What to Expect

Visiting our clinic may be unlike any doctor’s or therapist appointment you have ever had. Since our focus is on prevention and teaching you healthy habits to ensure optimal health, the visit is about you as an individual. Your Pracitioner will need to know as much as possible about you and your family, your lifestyle and your health. For this reason, our initial appointments are typically much longer in order to ensure an accurate assessment is performed.

During your first visit with a Naturopathic Doctor at the OIHC, you can expect your ND to take a thorough history as well as conduct a full physical exam. Further diagnostic testing may be recommended at this time. Treatment plans and options will be presented at your follow-up appointment, and you will decide which options will work best for you.

When meeting with one of our RMTs for the first time, 15-20 minutes will be spent reviewing your history and current physical symptoms as well as assessing your current physical self – including your joints, muscles, ranges of motion and any areas in pain before your treatment begins.

In an initial appointment with our Psychotherapists, you can expect to have ample opportunity to discuss your current mental health concerns, relationship concerns, and perhaps physical concerns. A physical exam will not take place, but your therapist may wish to correspond with your referring MD or ND if needed for information about your physical health.

During your initial 60 minute visit with our Physiotherapist, you can expect a thorough history to address concerns and discuss your goals of physiotherapy treatment. A physical assessment will be performed to determine the cause(s)  of your concern as well as to determine any limitations regarding muscle activation, range of motion or other soft tissue dysfunctions.  Your physiotherapist will discuss your treatment plan with you based on your physical assessment and personal goals. There will be more than enough time to address any questions you may have in regards to your injury or concern. Loose fitting clothing is recommended.

Physiotherapists are primary health care professionals who have a significant role in injury management and rehabilitation. Using a variety of techniques including manual therapy, acupuncture, exercise programming and education, physiotherapy is beneficial at any time in your life. Whether you experience chronic pain or an acute injury, concerns regarding sport performance or post-operative orthopedic limitations; a physiotherapist can help. The goal of physiotherapy intervention is to work with individuals to identify and optimize their ability to move and function.

A Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist is a highly trained, compassionate primary health care professional who has undergone post-graduate training to assess and treat pelvic floor dysfunction.

Pelvic health concerns can present in a variety of ways, whether you experience an involuntary loss of urine (in any amount), an overwhelming urge to urinate, increased frequency of urination, persistant pelvic pain or pelvic organ prolapse. These concerns may be due to variety of factors;

  • Weak pelvic floor muscles are responsible for Incontinence and pelvic organ prolapsed.
  • Tight pelvic floor muscles will contribute to Urgency, Pelvic Pain, Dyspareunia, Vaginismus, Vulvodynia, Interstitial Cystitis and Chronic Prostatitis.

Your Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist will work with you to achieve your goals and obtain optimal pelvic health and function.

What to expect during your first Bioflex Laser Therapy: Also known as Low-Intensity Laser Therapy (LILT), Bioflex Laser Therapy is a light-based technology proven to be highly effective in the treatment of musculoskeletal problems and wound healing. The technology allows for a relaxing non-invasive and non-toxic treatment with no adverse effects. Typically, compounding improvements can be observed after 3 to 6 sessions. Depending on the type of injury, the number of sessions can vary between 6 to 20 treatments, and the duration of each session can range from 15 minutes to 1 hour).

During your first visit with an Osteopathic Manual Therapist (OMT) at the OIHC, you can expect a full health history and physical assessment from head to toe with regards to range of motion and symmetry. The OMT will also assess the texture of your body tissues (muscles, bones, joints, organs) and will identify the variations in superficial skin temperature throughout the body. Variations in skin temperature allows the OMT to determine where there may be abnormal blood flow, indicating poor function. It is best to wear loose fitting clothing during your sessions(s) and to avoid wearing jeans, a hoodie, or a dress/skirt (unless opaque leggings are worn underneath). Exercises will not be given after the treatment, however, recommendations on posture and physical activity will be made.

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