Electrical Muscle Stimulation is a therapeutic modality that uses electrical currents to facilitate contraction of specific muscles. This treatment tool is administered using adhesive pads on the surface of the skin, between which an electrical current is passed. When placed properly, this current excites the motor neurons that innervate the target muscle, stimulating a muscular contraction. Using EMS, it is possible to maximize motor unit recruitment within a muscle while using much lighter loads.
Manual therapy is a hands-on treatment approach used by practitioners as part of the functional rehabilitation process to help facilitate healing and return to activity. This approach consists of several specific techniques, including mobilization, manipulation, and soft tissue massage. Our practitioners may use these manual techniques to assess, diagnose, and treat a range of conditions.
The treatment techniques used by the clinician will vary between patients and will relate to the specific therapeutic goal. Manual therapy can effectively modulate pain, improve range of motion, induce localized relaxation, improve function, and ultimately promote functional recovery. When used in conjunction with a therapeutic exercise program, manual therapy can help facilitate the recovery process and the patient’s return to health.
Myofascial release, also referred to as Pin and Stretch Technique, is a form of manual stretching that a clinician can use to treat many conditions involving the soft tissue. This technique assists in treating muscles that have abnormal increases in tension or tone, often contributing to pain and limitations in movement.
Once these areas are determined, the clinician will encourage lengthening through the tissues by sequentially pinning segments of the muscle while taking the limb through its natural range of motion. Though this technique is often performed passively, with the clinician moving the joint, it can also be performed actively, further improving muscular control.
This technique reduces areas of particular tone in muscles, facilitating better mobility of the joints and often offering pain relief. As such, myofascial release can serve an excellent role in the overall rehabilitation process for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions.
At Continuum Health Centre, massage therapy is a primary treatment involving hands-on manipulation of soft tissues. Our massage therapists centre on our clients’ muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, and joints to provide relief.
Continuum's Mental Performance Consultants work with people of all ages and skill levels across the performance spectrum to improve their mental skills and, as a result, their performance in the pursuit of reaching their full potential. Our Mental Performance Consultants are CSPA professional members that specialize in sports psychology.
Optimizing mental skills is a critical piece of the sports journey for athletes, teams, coaches, and support staff. Our training helps athletes achieve their goals by fine-tuning their mental skills. Without question, athletes confront unique psychological demands and require qualified people to provide tailored plans to help overcome them. As such, we're committed to helping athletes perform at their best, have fun, and maximize their training by combining the latest research in sport psychology with the experience of playing and competing in high-performance sport.
Physiotherapy focuses on the prevention and recovery of injuries, optimization of movement, and promotion of physical activity. Through one-on-one treatment sessions, the physiotherapist aims to develop a treatment plan with each patient to reduce symptoms and improve their ability to perform functional activities.
Treatment sessions are based primarily on therapeutic exercise, patient education, manual therapy techniques, as well as a variety of other physical modalities to aid in the healing process. Physiotherapists are experts in human movement, using their extensive knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics to facilitate recovery and to prevent future injury.
Physiotherapists treat a wide range of injuries—both acute and chronic in nature—taking time to carry out a thorough assessment of all possible contributing factors to identify the root cause of each ailment. Ultimately, the goal of physiotherapy is to facilitate a full and complete recovery so that each patient can get back do doing what they love to do.
Continuum Dietitians provide a multitude of services, such as assessing nutritional needs for individuals and groups, using a client-centered approach to nutritional counseling and designing, implementing and monitoring nutritional care plans (and therapeutic diets) based on relevant scientific, medical, and nutrition information..