Physiotherapists use their hands, mechanical and electrical machines as well as natural elements like heat and cold to assist clients in the alleviation of pain, restoration to good health and enhancement of function. Physical exercises designed to develop the patient's muscle tone and strength are a core part of a physiotherapy plan. To help their patients physiotherapists may also use manipulation techniques such as stretching designed to prevent recurrence of injuries, and to avoid making an injury worse.


Kinesiologists focus on the mechanics and anatomy of the human body. They specialize in the analysis of human movement to help individuals cop and recover from their physical injuries or illness. They aim to rehabilitate by educating and demonstrating proper muscle movements to their patients. They also prescribe exercises to prevent injuries such as sprains, which impede movement, and reduce physical pain that a patient undergoes during his/ her daily activities.

Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy is the scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body to normalize those tissues. It consists of manual techniques that include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, or causing movement of or to the body. Some examples of the benefits are:  

  • Reducing Anxiety
  • Improving pulmonary function in young asthma patients
  • Reducing psycho-emotional distress in persons suffering from chronic inflammatory bowel disease
  • Improving motor development

Some medical conditions that massage therapy can help with are:

  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Arthritis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Repetitive motion injuries
  • Chronic and temporary pain
  • Tension headache
  • Digestive disorders
  • Insomnia
  • Sporting juries
  • Lymphatic drainage
  • Circulatory problems
  • Depression


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Chiropractic is a hands-on health care discipline that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of neuromusculoskeletal conditions. Chiropractors focus on the treatment of muscles and joints through the use of spinal and extremity joint manipulation, soft tissue therapy and modalities to decrease pain and increase functioning. Chiropractic can help treat back pain, neck pain, sports injuries, repetitive strain injuries, disc herniations, arthritic conditions and many other musculoskeletal disorders. 


Acupuncture is a form of treatment used in both Traditional and Classical Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture is based on the principle that there are energetic pathways, or channels, throughout the body that influence associated internal organs and structures. Energy from these pathways surfaces at various points on the body, identified as acupuncture points. Each of these acupuncture points serves as a tunnel, or access route, to the deeper circulatory channels within the body. The Acupuncturist uses extremely fine gauge needles and inserts the needles at these selected points, stimulating these points and thereby activating the body’s natural healing abilities. Acupuncture helps to reduce pain locally where the needles are inserted and throughout the body. Acupuncture affects the brain and produces a calming effect and a sense of well-being. It inactivates myofascial trigger points. Acupuncture's positive effects accumulate when repeated.

Foot Orthotics

An 'orthotic' is a device designed to restore your natural foot function. Many 'biomechanical' (walking) complaints such as heel pain, arch pain, shin pain, achilles pain, flat feet, knee pain and lower back pain are caused by poor foot function. Designed to control foot functions by treating walking imbalances by biomechanical conditions, foot orthotics are shoe inserts that are engineered to eliminate discomfort while making standing, walking, and running more comfortable and efficient. Wearing foot Orthotics re-aligns the foot and ankle bones to their neutral position, thereby restoring natural foot function. In turn this helps alleviate problems in other parts of the body.


Compression Stockings

Medical compression stockings are specialized hosiery to improve venous and lymphatic blood flow in your lower extremities. These stockings are designed to apply graduated pressure to alleviate circulatory problems such as edema, phlebitis and thrombosis. People that experience any of the following conditions can benefit from wearing compression stockings.

  • Mild, moderate or severe varicose veins
  • Family history of venous leg disorder
  • Pregnant women
  • Swollen feet, ankles, and legs
  • Tired, aching, fatigued legs
  • Individuals that stand or sit for long periods of time
  • Lymphatic Edema
  • Overweight
  • Individuals prone to blood clotting
  • Orthostatic Hypotension
  • Chronic venous insufficiencies
  • Prevention of Recurrent Venous Ulcers
  • Chronic Venous Insufficiency
  • Post Schlerotherapy and Surgical Edema

With a variety of shades and styles such as thigh-high, knee-high trousers, and maternity pantyhose. These stockings are fashionable for men and women and they are comfortable to wear all day.

Come into Ridgeway Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Clinic and have our specialists answer all of your questions about any of our services!