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Maple Ridge Physiotherapist – Kevin Gibson B.Kin, MScPT, CAFCI

Kevin is the founder of Kinetic Physiotherapy in Maple Ridge, BC. Kevin has obtained both a Bachelor Degree in Kinesiology from the University of the Fraser Valley and a Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Alberta. He has continued his post graduate education by completing numerous courses in Manual Therapy focusing on joint mobilization and manipulation techniques. He has also completed his Acupuncture Certification through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute and is certified in Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) / Functional Dry Needling (FDN).
Kevin has significant experience in the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries sustained in motor vehicle, occupational and sports related accidents. He has also previously worked in acute care settings with clients after complex surgeries such as hip and knee replacements.

Kevin’s treatment style uses a variety of hands on treatments (soft tissue massage, joint mobilizations and manipulations), acupuncture, therapeutic taping and progressive exercise programs.

Education:

  • Master of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Alberta
  • Bachelor Degree in Kinesiology from the University of the Fraser Valley
  • Certified in Spinal Manipulative Therapy
  • Certificate in Manual Therapy
  • Certified in Acupuncture with the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (AFCI)
  • Diploma of Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy: Level 1, 2 (upper and lower quadrant), 3 (lower quadrant)
  • Functional Dry Needling / IMS: Applications for Pain Management & Sports Injuries
  • Functional Dry Needling / IMS: Level 2
  • Mulligan Mobilization techniques for the Lower Quadrant
  • McKenzie Institute Canada: Part A – Lumbar Spine
  • Advanced Physical Therapy Education Institute: Lumbar & Cervical Spine

Maple Ridge Physiotherapist –Erin Gourlay B.Kin, MSc.PT.

Erin is a registered physiotherapist that completed her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from McGill University in Montreal. She also completed a Bachelor of Kinesiology Degree from the University of the Fraser Valley in 2009. Erin has gained experience throughout her career treating clients with issues ranging from motor vehicle and workplace accidents, post-surgical rehabilitation to chronic pain issues, sporting injuries and neurological disorders. Erin has continued her post graduate education by taking courses in Concussion Management, K-Taping, Orthopaedics, IMS needling and Canine Rehabilitation. Erin also trained and worked exclusively in the management and treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction for three years. Erin plans to continue taking more courses to further develop and broaden her skills.

Education:

  • Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from McGill University
  • Bachelor of Kinesiology Degree from the University of the Fraser Valley
  • Diploma of Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy: Level 1, Level 2 (Lower and Upper)
  • Certified in Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS)
  • Complete Concussion Management
  • Mulligan Mobilization Techniques for the Upper Quadrant
  • New Trends in the Prevention of Running Injuries
  • Pelvi-Perineal Re-Education 1
  • ROST Therapy – Relieving Sacro-Iliac and Pubic Pain During and After Pregnancy
  • K-Taping Pro Therapist Training
  • Standard First Aid CPR/AED Level HCP

Physiotherapy Services

Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine involving the insertion of solid filiform acupuncture needles into the skin at specific points on the body to achieve a therapeutic effect. No drug is injected. The needles alone create the beneficial effects of acupuncture Acupuncture is used to encourage natural healing, improve mood and energy, reduce or relieve pain and improve function of affected areas of the body. It is safe and effective and is often successfully used as an alternative to medications or even surgery. Relief is often obtained with acupuncture when traditional medical therapy has failed
Is Acupuncture painful?

  • Typically Acupuncture is quite comfortable. Most of the time you will not feel much at all. Occasionally, you may feel a small prick when the needle is inserted but this is not similar to the sensation when getting an injection from a hypodermic needle.
  • Depending on the location of the needle, you may also feel an aching sensation in the muscle. This typically is a desired response as it tends to aid in the process of muscle healing and relaxation.

Dry Needling is a general term for a therapeutic treatment procedure that involves multiple advances of a filament needle into the muscle in the area of the body which produces pain and typically contains a trigger point. There is no injectable solution and typically the needle that is used is very thin. Most patients will not even feel the needle penetrate the skin, but once it advances into the muscle, the discomfort can vary from patient to patient. Usually a healthy muscle feels very little discomfort upon insertion of the needle; however, if the muscle is sensitive and shortened or contains active trigger points, the subject may feel a sensation much like a muscle cramp, often referred to as a ‘twitch response”. The twitch response also has a biochemical characteristic to it which likely affects the reaction of the muscle, symptoms and response of the tissue. Typically, positive results are apparent within 2-4 treatment sessions but can vary depending on the cause and duration of the symptoms, overall health of the patient, and experience level of the practitioner.

Spinal Decompression / Traction relieves pressure on the spinal column by rotating through slow, gentle cycles of traction and relaxation.
This can be a very effective form of treatment for:

  • Disc Herniations.
  • Spinal Neve Impingement
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease

Manual Therapy, as an area of practice within physiotherapy, it is a system of assessing, diagnosing and treating selected neuromusculoskeletal disorders with specific skills, including mobilization and manipulation, in conjunction with education and exercise, to restore optimal motion and function, and/or reduce pain.

Manipulation is a treatment technique within the practice of manual therapy. A manipulation is a passive, high velocity, low amplitude thrust applied to a joint beyond its physiological limit of motion, but within its anatomical limit, with the intent to restore optimal motion, function and/or reduce pain.
Manipulations are performed as gentle as possible to allow for a quick restoration of movement while also minimizing post treatment soreness.

Our Physiotherapists also utilize soft tissue massage as an effective way to reduce muscle tension and facilitate more functional movement patterns.

Therapeutic exercise is essential to promote speedy recovery and long term successful treatment. The exercises prescribed will be tailored to your specific condition and used to enhance the gains made from the treatment provided in the clinic. Typically, we provide an exercise program for you to follow in order to complete many of the exercises prescribed at home.

Therapeutic taping can utilize rigid tape or athletic tape to stabilize joints or assist in correcting movement patterns.
Kinesiotape is a very elastic tape that provides support allowing muscles to go through their full range of motion without restriction. It is also an effective taping technique for reducing swelling and muscle discomfort after injury.

Massage Therapy

Maple Ridge Massage Therapist – Bethany Quinn – RMT

Bethany is a graduate of the West Coast College of Massage Therapy (WCCMT) New Westminster 2200 hour program. She is registered with the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia and is a member of the Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of BC. Bethany also completed training in Swedish Massage Therapy at the Alberta Massage Training Institute in Grande Prairie, Alberta, graduating in 2007.
Bethany believes massage therapy is a fundamental in an individual’s lifestyle, good health and overall well-being. Her treatments focus on deep tissue massage, including trigger point therapy and myofascial release and passive and active stretches. Each treatment is tailored for the individual.
Bethany is passionate about treating all conditions, including; acute and chronic pain, stress, prenatal complaints, headaches, migraines, over-use injuries, back pain, neck pain, carpal tunnel, as well as doing preventative, rehabilitative and maintenance care.

Maple Ridge Massage Therapist – Kelly Tansley B.Kin, RMT

Kelly is a graduate from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy (WCCMT) 2200 hour program. During her time at WCCMT she gained extensive experience working in the student clinic treating a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. Kelly also gained experience through an array of school outreach and inreach programs, where she had the opportunity to work with children with developmental disabilities, women with high risk pregnancies, as well as people with Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinsons. Prior to massage therapy, Kelly received her bachelors degree in Kinesiology from the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV), and worked as a Kinesiologist implementing exercise programs for patients before returning back to school. Kelly has also been very active in the athletic community having worked with the Simon Fraser University Men’s Hockey team, as well as the Langley Thunder Sr. A Lacrosse team.
Kelly strives to individualize treatment plans to help patients achieve their specific treatment goals and get them back to doing the things they love. She believes that a combination of massage therapy and a good homecare program can help improve the patients condition and also allow the patient to be actively involved in their healing process. Kelly is proficient in performing deep tissue massage and incorporates many different techniques into treatment some of which include trigger point therapy, active and passive stretching, myofascial release, and joint mobilizations.

Massage Therapy Services

  • Postural Dysfunction.
  • Scoliosis.
  • Plantarfascitis.
  • Tennis Elbow/Golfer’s Elbow.
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
  • Fibromyalgia.
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
  • Frozen Shoulder.
  • Whiplash.
  • Low Back Pain.
  • Sciatica.
  • Asthma.
  • Constipation/IBS.
  • Sprains/Strains.
  • Headaches/Migranes.
  • TMJ Dysfunction.
  • Pre/Post-Natal.
  • Arthritis.
  • Dislocations.
  • Facet Lock.
  • Multiple Sclerosis.
  • Parkinson’s Disease.
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.
  • Ilitibial Band (ITB) Contracture.
  • Edema.
  • Disc Herniation.
  • Infant Massage.
  • Inflammation and Pain

Swedish Massage Therapy is the most common and well known modality used in massage treatments; typically involving treatment with slower, longer, flowing strokes to the body. This type of therapy is mainly used as an introductory technique for a more specific treatment, or for general relaxation treatments. Swedish Massage is exceptionally beneficial in improving overall blood circulation, decreasing muscle tension, and reducing stress. Deep Tissue Massage Therapy is similar to Swedish Massage, but involves deeper strokes to the muscles.

Fascia is the tough connective tissue that encloses most structures in the human body, providing support and protection. The fascia may become restricted from injury, trauma, inactivity, or overuse. This will result in pain, postural dysfunction, and reduce blood flow to the area.
Myofascial Release works directly or indirectly with the fascial system. This modality involves applying a gentle sustained pressure into the myofascial restrictions. The technique is held until a tissue release is felt. Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that eliminates pain and restores motion.

A trigger point is a hyper-irritable spot in the tight bands of a muscle. These trigger points (knots) are known to cause pain, dysfunction, and decreased range of motion. In the majority of cases, pain will be felt in a different area than the knotted muscle; this is known as referred pain.
Trigger Point Therapy involves applying direct, alternating pressure and release to the affected trigger point. The patient works with the therapist in explaining any referred pain felt, in order to help make the treatment more effective.

Muscle Energy Technique (MET) is a type of osteopathic manipulative technique used to treat somatic dysfunction, including pain, muscle tightness, and reduced range of motion. MET is a direct and active technique in which the patient contracts a specific muscle group (depending on the area of dysfunction). The contraction is held momentarily, which causes an inhibition, or relaxation, of the opposing muscle (the dysfunctioning muscle). As the patient relaxes, the opposing muscle remains inhibited, allowing the joint to be moved further into the restricted range.

Joint Mobilization is defined as the passive movement of a skeletal joint. Mobilization performed by massage therapists is different from the high-velocity, low amplitude (HVLA) thrust joint manipulation employed by chiropractors, as there is no crack or pop involved. This gentle technique breaks up scar tissue in the joint capsule, and retrains the nervous system to allow for smoother, freer movement. Joint Mobilizations are beneficial in increasing range of motion in a joint, decreasing surrounding joint muscle spasm, and reducing pain and inflammation.