PDT-r assesses various reflexes and tries to help our body interpret them better. An example of this is persistent achilles pain - if a nociceptor (the type of nerve ending that our brain uses to feel pain) is hypersensitive on the bottom of our heel, it will trigger a reflex to prematurely tension the calf muscles to hold our weight off of the dysfunctional receptor. This reflex, overtime, can lead to chronic achilles pain. Stretching the achilles in this case won't help, therefore we need to reset the nerve ending causing the issue.

Who does PDT-r: Micah Reim

Osteopathic Manual Therapy

The object of Osteopathic Manual Therapy (commonly referred to as Osteo, or Osteopathy) is to re-establish proper body functions by treating causes of pain and dysfunction. Osteopathic Manual Therapy is a patient-centered approach to health. Skilled palpation and a detailed knowledge of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics guide the osteopath to assess and restore balance within and between all the systems of the body; musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, neurological, cranial and visceral.

The Osteopathic Manual Therapist uses a wide array of manual approaches to reduce and resolve strains, stress and dysfunction in all areas of the body. The goal is to remove restrictions to vascular, neural and biomechanical mechanisms and ultimately support the natural healing mechanism by promoting auto regulation.

Patients of all ages, from babies to the elderly can benefit from Osteopathic Manual Therapy. People with all types of injuries or conditions can benefit from treatments.  

Dylan Turner is an Osteopathic Manual Therapy student currently attending the Canadian School of Osteopathy in Vancouver B.C.

Visceral Manipulation

Visceral manipulation is a manual therapy technique that focuses on decreasing tension and increasing the mobility of the soft tissue in and around the organs. Every organ in your body is held in place with ligaments and fascia. This tissue can become dysfunctional like any other tissue in your body. Improving mobility through the viscera can have a major effect on the areas of the body that the organs are anchored to. 

Who does visceral manipulation: Dylan Turner, Micah Reim, and Terra Sergeant

Neuromeningeal Manipulation (NMM)

 NMM is a focused and specific manual therapy technique that is used to release tension around the dura, the protective wrap that surrounds the nervous system. It does this by adding and releasing tension, with the goal of helping the dura move more easily with the tissues it articulates with throughout the body. 

Who does neuromeningeal manipulation: Dylan Turner, Micah Reim

TMD (Jaw) treatment

TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder) refers to any dysfunction of the muscles, ligaments, or structures of TMJ (jaw joint). Pain, swelling, and loss of function can be due to an acute injury or a chronic condition. Common TMD causes are; clenching/grinding your teeth, improper bite/teeth alignment, stress, traumatic injury, oral surgery, dental treatment, dislocation of the joint or disc within the joint, and arthritis. Some of the common symptoms include, headaches, sensitive teeth, pain in jaw, face, neck, and/or shoulders, earaches, ringing in the ears, and difficulty opening wide/locking jaw. 

TMJ/TMD treatment focuses on reducing tension in the head and neck, and optimizing alignment of the structures associated with the jaw. The aim of TMJ/TMD treatment is to reduce symptoms associated with trauma and dysfunction, optimize TMJ function, and improve your quality of life. This may be accomplished collaboratively with local dentists. 

Who treats TMJ: Terra Sergeant

Running Injuries

Did you know that 65% of runners sustain a running injury every year? Interestingly, running is not what leads to injuries, rather running with improper technique or improper training loads. We work with community-level runners of all ages and abilities to increase running form, strength, and performance for clients while reducing injury risks. We can also provide training plans, workouts, and rehabilitation exercises to achieve this. 

Who treats running injuries: Terra Sergeant