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Physiotherapy is appropriate for those with

Acute and chronic low back pain
Headaches and neck pain
Sciatica
Scoliosis
Overuse injuries
Tendonitis
Repetitive stress disorders
Foot and ankle pain
Pelvic and spinal instability or stiffness
Shoulder pain
TMJ disorders
Orthopaedic injuries
Recent joint replacements requiring rehabilitation
Recent CVAs & TIAs requiring rehabilitation
Neurological and balance disorders
Elders who wish to maintain their independence
Pregnancy and post pregnancy concerns

Robin offers a functional approach to rehab, grounded in the moving body. This often requires addressing the cause of your pain in addition to treating your painful structures. Through education, awareness training and biomechanical treatments, you will learn how the way you live in your body – your occupation, activities, habits, and carriage – may be overloading your physical structure to create dysfunction and pain. Robin will assist you in accessing the knowledge, control, flexibility and strength you require to create efficient, pain free movement.

The relationship between a physiotherapist and her client is one of active partnership. Robin has the education, experience, and expertise in human form and function. You are the expert about what it’s like to live in your body. Ultimately, you are responsible for your health and the effectiveness of your treatments will be enhanced with your active participation.

Please wear or bring suitable exercise clothing which will allow for full assessment and treatment of the site of your concern/condition.

EDUCATION

Likely, you’ve been living in your body, in this posture, performing these tasks, for a number of years.

Let’s face it, old habits are tough to break. And pain can be scary.

Robin believes that education is the first step to autonomy, empowerment, and holistic health. She enjoys teaching her clients and small groups about their bodies and health and why what-they-do-every-day matters. During treatments, she encourages questions and demonstrates exercises clearly. She uses books, props, imagery, and information sheets to ensure that her clients understand why they are experiencing pain and dysfunction and what they can do about it, both now and for prevention in the future.

MANUAL THERAPY

Manual therapy is a general term that applies to any technique that involves the therapist placing her hands on the client. It is used to restore mobility to physical structures like joints, muscles, connective tissue, and nerves. As necessary, the therapist can also use her hands to assist in relaxing or activating muscles.

Robin often works hands on with her clients. As the body and condition dictates, she utilizes different techniques in order to increase the freedom and efficiency in your tissue. Self-releasing exercises, which may include the use of props such as bands, balls and dowels, are also used to ensure the mobilization of tissues is occurring when she is not present.

MOVEMENT TRAINING & EXERCISE INSTRUCTION

Robin believes that for humans, the bipedal creature that we are, the best way to negotiate asymmetry is through an efficiently moving body. Her keen eye and knowledge of functional anatomy will ensure that you are rectifying problems rather than aggravating symptoms with your rehabilitative exercise routine. If inefficient movement patterns are reinforced through repetition, there may be an irritation of structures and worsening of symptoms. In other words, it was likely not the exercise that increased your problem, but the way in which the exercise was performed.  In many situations, subtle refinement of exercises is helpful.

Robin integrates mindfulness and imagery into her physiotherapy practice. Feeling a difference in the effort required to move and support your body is beneficial prior to gaining any amount of strength. Understanding what to bring your attention to rather than what to do will help to change your pain, posture and movement patterns quicker than you thought.

RESOURCES

Canadian Physiotherapy Association

Nova Scotia Physiotherapy Association

Nova Scotia College of Physiotherapists