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  • Physiotherapy in Tara's home based clinic
  • Mobile physiotherapy to your home
  • Virtual Care Physiotherapy via video
  • Acupuncture
  • Dry Needling
  • Cupping
  • Manual Therapy
  • Local Modalities
  • FMS (Functional Movement Screens)
  • SFMA (Selective Functional Movement Assessments)
  • Work Hardening/Reconditiong


Physiotherapists treat a number of different musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and neurological conditions. Charleswood Physiotherapy specializes in treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. After a detailed biomechanical exam the physiotherapist is able to make educated decisions based on the findings and develop a tailored treatment plan.


Acupuncture is used by physiotherapists who have taken it in post-graduate training. The primary use by physiotherapists is for reducing pain by stimulating endorphins. Endorphins are the bodies own natural pain relievers. Acupuncture is very safe and the very fine needles used are sterile and are properly discarded in a sharps container post treatment.

Common conditions treated with acupuncture include:

  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Chronic or acute pain
  • Repetitive strain injuries such as tendonitis
  • Myofascial pain

Dry Needling

The goal of Dry Needling is to elicit a local twitch response to release muscle tension and therefore pain. A person may feel a ​muscle cramp sensation, which is the twitch response, if the muscle has active trigger points in it. Dry needling is not a type of Eastern acupuncture technique rather based on modern 

Western Medicine prinicpals and is supported by reaserch. It is beneficial for treatment of pain and improving movement. 

Functional Movement Screens (FMS)

FMS is a quick and easy screen that looks at movement and identifies potentially harmful movement patterns. The functional movement screen can be used for individuals of any fitness level. Once the screen is done and the most risky movement patterns identified, a score is given to the client and then corrective exercises are prescribed to improve movement therefore leading to improved function. The FMS works best for the person who doesn’t have pain but has decreased mobility or the athlete who wants to improve performance.

Selective Functional Movement Assessments (SFMA)

The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is a sequence of 7 full-body movement tests. It is used by a trained clinician to assess essential patterns of movement for example bending and squatting in individuals with known musculoskeletal pain. Often our bodies will develop compensatory movement patterns over time especially when experiencing pain. These compensatory movements if not corrected will begin to put stress on another area of our body. For example if your car alignment is off and you continue to drive your car with poor alignment, the primary cause which was bad alignment over time leads to a breakdown of another part of your car. This is what happens with our musculoskeletal system as well. SFMA is a complement to the existing biomechanical exam and incorporates the concepts of muscle balance, posture and movement patterns into the physiotherapy plan of care.

Work Hardening/Reconditioning

Often times when an individual has sustained a significant injury it is necessary to design a program to help the client achieve pre-injury status. A reconditioning program is tailored to the client’s specific needs both at home and work and will help to improve mobility, strength and cardiovascular fitness. This type of reconditioning program will include exercises and activities that simulate tasks in the work environment to better prepare the client for a successful return to work.




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