Physiotherapy & Acupuncture Vernon BC

meet our team

Gail McArdle provides care with clinical excellence in Vernon. Call our physiotherapist at (250) 540-1262.

Medical Services Plan

Take a look at our assistance towards the cost of physiotherapy treatments.

ICBC

Learn more about the process for ICBC covered physiotherapy treatments.

Our team is unable to offer treatments to WSBC patients at this time.

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy helps to reduce pain, improve mobility and restore function, as well as contributing to overall improvements in fitness and health. There are a wide range of treatments available, including hands on treatments, acupuncture, Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) and exercise to help you achieve your goals.

Our patients range from those who have had major injuries through motor vehicle accidents, through to minor sprains and strains and anywhere in between, including sports injuries, arthritis, fractures, pre- and post-surgery and everyday aches and pains.

TELEHEALTH APPOINTMENT

Stay in the comfort of your own home for your physiotherapy appointment! We meet through a video connection, similar to a Skype or Facetime call, where I can take a history, perform an assessment, and get you going with advice and exercises. I can also teach you some self mobilizations and acupressure points

Telehealth appointments are relatively new and have really taken off since the COVID-19 pandemic, as a way of maintaining treatment while we stay at home.

Many insurance companies are covering these visits, check with your insurance company if your own policy covers this.

Acupuncture

The success of acupuncture is largely tied to its unique approach to healing. Traditionally, acupuncture has focused on restoring the flow of the body’s vital substances which allows the body to heal itself.

To accomplish this, acupuncturists focus on creating a balance between the body's organ systems so that it can function properly. Ancient Chinese medical practitioners labeled one of the body’s vital substances as Qi (chee). Qi is what allows a person to function and is responsible for determining a person’s health state.

HOW PHYSIOTHERAPY WORKS

Physiotherapy is a multi-faceted approach, all geared towards restoring you to full function
Often, several physiotherapy modalities will be used in conjunction to achieve this, reducing pain and stiffness, improving flexibility and strength.

Physiotherapy helps to reduce pain, improve mobility and restore function, as well as contributing to overall improvements in fitness and health. There are a wide range of treatments available, including hands on treatments, acupuncture, Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) and exercise to help you achieve your goals.

We offer manual therapy treatments, exercise, acupuncture and Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) to get your body moving as it should. You can find more information about each treatment below. 

Types of Physiotherapy

Manual Therapy

Myofascial Release

A gentle hands-on technique to release muscle tightness and stiffness in fascia, a connective tissue that runs through muscle, as well as all other tissues in the body. Tightness often results from pain, injury or lack of movement. This treatment improves the health and mobility of the tissues, allowing more efficient use of the body. If you have an issue that gets better, then recurs, or never fully settles down, there is probably a degree of myofascial restriction.

Joint Mobilizations

Gliding stiff joints to reduce pain, restore movement and allow effective rehabilitation by improving the posture of affected joints and, in turn, the body as a whole.

Neural Mobilizations

Nerve tissue does not stretch, and therefore needs to be able to glide through the tissues to function well. Restricted nerve mobility is often responsible for sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome and pins and needles or numbness in other areas or the hands and feet. Restoring the normal glide to affected nerves can significantly reduce these symptoms in many cases.

Exercise

Appropriate rehab is the key to making a good recovery and maintaining health, allowing you to function at your best. Strong muscle support joints and minimize the risk of future recurrence of your symptoms. Your exercise programme will be tailor-made to your specific needs and progressed as you gain flexibility and strength. 

You can find more information about Physiotherapy and its many uses and benefits here.

HOW ACUPUNCTURE WORKS

While the study of acupuncture is complex, practitioners focus on stabilizing the pathways of the energy (Qi) which flows through various vessels (meridians) in the body. It is believed that when these meridians become unbalanced, the cells, organs, and tissues within the body are deprived of their necessary nutrition and other vital substances.

Conversely, if these vessels are opened up and remain open, healing is supported and normal function in the body can be restored.

Acupuncture is believed to have originated around 2500 years ago in China and has been a major part of Chinese medicine, used to promote well-being and to treat many medical conditions. Acupuncture is thought to open the energy (Chi) channels that run through the body, unblocking stagnant areas and therefore providing optimal conditions for your body to heal itself.

Fine, sterile needs penetrate the skin easily, and are left in situ for around 15-20 minutes and may be stimulated by twisting the needle. Benefits include endorphin release, increased circulation, and relief of muscle spasm. Acupuncture is a comfortable and relaxing treatment and works in about 80% of people. Most patients notice some improvement within a couple of sessions, and there is a cumulative effect, with each treatment building on the one before. You should, therefore, be prepared to try 4 sessions before you discount acupuncture as not working for you. 

How IMS Works

Any kind of chronic pain from sciatica, arthritis, a pinched nerve or many other disorders can be upsetting. Treating nerve pain with traditional medicine is difficult as often nerve pain does not respond to prescription pain relief including narcotics. Intramuscular Stimulation in Vernon is accepted as a viable form of health-care treatment. Our team is here to help.

IMS is a needling technique using needles slightly thicker than acupuncture needles to release short, tight muscles that can compress joints and nerves, and therefore provoke and sustain pain for long periods of time.

Sterile needles are inserted into these muscles, causing a relaxation effect, providing relief of pain and stimulating blood flow to aid in healing. The nerve and surrounding tissues become desensitized. The initial sensation can be a cramping feeling as the muscle grips on to the needle, followed by a feeling of release. There may be some short-lasting muscle soreness (similar in sensation to after a gym workout), but the feeling of release is immediate.

It may take a few sessions to get long-lasting relief, as muscle memory can cause the muscles to tighten again; usually, the benefit from treatment is cumulative and treatments can be spaced out after the first 2 weeks.

Further information on IMS can be found on Chan Gunn's website.

Contact Arise Physiotherapy and Acupuncture in Vernon today and we will be more than happy to help.

Before Your Appointment

When you arrive, you will be asked to complete a brief intake form and sign a consent form. Please bring your care card/driving license with your personal health number and your extended medical insurance details if you would like me to bill your provider directly. ICBC patients, please bring your claim number. 

Please wear comfortable clothing. It is beneficial to bring a tank top for shoulder problems and shorts for lower limb issues, but I do have these items available in the clinic if you don't have them on hand.

What To Expect

NEW PROCEDURES

As we reopen, the safety of patients and staff is at the forefront

In line with guidelines from the BC Centre for Disease Control, we are taking the following measures:

  • Minimizing the number of people in the building together, by staggering start times for staff, seeing only one patient at a time, asking people to wait in the car until their appointment time and practising physical distancing measures in the clinic where possible. We also ask that you attend your appointment alone unless you need assistance.
  • Screening – your physio will call you the day before your appointment to ask you a series of questions relating to COVID-19. If you are sick, you will be asked to call 811 and we will reschedule your appointment for when you are recovered. If you have to bring someone with you to assist, they will also be screened.

We will also ask you the same screening questions on the day when you attend your appointment.

You can find the BCCDC self-screening tool online here.

  • When you arrive, you will be asked to wash your hands, and we will go straight into a treatment room
  • Hand Hygiene – both patients and staff will be asked to wash their hands on entering and before leaving the building. Hand sanitizer (>70% alcohol) will also be available throughout the clinic
  • PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) will be worn as appropriate depending on the clinical situation If you would like to wear a mask and have one at home, please bring it with you. I will have masks available for you if you need one.

If you have a chronic medical condition or a compromised immune system, you have a higher chance of contracting COVID-19 and an increased risk of more severe symptoms.

Please read this document relating to this here.

  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedures, using Health Canada recommended disinfectant and BCCDC cleaning rota

You will undergo a thorough assessment to establish the root cause of your symptoms, consisting of relevant questions and a physical examination, at the end of which, we will establish treatment options and goals and determine a suitable treatment plan.

Your first visit will last around 45-60 minutes, follow-up appointments range from 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on your needs and preferences.

Feel free to call (250) 540-1262 with any questions you may have.

HOW TO CHOOSE A Vernon Physiotherapist

The following pointers can be useful in helping you find the best physiotherapist for you in Vernon. Often times when people are looking for a physiotherapist in Vernon, they simply go straight to Google and choose the first result they see.

However, a physiotherapist who is coming up first in a Google search should not automatically become your first choice for care. Consider the following steps to find the best physiotherapist for you.

Time Needed: 5 minutes

Total Cost: CAD 0.00

Things Needed ?
- Computer or Phone
Required tools:
- Google Search

THE 4 SIMPLE STEPS TO CHOOSING A Vernon physiotherapist

STEP 1: START A GOOGLE SEARCH

First, enter any of the options below in the search bar:

  • Physiotherapist Vernon
  • Physiotherapist V1T 9G1
  • Physiotherapist near me
  • Best physiotherapist in Vernon
STEP 2: CHECK OUT THEIR WEBSITE

The top Vernon physiotherapists put just as much thought into their site as they do in their overall practice. In looking over their website, you should get a sense if they might be the best physiotherapist for you.

STEP 3: READ THEIR REVIEWS

Find the Google Business Page of a physiotherapist office you are considering for care. It's one thing for a physiotherapist to claim they can help, it's another to see patients leave their happy reviews providing proof.

STEP 4: CALL THE OFFICE

After getting a general overview of what the clinic offers, call the the office to see if they match the messaging that their site and Google My Business have portrayed. After a brief talk with the office, you will find out if they are the the right fit for your health goals.

Office Hours

Monday
Closed


Tuesday
11:00am - 6:00pm


Wednesday
11:00am - 6:00pm


Thursday
8:00am - 3:00pm


Friday
8:00am - 2:00pm


Saturday
Closed