Manual therapy is a “hands-on” treatment approach which includes the mobilization of bones and joints and the manipulation of soft tissues such as muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves. The goal of manual therapy is to restore mobility, activate proper muscle tone and help alleviate the discomfort associated with injury, disease, or overuse.
Karina has done extensive post graduate training though the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (CAMPT) and has completed her fellowship, an internationally-recognized qualification in hands-on manual and manipulative therapy. She is trained to use her hands to diagnose and treat movement restrictions in the spine, arms and legs.
Common injuries treated include:
Back and neck pain
Knee ligament and patellar tracking dysfunction
Arthritis – especially in hip and knees joints
Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
Shoulder impingements and rotator cuff injuries
Tennis and golfer’s elbow
A typical assessment includes looking at the site of pain as well as the structures above and below it to determine the cause of the problem. An assessment may include analysing your specific joint stability, movement and function as well as testing you strength, muscle-length, balance, posture and walking pattern.