Physiotherapy

Our physiotherapists use a variety of techniques and industry leading equipment to help you get better as quickly as possible.

We’re Different…

We know that you have options when it comes to choosing your rehab specialist. We’ve crafted a patient experience that makes us stand out from everyone else!

WE’RE ON TIME

We respect your time and do everything we can to make sure your appointment starts on time.

CONVENIENT LOCATION

We are located downtown on the west end of the Shell Centre on the plus 15 level.

DIRECT BILLING

Our office accepts all major insurance companies with direct billing, so you don’t have to pay out of pocket.

SPEEDY RECOVERY

We use a variety of treatment techniques and always diagnose the source of the problem. This means quicker and longer lasting results.

WELL REVIEWED

We have lots of awesome 5 star reviews from our patients across every major review site.

MODERN OFFICE

We have a beautiful, modern office to ensure you are comfortable and feel at ease.

About Physiotherapy

Daily activity puts a significant stress on our muscles and eventually they atrophy. Physiotherapy assists in rehabilitating and strengthening tired and weakened muscles. Recover from an injury, relieve muscle pain, increase strength and flexibility and maximize your body’s potential with Physiotherapy.

Key Benefits:

  • Relieve muscle tightness/pain
  • Increase muscle strength/flexibility
  • Increase joint mobility
  • Rehabilitate an injury
  • Reduce medication consumption
  • Improve total body wellness

Physiotherapy revolves around understanding how the body functions, diagnosing the problem, and then utilizing the most effective treatment. Treatment may be hands on, educational, or may require you to do certain stretches or exercises on your own. Usually effective treatment is a combination of all three aspects. We will get you feeling healthier, more flexible, and stronger in no time!

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should see a Physiotherapist?

Physiotherapy is for you if you’re looking to recover from an injury, alleviate pain, increase strength and flexibility, and maximize your body’s potential.

Is Physiotherapy safe?

Physiotherapy is recognized as one of the safest pain relief treatments available. It is non-invasive meaning no surgery and no drugs!

Does physiotherapy hurt?

Most physiotherapy treatment is completely painless. However, some discomfort may be felt while doing certain stretches or exercises.

Will my insurance cover the treatment?

Generally our treatments are covered by most major health plans but coverage varies by plan and provider. We suggest contacting your service provider for a full description on your coverage.

Why physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is regarded as one of the most effective methods of treatment because it combines injury rehabilitation with prevention. Increasing joint flexibility and muscle strength, you maximize your body’s productivity.

New Patients Always Welcome!
Give us a call to ask us a question or book an appointment online 24/7.

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Fifth Ave Physiotherapy Inc

400 – 4th Avenue SW (Suite 250)
Calgary, AB
T2P 0J4

Phone: 403-234-9004

 

 

Our experienced therapists use a variety of techniques and equipment to help get you out of pain as quickly as possible!

Manual Therapy

Manipulative Physiotherapists are highly trained at using their hands to diagnose and treat restrictions in movement in the spine, arms and legs. Using gentle, hands-on techniques, we can help to reduce muscle tightness, improve movement in the joints, reduce pain and improve function.

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Manipulative Physiotherapists are highly trained in using their hands to diagnose and treat restrictions in movement in the spine, arms and legs. Using gentle, hands-on techniques, we can help to reduce muscle tightness, improve movement in the joints, reduce pain and improve function. Physiotherapists who are Fellows with the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT) are recognized internationally as the highest designation for Manual Therapy. Physiotherapists with the FCAMPT designation are committed to providing the highest level of quality, patient-centered care, combining clinical experience with evidence-based practice. We are valuable members of your medical team and the best choice when dealing with complicated orthopedic muscle, joint and nerve conditions from head to toe. Further information on the certification program for this training in Canada can be found at www.manippt.org. All Physiotherapists at Fifth Avenue Physiotherapy have taken special post-graduate training in Manual and Manipulative Therapy and use manual techniques in treatment.

Functional and Postural Training

Functional training helps you perform activities in daily life. Research supports focusing on how you coordinate your muscles rather than only focusing on exercises for strength and power (for example, having the strength to squat 45kg but not being able to single leg squat with control reveals a dysfunctional movement pattern in the musculoskeletal system.)

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Functional training helps you perform activities in daily life. Research supports focusing on how you coordinate your muscles rather than only focusing on exercises for strength and power (for example, having the strength to squat 45kg, but not being able to single leg squat with control reveals a dysfunctional movement pattern in the musculoskeletal system.) The goals of training are to ensure appropriate balance, proprioception, muscle strength and endurance, and joint and muscle range for the task. At Fifth Avenue Physiotherapy, your Therapist will assess your entire body to determine how it functions as a whole. Often the pain that you are experiencing is not the source of the problem, but the source of “breakdown” (for example, the hip pain that you are feeling may be the result of limited ankle mobility from an old ankle sprain that was not fully rehabilitated.) When finding the true source of the dysfunctional movement, we will correct function and insure that the problem does not return. The positions that you work and relax in each day have an impact on the health of your spine. Sitting and standing with proper postural alignment decreases the fatigue and strain on your body’s ligaments and muscles. Poor posture can be a result of injury, muscle weakness, poorly designed work spaces and occupational stress. Research has shown that a program that corrects your faulty postural strategies can decrease your discomfort and fatigue.

Sports and Rehab Programs

Exercise is a core component in the process of recovering from sport related injury and surgery. Range of motion, joint function, muscle coordination and muscle strength all must be regained. A customized exercise program is an integral part of returning to sport and restoring function.

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Exercise is a core component in the process of recovering from sport related injury and surgery. Range of motion, joint function, muscle coordination and muscle strength all must be regained. A customized exercise program is an integral part of returning to sport and restoring function. Physiotherapists are movement experts. Our goal is for you to reach your full potential. Whether your ambition is to run a marathon, recover from a hip replacement or shave a few strokes off your golf game, we understand how your musculoskeletal system impacts the way you move and will create a program focused on your specific goals and sport. We are an integral part of your health care team and will collaborate with your Family Doctor, Surgeon, sport coach and personal fitness trainer to ensure you get back to the things you love.

IMS (Intramuscular Stimulation)

IMS is a treatment that involves dry needling of affected muscles without injecting any substance. The needle sites can be at the epicenter of taut, tender muscle bands, or they can be near the spine where the nerve root may have become irritated and supersensitive.

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Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) is a treatment that involves dry needling of affected muscles without injecting any substance. The needle sites can be at the epicenter of taut, tender muscle bands, or they can be near the spine where the nerve root may have become irritated and supersensitive. IMS is a total system for the diagnosis and treatment of myofascial pain syndromes (chronic pain conditions that occur in the musculoskeletal system when there is no obvious sign of injury or inflammation.) IMS is a technique that was developed by Dr. Chan Gunn (www.istop.org). This technique is performed by specifically trained Physiotherapists and is extremely effective for releasing tight and painful muscles. The treatment, which utilizes Acupuncture needles because they are the thinnest implements available that are designed to penetrate deep within muscle tissue, specifically targets injured muscles that have contracted and become shortened from distress. Penetration of a normal muscle is painless; however a shortened, supersensitive muscle will “grasp” the needle in what can be described as a cramping sensation. The result is threefold. First, a stretch receptor in the muscle is stimulated, producing a reflex relaxation (lengthening). Second, the needle also causes a small injury that draws blood to the area, initiating the natural healing process. Third, the treatment creates an electrical potential in the muscle to make the nerve function normally again. The goal of treatment is to release muscle shortening, which presses on and irritates the nerve. Super sensitive areas can be desensitized, and the persistent pull of shortened muscles can be released. IMS is very effective for releasing shortened muscles under contract, thereby causing mechanical pain from muscle pull. This release provides an opportunity to not only decrease pain; but to access muscles to improve movement patterns and function.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the insertion of needles into specific anatomical points (acupuncture points) to encourage natural healing.

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Acupuncture is the insertion of needles into specific anatomical points (acupuncture points) to encourage natural healing. Therapeutic effects include:

  • Pain relief
  • Increased energy
  • Improved mood
  • Improved body function

Acupuncture stimulates the balance and flow of Qi energy that in traditional Chinese Medicine is considered essential to health. When the body is healthy, Qi (pronounced chee), flows smoothly through the meridians that make up a conceptual network of pathways throughout the entire body.

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Motor Vehicle Injury Treatment

Whiplash is a common result of motor vehicle accidents and can cause symptoms of neck pain, headaches, tempomandibular dysfunction, dizziness, aching in the arms and lightheadedness. These symptoms can be debilitating in your daily life. Symptoms may appear immediately after the accident or have a delayed onset of hours or days. The nature of the injury and the severity of symptoms vary between people.

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Whiplash is a common result of motor vehicle accidents and can cause symptoms of neck pain, headaches, tempomandibular dysfunction, dizziness, aching in the arms and lightheadedness. These symptoms can be debilitating in your daily life. Symptoms may appear immediately after the accident or have a delayed onset of hours or days. The nature of the injury and the severity of symptoms vary between people. Following injury, it is important to get an assessment as soon as possible for treatment advice, as rehabilitation, education and reassurance are vital to recovery. Early education on what to do after a whiplash injury that is based on proven evidence will support a faster return to function. Research done by Gwendolen Jull, Director of the Cervical Spine and Whiplash Research Unit at Queensland University (Australia) has shown that it is better to try to keep doing normal daily activities as much as possible to support recovery. In the early stages you may need to adapt some activities and not stress your neck to painful levels. Also, be aware of your posture and take regular breaks to ensure good alignment and decrease strain on your neck.

X-Ray, Ultrasound, or MRI Referral

Physiotherapists in Alberta are one of twenty-nine health professionals regulated under the Health Professions Act. Under new legislation to the Health Professions Act, Physiotherapists have the authority to order diagnostic imaging (DI) paid by Alberta Health and Wellness if they are on the general registry, have shown competence and have received authorization from our College.

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Physiotherapists who have completed a post-graduate course on diagnostic imaging through the University of Alberta and are registered with the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta are authorized to refer patients for certain diagnostic imaging paid by Alberta Health and Wellness.

Physiotherapists who are authorized to order diagnostic imaging limited to X-ray, magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound imaging can order these tests if they feel it will aid in your rehabilitation. These will be ordered when there is an explicit clinical question to be addressed or when an image is expected to assist in confirming a Physiotherapy diagnosis. The ordering Therapist will explain the rationale for why they have ordered a specific imaging test and then review the results with you and how it will impact your treatment and recovery. Your Therapist will refer you to an appropriate regulated health professional when the results of the image ordered indicate that a referral is warranted (e.g. urgent care center or Orthopaedic Surgeon in the event of fracture.)

Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy is a clinically proven treatment that promotes rapid healing of injured tissue. It produces excellent results in the treatment of various injuries and helps maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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Shockwave Therapy is a clinically proven treatment that promotes rapid healing of injured tissue.  It produces excellent results in the treatment of various injuries and helps maintain a healthy lifestyle. Shockwave Therapy involves the application of an intense, but very short energy wave travelling faster than the speed of sound into the tissue of the affected area. The bombarding of the affected tissue by pneumatically generated acoustic waves produces a number of biological responses resulting in new blood vessel growth which dramatically accelerates the healing process. This proven method of treatment is one of the most advanced and highly effective noninvasive treatment methods cleared by the FDA.

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Functional Movement Screening

The Functional Movement Screen is an assessment technique used to identify asymmetries in the body that result in functional movement deficiencies. By identifying movement flaws and compensatory patterns, we are able to identify potential breakdowns of the kinetic chain which may be causing inefficient movements and potential micro-trauma, which may in turn lead to injury or pain.

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The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is an assessment technique used to identify asymmetries in the body that result in functional movement deficiencies. By identifying movement flaws and compensatory patterns, we are able to identify potential breakdowns of the kinetic chain, which may be causing inefficient movements and potential micro-trauma, which may in turn lead to injury or pain. The FMS aims to identify imbalances in mobility and stability during 7 functional movement patterns. These movement patterns are designed to provide observable performance of basic locomotor, manipulative and stabilizing movements by placing an individual in extreme positions where weaknesses and imbalances become noticeable if appropriate mobility and motor control is not utilized. Once these deficiencies have been established through the FMS screen, a program of corrective exercises is developed with the goal of preventing musculoskeletal injuries. The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is designed to clinically assess 7 fundamental movement patterns in those with known musculoskeletal pain. It provides an efficient method to systematically find the cause of the symptoms, not just the source, by logically breaking down dysfunctional patterns and diagnosing their root cause as either a mobility or stability problem. The FMS is used as a movement screen by many professional sports organizations, College and High School teams, the US Military, athletic clubs and Physiotherapy Clinics. The research has proved it is an effective tool in helping to predict athletes at risk of injury, reducing the time individuals spend on injured reserve lists and improving the functional and sport specific performance of individuals trained using the corrective exercise strategies. www.functionalmovement.com

Pelvic Health

Pelvic Health Physiotherapy is a specialized Physiotherapy treatment for bladder and bowel incontinence, painful intercourse, pelvic pain and pelvic girdle problems. Many men and woman suffer silently without realizing that there are effective, evidence-based treatment solutions. Physiotherapists who have a specialized skill set and training are able to assess the pelvic floor internally to understand pelvic problems or how they may be contributing to the low back and hip problems.

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Pelvic Health Physiotherapy is a specialized Physiotherapy treatment for bladder and bowel incontinence, painful intercourse, pelvic pain and pelvic girdle problems. Many men and woman suffer silently without realizing that there are effective, evidence-based treatment solutions. Physiotherapists who have a specialized skill-set and training are able to assess the pelvic floor internally to understand pelvic problems and how they may be contributing to the low back and hip problems. Pelvic floor dysfunctions are more common than you can imagine:

  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men will experience incontinence in their lifetime
  • 78% of women with chronic low back pain also have signs urinary incontinence and a dysfunctional pelvic floor

Common Myths

  • “It is normal to leak after having children”
  • “Incontinence is a normal part of aging”
  • “A lot of women leak when they cough, sneeze, laugh or workout”
  • “I have a very small bladder so I have to go to the bathroom a lot”
  • “At times, sex is painful – maybe I’m just not in the mood”

Although these are extremely common problems – they are not normal! Most often these problems are caused by issues in the pelvic floor muscles. Sometimes these muscles are weak; however often these muscles are tight.

A Physiotherapist can help. Physiotherapists that have additional training in pelvic health can help you regain control of your bladder and return to all of your normal activities. Issues in the pelvic floor are often multi-factorial, so it is important to be properly assessed by a Physiotherapist. You will have more success if you know exactly what problems need to be addressed. Not everyone needs to do more kegel exercises! When it comes to frequency, urgency and an overactive bladder, it is common to have incontinence and leakage due to tight pelvic floor muscles. If the pelvic floor is tight, it may not be weak, and in this case doing kegel exercises can actually make your problem worse.

TMJ / TMD Disorder (Jaw Pain Treatment)

Temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD) is a general term that encompasses disorders that affect the jaw joint/ tempomandibular joint (TMJ). The TMJ joins the jaw bone (mandible) to the temporal bones of the skull on each side of the head. If you place your fingers in front of your ears and open your mouth, you can feel the joints.

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Temporomandibular Dysfunction (TMD) is a general term that encompasses disorders that affect the jaw joint / tempomandibular joint (TMJ). The TMJ joins the jaw bone (mandible) to the temporal bones of the skull on each side of the head. If you place your fingers in front of your ears and open your mouth, you can feel the joints.

A combination of a hinge and sliding motion makes this joint unique and complex. When you open your mouth, the rounded ends of the lower jaw, called condyles, glide forward on the joint socket of the temporal bone. To keep this motion smooth and to act as a “shock” absorber, a soft disc lies in the joint. Muscles attached to and surrounding the jaw joint control its position and movement. Because these joints are flexible, the jaw can move up and down and side to side. act as a “shock” absorber, a soft disc lies in the joint. Muscles attached to and surrounding the jaw joint control its position and movement. Because these joints are flexible, the jaw can move up and down and side to side. Normal function of the TMJ involves talking, eating and yawning. Disorders at this joint affects approximately 33% of the population and can have significant impact on the quality of life. Due to the complexity of the TMJ, a collaborative approach between your Dentist and Physiotherapist can provide the most successful outcome. Physiotherapists are ideally positioned to treat TMD because of their knowledge of muscles and joints combined with hands on skills to treat dysfunction.

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Injuries Treated

Whether you are suffering from a new injury or recurring pain, our experts are trained to help.

  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches and migraine
  • Running injuries
  • Patellofemoral joint injury/runner’s knee
  • Glute pain
  • Achilles pain
  • Patellar pain
  • Hamstring tendinopathy
  • Groin pain
  • Tibialis posterior tendon injury
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Iliotibial band syndrome
  • ACL injuries
  • Shin splints
  • Chronic strains and sprains
  • Shoulder pain
  • Hip impingement, labral injuries
  • Stress fractures
  • Tennis elbow
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • and more!

Techniques Used

  • Joint mobilisation
  • Soft tissue massage
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Myofascial release
  • Joint manipulation
  • Exercise prescription
  • Dry tissue needling
  • Taping and Splinting
  • Pain education and management
  • Postural assessment
  • Post operative rehabilitation

Insurance Accepted

We accept all major insurance companies and direct bill for your convenience.

  • Alberta Blue Cross
  • Sunlife
  • Standard Life
  • Maximum Benefit
  • Manulife
  • Manion
  • Johnson Insurance
  • Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • CINUP
  • Cowan
  • Great West Life
  • Green Shield Canada
  • Group Source
  • Industrial Alliance

Our Process to a Speedy Recovery

Our goal is to get you better as quickly as possible. From online appointment bookings, to streamlined home exercise programs, we’ve crafted a process that get’s you back to life pain free as quickly as possible.

Call or Book Online 24/7

The first step to a speedy recovery is booking your initial assessment with one of our highly trained practitioners. For your convenience we offer 24/7 online appointment bookings or you can call our clinic during office hours

Initial Assessment

Your practitioner will learn more about your injury, provide you with a comprehensive assessment, and treat you on day 1. They will then customise a treatment plan around your goals and timeline

Ongoing Care

In addition to any subsequent visits, you will also be given a home exercise program with videos outlining the techniques of your exercises so that you can speed up you recovery and prevent future injury

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