We want you to get back to a normal and active life as quickly and safely as possible. Instead of treating your symptoms for temporary pain relief, we focus on identifying the source of the problem and treat that for long lasting results.
We want you to see lasting results. Our team members will assess a variety of movement patterns and postures while empowering you with education and exercises so that you can reduce the risk of re-injury and prevent new injuries from occurring.
We understand that the human body is incredibly interconnected. We use a variety of technology and techniques to detect and treat not only the underlying cause of your problem but also other areas of your body that might be contributing to the problem.
Most injuries (from sports or work) affect the musculoskeletal system (ie your skeleton, muscles, joints, ligament and tendons). “Orthopaedics” is the medical term used to encompass this system. Given their rigorous training in anatomy and biomechanics (the science of human movement), physiotherapists are uniquely suited to help when your musculoskeletal system is affected by injury, surgery or chronic disease.
Therapeutic Exercise Prescription is one of the main ways physiotherapists help to retrain your body to move correctly. Core strengthening is usually a component in this program and cross training is encouraged.
For individuals requiring surgery, a rehabilitation program is critical for a good outcome.
Spiral Stabilization is an unique exercise method effective in prevention and treatment of spinal disorders, muscle imbalance and mechanical problems of peripheral joints(shoulders, hips, keens and feet). This unconventional movement approach relies on the concept of spiral muscle chains producing traction of the spine that relieves pressure in the intervertebral discs and joints and allows for the proper nutrition and regeneration. Muscle spirals also allow for optimal spinal mobility while aligning the spine into a centralized axis.
The exercises are performed with an elastic cord and incorporate all important elements of strengthening, stabilization, stretching, relaxation, coordination and balance in every exercise.
They are easy to learn as they are based on the natural movement patterns of the body regularly used during walking and running.
Initially the focus goes to reducing muscle imbalances in the shoulder. We continue by correcting the muscle imbalance in the pelvis and later in the abdominal region. We stretch the muscles compressing the spine – long muscles located along the spine. We renew the activity of the short muscles that coordinate the mutual alignment of the vertebrae. We exercise the muscle spirals through body’s main section – the external, internal oblique and transverse abdominal muscles, which contract the area of the waist and create an upward force. After correctly performing the exercises with an excellent technique standing on both feet, we continue by exercising on only one foot. Exercising on one foot develops a sense of balance and increases the effect of spiral stabilization (intensively strengthens the abdominal muscles) and supports the arch of the foot.
Spiral Stabilization is especially for those who suffer from:
The core muscles are much more than just your abdominal muscles. In fact, collectively your core muscle group is the largest mass of muscle in your entire body. Its purpose is to stabilize your body, from your hips to your armpits and it includes muscle groups such as your abdominal wall, your back extensors, your diaphragm (main breathing muscle), your pelvic floor,the muscles around your hip joints and the muscles that stabilize your scapulae (shoulder blades). For the purposes of core strengthening, your legs, arms and neck are considered extensions from this core.
While your limbs can provide you with mobility, strength, reach and some degree of flexibility, it is your core muscles that provide the stability, balance and internal strength for each movement. The closer the muscle is to the centre of the body, the greater impact it will have on stability and balance and ultimately on the performance of your body.
The benefits of core strengthening include:
The goal of core strengthening is to make the whole body work in synergy, as a solid and balanced unit. Given the variety of muscles involved that are of different sizes, locations and actions, this can be a long process. A systematic approach with a focus on technique and gradual progressions is how we help you strengthen your core. Below are a few key principles we use in our core strengthening programs:
We hear it all the time: exercise is good for us (if you need convincing, watch this short video). But what is the best way to start exercising safely and effectively?
A consultation with a physiotherapist is a great place to start. With our extensive knowledge of human anatomy, physiology and pathology, we are body experts. We start any therapeutic exercise program with a thorough assessment to learn the specifics of your body and your goals. In order to ensure you start your program safely (ie with good mobility and strength) you may require some treatment sessions before embarking on your program.
Your therapeutic exercise program will be tailored to your specific goals. It may involve specific muscle conditioning to improve a movement impairment or it could consist of vigorous exercises designed to push your limits in your sport. For all programs, emphasis is placed on superb technique, postural awareness, precise and conscious control over specific muscles as well as the gradual progression of your program.
Therapeutic exercise programs can address goals such as:
We truly believe that the right exercises done correctly can give results with a small time commitment. So, regardless of how busy you are, we can create a therapeutic exercise program that will fit with both your schedule and your goals.
Cross training is a training routine that involves several different forms of exercise. It is a great way to condition different muscle groups, prevent muscle imbalance, develop a new set of skills and bring your workout regimen to a higher level.
If you follow a set weekly routine that includes only 1-2 types of activities, your body eventually becomes more efficient performing those movements. In other words, instead of continually improving, you simply maintain a certain level of fitness with this type of program. Our bodies need to be stimulated and challenged in order to build strength, speed or flexibility. A good cross training program can help achieve this.
Cross training limits the stress on specific muscle groups because different activities use muscles in slightly different ways. This can prevent overuse injuries.
Different types of exercise also challenge your cardiovascular system in different ways. So a cross training program is good for your heart and lungs too.
Being familiar with variety of physical activities gives you options to stay active even if you become injured. This will help you keep your fitness during your recovery as well as help you heal faster.
Variety can help you stay motivated to stick to your exercise routine. Boredom is a common reason why people give up on exercise goals but if you keep it interesting, it stays fun.
It is highly recommended that following even minor surgery to your musculo-skeletal system, you seek professional guidance from a physiotherapist to ensure fast, risk free recovery and successful return to activity. At Bentall Physiotherapy, we provide post-surgical rehabilitation programs for the following surgeries:
“I ‘m an active professional with very little time to spare; so when I need help with my aches and pains I go to the best. At Bentall Physiotherapy therapists are experienced, professional and dedicated to helping us, the patients, feel really good again. An assessment is always focused on the root of the problem not the symptom and I always leave with exercises and suggestions on how I can participate in this healing process. Keep up the great job, you guys! I’m sure I will be back.”
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“Just wanted to share with you how much I have appreciated the fine work Mariola has done helping to heal my back. Her cheery disposition and professional manner brightened many of my “rainy “days.”
“Most of my family and I have been visiting Jacek for almost 15 years with various sports related ailments. Jacek is the best Physiotherapist we have found to get us pain free and moving again.”
“After a shoulder injury I wanted to give up and curl into a ball and pass my days with self pity. Jacek believed in the benefits of exercise and encouraged me to try even when I felt grumpy and frustrated. He told me that the journey might take some time, but that it would be worthwhile. As part of my therapy he challenged me with 10,000 steps a day, and naturally I doubted myself because it was easier not be accountable. Jacek was determined to stand his ground and encouraged me every step of the way – to have courage and to “stick with the program”. Walking 10,000 steps is now a breeze for me, and each day I set new challenges with tremendous pride in myself. I cannot thank Jacek enough for believing in me when I had given up on myself.”
“Jacek gave me back my life. After I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Polymyositis and now Osteoarthritis, I struggled for many years with the disease until I found Jacek. He is very knowledgable and skilled to deal with the complexity of my disease and he is flexible with his time in order to bring me relief. His treatments relived me of my joint pains which enabled me to gradually reduced my pain medications. He eventually helped me achieved remission. I’m now off medication and lead a normal life. Jacek is my Physiotherapist of choice whenever I have a flare up for 20 yrs. and recommended him to my family and friends.”
“My 86 years old mother and I, we are both having arthritis, osteoporosis and osteopenia. We are Jacek’s patients for over 15 years or so, and I told him once that he is not allowed to retire ever! Without his treatments, we would be having very poor life quality. He takes the time to listen and helps you understand what is going on. He is knowledgeable, skilled, intuitive and so thorough. He is confident and inspires you to reach for the highest possible level of physical functioning despite your limitations. And when we talk and joke about his native Poland or our Serbia, our minds are forgetting the painful stretching or twisting that we have to endure in order to improve the range of motion or muscle strength. I have to say that even the toughest manual adjustments are done with extremely gentle approach. Jacek genuinely wants you to be in the best shape you could be. I would absolutely recommend this great professional to anyone!”
“Jacek is a very special physiotherapist, my family and I are very grateful to be under his care. I never thought that a physiotherapist would teach me how to breath. Jacek educates about the fundamentals and awareness required to live in your body aligned and healthy. Of course, the process is one of co-creation—his wisdom and guidance and your action incorporating his prescribed posture and exercises. Jacek is a Master at his craft. His passion in understanding the integrated workings of the human body are incredible to say the least. With the depth of Jacek’s knowledge and wisdom in his field, coupled with his presence, makes is easy for me to say, that everybody would be well served to have a session with Jacek!”
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