What can our Physiotherapist treat?

  • Arthritis
  • Neck/Back Pain
  • Whiplash and Car Accident Injuries
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Chronic pain management
  • Frozen shoulder/shoulder pain
  • Pregnancy-related joint and muscle issues
  • Strains/Sprains
  • Tendonitis/Tendonosis
  • Vertigo and Vestibular dysfunction, imbalance
  • Post-Fracture or post surgical rehabilitation​ 
  • ​Pelvic Floor Weakness

Are there complications associated with Trigger Point Dry Needling? 

Common minor complications that usually resolve on their own include:

  • Bleeding
  • Bruising
  • Pain during treatment
  • Pain following treatment

Less common complications that can range from mild to significant include:

  • Aggravation of symptoms
  • Drowsiness
  • Fatigue
  • Feeling faint
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Release of emotions
  • Feeling shaky
  • Numbness
  • Nerve irritation

A stuck or bend needle is a very uncommon but significant complication that may require medical attention. Serious complications are very rare and usually require attention from other health-care providers such as:

  • Breakage of the needle in the body
  • Infection
  • Puncture of vital tissue ( eg. puncture of a lung tissue causing it to collapse which is called pneumothorax)



Can the risks of complications be reduced?

Yes! To reduce the impact of complications you can:

  • Eat before your appointment
  • Show up well rested to your appointment
  • Tell your physiotherapist if you have any concerns, including past experiences where you have fainted from receiving a needle
  • Let you physiotherapist know if you experience pain, dizziness, nausea, shortness of breath or feeling unwell
  • Follow you physiotherapist's advice about positioning and movement during and after treatment
  • Inform your physiotherapist of any changes to medications such as blood thinners or pain relievers

Communicating with your physiotherapist during and after is very vital in making sure you are on the right path! Discuss your treatment and ensure that any questions or concerns are answered. You can request your physiotherapist stop needling at any time.

What do Physiotherapists do?

Physiotherapists are healthcare practitioners who are highly-educated in physical function, movement, and mobility.

They assess, diagnose, and provide treatment that helps to restore, maintain, and maximize optimal function and overall quality of life. Whether due to injury, aging, disability, or health condition, physiotherapists can help patients understand the cause of their symptoms, how to self-manage their symptoms, and how to prevent recurrences/re-injury.

Physiotherapists are primary care providers, you do NOT need a physician's referral to see a physiotherapist!

What is Vestibular Rehabilitation (VR)?

Vestibular Rehabilitation is an exercise-based program designed to improve balance and reduce dizziness-related problems.

BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo) or "vertigo" is a very specific type of dizziness, where you feel like the world is spinning around you and is usually associated with head movements. (e.g., rolling over in bed, getting into/out of bed, bending over/coming up from bending, tipping your head up).

Dizziness is a general term for sensations of lightheadedness, faintness, and unsteadiness that does not involve a rotational component.

Our Physiotherapist will assess you to determine if you have vertibular dysfunction that can be treated with VR. If you have BPPV, this can be treated with specialized manoeuvers...

​Physical Therapy

What treatment techniques/skills does our Physiotherapist use?

  • Education
  • Mechanical assessment and treatment of the spine
  • Manual therapy
  • Individualized therapeutic exercise programs
  • Trigger point dry needling
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation​​​
  • ​Woman's health/pelvic floor rehab
  • Ultrasound
  • IFC

What is Trigger Point Dry Needling?

Trigger Point Dry Needling  involves inserting thin needles into tight, irritable muscles. This is to create changes to the muscles and connective tissue (fascia), also stimulates nerves to help release the body's own painkiller.

Are there different treatments that would work?

Yes. Trigger Point Dry Needling is one of the many techniques your physiotherapist may use, as some people have a fear or history of fainting. See treatment techniques/skills above for alternate treatments!  Discussing with your physiotherapist your history will give them a better idea of what treatment would be the best suited for you. 

What should I expect from treatment?

Based on your condition and treatment goals will determine the location and number of needles used. When the needle is inserted into the muscle, up to several centimeters deep, sometimes your muscle will twitch. 

Do all Physiotherapists preform Trigger Point Dry Needling?

No. Physiotherapists who preform trigger point dry needling must have completed training in addition to their university education. They must also receive approval to preform needling from their college and association, along with adhering to safe practice standards.

Health by Hamdon is proud to have Anjuli Sarna on hand to help with any injuries or ailments. She incorporates a one on one style so you can ensure that your condition or conditions will always be our number one priority.​​​  The one on one experience will most effectively and efficiently correct any health issue you may have. To do this she use a variety of different Physiotherapy treatments to ensure you are receiving the right treatment to ensure a healthy you!

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