Physical Therapy

Clearwater Physical Therapy is a locally owned private clinic operated by a registered Physical Therapist that has been a proud member of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo for over 16 years.

Centrally located in Fort McMurray with a convenient location in Thickwood; our clinical team consists of registered Physical Therapists, Massage Therapists and Athletic Therapists.

In addition to offering a full range of physical therapy services, we also provide acupuncture and dry needling, massage therapy, concussion management, and Employer Services just to name a few.

At Clearwater Physical Therapy we don’t just treat your injury, we treat you.

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Consussion Treatment

Clearwater Physical Therapy is a leading edge Concussion Management company providing gold standard concussion education, medical consultation, pre-participation screening and post injury concussion management. 

In order to bring you the highest standard of concussion care, Clearwater Physical Therapy provides a full-service concussion testing and rehabilitative program. A vital component of concussion management involves obtaining a pre-season or “baseline” test. Baseline testing is essential for individuals of concussive injury as it provides an important point of reference when managing head injury and determining readiness to return-to-play.

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Back & Neck Pain Treatment

At Clearwater Physical Therapy, our Physical Therapists are dedicated to help patients resolve their back and neck pain. During your evaluation, we will discuss your history, examine your spine, and evaluate your movement, strength, walking and other functional movements and positions, and coordination. This will help our Physical Therapists pinpoint the exact cause of your back pain or neck pain. We will work closely with you to design a treatment plan that best suits your needs and offers the quickest relief from pain and return to function. Call us today or use the “Make Appointment” button so we can help reduce your back and neck pain and get you back to optimal function today!

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Shoulder & Arm Pain Treatment

The shoulder is the most complicated joint in the body and has to move through an incredible range of motion while maintaining strength and support. The shoulder actually has four joints that connect your humerus, collarbone and shoulder blade to function as one unit. Shoulder pain can occur for a variety of reasons, but is typically from poor posture, weakness of rotator cuff muscles (the muscles that support and stabalize your shoulder) or injury.

Since the shoulder motions are so complex, it takes experts in movement analysis to truly understand what is the root cause of your problem. Our Physical Therapists at Clearwater Physical Therapy have years of medical training in movement analysis to determine exactly where your pain is coming from. We put together a comprehensive treatment plan that will quickly relieve your pain and return your shoulder’s full range of motion and function.

Physiotherapy

Hip & Knee Pain Treatment

Our expert Physical Therapists at Clearwater Physical Therapy, understand the complexities of hip movement and function. We examine your walking, movement, range of motion, strength and coordination. Our evaluations enable us to pinpoint the source of your pain and to develop a series of manual therapies and exercises to reduce your pain and restore normal function.
 

Limitations in movement and strength can dramatically affect the way your knee functions, causing increased pressure and pain. Physical Therapy restores the normal movement, strength and coordination and can help you quickly relieve pain and get back to normal activities.

Physiotherapy

Post Surgical Rehab

Your surgeon has done a fine job in surgery repairing your damaged body. However, this doesn’t guarantee full success in your ability to return to normal activities. Prior to and after surgery, joint motion and muscle strength are lost quickly. Proper rehabilitation is required to restore normal joint movement and return your strength.
 

Depending on the injury and type of surgery, this can be a simple rehabilitative process or a complicated recovery. Our expertise in treating many post surgical patients means we can achieve excellent outcomes for your recovery no matter the extent of your injury. We are with you every step of the way. 

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Acupuncture

Acupuncture is used to encourage natural healing, improve mood and energy, reduce or relieve pain and improve function of affected areas of the body. It is safe and effective and is often successfully used as an alternative to medications or even surgery. Relief is often obtained with acupuncture when traditional medical therapy has failed.

Our Physical Therapists are well trained in assessment of injury and symptoms and will use Acupuncture as a treatment modality to complement other physical therapy treatment techniques.

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Dry Needling

Dry Needling is a treatment technique to treat neuro-musclolskeletal systems based on pain patterns,muscular dysfunction and other unknown signs and symptoms.  Dry Needling  focuses on anatomy, neurology, and physiology, whereas acupuncture is a component of oriental medicine and focuses on energy flow, meridian channels, and treating the source of pain by “stimulating” various internal organ systems through various pre-determine needling locations.

Dry Needling  focuses on anatomy, neurology, and physiology, whereas acupuncture is a component of oriental medicine and focuses on energy flow, meridian channels, and treating the source of pain by “stimulating” various internal organ systems through various pre-determine needling locations.

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Work Injury Treatment

Being injured at work can cause significant stress, pain and aggravation affecting your ability to effectively work and provide adequate income for your needs. Our number one priority is to ensure your pain is relieved fast and you can safely return to work as soon as possible.

We offer a variety of comprehensive programs for injured workers to help them recover quickly and safely. Once a worker has been injured, it is our goal to restore him/her to optimal function for safe and efficient job performance in a timely manner. We provide effective case management, detailed and timely reports, and positive communication between health care providers, workers, and case managers for the worker’s compensation case.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

While personal injury due to a vehicle accident is common, it can often be severe, resulting in loss of work time and difficulty with day-to-day tasks. Don’t delay physical therapy treatment after an auto accident, the immediate effects may be subtle but can escalate into very painful conditions over time. We focus on returning Motor Vehicle Patients to pre-accident function through a closely monitored treatment program designed for accelerated results.

In most cases, insurance is obligated to pay for your rehabilitation cost if you are injured. Be sure to contact your insurance company when you have been involved in a MVA.

Sports Injury Treatments

Sports injuries can really set you back from your favorite activities and competitions. Furthermore, due to the high-speed nature of most sports injuries, the trauma to muscles, tissues, and joints can be severe. Common injuries include ligament sprains, muscle strains, and fractures. Do not wait until you are crippled with pain. The right physical therapy can effectively treat your sports injury to get you back to your activities pain-free and safely.

At Clearwater Physical Therapy, our Physical Therapists will evaluate your injury tailoring the treatment plan to your specific sport, style of play, and position. Our attention to detail when it comes to athletes of all ages has powerful results! Call us for more details on our Physical Therapy Performance and Sports Injury Rehabilitation programs.

Vertigo & Dizziness

Physical therapy plays a crucial role in helping dizziness and vertigo, by performing several key treatments. Physical therapists can help you feel more in control and in some cases can achieve instant results with specialized procedures. In other cases, balance and coordination training diminish the symptoms and allow you to move without dizziness or vertigo.

Our expert physical therapists have years of training in movement and balance analysis. We evaluate your leg strength, movement, balance reflexes and much more to determine exactly where your balance problem lies. We then formulate a complete treatment plan that will improve your balance and train you on what you can do to maintain the improvement.

Pelvic Physical Therapy

Pelvic health physiotherapy is the assessment and treatment of various conditions that involve the pelvic floor or symptoms that manifest in this area. It can be a crucial part of an individual’s complete medical care. The pelvic floor includes muscles, ligaments, nerves and connective tissue. It plays an important role in the body by providing support for the bladder, genitals, uterus and anus.
 

If you experience any of the symptoms below, you will benefit from pelvic floor physiotherapy:
Urgency, Nocturia, Constipation, Frequency, Incontinence, Pelvic Pain & Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome

Pediatric Program

Clearwater Physical Therapy is proud to present our Clearwater Pediatric Program! This program is to serve and assist families who have children with disabilities and delays in our community. We offer programs to infants, children, and teens. We are focused on assisting families to help make a lifelong difference. We recognize that there may be struggles when parenting and raising a child with disabilities and delays ; we want to help families and support with programming and knowledge.   Our goal is to empower all children to be successful in life.
 

Our focus is to meet the needs of families and children with issues or problems  in:  gross & fine motor development, cognition and emotional development, play and socialization, sensory integration, self-care, body awareness skills, and diagnoses.  

Massage Therapy

At Clearwater Physical Therapy, our Registered Massage Therapists (RMT) are all trained in Therapeutic Massage. Webster’s Dictionary defines therapeutic as “producing good effect on your body and mind” and massage as ” manipulation of tissues ( as by rubbing, kneading, or tapping) with the hand for therapeutic purposes”

Physicians often refer patients to a RMT as they recognize massage therapy as an effective treatment for their patients’ conditions. RMTs combine modern science and ancient philosophies through the utilization of specific techniques and modalities.  RMTs are health care professionals that are able to effectively treat musculoskeletal disorders and work with a broad variety of people with illnesses, injuries, and disabilities.

Our RMT staff is committed to providing the very best in one-on -one patient care and work closely with other health care professionals to insure the best results possible.

 
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Pre & Post Natal Massage

Pre-Natal Massage is a gentle and safe massage program to ease the strain of pregnancy. We utilize a pregnancy body cushion (allows you to lay on your stomach) during pre-natal massage to make our clients as comfortable as possible!

Benefits of Massage Therapy for pregnant women:

  •  Reduce stress and promote general well-being.

  • Helps the mother’s body to eliminate waste products through the lymphatic and circulatory systems, which combat fatigue and helps the mother feel more energetic.

  • By aiding circulation, eases the load on mothers heart which helps to keep her blood pressure in check.

  • Muscular discomforts, such as cramping, tightening, stiffness, tension and knots can all be alleviated.

  •  Help relieve symptoms of depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes.

  •  Relieves many of the normal discomforts during pregnancy, such as backaches, neck stiffness, leg cramps, headaches, edema, and sore, swollen ankles and feet.

  •  Increases local and general blood circulation, which brings more oxygen and nutrients to the cells of both the mother and fetus.

  •  Stimulates glandular secretions, which helps stabilize hormone levels.

  •  Relaxes tense muscles and tones loose muscles, and can also increase muscular flexibility- important during last trimester.

  • Helps to soothe and relax nervous tension, which helps the mother sleep more easily and more deeply.

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Relaxation Massage

Relaxation massage is a gentle Swedish massage that uses smooth, gliding strokes to help you relax.  The Massage Therapist will move at a slower pace and use lighter pressure. There is less emphasis on working out serious adhesions or “knots” in the muscle tissue, which can be uncomfortable and cause some people tense up against the pressure.

In a Relaxation massage, the therapist won’t push your pain limits in order to get the muscle to release. You might even fall asleep!  It’s a good choice for someone who is getting a massage for the first time, or someone who just wants to bring their stress level down.

Relaxation massage is also good for someone who get massage as a special treat once a year.  It’s not realistic to expect that you can get rid of all your knots in one massage. But to drift into a deeply relaxed state in fifty minutes — that’s doable!

There are substantial health benefits to a relaxation massage.  Gentle massage stimulates sensory nerve endings in the skin, which transmit messages through the nervous system and cause the brain to release endorphins.  These are the body’s natural painkillers, feel-good chemicals that create a sense of well-being.

Massage further aids relaxation by stimulating the body’s parasympathetic nervous system, sometimes called the “rest and digest system.”  Blood pressure decreases, heart rate slows, and digestive activity increases. Relaxation massage also increase blood circulation and stimulates the body’s lymphatic system, which carries away waste products.

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Therapeutic Sports Massage

Sports massage therapy is geared toward varies types of athletes. From the beginners/ weekend runners to the high endurance competitive athletes and professionals. This type of massage techniques are specific to the athlete’s sport of choice. Focusing on areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive and often aggressive movements.

Aspects of sports massage therapy are gaining popularity as useful components in a balanced training regimen. Sports massage therapy can be used as a means to enhance pre-event preparation and reduce recovery time for maximum performance during training or after an event. Athletes have discovered that specially designed sports massage promotes flexibility, reduces fatigue, improves endurance, helps prevent injuries and prepares their body and mind for optimal performance.

One of the key benefits of Sports massage therapy compared to other modalities is its ability to target muscle-tendon junctions. A 2010 study in the journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that even a 30-second massage improved hip-flexor range of motion. Another study conducted by Margaret Jones, Ph.D. of the American College of Sports Medicine, demonstrated a notable trend toward decreased muscle soreness in the athletes who received massage either before or after exercise.
 

For anyone participating in regular physical activity, Sports massage therapy every week or two may be a great addition to your normal regimen. It’s best to talk with one of our highly trained Registered Massage Therapists to find a plan that will work best with your schedule, level of activity and budget.
 

We also are able to Direct Bill many insurance companies, call now and find out information about your benefit provider.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronic aches and pains and contracted areas such as stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.

Some of the same strokes are used as classic massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain in order to reach the sub-layer of muscles and the fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles).

Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as chronic muscle pain, injury rehabilitation, and the following conditions:

  • Chronic pain

  • Lower back pain

  • Limited mobility

  • Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury)

  • Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Postural problems

  • Muscle tension in the hamstrings, glutes, IT band, legs, quadriceps, rhomboids, upper back

  • Osteoarthritis pain

  • Sciatica

  • Piriformis syndrome

  • Tennis elbow

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Muscle tension or spasm

  • After a workout or bodybuilding

 

Custom Knee Bracing

Clearwater Physical Therapy will assist you on finding the right top of the line protection that is custom and prefabricated Bracing. We have a large range of custom and prefabricated braces ideal for everyone and their everyday needs. We fit braces for athletes, pre and post surgeries, prevention, return to work, ROM, stability, osteoarthritis and maintenance.

We can help you with custom and prefabricated knee braces, osteoarthritis bracing, post-op bracing, splints, ankle bracing and support, spine bracing, upper extremity bracing. We are able to offer you a wide range of custom bracing, from companies that have been pioneers to their functional products. DonJoy, Ossur are just a few of our options.

Custom Knee Braces

Custom Braces offer a perfect fit for extreme, water, contact and non-contact sports. Bracing is also available for knee osteoarthritis. DonJoy pioneered the concept of functional knee bracing over 30 years ago. They have led the profession ever since by Studying the body, listening to the athletes, and consulting physicians. These braces are no longer just for the extreme athlete but used by ever person, functioning in their activities of daily living.

  • Prevent knee ligament injuries

  • Prevent further risk of injury

  • Moderate to severe ACL or PCL instabilities

  • ACL/PCL combined instabilities

  • MCL/LCL instabilities

  • ACL or RCL reconstructions

  • Prophylactic use

 

 

 

DonJoy

  • Patented clinically-proven FourcePoint hinge technology

  • Over 40 custom frame colours and graphics

  • Reinforced carbon composite frame

  • High strength stainless steel frames

  • DropLock Hinge

  • Low Profiles
     

For more information on DonJoy please go to www.djoglobal.com

Prefabricated Braces

Clearwater Physical Therapy has access to a large assortment of off the shelf braces that will support you in your recovery. Bracing can be use in your rehabilitation for support and prevention during injury, pre or post-surgery.

  • Knee ligament

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Range of Motion

  • Drop foot

  • Patellofemoral

  • Spine

  • Upper Extremity (slings, shoulder cradles, elbow/wrist/thumb supports

FootMaxx Orthotic

Clearwater Physical Therapy offers services for custom foot orthotics. We work with Footmaxx custom orthotics. They are designed to provide maximum foot control by combining four layers (top cover, cushioning, module and bottom reinforcement) with accommodations to create the best orthotic for each patient. They offer excellent motion control without added bulk or discomfort.

Footmaxx orthotics are handcrafted for people who require better foot function in everyday activities from work to play. They are firm enough to provide control, yet flexible enough to offer all-day comfort.

(Add extra information from this website: http://www.footmaxx.com/technology/interpreting-metascan)

It’s as easy as calling and booking a 15 minute appointment. Having our Athletic Therapist conduct a gait assessment, personal history and the metascan. We process his information and order you a pair of orthotics that will meet your feets’ expectations.

**Not all insurance companies will cover Footmaxx Orthotics products.

 
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