Athletic Therapy

Toronto athletic therapist Sunny Marshall fixing low back pain

First things first, do you have to be an athlete to receive care from an Athletic Therapist? The Answer is NO!

Athletic therapists adhere to the Sports Medicine Model of care. They treat a variety of conditions and patients of all ages. Cases vary from kids with concussions to seniors preparing for and recovering from hip replacement surgery.  At Peridot Wellness, athletic therapy is a multimodal treatment system that begins with a functional assessment leading to an individualized treatment plan for musculoskeletal (muscles, bones, and joints) injuries for all ages.

 

The treatment varies but the objective doesn’t: an Athletic Therapist's goal is to help clients return to their usual activities, whether that means playing competitive sports or walking to the mailbox and back.

Manual Care

Manual care uses the hands as tools to manually make changes in the body.  We use different manual care techniques to address issues with the fascia, muscles, joints, ligaments, nerves and circulatory system (including the lymphatics).  

 

Your fascia is the interwoven connective tissue networking within the body. It encloses our muscles, organs, becomes ligaments and runs throughout the body. It is absolutely fascinating. It also has contractile properties, which can cause tension, pain and postural dysfunction. 

The muscles are more prone to strain, tearing and trigger points. Addressing specific muscle issues requires different manual care techniques to effectively treat these problems.

Our joints have different functions (mobility/stability), different compositions (synovial vs fibrous etc), and different articulations. Overall they require some degree of stability and some degree of mobility. With manual care we often are addressing mobility issues. We use gentle mobilizations (moving the joint passively) to help encourage mobility and reduce pain and pressure built up within the joint.

Our lymphatic system does not have a manual pump and therefore requires movement (manual or exercise) to help with circulation. Manual care can help reduce inflammation (either acute or chronic).

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Movement Training

Passive care can only take you so far.  Movement training (active care) is used and integrated into your treatment plan after your initial assessment. The goal of movement training is to focus on the quality of motion in order to address movement pattern dysfunction. This ultimately improves function, reduces pain and prevents further injury. It is also key to getting stronger and taking your athletic performance to the next level.  

 

Movement training with your athletic therapist will go through a personalized and progressive program. Your program is designed with your specific needs and goals in mind. Education is key, we want you to understand how your body moves, and what it is suppose to feel like when it moves properly.  

Exercise and physical conditioning is important to facilitate injury recovery, in preparation for strength training, to support your journey in fitness, reduce risk of injury, and help improve overall well being. Whatever your goals are, no matter your experience or lack thereof our athletic therapist is here to help guide you and most importantly help you gain physical literacy, knowledge, and confidence in how you move your body. 

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Cupping

Cupping is an ancient modality use to treat various tissues by placing cups on the skin to create suction. Cupping is often used to release tension in the fascia, skin, scar tissue, muscles, tendons, and promote a neural release. It also helps to relieve trigger points, increases local blood circulation which promotes tissue healing, improve lymphatic drainage and reduce inflammation.

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Concussion Management

Concussion management integrates neurocognitive function, musculoskeletal involvement/injury assessment, vestibular dysfunction, overall symptomatology and most importantly how you FEEL. Together we will develop an appropriate treatment plan and discuss any need for specialist  referrals.

Treatment includes education, manual therapy, progressive exercise programming (aerobic conditioning and strength and resistance training, return to school/sport/work guidance.  Concussion management is not linear and working with an athletic therapist means you will have support throughout your recovery. 

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Sport Performance 

Think of our movement training, but sport specific.  Our athletic therapist will first make sure you have the fundamentals of movement training down, then adapt to your sport specific requirements. Why?

Sports have a unique set of physical demands. Without proper training, these repetitive movements (stress) can lead to injury.  It is imperative when it comes to sport to not only be moving correctly, but also to cross train in order to prevent imbalances and compensational patterns. 

Athletic development training is designed to support, reduce risk of injury, and help improve your performance within your sport. It is a key component to take your sport performance to the next level and give you that competitive advantage. Whether you are runner, hockey player, dancer, cyclist, fencer, field hockey player, tennis player, golfer, swimmer, horse rider, or skier (the list is endless!) we are here to help!

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Youth and Teen Training

Youth and teen training is something we are very passionate about. Kids are in the process of constant learning and they are ultimately setting the building blocks for their futures.  It is common for parents to seek out athletic therapy for their children for sport performance (which is fantastic) but we encourage athletic therapy for all kids and teens (regardless of their involvement in competitive sports). Why? 

We often gravitate towards activities we are good at.  It is common that kids that see success in sport, are encouraged and motivated to continue and develop in that area. Kids that are less successful in sport tend to shy away or have less interest.  It is so important that we help these kids see success in movement and develop physical literacy. Feeling confident and comfortable in how your body moves is so encouraging. It motivates you to want to move and be active. It helps you feel better in your body because it improves posture, decreases strain, promotes strength and competency. 

 

We offer both one-on-one and small group classes specifically for youth. Our sessions are geared to support growth specific development stages. We focus on functional primal movements, strength, flexibility, mobility, and endurance. Our goal is to educate, encourage, and provide an environment that fosters curiosity, body awareness and confidence. 

 

We want youth and teens to feel good after a long day at their desk at school, we want them to try new activities, understand how to take care of injuries and know when to ask for help! 

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Private Yoga&Meditation

Our private/semi-private yoga sessions are with a certified yoga teacher and certified Athletic Therapist. This is a great way to begin a yoga practice or advance your practice with one-on-one attention.  With private/semi-private sessions you can ensure you are doing the poses correctly to prevent injury and improve strength and flexibility. No experience necessary!

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Common conditions treated
 
Growing pains • Tendonitis • Bursitis • sprains/strains • Ankle sprains • Meniscus injuries • Exercise conditioning • Acute or chronic injuries • Postural dysfunction • Neck pain • Tension headaches • Low back pain • Hip pain • Concussion management • Post fracture rehab • Post surgical care • Movement Development for recreational and/or sport performance • Support and treat symptoms that occur during developmental phases in youth • Everyday aches and pains