"Take care of your body and it will take care of you !" -- F4L

Location

3 - 2665 HENDERSON HIGHWAY
EAST ST PAUL, MB
 R2E 0C4, CANADA

 

Hours

Monday - Thursday: 7am - 8pm
Friday: 7am - 5pm
Saturday: 8:30am-4:30pm
Sunday: Closed

SERVICES

Schedule an appointment for one of our many services with our knowledgable team today. Use our Contact Us or call 204-813-FIT4 (3484).

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+ Physiotherapy +

Physiotherapy is a self-regulated profession that encompasses the training to treat a broad array of medical conditions. Physiotherapists have a University degree and are primary health care providers skilled to assess, diagnose, and treat a variety of health conditions. They incorporate their comprehensive knowledge of the human body and translate it into a customized treatment plan specific to the individual, injury, diagnoses and goals.

Acute Injury Care Management
Acute Injury Care Management of sprain or strains (for example, a sprained ankle, or strained calf muscle) will be offered. It’s our goal to accommodate our patients and provide immediate assessment; our management staff will try our best to ensure acute injuries receive same day assessment. (Excluding Sundays as clinic is closed.) Treatment will include education, exercise program, and manual therapy to minimize pain and swelling. Treatment may also include anti-inflammatory electrical modalities such as ultrasound, laser therapy and/or interferential current (IFC), application of ice, as well as, protective bracing/splinting/taping. Acupuncture may also be used upon patient consent to reduce swelling and pain.

Repetitive Strain and Sprain Injuries
Most repetitive strains or sprains come about due to training areas, underlying instability issues, and/or weaknesses in specific muscle groups. Treatment of these specific injuries would include thorough education, activity modification/ retraining, exercise prescription (range of motion/stretches, strength, and stability), as well as bracing, splinting or taping if the therapist deems this appropriate. Treatment may also include anti-inflammatory electrical modalities such as ultrasound, laser therapy, interferential current (IFC), or Acupuncture. All to facilitate improved function and minimize pain.

Sports Injuries
In the rehabilitation of sports related injuries it is imperative to assess and treat in a timely fashion in order to facilitate return to pre injury status and return to sport. Exercises prescribed will be sport specific to the athlete to maximize, strength, endurance, range of motion impairments and flexibility, as well as coordination and balance. Treatment may also include anti-inflammatory electrical modalities such as ultrasound, laser therapy, Interferential current (IFC), or Acupuncture. The goal is to achieve utmost athletic performance and minimize the risk of re injury in the future.

Pre and Post Surgical Rehabilitation
All Surgical diagnoses will be treated with an individualized program specific to your rehabilitation goals pre and post operatively. Our clinician’s are skilled in the physician protocols pertaining to your specific surgical interventions. They will assist you with exercise prescription, manual therapy and education. Whilst also communicating with the surgeon throughout your treatments with us to ensure continuity of care, an ideal recovery, as well as, optimal rehabilitation outcomes.

We also offer Post-Operative Hip and Knee Rehabilitation exercise programs. The exercise program will be designed by our Physiotherapist and instructed by our certified fitness trainer and Physiotherapist. Our Physiotherapist will attend the last 30 minutes of the class to assist with exercise instruction, answer any questions or concerns you may have, as well as, evaluate progress. We do require you to attend a mandatory Initial Physiotherapy assessment before commencing the program, as well as, 3 week follow up. A Post- Operative Rehabilitation program will help enhance your recovery and optimize the success of your joint replacement. This program runs twice a week for 4-6 weeks, depending on your recovery. The duration of the class is 1 hour. The cost is $20/class.

Arthritic Treatment

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis means inflammation of a joint. A joint is a part of the body where the bones intersect. Inflammation is a medical term encompassing pain, redness, stiffness, and swelling. Arthritis can occur at any joint in the body but it most commonly occurs in weight bearing joints such as the hip, knee and spine. Arthritis can be very painful and disabling if left untreated.

There are 100+ types of conditions that fall under the umbrella term of Arthritis; these conditions are all listed on the credible web page www.arthritis.ca.

What are common types of Arthritis treated by Physiotherapists?

The arthritic conditions that are more commonly treated by Physiotherapists are Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, as well as, Fibromyalgia.

Osteoarthritis is the most common form. It is often treated with medication, manual therapy, soft tissue release, exercise prescription, as well as education. Treatment may also include anti-inflammatory electrical modalities such as ultrasound, low level laser therapy, Interferential current (IFC), or Acupuncture.

Untreated inflammation can eventually lead to joint damage, destruction and disability. Undergoing treatment for your Arthritis can prevent it from worsening and thus potentially eliminate the need for joint replacement surgery in the future.

Manual Therapy
Physiotherapists are highly skilled and trained in manual (“hands on”) Physiotherapy. Our team feels Manual Therapy is an asset to overall patient recovery and symptom management such that we provide longer treatment times to ensure a more thorough treatment experience and more time for hands on manual therapy and one on one time with your Physiotherapist. Manual therapy involves the treatment of several musculoskeletal diagnoses by the use of the Physiotherapist’s hands. Such as, soft tissue release, acupressure or trigger point release, joint mobilizations and/or manipulation, manual traction (elongating the spine), passive stretches and/ or muscle energy techniques.

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) treatment
The Temporomandibular Joint connects your jawbone to the skull. Temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD) are conditions often triggered by teeth grinding, clenching, jaw injury or arthritis. TMD conditions often cause pain in front of the ear, the jaw, the mouth and often the pain radiates into the neck, and/or creating headaches. Physiotherapists will assess, diagnose and treat these conditions. As well as, refer the patient to other health care professionals including physicians and dentists if deemed necessary.

Graston Myofascial Technique
Our Physiotherapists are trained in this esteemed and innovative soft tissue technique. The use of these sophisticated stainless steel instruments allow Clinicians to identify and efficiently break down scar tissue and Myofascial adhesions, thus reducing pain and improving range of motion. The stainless steel instruments resonate over irregularities in soft tissue (the instrument will gently vibrate into the clinician’s hand. Thus this tool is not only highly effective for treatment of soft tissue adhesions but it also a valuable diagnostic tool for the Clinician).

Is this technique an extra fee outside my Physiotherapy rate of treatment?

This technique does not cost any extra and is just a part of your regular Physiotherapy session if your Clinician deems it appropriate.

Is the Graston Technique painful?

The Graston technique can be slightly painful, not any more so than soft tissue release. However, it can be more effective to debride scar tissue and soft tissue adhesions. Minor bruising can occur, however, due to the stainless steel instruments resonating over irregularities in soft tissue, thus resulting in minor disruption of capillaries of the skin hence leading to minor bruising.

Motor Vehicle Accident (MPI)
If you’ve unfortunately suffered a motor vehicle accident, Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) will compensate you for Physiotherapy treatments necessary in the amount pertaining to the degree of your injuries. It is important to call them in a timely fashion after your accident and make a bodily injury claim if you are suffering from symptoms.Your Physiotherapist will assess you and report their examination findings to MPI. Your treatment will then be categorized and your clinician will inform you of the number of visits deemed necessary to assist you in returning to your pre incident function.

Do I need to see my doctor prior to seeing a Physiotherapist after my accident?

You do not need to see your family physician prior to coming for Physiotherapy; we do not require a doctor’s note, as we’ll do our own thorough musculoskeletal assessment. If we deem you may benefit from any medicines or feel further investigation or imaging is required we will ask you to see your physician to address these concerns. As your family physician is important in your health care we always suggest you see him/her to let them know about the motor vehicle accident to ensure continuity of care.

What are common injuries Physiotherapist treat after motor vehicle accidents (MVA)? .

Common injuries include: Whiplash, muscle strains or tears, ligament sprains or tears, headaches, joint dislocations, fractures, TMJ (jaw) pain, as well as neck and low back pain.

What is the process for contacting MPI?

Contact MPI at 204-985-7000 and let them know you’d like to make a bodily injury claim. Report all symptoms you are experiencing post incident. They will then supply you with a claim number to keep for your records. This number will be different than your vehicle damage claim number.

Then you can contact us at 204-813-FIT4 (3484). Our friendly staff will set you up with a convenient appointment time. Let them know that you have made a bodily injury claim and supply them with the number. This will allow us to direct bill for your Physiotherapy appointments on your behalf.

Then when you come for your Initial Assessment your Physiotherapist will create a treatment plan for you. If temporary workplace restrictions or reduced hours are deemed appropriate this will be communicated to your case manager at MPI, as well as, your Employer. Your Physiotherapist will be in communication with MPI as your advocate throughout your entire Rehab process. We look forward to supporting you through your recovery process!

For more information on Manitoba Public Insurance visit their website at www.mpi.mb.ca

Workplace Injuries (WCB)
If you’ve unfortunately injured yourself in a workplace incident, the Worker’s Compensation Board (WCB) will compensate you for a Physiotherapy Initial Assessment once an injury claim has been made. Your Physiotherapist will conduct a thorough examination and report their findings to your case manager at WCB. Upon approval of your workplace injury claim, 20 Physiotherapist sessions will be authorized.

Your skilled clinician will devise a treatment plan including exercise prescription and education, providing you with the necessary tools to recover from all forms and grades of workplace injuries. If deemed appropriate temporary workplace restrictions or reduced hours will be communicated to your case manager at WCB, as well as, your Employer. Your Physiotherapist will be in communication with your WCB case manager as your advocate throughout your entire Rehab process. We look forward to supporting you through your recovery process!

For more information on the Worker’s Compensation Board call them at 204-954-4321 or visit their website at www.wcb.mb.ca

Reconditioning/Work Hardening Programs
Customized Reconditioning/Work hardening programs are designed for those injured in serious motor vehicle accidents, workplace injuries, or other significant trauma yielding moderate injuries and potential psychological stresses.

The goal of these programs is to facilitate a customized and progressive exercise program pertaining to the individual’s injuries, as well as, their specific job requirements. When it is deemed appropriate the patient will commence a graduated return to work program, easing them back into their workplace demands thus minimizing the risk of re-injury.

Their Physiotherapist, as well as, a personal trainer will be supervising and ensuring all exercises are performed to their entirety, as well as, administered with proper form and body mechanics. The Physiotherapist will be in contact with your case manager throughout the program, as well as, conveying Initial, Midterm and Final Reports.

Electrotherapeutic Modalities
Your skilled Clinician will devise a treatment pain specific to your needs, goals, and diagnoses. In the treatment plan it may include the use of electrotherapeutic modalities. These machines are designed to aid in treatment of pain, swelling, and muscular weakness. The modalities offered at Fit 4 Life are listed below:

TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)

The TENS machine has 4 electrodes that will be placed on the affected areas of pain. The TENS unit incorporates the gate control theory which essentially distracts our Nervous System from pain, thus reducing pain.

IFC (Interferential Current)

The IFC machine operates under the same principles as the TENS unit thus reducing pain and swelling. However, the IFC machine allows for deeper penetration of tissue.

NMES (Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation)

The NMES unit is utilized to stimulate muscle contraction for the treatment of muscular and/or neural deficits, fatiguing muscle spasm, as well as pain reduction.

Low Level Intensity Laser Therapy

Laser therapy in rehabilitation utilizes low level/power laser leds (light emitting diodes) applied to the specific areas of pain or impairment in the body. The laser stimulates and enhances cell function thus improving healing, as well as, reducing pain.

Ultrasound

The Ultrasound unit penetrates sound waves into the affected area to reduce swelling, stimulate healing, break up scar tissue or adhesions, as well as, deep heating to soft tissues.

+ Pediatric Physiotherapy +

Pediatric Physiotherapists are eager to help your child explore the world with the most effective movement patterns possible! They’ll strive to make every session a fun and enjoyable experience for your child! After assessment findings are gathered, they’ll work with your child on improving strength, range of motion, postural control, balance, as well as, facilitating proper movement patterns. Thus helping them achieve their motor milestones in a more timely and optimal fashion!

Conditions in Children that would benefit from Pediatric Physiotherapy:

  • Premature birth
  • Torticollis/Plagiocephaly
  • Developmental Delay
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down Syndrome
  • Hypotonia (Low muscle tone)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Spina Bifida
  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Other Developmental disorders

+ Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy +

Fit 4 Life provides a unique discipline of Physiotherapy called Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation. Pelvic Health concerns are more commonly experienced by women but also affect numerous men. Pelvic Floor Physiotherapists are skilled in assessing the bones, musculature, ligaments, and fascia of the pelvic area. As well as, the low back, hips, and pelvic floor constituents of the core. They evaluate the urinary, bowel, sexual, and reproductive functions of the core.

Patients are treated in a private and comfortable treatment room which is virtually sound proof as issues with the pelvic floor can be sensitive and personal. We also have an innovative Electromyography (EMG) Biofeedback machine with electrical muscle stimulation designed to target the affected areas of the pelvic floor. EMG is a diagnostic tool assessing the health and reactivity of the musculature, as well as, the nerves that supply them.

What are the most common conditions that seek Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation?

The most common individuals that seek Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation are pregnant and postpartum women. These individuals commonly suffer from pelvic pain, incontinence, or commonly both. This is due to the many anatomical and physiological changes their body undergoes. For postpartum women symptoms tend to be greater as there may be tearing, scar tissue ,and/or complications from Vaginal or Caesarian section delivery. However, Incontinence is also very common for women more so than men who’ve suffered a low back injury, motor vehicle accident, fall, and also it is commonly a symptom post operatively. Any trauma to the low back, core and pelvic area frequently causes pelvic health concerns (incontinence and/or pain.)

What conditions would benefit from Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation?

  • Pelvic Pain
  • Urinary Incontinence (3 types)
    a. Stress Incontinence: Involuntary loss of bladder control with physical activity or movement such as running, exercising or jumping. As well as, laughing, sneezing, or coughing.
    b. Urge Incontinence: The strong and sudden urge to urinate followed by an involuntary loss of urine flow.
    c. Combination Incontinence: A combination of both stress and urge Incontinence.
  • Feeling of weakness and instability in the Pelvis and/or low back area
  • Pregnancy related Pelvic pain
  • Blocked Milk Ducts or Mastitis
  • Postpartum Recovery of the Pelvic Floor (Pain and/or Incontinence)
  • Postpartum Abdominal Separation
  • Endometriosis
  • Menopausal Vaginal Discomfort
  • Bladder or Uterine Prolapse
  • Sexual Dysfunction and/or Discomfort
  • Coccydynia (Inflammation of the tailbone)
  • Urinary Retention
  • Interstitial Cystitis (Bladder pain)
  • Pre and post-surgical Pelvic Floor Training
  • Post Radiation Therapy for Cancer treatment

What does a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Examination entail?

The Pelvic Floor Examination commences externally. External examination consists of evaluating the range of motion of the low back, pelvis, and hips. Following this the patient is given privacy to change out of their lower body clothing and lay under a sheet and kindly wait a moment for the Physiotherapist to return and begin the Internal Exam. Internal Examination consists of assessing the skin, musculature, ligaments, bones, organs, ligaments and nerves of the internal pelvis. Gloves are worn and the Physiotherapist uses special lubrication. The Internal and External Examination takes 1 hour. Subsequent treatment times vary depending on the severity of your condition, your Physiotherapist will suggest to you 30, 45 or 60-minute treatment times.

What does a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy treatment entail?

  • EMG biofeedback machine use to stimulate weak or deactivated pelvic floor musculature. (Individual probes must be purchased for your individual use only, you are required to bring them with you to your Pelvic Rehabilitation sessions. Cost is a one time small fee of $45).
  • Manual therapy to loosen tense muscles and ligaments.
  • Exercise prescription of the Pelvic Floor to strengthen weak or deactivated muscles.
  • Myofascial release to loosen taut soft tissue of the abdomen, pelvis, low back, and hips.
  • Strategies to assist in support of pelvic floor organs.
  • Mobilizations to lumbar and pelvic girdle joints for pain reduction and improved mobility.
  • Visceral mobilization to help with abdominal muscle activation and core strength and function.

Is Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Painful?

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy is not painful. The key is to try your best to breathe deeply and relax, thus preventing constriction of specific soft tissue that may provoke mild pain.

What is an EMG biofeedback machine, and what does it do?

EMG stands for Electromyography. The EMG biofeedback device is a medical tool used to help Clinicians assess the health of the muscles and nerve cells (motor neurons) of the pelvic floor. Motor neurons transmit electrical signals to the specific muscles that they supply thus causing them to contract. If there is a interruption in this communication this is where complications arise. With the use of your own EMG probes the Clinician will assess the reactivity of specific musculature. If this musculature is non reactive or low functioning your Clinician has found the cause of you pelvic health concerns. They will then train you on how to rehabilitate this area with specific exercises and education.

Does my insurance provider cover Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy?

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy is covered under your regular third party insurance provider plan for Physiotherapy.

Do I need a doctor’s referral for Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy?

No, you do not need a Physician’s referral for Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy. However, some insurance providers do require a physician’s referral to approve the cost treatment/physiotherapy insurance claim. We suggest you call your insurance provider to find out this information as all insurance plans as well as providers vary.

+ Acupuncture +

Your Physiotherapist may choose this as a part of your treatment plan. Acupuncture is administered to reduce pain and swelling, as well as, stimulate the healing process. The single used sterile needles are very thin and placed at specific acupuncture points designed to stimulate certain areas (nerve, muscle, joint, tendon, etc.). Acupuncture is typically prescribed for acute or chronic pain, muscle spasms or discomfort, pain and headaches. The needles may be stimulated by hand or electrical stimulation depending on the patient preference or the therapist’s prescription.

Does Acupuncture hurt?

The penetration of each needle can be compared to a pinprick, a mosquito bite or no sensation at all. The dull ache felt with needle manipulation is called “ chi”. Chi is the energy flow between acupuncture points following the meridians (energy pathways throughout the body). The rest of the acupuncture experience is nearly painless.

How does Acupuncture work?

Acupuncture works by stimulating the Nervous System to release its natural pain relievers called endorphins, as well as, anti-inflammatory chemicals to reduce swelling and promote healing.

What are the contraindications of Acupuncture?

  • Pregnancy
  • Bleeding Disorders
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Skin Infections/Diseases
  • < 6 months Post-Operative

Is Acupuncture an extra fee?
There is no extra fee for Acupuncture. It is simply a part of your Physiotherapy treatment cost. Please do allow for 20 extra minutes in the clinic, however, to get the maximum benefit from your Acupuncture experience.

+Post-Operative Hip & Knee Replacement Rehabilitation Exercise Program+

A Post-Operative Hip & Knee Replacement Rehabilitation Exercise Program will help enhance your recovery and optimize the success of your joint replacement. This program runs twice a week for 4-6 weeks (depending on your recovery) and includes:

  • Initial Assessment with a Physiotherapist
  • The Rehabilitation program is created and administered by a Physiotherapist. Programs are individualized specific to your needs and goals. Home exercise program are given upon discharge to maintain results, as well as, education on self management.
  • Ongoing monitoring for complications and appropriate progress
  • Spouse or a family member is welcome to attend

Commencing our Rehabilitation Program is appropriate 2-3 weeks Post-Operatively. (For knee patients once stitches or staples have been removed). No referral needed.

A mandatory Initial Physiotherapy Assessment ($82.50) prior to commencement of the Program, as well as, a follow up at 3 weeks ($69.00) is required. The Rehabilitation Exercise program runs twice a week for 4-6 weeks depending on what is deemed appropriate for you by your Physiotherapist. Class is $27.50/session.

Class Fee: $25.00/per class

+ Dry Needling +

Also known as Intramuscular Dry Needling is an Acupuncture technique designed to treat Myofascial pain. Single use sterile needles are inserted into specific areas to target muscle adhesions and/or trigger points.

Is Dry Needling painful?

Penetration of a normal and healthy muscle is painless. An irritated muscle will sometimes grasp the needle being inserted, thus resulting in minor pain, however, is followed a feeling of relaxation as the muscle eases.

What are the benefits of Dry Needling?

Dry Needling causes relaxation of muscle spasms, debriding of scar tissue or muscle adhesions, as well as, pain reduction by stimulating the body’s natural pain relievers called endorphins and the natural anti-inflammatory chemicals from our Nervous system to reduce swelling.

Does Dry Needling hurt?

It is marginally more painful than traditional acupuncture. The single use sterile needles used for dry needling are slightly thicker for structural integrity. Also, the conditions chosen to treat in this way tend to be more so of the chronic type, thus these areas may tend to be mildly more hypersensitive to stimuli.

When would Dry Needling be implemented into my treatment plan?

Dry Needling could be administered with your consent for chronic muscle pain or spasms, chronic pain not responsive to other treatment techniques, release of adhesions or scar tissue, and increasing joint mobility and/ or muscle flexibility. Ie. Tennis elbow, rotator cuff tendonitis, frozen shoulder, chronic low back pain, and many more.

+ Custom Foot Orthotics +

Your Physiotherapist will perform a thorough gait analysis and assessment, as well as, cast a mold of your foot in a neutral position. These plaster casts are then shipped to Paris Orthotics where they will fabricate your individualized custom orthotics from the mold supplied. Essentially the orthotics work by bringing the ground up to your foot minimizing maligned joints and supporting the affected areas needed in a neutral position. These malalignments can cause our gait mechanics to put unnecessary stress on our joints and tissues thus causing pain into the feet, lower extremities, and even traveling up to the back.

Do I need a Doctor’s referral for Custom Orthotics?

Most Insurance Providers need a Physician’s referral with diagnosis for approval of Custom Orthotics. If you are paying privately there is no need for a Physician referral as our Physiotherapist’s do a thorough assessment and gait analysis to highlight the areas of importance in fabricating your Custom Orthotics.

Who would benefit from Custom Foot Orthotics?

Those experiencing pains with prolonged standing, walking, running, or any sporting activities. Orthotics are beneficial to those of all activity levels and ages. Your Custom Orthotics can fit into casual shoes, runners, work boots, skates and most dress shoes. Your skilled clinician will also educate you on proper footwear for your specific diagnosis.

What are common diagnoses that would benefit from Custom Foot Orthotics?

Custom Orthotics benefit many Orthopedic conditions. Many commons conditions include: Plantar fasciitis, Hallux Valgus, Pes Planus, abnormal pronation or supination of the foot, Achilles tendonosis, plantar spurs, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Patellofemoral syndrome, chronic low back pain, shin splints, metatarsalgia and many more!

+ Massage Therapy +

Our licensed massage therapists have specialized training in the safe administration of manual manipulation of soft tissues (muscles, connective tissue, ligaments, and tendons) thus promoting well-being and relaxation. Your visit will start with a brief assessment and history, which will help your Clinician adapt the massage to your specific needs. Your can choose the duration of your treatment from 30, 45, 60 or 90 minute massages.

We offer the following types of massage therapy here at Fit 4 Life:

Therapeutic Massage:

This type of massage is designed to help an individual with any type of dysfunction addressing specific soft tissue areas to alleviate tightness and/or pain. Thus loosening muscles, improving flexibility, and improving muscle tone. This type of massage can be relaxing at times but relaxation is not the goal. The pressure inflicted is harder and the goal is to reduce muscle tension and improve musculoskeletal symptoms.

Relaxation Massage:

This type of massage is designed to promote relaxation, as well as increase circulation in the body. The therapist will use smooth, gliding movements to help you relax. As well as, transfer at a slower pace with lighter pressure.

Deep Tissue Massage:

This type of massage is designed to release chronic muscle tension. The target tissue being the deepest layers of the muscle, tendons and fascia (the protective layer that surrounds muscles, joints, and bones).

Prenatal Massage:

This type of massage focuses on reducing the stress and pain often associated with pregnancy. Many of the common physical distresses associated with pregnancy include backaches, leg cramps, constipation, and swelling. Ensure you communicate the symptoms you are experiencing with your Clinician for maximal relief from treatment. Positioning is carefully planned during the treatment to assist in pain reduction and consideration of your growing baby. You may lay on side on your side if you wish, however, we offer an exceptionally comfortable treatment table specially designed for our expectant mothers to be able to ly onto their stomach with large spacings for your growing belly and breast tissue.

Hot Stone Massage:

Our jade stones are in various shapes and sizes, polished smooth and exceptionally retain heat. They are heated in a professional heater until they are within a precise temperature range of approximately 45 degrees celsius. Depending on your areas of muscle tension, the hot stones are generally placed along both sides of the spine, on the legs, the palms of the hand, and even between your toes. Your skilled Massage therapist will use anatomy to guide the positioning of the stones, while also placing them on energy points throughout the body to invigorating body and mind. Most individuals find the warmth of the hot stones to be soothing and relaxing. Hot stone massage is a good Massage technique to choose for those who have muscle tension but prefer a lighter massage. The warmth relaxes tight musculature, allowing the therapist to release the muscles using a softer pressure.

Lymphatic Drainage Massage:

This type of massage focuses on encouraging the natural drainage of lymph. Lymph carries waste products away from the tissues and back toward the heart. The lymph system’s efficiency depends on the intrinsic smooth muscle contractions of the walls of the lymph vessels (peristalsis), as well as, the movement of the skeletal muscles to propel the lymph through the vessels. From the lymph vessels the lymph travels to the lymph nodes, then lymph ducts where it is returned to the circulatory system. Manual lymph drainage requires a specific amount of pressure (approximately 4kPa), as well as, rhythmic circular movements to stimulate lymph flow.

What types of conditions would benefit from a Lymphatic Drainage Massage?

  • Lymphedema
  • Post Mastectomy
  • Mastitis (Clogged milk ducts)
  • Lymph node removal due to certain forms of cancer
  • Post radiation treatment

+ Fitness Classes +

Fit 4 Life feels exercise is the key to a healthy and active lifestyle. we offer the following fitness classes:

CARDIO SCULPT/TRX:
Using a variety of strength, cardio, plyometric & body weight suspension training exercises you’ll be able to tone & strengthen your body, improve cardiovascular health, improve overall balance, coordination & flexibility. Using an interval training method you’ll be introduced to many different exercises and learn how to challenge yourself to a higher level of fitness !! By applying beginner, intermediate and advanced techniques, this class welcomes all fitness levels !!

PILATES:
In this class you will learn the 5 Basic Principles that provide the foundation of PILATES. These principles will make you more aware of your CORE and build strength from the inside out putting emphasis on alignment, breathing, coordination, and balance. This movement program is designed to sculpt, strengthen lengthen, and balance your body while reducing stress and focusing on mindfulness. Props such as mini stability balls , flex bands and rollers are incorporated to add variety and deepen the work. Expect to notice that this mindful movement practice of Pilates will extend into all aspects of your life including work , home and play/sport. Dress comfortably – no footwear required.

BARRE:
An outstanding 50 minute routine combining ballet, Pilates, strength, and flexibility using a ballet barre. This total body workout has been combined to sculpt your entire body and strengthen your core. The classes are choreographed to hit music in a fun, encouraging, and energetic environment. Open to all levels.

BLOCK THERAPY:
Block Therapy is a revolutionary form of body work that utilizes a therapeutic tool made of cedar to release compressed tissue and increase blood and oxygen flow. The end result for you is better overall health and wellness. Class are done lying on a yoga mat (no posing) and the blocks will be supplied. Each position is held for 3 minutes and in that time we create “melting” effect. The classes rotate from core where we work towards releasing compressed tissue in the belly and rib cage, creating deeper access to the diaphragm muscle. We then rotate to a lower body class where we work towards melting compressed tissue in the pelvis and legs to improve circulation to the organs of reproduction and elimination, as well as, legs and feet. The third class in the series is the head, neck and arm class where we work towards melting compressed tissue in the upper body, arms, neck and face. This improved muscle function, tissue appearance and realigns the head, taking pressure from the upper back and neck. This class is so wonderful if you struggle with eye strain or headaches. If increases circulation and benefits all structures in the area including the brain, hair, eyes, skin and thyroid gland.

Some benefits of Block Therapy:

  • Weight loss
  • Reduced cellulite and varicose veins
  • Healthier skin and hair
  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • A natural facelift
  • Marked improvement in posture
  • Improved digestion and circulation
  • Pain relief and ability to manage headaches/migraines
  • Release toxins

CLASS RATES:

How much is your first class?

It’s free!

Please note each class pass can be used for any Fit 4 Life Class, excluding the Post-Operative Hip and Knee Classes.

Drop In Class: $16
5 Class Pass: $75 ($15/class)
10 Class Pass: $140 ($14/class)
20 Class Pass: $ 240 ($12/class)
*Fees above are prior to GST

+Online Personal training+

Our certified personal trainer will customize a specified exercise program based on your personal needs and fitness goals. Carla is here to offer support, guidance and motivate you into reaching your goals and feeling your best!

Carla is a Canfit-Pro Certified Personal Trainer, Bootcamp Instructor, Online Fitness Coach, Certified Mossa Group Ride , Group Power & Group Core Instructor and Certified TRX Suspension Instructor Her passion is to help people get moving, feel stronger & achieve safer, efficient movement and better quality of life. Carla has helped many clients of varying ages and fitness levels improve their strength , obtain weight loss results and achieve an overall healthier lifestyle through group fitness & personal training. Carla provides online training programs, coaching support and accountability to help clients achieve their goals on their own schedule in the convenience of their own home or preferred fitness studio location. For more details on online coaching or Carla’s group fitness classes at Fit 4 Life please contact Carla at carla@fit4lifephysio.com

Fit 4 Life’s Online Personal Training Monthly package includes:

-A monthly specialized fitness program -Accountability and support with Fit 4 Life’s Personal trainer, Carla Gil via email. -Once a month in- person training session to go over progressions in fitness program at Fit 4 Life OR at clients preferred fitness location within North Winnipeg. -Nutritional Coaching -Discount on Fit 4 Life gym use during business hours ( excluding fitness class times, 1 hour daily) $30/month -No sign up fee required, commitment on a monthly basis $160 plus GST per month

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Existing Clients


New clients are welcome! Please contact us and we'll promptly schedule your appointment!

OUR CLINIC

Fit 4 Life Wellness Centre is a brand new facility next to East St Paul Medical Center and Harmony Chiropractic located in beautiful East St Paul at the southeast corner of Henderson Hwy and Southlands Drive

- Comfortable waiting area with many seats, fireplace, plenty of natural light to keep you feeling relaxed.


- A retail area that offers the products that will help you stay on schedule in your journey to recovery


- Our entire clinic is wheelchair accessible


- Private and relaxing room with a fireplace and heated treatment bed for our Massage Therapy and Holistic Nutrition patients.


- Our Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy private room offers a relaxing and private setting, as we understand these topics can be very sensitive to discuss and want to ensure you the utmost comfort.


- Our Physiotherapy treatment area encompasses 6 treatment rooms each with a comfortable electric Physiotherapy treatment bed.


- We have a spacious gym where we incorporate our many fitness classes.

 

MEET THE TEAM

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TORI SLOANE (PODAIMA), BMR,PT    PHYSIOTHERAPIST

TORI SLOANE (PODAIMA), BMR,PT

PHYSIOTHERAPIST

KATIE DALMAIJER, BSc, MPT    PHYSIOTHERAPIST

KATIE DALMAIJER, BSc, MPT

PHYSIOTHERAPIST

JEN ELIAS, RMT    REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPIST

JEN ELIAS, RMT

REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPIST

ANDREA JOHNSON    CLINIC MANAGER

ANDREA JOHNSON

CLINIC MANAGER

MORGAN PRENDERGAST, RMT    REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPIST

MORGAN PRENDERGAST, RMT

REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPIST

SHANLEY MOWAT    BA, MPT, PHYSIOTHERAPIST

SHANLEY MOWAT

BA, MPT, PHYSIOTHERAPIST

TRISTA MATYUS, RMT    REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPIST

TRISTA MATYUS, RMT

REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPIST

MELANIE KORALEWICZ, RMT    REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPIST

MELANIE KORALEWICZ, RMT

REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPIST

FAQ

For questions pertaining to the specific services provided by us at Fit 4 Life please kindly go to the services tab and click on the service of your interest and you will see a detailed description. If you’d like more information we’re happy to help! Please call our office at 204-813-FIT4, one of our friendly staff is looking forward to hearing from you! 

Still have questions?

 

+ What does a Physiotherapist do? +

Physiotherapists are highly skilled primary health care providers with a University degree trained to assess and treat musculoskeletal injuries. An assessment includes a subjective history and an objective exam including assessing range of motion, joint mobility, strength, and special tests. For example (Impingement tests, muscle length tests, tendon pathology tests, neurological tests, and many more). Once a diagnosis has been determined the Physiotherapist will treat the injury. Treatment includes manual therapy such as joint mobilizations, soft tissue release and stretching, education, and exercise prescription (stretching, strengthening, postural education, cervical/lumbar stabilization). Electrotherapeutic modalities, acupuncture, and/or heat or ice may also be used if the Physiotherapist deems this appropriate

+ Do I need a doctor’s referral to see a Physiotherapist or Massage therapist? +

No you do not need a Physician’s referral to attend Physiotherapy or Massage therapy. For some insurance providers a Physician’s referral is necessary for insurance coverage. Please do contact your insurance provider as all plans and providers vary. We look forward to helping you feel your best!

+ Is direct billing provided? +

Fit 4 life can direct bill to many insurance providers listed below:

  • Manitoba Blue Cross
  • Medavie Blue Cross ( RCMP, DVA, CAF, National Blue Cross)
  • Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI)
  • Workers Compensation Board (WCB)
  • Great West Life
  • Sunlife Financial
  • CINUP, First Canadian (Johnston Group)
  • Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance
  • Industrial Alliance
  • Johnson Inc.
  • Johnston Group Inc.
  • Maximum Benefit
  • Manulife
  • Greenshield
  • SSQ
  • RWAM
  • Cowan

+ Does Manitoba health cover any Physiotherapy costs? +

Unfortunately, Manitoba health does not cover Physiotherapy in private clinics.

+ What do I bring to my appointment? +

Please bring comfortable clothing (shorts or track pants, and a t shirt or tank top). We also ask that you bring runners to use in our gym area as we value the importance of exercise prescription in our treatment plan. If you have a physician’s referral kindly bring that with you as well.

+ What should I expect for my first visit? +

For your first Physiotherapy and Massage appointment we kindly ask please do arrive 15 minutes ahead of scheduled appointment time to fill out our intake form.

For you Physiotherapy Initial Assessment, Your skilled clinician will then perform a subjective exam, asking you past medical history, history of your current injury and so forth. This will be followed by the objective examination assessing and diagnosing your injury. Your first visit will be approximately 1 hour. Subsequent physiotherapy treatments are 30-45 minutes depending on treatment techniques chosen. For example, physiotherapy and acupuncture will be a 45 minute treatment.

+What are the benefits of Low Level LASER therapy?+

Research has demonstrated that Low Level LASER therapy has a profound effect on soft tissue healing. Low Level LASER therapy uses light to penetrates through the skin and into the tissues. It has the following healing effects:

  • Pain Relief
  • Increase Circulation
  • Reduce Inflammation
  • Stimulate wound healing and soft tissue regeneration
  • Reduce scarring

*Did you know that Low Level Intensity LASER Therapy can be used to treat your acute or chronic Episiotomy scar? Contact our Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist, Tori Sloane, for more Information.
tori@fit4lifephysio.com, or call 204-813-FIT4