Hand Therapy services at IHC are provided by Michael Vallely, Co-Owner, Physiotherapist at the Mountain location ONLY of Innova Health Clinic. A Hand Therapist (HT) is a practitioner who has a minimum of 4000 hours of hand therapy experience in addition to his/her degree. Michael Vallely has 15 years (>15000 hours) of skills and professional experience dealing with hand and upper limb conditions.
A Hand Therapist has expertise in the assessment and management of any upper limb problem including but limited to:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Our HT can provide:
-Explanations to help understand your injury of condition and the anticipated recovery
-An individualized exercise program to gain back your movement and strength
-Wound care, swelling and scar management
-Desensitization for injuries that result in increased sensitivity to touch, cold, heat, etc
-Advice on positioning, work practice
-Consultation to determine the best path for you
Our hands are two of the most important parts of our body. Without the use of one or both of them, even the simplest everyday tasks become extremely challenging. It makes sense to trust the most important part of your body to professionals with expertise and specialized training. You wouldn't want a landscaper to fix your plumbing; you wouldn't want a physiotherapist to fix your car. A Hand Therapist is the best and most logical choice for hand and upper limb injuries.
IHC's Hand Clinic was the first on the Hamilton Mountain and has been an innovative part of the rehabilitation community for the past 50 years.
Patients often say "If only I could take you home with me!" Taping is a treatment technique that you take with you. It is also an extremely effective technique for reducing pain, preventing further injury and improving your function.
The tape supports the muscle or joint that is injured. It essentially gives the muscles a break so they can heal. The relaxation of the injured area facilitates an earlier return of movement and function.
Professionals at IHC have the knowledge and skill to apply the tape and provide bracing in a manner best suited to achieve the above goals.
For more information please contact the Mountain Location of IHC at 905-389-8772.
Injuries or conditions of the hand or wrist need specialized treatment from experts with advanced skills who understand the intricate and delicate nature of nerves, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, muscles, and joints. Our Hand Therapist, Michael Vallely, working directly with your Surgeon or Doctor, fabricates custom splints and provide therapies to help reduce swelling and pain, as well as restore strength, endurance, coordination, movement, and function.
Michael also provides custom made splints. With referrals from Surgeons throughout the region, Michael will build the splint that is right for your condition and educate you on how to get the best result.
Your custom splint is an invaluable part of your rehabilitation. A custom splint can prevent unnecessary complications, hasten recovery and decrease pain.
At IHC we are fortunate to have Physiotherapists with over 50 years of combined experience treating total joint replacements. The Total Joint Replacement Program guarantees you priority status and you will be booked for your assessment within 5 business days of your request. Physiotherapy should start immediately after your orthopedic surgery. You will likely need crutches or a walker for the first few weeks. Our post-surgical team works in consultation with your orthopedic surgeon to ensure a safe and speedy recovery.
An EARLY start to rehabilitation is can be critical to a good recovery.
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo(BPPV) is the most common cause of vertigo.
Benign - it is not life threatening
Paroxysmal - it comes in sudden, brief spells
Positional - it gets triggered by certain head positions or movements
Vertigo - a false sense of rotational movement
What Causes BPPV?
It is a mechanical problem with the inner ear that occurs when some of the calcium carbonate crystals that are normally embedded in gel in the utricle become dislodged and migrate into one or more of the 3 fluid-filled semicircular canals, where they are not supposed to be. When enough of the particles accumulate in one of the canals they interfere with the normal fluid movement that the body uses to sense head motion, causing the inner ear to send false signals to the brain.
There are two types of BPPV: one where the loose crystals can move freely in the fluid of the canal (canalithiasis), and one where the crystals are thought to be hung up on the bundle of nerves that sense the fluid movement (cupuloithiasis). With canalithiasis, it takes less than a minute for the crystals to stop moving after a particular change in head position has triggered a spin. Once the crystals stop moving, the fluid movement settles and the nystagmus and vertigo stop. With cupulolithiasis, the crystals stuck on the bundle of sensory nerves will make the nystagmus and vertigo last longer, until the head is moved out of the offending position. Treatment is different for each variant.
How is it Treated?
At IHC, our practitioners are trained to diagnose and treat BPPV. Once your health care provider whether it is canalithiasis or cupololithisasis, then they can take you through the appropriate treatment maneuver. The maneuvers make use of gravity to guide the crystals back to the chamber where they are supposed to be via a very specific series of head movements called Canalith Re-positioning Maneuvers.
If you are suffering from Vertigo, we can help. For more information or to book an appointment please Contact Us.
TMJ or Temporomandibular Joint dysfunction describes a variety of disorders affecting the joints, muscles and nerves of the jaw and face. TMJ can be caused by trauma, orthodontics, facial surgery and also can occur for no known reason.
These conditions often cause pain in the face, jaw and neck, difficulty opening/closing the mouth, difficulty chewing, headaches and stiffness. While symptoms can be very painful and uncomfortable, the condition is not generally serious.
The mandible (jaw bone) is the only movable bone in the head. It is under tremendous stress all day from talking, chewing, grinding and clenching of the teeth. The joint itself is complex, like a sticky drawer that requires a slight movement down before it comes out. There are also at 10 different muscles that attach to the mandible pulling it in 5 different directions.
At IHC, our experienced practitioners utilize a number of approaches to diagnose the underlying cause of the TMJ Disorder and to treat it. The appropriate treatment approach will determine which structures are affecting the movement of the TMJ. It will identify which muscles are tight, which muscles are on tension and it will correct them. Treatment is non-invasive and safe.
The key to our successful treatment of this condition is that we look both at the joint and beyond the joint, to determine what is actually causing the problem. If it turns out that there is a change to your joint that is irreversible, we can still help by optimizing the bony and muscular relationships in your head, neck and thorax to ensure that you are able to function as well as possible.
Don't suffer, call us to book a consultation to see how we can help you.
ART® is a patented, state-of-the-art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. ART® is effective in treating many acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions including headaches, neck pain, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shoulder pain, sciatica, knee pain, shin splints, and plantar fasciitis to name a few. All of these conditions share a common theme in that they are all often a result of overused muscles.
Acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc.)
The accumulation of small tears over time (micro-trauma)
Not getting enough oxygen to the muscles
The result of the above mechanisms causes your body to produce and lay down tough, dense scar tissue in the injured area. Scar tissue acts as glue between muscle tissue layers causing the muscles to get stuck, preventing free movement. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. The above may result in reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. Tingling, numbness, and weakness may occur with a trapped nerve. Muscles in your body are made to slide over top of each other and move freely to do their jobs. The purpose of ART® is to break up scar tissue within the muscle so this can happen effectively.
What is an ART® treatment like?
An ART® treatment is a combination of examination and treatment. The ART® provider is highly trained to use their hands to evaluate the texture, tightness, and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements. ART® is not a cookie-cutter approach. There are over 500 specific treatment protocols that are unique to ART® that are designed to allow the provider to identify and correct specific problems that are affecting each individual patient.
Is ART® the same as massage?
ART® is quite different from massage. Other types of massage do not allow for the proper tension on the muscles to break up scar tissue. With ART®, the providerâ€™s goal is to pry a muscle off of a muscle or a nerve off of a muscle by breaking up the scar tissue with their fingers. It is not a very relaxing technique and to be effective it may cause temporary discomfort to the patient.
Active Release Technique providers must attend workshops and pass a practical exam to become certified.