Our official company name is Symmetry Injury Rehabilitation Ltd. and we are certainly experts in that field. We want you to know though, that there are many other issues that may be affecting you or your family members that we can help with. Here are some examples of the additional services we provide in Chilliwack.
Chilliwack Occupational Therapy Services
The goal of Occupational Therapy is to optimize independence in activities of daily living. The term “occupational” doesn’t just apply to a paying job, but also to self-care, social activities, and recreation.
For children with conditions that require the use of prosthetic, braces, wheelchairs, or other adaptive devices, occupational therapists ensure proper fitting and use, and can help optimize physical function with a personalized exercise program. Helping young children feed themselves, use the washroom, and engage in play, builds independence and resilience.
Our Chilliwack Occupational Therapy team also works with children with developmental delays. Along with other therapies, occupational therapy can play a significant role in helping children master new physical and cognitive skills.
For teens with congenital or chronic conditions, the teen years growth spurts means frequent monitoring of the continued appropriateness of adaptive devices and strategies. Occupational therapists are specifically trained to determine the correct size, fitting, and use of, devices like wheelchairs. Modification of other aspects of daily living may also change during this life stage, as teens seek greater independence and personal privacy. Our occupational therapy professionals can help find a safe balance between total dependence and total independence.
For adults, many aches and pains just seem to appear without any reason. When these interfere with work, self-care, or leisure pursuits, Occupational Therapy can help. Learning to do things a little differently, can be of great benefit in alleviating recurrent pain.
For seniors, our Occupational Therapists work with clients and their families to help you maintain your independence and quality of life. We can advise you on what to expect with the progression of an illness, and how to mitigate expected decline in your ability to manage. Preparing in advance to strengthen certain muscles, or learning a new way to complete a daily activity can help to minimize the impact.
Our Chilliwack Occupational Therapy team also works with seniors who have suffered stroke, cardiac events, and other sudden-onset conditions, to retrain the brain and physiological systems to minimize deficits due to damaged areas.
Chilliwack Kinesiology Services
Kinesiology is the study of human movement. As experts in the complex neural networks and physical mechanisms that allow us to move, kinesiologists help us understand the processes involved in movement, identify problems, and develop strategies to improve our health, function, and physical performance objectives.
For children, kinesiologists work with other therapy disciplines to identify issues and develop strategies for improvement. Our Chilliwack Kinesiology team can be particularly useful in devising strategies to meet specific objectives in mobility challenged children or those with developmental delays. With their in-depth knowledge of nervous and muscular systems, they are able to pin-point the source of difficulties and recommend options for improvement or adaptation.
Kinesiologists also work with young athletes destined for elite status. Consulting with parents, coaches, and their client, a kinesiologist can provide objective advice regarding optimum performance while ensuring the safety and well-being of the child.
For teens, particularly those with professional athletic ambitions, the transition from childhood to adulthood can be frustrating. With genetics playing a huge part in the timing and sequence of puberty, objectives need to be feasible to be attainable. Our Chilliwack Kinesiology team works with teens to help them understand these physiological changes and how they can effect performance, while encouraging continued practice.
Kinesiology isn’t just about athletes though. In addition to contributing to performance improvement and injury recovery, a kinesiologist can help correct issues, like poor posture resulting from a growth spurt, which can lead to chronic back pain.
They can also help teens with progressive illnesses to prepare for future challenges, optimizing function and minimizing deficits.
For adults, a kinesiologist is again often involved in the training of elite and professional athletes. They can also be of great benefit to those seeking a career where physical performance is a requirement, such as firefighting or policing.
Adults who are experiencing muscular or joint pain may also find relief in the diagnosis and treatment of a kinesiologist.
Chilliwack Physiotherapy Services
A physiotherapist’s general goal is to maximize the capacity for physical movement. Focusing on gross motor skills, physiotherapy utilizes a variety of techniques to increase range of motion and strength, while decreasing any pain or discomfort.
For children, physiotherapy is often part of a comprehensive plan to address congenital conditions or delays in development such as crawling, walking, or self-feeding. Our Chilliwack Physiotherapy team, along with experts from our Kinesiology and Occupational Therapy Departments, work with children and their caregivers to promote gross motor skills advancement including strength and balance.
For teens with chronic conditions, or the onset of illness or muscular or joint pain, a physiotherapist can help to alleviate discomfort and increase strength and endurance. A personalize exercise routine, along with other therapeutic techniques, may be of benefit for teens with issues such as arthritis or “growing pains.”
For adults, back and shoulder pain are common reasons to seek physiotherapy. While the term “injury” is often thought of as a sudden-onset event, injuries can also occur as a result of frequent repetitive movements. Pain and discomfort can also arise from things like wearing shoes that do not provide sufficient support, or using a computer keyboard at the wrong height for your stature. Physiotherapy can help alleviate the pain, and provide expert advice to prevent future occurrences.
For seniors, particularly those with chronic conditions such as osteoporosis or arthritis, physiotherapy can help to undo bad habits, manage chronic conditions, and help to prevent future injuries. Based on your health, medical conditions, and current issues, our physiotherapist will provide treatment, as well as developing a customized program of exercises to keep you feeling strong.
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