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When an injury occurs, scar tissue may form between muscles, tendons, nerves and ligaments limiting range of motion and function. This leads to chronic and acute injuries. By breaking up scar tissue and releasing these adhesions, proper function is restored.
Specifically designed stretches and exercises are used to compliment manual therapy techniques. The goal of the rehab program is to teach the patient how to become their own therapist. By managing their own care, patients can reduce clinic visits and manage pain between visits.
Our clinicians are innovators in the use of pre- and post- surgical rehabilitation methods to shorten your recovery time.
The Graston technique, otherwise known as IASTM or SASTM is an innovative, evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization. The tools developed by David Graston enable the clinician to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions in order to facilitate healing and remodelling. Adhesions within the soft tissue may develop as a result of surgery, immobilization, repeated strain or other mechanisms. Using the Graston technique, these adhesions are broken down allowing for full functional restoration to occur. These tools are also used in the treatment of tendonitis, reduction of post-surgical scarring, regaining range of motion after total knee and hip replacements, carpal tunnel, ITB syndrome, non-acute bursitis and anywhere there is soft tissue restrictions. Furthermore, the Graston technique enhances results from exercise and joint mobilization and thus pairs well with conventional physiotherapy.
Using various osteopathic techniques, we are able to correct disturbances in the musculoskeletal system that are known to affect the body and cause a wide range of disorders.
Our manual therapy techniques and specially designed exercise programs have proven to be extremely helpful in relieving discomfort and improving quality of life for those suffering from chronic pain. Even in incurable cases, treatment can help alleviate chronic pain.
Disruption in the sensors of the feet, eyes, jaw and skin can lead to chronic and acute injuries. By reprogramming all or one of these out of tune sensors, our posturologist can identify, correct and prevent further injuries.
Podiatry is a scientifically derived therapy designed to treat several medical conditions related to your feet. At the Sports Performance Centre, treatments are performed at the musculoskeletal level because our podiatrist has specifically developed his practice around the biomechanics of sports. Most consultations allow us to establish the link between foot positioning and the overall posture of the human body.
Acupuncture is one of the treatment modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It presupposes the existence of a vital energy, or "Qi" that is essential to life and that flows throughout the body. This energy is transported by a system of channels called meridians or pathways that enable a connection between the outer and inner aspects of our bodies.
Acupuncture points are found along these meridians. These points, mapped and documented for thousands of years by the Chinese and Asian societies, have their own characteristics and indications.
During treatment, a combination of select points are stimulated in order to have an effect on a determined bodily organ, area or function and target varied symptoms and/or on the initial cause of the imbalance.
Acupuncture has had an impact on many of the body’s systems including digestive, respiratory, circulatory and urinary. It also has been used successfully for dermatological issues, allergies and pain management.
SPC’s experienced strength and conditioning coaches specialize in training the injured as well as the “weekend warrior” and professional athlete. Our facility also lends itself to individual sessions or small groups.
It is SPC’s Mission to warmly welcome clients and ease them back into their healthy living lifestyles. Applying various manual therapy techniques, our team of healthcare practitioners complement each other with their diverse backgrounds and therapeutic specializations. We integrate therapy with customized rehab exercise programs to achieve remarkable results for our clients.
Our therapists have perfected their skills to go beyond typical diagnoses and treatments of sprains, strains and other injuries. We are specialists in locating the exact tissue(s) lying at the root of the problem and in applying advanced manual therapy techniques to restore wellness.
SPC’s philosophy is that practitioners work together as a team to get the most effective results.
Manual therapists use physiotherapy, podiatry, osteopathy and soft tissue techniques to restore normal function to the injured area. At the same time, exercise rehab specialists utilize postural evaluation, corrective and performance enhancement exercises and scientifically developed stretching protocols to ensure long lasting results.
The Sports Performance Centre (SPC) was founded in 1996 by Jay Allen Kiss. As a Sports Therapist, Jay has successfully treated, trained and rehabilitated numerous world class, Olympic and professional athletes.
Jay co-developed and put in place a unique system called F.I.T.T.S, the Flexible Integrated Therapy and Training System. The F.I.T.T.S philosophy encompasses several cutting edge manual therapy, evaluation and training techniques which has become our clinic’s winning formula.
Chris Arvanitis graduated from Concordia University in 1998 and holds a BSc. specializing in Athletic Therapy. He became certified by the Canadian Athletic Therapy association and soon after, worked as head therapist at Cegep St-Laurent for several years. He now practices in a clinical setting at SPC Physio.
Chris’ passion for continuing education has led him to complete several other certificates and courses. Specifically, Active Release Technique, Muscle Energy Technique, Mckenzie Technique, Functional Movement Systems levels 1&2, K-taping, and Neuromuscular Therapy.
Before graduating from McGill in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy, Jessica Goldberger began her on-field training and involvement with athletes as a student therapist for the McGill Redmen Football team.
Jessica completed extensive post-graduate training.
Most notably, Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT™), Active Release Techniques as well as APTEI shoulder complex.
Jessica also has experience with pre and post rehabilitation for total hip and knee replacement, treating neurological cases at the Montreal Neurological Institution and pre and post pregnancy therapy.
Nurit received a doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Pittsburgh in 2002. Before moving to Montreal in 2012, she worked in NY State as a physical therapist for 10 years focusing on orthopedic rehabilitation including pre and post surgical rehabilitation.
Over the past 14 years, Nurit has continued to expand her expertise in manual therapy through postgraduate training in MET (muscle energy technique), the Mulligan technique, neuromobilization and vestibular rehabilitation. In addition, she is one in only a handful of clinicians in Montreal to use the SASTM tools also known as the Graston Technique.
Dr Glenn Hébert has been a member of the Quebec Order of Podiatrists for 20 years. He obtained his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia and his BSc. from Concordia University’s Exercise Science program.
Dr Hébert has also practiced at Royal Victoria Hospital, CHSLD Armand-Lavergne, CHSLD Emile-Gamelin and the Jewish Hospital of Hope.
He was President of the professional education committee of the Quebec Order of Podiatrists and he was one of the founding members of university program of podiatric medicine at the Université de Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR).
Dr Hébert continues today to contribute to the profession by mentoring podiatric interns at UQTR and as acting as a volunteer to the ‘FIT FEET’ program of the Special Olympics.
Wei Li studied traditional Chinese medicine at Beijing University of Chinese Medicine in China. She completed a Master's degree in traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, Chinese herbology and dietetics. In addition, Wei obtained doctoral training in medical physiology and endocrinology from the Université de Laval in Québec city and is a member of the Ordre des Acupuncteurs du Québec.
Wei has had great success treating chronic cough, migraines, digestive issues, stress, sciatica, irregular menstruation and inflammation related injuries.
As acupuncturist at SPC Physio, Wei combines her traditional Chinese medical training with western medical physiology to balance the body and restore wellbeing.
Carrie began her career as a personal trainer helping others reach their fitness goals by focusing on performance enhancement and injury prevention. She also worked at Hope and Cope helping cancer patients regain their strength and build endurance.
As a rehabilitation trainer at SPC Physio, Carrie has been providing exercise therapy to individuals with a wide range of diagnoses, from joint replacements to stroke.
Much of her practice has included helping patients reduce and abolish pain through postural training, stretching, and exercise therapy. Her work has significantly helped patients increase their mobility and range of motion. As such, many have been able to reduce dependence on pain and anti-inflammatory medication.
As a sports therapist, Carrie has been rehabilitating athletes with sports related injuries and providing strength and conditioning programs for all levels of athletes and various sports.
Vanessa Lambert is a Can-Fit-Pro Certified Personal Trainer and a Federation Quebecoise de Boxe Olympique Level 1 Certified Boxing Coach. She has over a decade of Personal Training, Boxing and Kickboxing experience as well as Thai Boxing and coaching.
Vanessa coached the Canadian Women Amateur Heavy weight Champion (2005 record: Gold medalist in the Women’s Continental Championships, Silver medalist in The 4th Women’s International Tournament and Heavy Weight Champion of the Ringside Tournament)
In addition, she was team manager for the 4th Women’s International Boxing Tournament in Italy.
Jodi Portigal has been helping people maintain overall health and rehabilitate from the aches and pains of life as well as helping with injury recovery for almost twenty years. She is a certified personal trainer level I and II, with additional certifications in Viper, TRX, FMS (Functional Movement System), kettle bell, Yoga level 1 and others. Jodi’s passion for her trade has seen her work with a wide range of clients including special need’s population, the elderly, and many others looking to maintain their fitness. Understanding each client’s particular needs allows her to customize activities, be it interval training, stretching or corrective conditioning.
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