Traditional Chinese Acupuncture

What is Traditional Chinese Medical (TCM) Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an effective complimentary medical practice to alleviate pain and treat a variety of conditions. Acupuncture can correct imbalances in the body and promote self-healing allowing for smooth flow of vital energy called Qi to nourish the cells of our body. Health is influenced by the quantity, quality and balance of Qi. There are various form of qi that include oxygen, nutrients and blood.

Acupuncture can improve the immune system and increase the body’s overall vitality. When there is a blockage in one part of the body, the flow of Qi becomes restricted in other parts. This can be detrimental to a person’s health, cutting off vital nourishment to the body, organs and glands. On its own, pain, disease or illness can occur. Qi is affected by physical and emotional trauma, stress, sedentary lifestyle, overexertion, seasonal changes, poor diet, accidents, or excessive activity.

When the body isn’t receiving proper blood flow it can’t function or heal properly. Acupuncture dilates the blood vessels to increase blood flow to the stimulated areas of the body. This increases organ function, relieves pain and slows the aging process. Acupuncture also stimulates the nervous system to naturally relieve pain.

Our TCM Acupuncturists Help Identify and Resolve Issues

Your Acupuncturist determines the specific imbalances or blockages to effectively diagnose and prepare treatment plan individualized for your optimal health. Using fine sterile needles that penetrate the skin on specific points along the meridian pathways your acupuncturist unblocks the channels and balances qi allowing for proper circulation. Your body at a cellular level can then receive proper nourishment.

Acupuncture helps reduce inflammation, stress, anxiety, depression, migraines and chronic pain. Acupuncture can treat insomnia, balance hormones, infertility, digestion, mood disorders, emotions, gynaecological issues and benefit those in recovery management. You can receive acupuncture treatments to improve and maintain your overall health in general. TCM is based on a preventative practice.

Complete Concussion Management

What is Complete Concussion Management?

Complete Concussion Management is a network of trained multidisciplinary healthcare practitioners that collaborate with physicians to co-manage concussion injuries, helping patients and athletes safely return to learn, work and play.

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is caused by acceleration or deceleration of the brain, following a significant impact to the head or elsewhere on the body. One common misconception is that someone must be hit in the head to cause a concussion; however, a significant enough hit to the body may cause a whiplash effect and result in enough force to the brain to cause a concussion.

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What Are the Symptoms of a Concussion?

A concussion causes the brain cells to become excited initially, followed by an extreme drop in energy. This may result in any of the following symptoms:

  • Loss of consciousness (more than 90% of concussions do not result in loss of consciousness)
  • Headache or pressure in the head
  • Neck pain or whiplash
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Blurred or distorted vision
  • Balance problems
  • Feeling tired, fatigue, slowed down, drowsy or having no energy
  • Feeling “foggy” or not thinking clearly
  • Not feeling right or feeling off
  • More emotional
  • Feeling sad, upset or angry
  • Nervousness or anxiety
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty reading or working at a computer
  • Difficulty remembering or concentrating
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Sleeping more or sleeping less
  • Irritability

Visual Signs of a Concussion May Include:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Lying motionless on the field or ice
  • Disorientation or inability to respond to questions
  • Blank or vacant stare
  • Balance, slowed movement, stumbling or incoordination
  • Clutching head
  • Slow to get up after a hit to the head or body

If you experience any one of these symptoms following a significant impact to the head or body, then you should have a high suspicion of concussion. When in doubt, sit them out!

Treatment Options for Concussions

During the early stages following injury, relative physical and cognitive rest is recommended for 24 to 48 hours; however, these decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. Following a short period of rest, treatment and rehabilitation may include a gradual increase in mental and physical activity. If symptoms persist beyond 10 days, exercise therapy, manual therapy of the neck, diet and nutritional interventions, and vestibular and visual rehabilitation are proven to be effective treatment and rehabilitation options.

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Custom Orthotics

Custom Orthotics in Bedford

What are Custom Orthotics?

Strada Health and Fitness fits Custom Orthotics in Bedford The feet and ankles are the body’s primary anatomical support while standing, walking, and running.  They are therefore very susceptible to injury and biomechanical dysfunction, and may be a significant contributing factor to your pain.  It is essential to assess the feet when dealing with any injury.  A thorough gait analysis and foot examination will be performed to determine if you may benefit from custom orthotics.

Custom orthotics are manufactured based on a practitioner’s professional examination and prescription, and are designed to meet patients’ individual and lifestyle needs.  A custom orthotic is a therapeutic device designed to align the foot and ankle into an anatomically efficient position.  They reduce stress and strain on the body by aligning the foot and redirecting forces that take place during the gait cycle.  There are several different types of orthotics made to fit different types of shoes.

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Laser Therapy in Bedford

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What is Laser Therapy?

Laser Therapy uses light energy to stimulate and accelerate healing.  It provides patients with a safe, effective, and painless form of therapy that uses the body’s natural healing systems to relieve pain and increase tissue integrity.  

Theralase has been used successfully in the treatment of acute and chronic conditions such as muscle strains, rotator cuff injuries, tennis and golfer’s elbow, osteoarthritis and chronic knee pain.

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How Does Laser Therapy Work?

Laser therapy utilizes dual wavelength pulsing technology to convert light energy into chemical energy when applied to abnormal or damaged tissue.  Once the laser penetrates the tissue, it increases cellular regeneration, thus facilitating the repair and improving the strength of the injured tissue.

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Graston Technique® in Bedford

What is Graston Technique®?

Graston Technique is a form of soft tissue therapy that uses specifically designed stainless steel instruments to detect and treat scar tissue and fascial restrictions.  These defects develop as the result of tissue trauma (i.e. muscle strains, ligament sprains, etc) and can negatively effect your range of motion and overall function.  The goal of Graston Technique is to break down these restrictions and get you moving again.  This type of therapy is often used by chiropractors, physiotherapists, massage therapists, and personal trainers.

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Active Release Technique®

What is Active Release Technique®?

ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves.  The technique was developed by Dr. Leahy when he realized that many chiropractic patients’ symptoms were related to changes in their soft tissue.  By experimenting with how these specific soft tissues responded to focused soft tissue techniques, he created muscle, ligament, and nerve protocols which now make up the ART system.

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How Does Active Release Technique® Work?

ART is effectively used to treat a variety of conditions such as headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, knee problems, plantar fasciitis, and more.  These conditions all have an important thing in common:  they are often a result of overused muscles.  Overuse conditions can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area.  This prevents tissues from moving freely, and eventually muscles become shorter and weaker.

ART sessions involve a combination of examination and treatment.  Tissues are manually evaluated for texture, tightness, and movement prior to treatment.  Abnormal tissues are treated by applying tension to the affected area with as specific movements are performed.

Acupuncture Treatments in Bedford

Acupuncture Treatments

Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points along the body.  It is an effective, pain-free, treatment modality based on the concepts of neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, and pathophysiology.  Acupuncture is often used in combination with other forms of treatment, such as chiropractic manipulation or mobilization, and soft tissue therapy.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Acupuncture has been an effective form of alternative therapy used for thousands of years and has a very low occurrence of complications.  The needles are sterile and disposable, which means they are only used once.  Your therapist will discuss any concerns or contraindications prior to treatment.

How Acupuncture Works

Acupuncture stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the body that are responsible for relieving pain and tight muscles, improving blood circulation and tissue healing, and decreasing inflammation and overall stress.  These benefits are often enhanced through mechanical or electrical stimulation.  A typical treatment takes 20-30 minutes, depending on your condition.

Nutrition Consulting

Nutrition Consultation in Bedford

Individual One-on-One Sessions

  • Youth, adults, seniors and athletes
  • Focus on fundamental nutrition education
  • Review of your daily nutrition, lifestyle and exercise habits
  • Diet analysis
  • Individualized goals
  • Meal plans designed for your specific sport, age, and goals

Team Sessions

  • Focus on sport specific nutrition
  • Key topics such as: energy balance, nutrient types, hydration, competition nutrition, recovery and key areas of concern
  • Fact sheets for athletes and coaches
  • Meal plans designed for your specific sport, age, and goals

Physiotherapy

Bedford Physiotherapy at Strada Health & Fitness

Physiotherapy focuses on manual therapy, exercise and physical activity, and health education. Our physiotherapists are hands-on and client-centered.  They combine the best evidence, high quality therapy, and your goals to come up with a comprehensive treatment plan that progresses with you.

Strada Health & Fitness offers physiotherapy services to help you on your road to recovery. Physiotherapists are primary health care professionals with a significant role in health promotion and treatment of injury and disease. They combine their in-depth knowledge of the body and how it works with specialized hands-on clinical skills to assess, diagnose and treat symptoms of illness, injury or disability (Canadian Physiotherapy Association, 2012).

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What can I expect when visiting Strada for a Physiotherapy Session?

You can expect a detailed assessment of your problem area(s) and a comprehensive treatment plan to address it. You will be sent home with a handout of your program so that it is easy to remember and follow along.

Massage Therapy

What is Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of the soft tissues of the human body.  These tissues include muscles, connective tissue, tendons, and ligaments.  There are tremendous benefits to be achieved through regular massage therapy treatments with a Registered Massage Therapist.

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Pain Management with Massage Therapy

Whether your need is to have a moment of relaxation, reduce muscle tension, or attain relief from pain, a therapeutic massage can enhance your overall health and well-being.  Massage therapy helps to alleviate soft tissue discomfort associated with occupational stresses, muscular over-use, trauma and other musculoskeletal disorders, and is an excellent form of preventative healthcare.  Massage therapy is proven to be a favorable approach to pain management and injury rehabilitation (for people of all ages), as it encourages the body’s own healing process and decreases healing time for both acute and chronic conditions.

Benefits of Massage Therapy

  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Whiplash
  • TMJ (Jaw) Dysfunction
  • Neck and Shoulder Pain
  • Upper and Mid Back Pain
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Golfer’s Elbow
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Low Back and Hip Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Sacroiliac (SI) Dysfunction
  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome
  • Patellar Tendonitis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Depression
  • Anxiety & Stress
  • Insomnia
  • Repetitive Strain Injuries
  • Arthritis

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