and learn to body sense again. We also learn through these assessments what might our the “weak link”. Physiotherapists have a good understanding of body mechanics and the assessment will always include an observation of your posture and observe the quality of your movement. The therapist will assign you an exercise program and suggest other helpful changes based on the findings in the visit. Christine also has specialized training in the area of concussion management and the treatment of vertigo, dizziness and balance disorders. Concussion is a special area of interest for Christine and she is continuously learning more about the growing body of research currently going on in this field of physical medicine.

How many years have you been a Physiotherapist?
27 years

Why did you become a Physiotherapist / Massage Therapist?
I became a physiotherapist because I am interested in the science of exercise & movement. I also enjoy learning about biomechanics and the idea that the way we move our body impacts everything we do. It allows us to maintain our physical health and to continue playing sports & other activity that brings enjoyment to life. I also enjoy helping other people to understand their bodies better, to become aware of their muscle imbalances and help people to find a way to manage their injury with a sensible approach.

Do you have an area of special interest?
I have a special interest in the management and treatment of concussions and vestibular rehab. Concussion has become a common problem in sport and amongst those who have been involved in it. Vertigo is a symptom that sometimes comes as a result of trauma to the head which can happen in sport or as a result of a fall. Vertigo, which is described as a sensation of “spinning” or rotating in space and dizziness which is described as feeling “light headed” or “off balance” can both be treated in physiotherapy. Christine has specialized training to assess the source of the dizziness/vertigo and once the source has been identified an effective treatment can be implemented. Most cases of vertigo are not serious and although some people require medical investigation such as an MRI most cases can be treated successfully by a vestibular physiotherapist.

How Does movement impact your life?
Movement is an important part of my life. I have a regular practice of yoga and I enjoy riding my bike and walking in nature. Exercise and functional movement help me to enjoy my life and helps me maintain my physical, mental and emotional health. Exercise is important to me so that I can maintain healthy bone density and muscle mass. I also find exercise is such a great way to manage stress and maintain a healthy mindset.

What does a great Physiotherapy / Massage Therapy experience look like to you?
The best physiotherapy experience would involve a careful assessment with a therapist who asks insightful questions and listens well. A good physiotherapist will take time to examine the body part that is injured and related areas of the body to determine what is the weak link. Our body often has imbalances and asymmetries that we may not be aware of which may contribute to compensation patterns and overuse. A good physiotherapist will look for ways to provide preventative health measures and find ways to motivate you to do your self-care.