Physiotherapy at Helios
- New injury
If you or your child has suffered from an injury, it is beneficial to have the injury assessed and treated as soon as possible to ensure a safe and speedy recovery.
- Gradual development of aches and pain
If you or your child is experiencing muscle or joint aches or pains (including headaches), it is helpful to have those symptoms assessed by a physiotherapist to determine the nature of the discomfort. Many aches and pains are the victim of imbalances developed over time. If these imbalances are addressed, those aches and pains will likely decrease. This will also help prevent injuries from occurring.
- Tingling, pins & needles
Tingling or pins & needles indicate that there is a tissue that is not functioning as well as it should. That structure should be identified & its function improved.
- Injury prevention, Improvement in performance
Many injuries can be prevented by identifying factors in you body that are putting you at risk for an injury. These factors may include muscle tension or weakness, posture issues, and repetitive movements in your sport or work. Improving these factors may also result in improved performance in you sport or work.
The goal of physiotherapy at Helios is to decrease your pain and improve your function as quickly as possible. Along with the manual treatments that we provide, an important component of this goal is to educate you on your body. The more you know about how your body moves & works the more effective you will be at maintaining your body and preventing injuries.
A private, low-sound treatment room is available upon request. Please inform the clinic in advance if this is a priority for your treatment.
Amy Guidinger BScPT, BScKin, RCAMT, CGIMS
Amy is a physiotherapist trained at the University of Saskatchewan. She has spent the last four years working in Jasper, and has developed a strong connection to and passion for the mountain lifestyle. She is looking forward to helping the people of Revelstoke achieve their maximum physical potential in whichever activity they love to do!
Amy has received advance postgraduate training including:
- Certificate in Manual & Manipulative therapy
Amy provides advanced treatments and education to her clients allowing them to recover quickly and prevent re-injury.
- Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS)
Her clients with chronic pain have experienced significant relief from this treatment.
- Therapeutic Exercise for Neck (cervical spine) Dysfunction
Clients who have suffer from headaches, whiplash, poor posture, and TMJ problems greatly benefit from a specific exercise program targeting the stabilizing muscles of the neck.
- Advanced Assessment and Treatment of Running Injuries
Runners from beginner to advanced can benefit from a running assessment. Running-specific exercises can assist a runner in improving their performance and decreasing their risk of developing a running injury. A safe running program is the most effective way to prevent running injuries.
Amy has experience working with athletes from beginner level to University & National/Olympic Team. She has worked as a trainer for University & National teams including Freestyle Skiing, Wrestling, Football, Hockey, Basketball, Volleyball, & Track & Field. She has also competed as an athlete in the TransRockies Mountain Bike Race (2nd place) & 24 hours of Adrenalin. Amy enjoys recreational hockey & has helped coach the Jasper Pee Wee girls hockey team for the past 2 years.
Amy is excited to be working with Tina & the Helios team to provide a quality health care service for the community of Revelstoke.
Fraser Sprigings BScPT, CAFCI, EMR
Fraser graduated as a physiotherapist from the University of Saskatchewan in 2001. In 2003, he became certified in Acupuncture.
Hailing from Lake Louise, Alberta, Fraser provided physiotherapy to the Bow Valley Community and consulted at the Orthopaedic In-Take Clinic of the Banff Mineral Springs Hospital with Dr. Mark Heard and Dr. Laurie Hiemstra. He has worked with The Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, Canadian Triathlon Junior National Team, Alberta Ballet, as well as Parks Canada.
An avid athlete, Fraser has competed at the national level in cross-country skiing and triathlon. He also enjoys spending time the backcountry participating in various forms of climbing, mountaineering and skiing. His adventures have been captured in the pages of Alpinist, Powder, Backcountry and Kootenay Mountain Culture Magazine.
Katie Kenyon BSW, MScPT
Katie recently graduated from the University of Alberta with a Master's degree in physical therapy. She has completed her Level 1 Diploma of Manual Therapy and is working towards her Anatomical Acupuncture Certification. Katie has experience working in a private practice setting treating injuries resulting from sports, motor vehicle and workplace accidents. She has also worked in an acute care setting in a large hospital in Calgary.
Katie grew up in Calgary where she spent her free time heading West to the mountains. She is passionate about skiing and snowboarding, hiking and yoga. Katie feels privileged to make her home in Revelstoke and is very happy to be working with the Helios team.
Please feel free to visit Katie's blog at www.physioforthemountains.com to read about about injury prevention, training tips and thoughts on mountain culture and lifestyle.
Gina Cawthorpe BScPT
Gina graduated as a physiotherapist from the University of Alberta in 2005. Her love of travel and the outdoors has led her to work in a variety of settings including a large rehabilitation hospital in Honolulu and an outpatient neurology and geriatrics clinic in Calgary.
Gina has taken many post graduate courses including:
- Vestibular Retraining – Vertigo and dizziness can be caused by inner ear problems such as BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo), concussions, neurological conditions or neck pathology. Gina can often help reduce or relieve your vertigo and dizziness and help you to return to your favourite activities.
- Fullerton Fallproof – This program has been proven to be safe and effective at reducing risk factors for falls in older adults. Exercises are designed to improve the various systems of balance and can be tailored to all different skill levels.
- LSVT BIG – Specific exercise for clients with Parkinson’s disease that can help to improve their walking and other essential movements such as getting out of bed and up from a chair.
Gina is passionate about the outdoors and spends her free time dragon boating, trail running, backcountry camping, cycling, and snowboarding. She is excited to work with the beautiful and vibrant community of Revelstoke.
Manual therapy is a term to describe hands on treatment to restore normal movement, strength, and function. It involves mobilisation of the joints, soft tissue (muscle, ligament, tendon, fascia), or nerve tissue. It also involves detailed assessment of imbalances in the body and specific treatments to resolve these imbalances. These treatments may also include taping and specific exercise prescription. Physiotherapists may chose to advance their skills in manual therapy by taking postgraduate training in manual therapy.
Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) GunnIMS is an effective treatment for those suffering from chronic pain of a neuropathic basis. GunnIMS uses techniques adapted from traditional acupuncture but is combined with scientific neurophysiological principles aimed at relieving chronic muscle pain. IMS was developed by Dr. Chan Gunn during the 1970’s and 80’s while working as a physician for the Worker’s Compensation Board of British Columbia. Dr. Gunn has received national and international credit for his revolutionary work in this field having been awarded Canada’s highest honour, the Order of Canada. Dr. Gunn is currently the President of the Institute for the Study and Treatment of Pain (i-Stop) at the University of Washington in Seattle.
What medical professionals are able to practice IMS?
Only physiotherapists who have achieved an advanced level of manual therapy or have completed their full training in acupuncture can qualify for the IMS course. General physicians are also able to qualify for IMS training.
For more information on IMS, check out the iStop website www.istop.orgAcupuncture
Acupuncture is the procedure of inserting and manipulating small needles into various points of the body to treat pain and neurological conditions. Acupuncture is commonly used in the treatment of back pain, sprained ligaments, strained muscles, chronically tight muscles, arthritis and headaches . For more information on the benefits of acupuncture, how it works and the conditions that it can help, please visit the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute at www.afcinstitute.com.
Electrophysical Modalities (IFC/TENS/Ultrasound)
Physiotherapists may chose to use an electrophysical modality such as Interferential Current (IFC), TENS, or ultrasound if they feel that that treatment will effectively contribute to the healing process.
The fitting for a custom orthotic involves a detailed biomechanical assessment of the foot as well as a gait analysis. We cast your foot to obtain an impression of your foot. Casting is considered the gold standard in capturing the most accurate impression of your foot. You can choose the type of orthotic you wish to have based on a certain type of footwear (ex. Ski boot, hockey skate, sandal) or you may choose an orthotic that will fit in many types of shoes.
Are custom orthotics covered by my benefits plan?
Certain benefits providers will provide coverage for custom orthotics. You may need a doctor’s referral to be covered. Please check with your provider to obtain more information on you specific coverage.
Custom Knee Brace Fitting
We will measure your knee for a custom knee brace. The companies we commonly deal with include CTi, Don Joy, GII, and Breg. If you have ligament instability in your knee(ACL, MCL, or PCL), you may require this type of brace. If you have knee pain due to advanced arthritis, you may also require this type of brace.
We also offer off the shelf knee braces that may work for you at a lesser cost than a custom knee brace. This option can be discussed with your physiotherapist and the best brace for you will be determined.
Are custom knee braces covered by my benefits plan?
Certain benefits providers will provide coverage for knee braces. You may need a doctor’s referral to be covered. Please check with your provider to obtain more information on you specific coverage.
Advanced Sport Assessment & Injury Prevention Programs
Whether you are recreational or elite, youth or masters level you may have strength &/or flexibility imbalances. These imbalances may be putting you at risk for injury. There are preventative strength & flexibility exercises that you can do to resolve these imbalances & improve your performance.
Our physiotherapist can assess you & help tailor an individualized program for you based on your specific goals.
"Viscera" refers to the internal organs of the abdomen, such as the liver, gall bladder, kidneys and intestines. Visceral Manipulation is a gentle manual therapy that helps to release restrictions and unhealthy compensations that cause pain and dysfunction. The internal organs require freedom of movement in the abdomen to be healthy and function properly. There are many reasons an organ can become restricted – trauma, surgery, infection, pregnancy/delivery, poor posture or diet, stress, etc.
As the body compensates for this lack of movement, other issues begin to appear. For example, pain and limited movement in the neck, shoulders, ribcage, hips, low back and pelvis is commonly the direct result of visceral restriction. If this is the case, these problems will persist until the source (the organs) are treated and released. A variety of other conditions can also arise, including Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), acid reflux, ulcers, and various types of pelvic pain. Visceral Manipulation will help to locate and correct these restrictions, leading to improved body and organ health.
Myofascial Release is a form of soft tissue manual therapy that helps to unwind and reorganize the seamless web of connective tissue called fascia that covers and connects the muscles, organs and bone structures. Essentially, it is the glue that holds our bodies together and connects us from head to toe. Injuries, scar tissue, stress, inflammation, trauma, and poor posture can cause tensions and restrictions in the fascia. These restrictions can lead to pain and postural dysfunctions, often in places distant from where the problem exists. Myofascial release is an effective treatment used to correct and release these restrictions in the fascia and restore tissue health and balance.
Physiotherapy FaqHow do I book an appointment?
You can book your appointment online at your convenience using the link below. Please note that same-day appointments cannot be booked online, please phone the clinic to inquire on same-day availability.
You may also call the clinic directly. Please see our contact information in the column on the right.
Helios Rehabilitation and Performance is located at #5-1605 Victoria Rd West, Revelstoke BC Click here for map.
What to expect my first physiotherapy appointment (initial assessment)?
Prior to starting the initial assessment, your physiotherapist will review your health history form and discuss in detail with you information related to your complaint or injury. She will then explain the process of the assessment & obtain your informed consent to assess & treat you.
The goals of the assessment are to:
- Determine the source of your pain/compliant.
- Determine the structures that are contributing to that pain/complaint.
- Provide a treatment to assist in decreasing your pain & improve your movement. This may include hands on manual treatment; education on posture, movement & exercise; electrophysical modalities; or Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation. Your consent is obtained prior to the beginning of any new treatment.
- Discuss with you a reasonable treatment plan based on the findings/goals of the assessment & your goals & expectations.
Depending on the nature of your complaint, your physiotherapist will perform a physical assessment of your postural alignment, joint movement (range of motion) & strength. Measurement of these parameters will be recorded. Your symptoms during this assessment will be recorded & specific measurements will also be recorded.
During the assessment & treatment, we will ensure that you are comfortable with the treatment at all times. Your physiotherapist will suggest the treatments (manual therapy, exercise, modalities, etc.) they feel will be best suited to your particular goals and body needs. If you are not comfortable with the treatment, it can be stopped or modified at any time. You are encouraged to ask questions about your treatments and any other treatments listed above or that you have heard or read about.
We will work together to create a massage therapy treatment plan that best fits your personal goals and expectations, tailored to your individual body needs.
It is important that you leave the assessment with an understanding of your situation & the process necessary to resolve it.
- Comfortable Clothing
We encourage you to bring comfortable clothing (tank top and shorts are recommended, we can provide these if needed).
- Doctor’s Referral/Diagnostic Reports
If you received a doctor’s referral for physiotherapy, please bring the referral script. It can be helpful to provide your therapist with any diagnostic reports related to your condition or injury (X-ray, MRI, CT scan, etc...) You can also sign a release of information consent form and we can request the reports directly from your doctor if necessary.
- Health History & Consent Forms
If you are able to, we request that you print and fill out a health history form & consent form prior to your first visit. If not we ask that you arrive 5-10 minutes early to fill one out at the clinic.
- Insurance Forms
Your insurance company may require a special form(s) to be filled out by your physiotherapist. Please inquire with your insurance company/benefits provider whether they require this.
No, you do not need a doctor’s referral to receive physiotherapy. However, some benefits (extended medical insurance) plans require a referral for coverage. Please check with your benefits provider if they require you to obtain one prior to your appointment. Some insurance companies may require special forms to be completed. Please inquire with your benefits provider/insurance company whether they require any special forms.
Yes. Prior to receiving your first physiotherapy treatment, you will be required to fill out a health history form and consent form to ensure we can treat you safely and effectively. You will be asked to provide information regarding your previous injuries and medical history, as well as any medications or treatments you are currently receiving, and the details of your current symptoms or complaints. Your health history information will be updated annually.
If you cannot download and complete the form, we ask that you arrive 5-10 minutes prior to your first appointment to fill out the form at the clinic.
- Initial Assessment & Treatment (1 hour) $85
- Follow-up Treatment (1/2 hour) $65
Note: Treatment may extend up to 30min beyond your scheduled time. Please allow for this time when booking your appointment & notify your therapist if you must leave at a specific time.
Yes, there is coverage for those who qualify for provincial funding. If you have an injury claim through Worksafe BC or ICBC, you are able to have your treatments partially or fully covered. Please contact us for more information. If you have an extended medical plan or benefits package, you may be eligible for partial or full coverage. Please check with your provider for details.
- What is my coverage for physiotherapy?
- Do you require a doctor’s referral for treatment?
- Do you require the therapist to fill out any special forms?
If you have any other questions in regards to the treatments offered at Helios, please contact us by phone or email, and we will be happy help you however we can.