Symmetry Injury Rehabilitation Ltd. is a provider of Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Kinesiology, Vestibular Therapy, and related services. Learn more about these disciplines below, or more about us and our therapeutic services from the menu items above.
- Abbotsford Kinesiology
- Abbotsford Occupational Therapy
- Abbotsford Physiotherapy
- Abbotsford Vestibular Therapy
What a Kinesiologist does
Kinesiologists are experts in human movement, related body systems and mechanics, and how these relate to health and well-being. Kinesiologists assess an individual’s current state of health, develop objectives, and implement therapy programs to prevent injuries and chronic disease, recover from and manage injuries and chronic disease, or improve physical fitness and performance. We have eleven therapists available to our Abbotsford Kinesiology clients.
What to expect from our Abbotsford kinesiologist
Your Kinesiologist will take a detailed history during your first visit. They want to understand why you have come to them, how your difficulties impact your daily life, and what your goals for therapy are.
Your Kinesiologist will complete a comprehensive assessment of your range of motion, strength, balance, posture as well as complete an assessment of any specific injuries you may have.
If you have multiple injuries, concussions or a complex chronic condition, therapy may be prioritized to deal with the most important issue first. Smaller, progressive goals may be set.
What an Occupational Therapist does
Occupational Therapists, or OTs, specialize in activities of daily life. This includes self-care, work, and leisure pursuits. If performing these activities is hindered by injury, illness, concussions, genetic or acquired disability, your Occupational Therapist will devise a plan and provide therapy to increase your ability or modify the activity to maximize your capability to perform tasks independently. We have seven professionals available for our Abbotsford occupational therapy clients.
What to expect from our Abbotsford Occupational Therapy Professionals
An Occupational Therapist is likely to want to visit you in your home, at your workplace, or in a leisure setting. The environment can be very important in developing a plan to increase your safety, recovery, and new skills.
Your Abbotsford Occupational Therapy sessions may focus on techniques to alter the way in which a task is performed, the way external or sensory information is perceived, or the use of an adaptive device.
What a Physiotherapist does
A Physiotherapist, or Physical Therapist, specializes in gross motor skills, range of motion, strength, and endurance. They treat pain and functional limitations with methods that directly impact deficient or deformed areas of the body, such as massage or exercise. These methods may be combined with medications prescribed by your physician or procedures performed by your surgeon.
Physiotherapy’s general goal is to maximize the capacity for physical movement.
What to expect from our Physiotherapist
Your Physiotherapist will ask questions about your overall health as well as the specific issue for which you are seeking treatment. You will likely be asked to demonstrate certain movements and describe any difficulty or discomfort. Your assessment and treatment plan will depend largely on whether you have a defined injury, like an ankle sprain, or chronic condition such as arthritis.
Your Abbotsford physio sessions may involve physical exercises, hands-on massage techniques, the application of heat or ice, or the use of equipment to stimulate muscles or reduce inflammation. You may be asked to sit or lay down on a treatment bed. Wear clothing that is stretchy or easy to remove, to allow free movement and the injured area to be accessible.
In most cases, you will be given a plan of action to carry out on your own at home between appointments. It is important that you do these exercises or follow these recommendations. You can ask for written notes or ask to video your therapist performing the exercises to ensure that you do them correctly on your own.
What a Vestibular Therapist does
A Vestibular Therapist provides treatment to restore or maintain your sense of balance and direction. The most common vestibular issue is dizziness or vertigo, but vestibular problems can also affect vison. The human body’s vestibular system is located in the inner ear and can be impacted by illness, injury, or the dislocation of crystals that form inside the ear. In addition to dizziness, symptoms of a vestibular issue include nausea, inability to walk straight, leaning to one side, and light-headedness. Our Abbotsford based Vestibular Therapist works with clients throughout the Lower Mainland.
What to expect from your Vestibular Therapist
Vestibular disturbances can make you feel very unwell, like motion sickness. Your therapist will need to ask questions, but will make every effort to begin treatment right away.
Vestibular Therapy may include a series of head and body movements that are performed in a very specific manner and sequence. Exercises may be taught to decrease the impact of disease or injury to the vestibular system, and to compensate for environmental information (e.g. up and down, visual data) that is incorrectly processed.
It may also be important for you to rest after a therapy session. Talk to your therapist about self-care immediately following a treatment, as well as any recommended daily exercises.
Symmetry’s Registered Physiotherapists, Kinesiologists, and Occupational Therapists possess a high level of knowledge about injury rehabilitation. We strive to maintain a professional approach while motivating our clients.
Each of our Registered Therapists possess the following:
- Bachelors Degree in Physiotherapy, Human Kinetics, Kinesiology, or Occupational Therapy
- Registered with the BCAK, College of Physiotherapists of BC (CPTBC), or College of Occupational Therapists of BC (COTCB)
- Minimum 2 years experience in community – based rehabilitation
- Kinesiologists possess specialized training courses in Postural assessment, Core stabilization and Functional exercise prescription.
- OT’s possess successful completion of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists Certification exam.
- Kinesiologists and Occupational Therapists possess Brain Tree training (specialized courses for working with Brain Injured Clients)
- CPR & First Aid Certifications
- Comprehensive 5 Million Professional Liability and Commercial General Liability Insurance
Our Abbotsford Location
Symmetry Injury Rehabilitation Ltd.
34334 Forrest Terrace
Abbotsford, BC V2S 1G7