Services To Be Offered:
A professional who helps people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. Helping to manage pain, encourage development and facilitate recovery.
-The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
Mental Health Counselling–
Individual, Couple, and Family. The scope of practice of psychotherapy includes the assessment and treatment of cognitive, emotional or behavioural disturbances by psychotherapeutic means, delivered through a therapeutic relationship.
-College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario
DVA Clinic utilizes Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) in conjunction with Biofeedback Therapy to treat PTSD/PTSI.
Cognitive Processing Therapy
“Practice guidelines have identified that trauma-focused psychotherapies have the most evidence for treating PTSD. Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is one type of trauma-focused psychotherapy.
CPT teaches you how to evaluate and change the upsetting thoughts you have had since your trauma. By changing your thoughts, you can change how you feel.
How Does It Work?
Trauma can change the way you think about yourself and the world. You may believe you are to blame for what happened or that the world is a dangerous place. These kinds of thoughts keep you stuck in your PTSD and cause you to miss out on things you used to enjoy.
CPT teaches you a new way to handle these upsetting thoughts. In CPT, you will learn skills that can help you decide whether there are more helpful ways to think about your trauma. You will learn how to examine whether the facts support your thought or do not support your thought. And ultimately, you can decide whether or not it makes sense to take a new perspective.”
-National Centre for PTSD
There are three common types of biofeedback therapy:
- Thermal biofeedback measures skin temperature
- Electromyography measures muscle tension
- Neurofeedback, or EEG biofeedback
EEG biofeedback is a specialized type of biofeedback that measures brain wave activity. It may help patients with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), addiction, anxiety, seizures, depression, PTSD .
During a biofeedback session, the therapist attaches electrodes to the patient’s skin, and these send information to a monitoring box. The therapist views the measurements on the monitor, and, through trial and error, identifies a range of mental activities and relaxation techniques that can help regulate the patient’s bodily processes.
Eventually, patients learn how to control these processes without needing to be monitored.
Sessions typically last less than one hour. For some conditions, patients experience relief within eight to 10 sessions.”
-Medical News Today
Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are health-care professionals who treat the whole person, an approach that includes: Addressing needs relating to a person’s physical and mental health, gathering medical history, focusing on how an illness affects a person’s life and family, offering ways for a person to lead a healthy life, teaching persons how to manage chronic illness , NPs are also educators and researchers who can be consulted by other health-care team members
-Canadian Nurses Association
Massage Therapists assess and treat physical dysfunction and pain of the soft tissue and joints of the body, mostly by hands-on manipulation. Assessment and treatment can include orthopaedic and neurological testing, soft tissue manipulation (Swedish massage is the most commonly used
technique), hydrotherapy, remedial exercise programs, and client education programs.
-College of Massage Therapists of Ontario
A system of complementary medicine that involves pricking the skin or tissues with needles, used to alleviate pain and to treat various physical, mental, and emotional conditions.
Dry needling is a technique for the treatment of pain and movement impairments. The technique uses a “dry” needle, without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle.
Chiropractic- A health care profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on general health. There is an emphasis on manual techniques, including joint adjustment and/or manipulation with a particular focus on subluxations.
-The World Health Organization, Guidelines on Chiropractic
Osteopathy- A natural medicine which aims to restore function in the body by treating the causes of pain and imbalance. To achieve this goal the Osteopathic Manual Practitioner relies on the quality and finesse of his/her palpation and works with the position, mobility and quality of the tissues.
-Canadian College of Osteopathy
Kinesiology- Is the practice of preventing and managing injury and chronic disease and helping to reach peak physical performance. Kinesiologists use evidence-based research to develop programs for people, helping them get and stay fit, and perform at their optimum level. They focus on prevention and wellbeing, increasing worker productivity and reducing time lost to injuries and accidents, helping you get back to work and back to health faster.
-Ontario Kinesiology Association
Dietician- Registered dietitians are health care professionals who are trained to provide advice and counselling about diet, food and nutrition. Dietitians help people make healthy food choices, separating fact from fiction and distinguishing healthy eating plans from those that don’t provide optimal nourishment. – Dietitians of Canada
Respiratory Therapy– Respiratory therapists (RTs) are highly skilled health care
professionals. They care for patients by evaluating, treating, and maintaining cardiopulmonary (heart and lung) function. Respiratory therapists have specialized medical expertise and use advanced medical technology. They are educated to treat all age groups, from newborns to the elderly.
-Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists