Why should I book an appointment?

Return to Play Therapy has excellent therapists with years of experience applying manual techniques to help hundreds of satisfied clients.  Our focus is to help return mobility and function into muscles and joints.  We do this through different techniques like Craniosacral therapy, Visceral therapy, Swedish Massage techniques, Cupping, Soft Tissue Release, taping/wrapping, etc. We do use modalities like ultrasound and IFC however our focus is mostly on manual techniques.  We feel the most effective treatment is hands on.  There is also a healing benefit through therapeutic touch.

What is the difference between Athletic Therapy and Physiotherapy?

Athletic therapy is specific to musculoskeletal injuries.  AT developed from professionals who were working with professional athletes and finding more specific and effective ways to return those athletes back to performance.  Those same techniques are used to help return you to whatever activity whether that is going out for walks or playing competitive sports, whether you’re a child with a concussion or a recreational athlete enjoying sports with friends and family. ATs are like specialists whereas Physiotherapy are generalists.  Physiotherapy will cover a greater scope of issues than an AT.  You decide which approach is best for you and your situation.

What is Craniosacral Therapy?

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger following extensive scientific studies from 1975 to 1983 at Michigan State University, where he served as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics.CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system - comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system, which has been shown to improve the functioning of the central nervous system, as well as many other systems of the body, such as digestive, musculoskeletal, respiratory, circulatory, and more. CST has also been shown to help with the physical components related to such somatic conditions as Post Traumatic Stress, depression and anxiety.By facilitating the body's natural and innate healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for helping people with a wide range of healthcare challenges associated with pain and dysfunction.

Upledger Institute
What is Visceral Manipulation Therapy?

VM assists functional and structural imbalances throughout the body including musculoskeletal, vascular, nervous, urogenital, respiratory, digestive and lymphatic dysfunction. It evaluates and treats the dynamics of motion and suspension in relation to organs, membranes, fascia and ligaments. VM increases proprioceptive communication within the body, thereby revitalizing a person and relieving symptoms of pain, dysfunction, and poor posture.An integrative approach to evaluation and treatment of a patient requires assessment of the structural relationships between the viscera, and their fascial or ligamentous attachments to the musculoskeletal system. Strains in the connective tissue of the viscera can result from surgical scars, adhesions, illness, posture or injury. Tension patterns form through the fascial network deep within the body, creating a cascade of effects far from their sources for which the body will have to compensate. This creates fixed, abnormal points of tension that the body must move around, and this chronic irritation gives way to functional and structural problems.Visceral Manipulation relies on the palpation of normal and abnormal forces within the body. By using specific techniques, therapists can evaluate how abnormal forces interplay, overlap and affect the normal body forces at work. The goal is to help the body's normal forces remove abnormal effects, whatever their sources. Those effects can be global, encompassing many areas of bodily function.

Barral Institute
What is Cupping?

Cupping is used to decrease pain and increase circulation to an area of limitation. What makes cupping unique to traditional manual based therapies is that cupping will lift the tissue away from the body whereas manual techniques typically push the tissues down towards the body. It’s excellent for breaking up adhesions and restoring mobility back to an area.  It is not always terribly comfortable but it is effective especially for freeing up superficial fascia.

Can you direct bill insurance companies?

Yes, we can direct bill through Telus Health however please be aware that even if your insurance company is on this list it will still depend on your individual policy whether electronic submissions are permitted.  The following is a list of insurance companies:

  • Canada Life
  • Manulife Financial
  • Sun Life Financial
  • BPA - Benefit Plan Administrators
  • Canadian Construction Workers Union (C.C.W.U.)
  • Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan
  • CINUP
  • Cowan
  • D.A. Townley
  • Desjardins Insurance
  • First Canadian
  • GMS Carrier 49
  • GMS Carrier 50
  • Industrial Alliance
  • Johnson Inc.
  • Johnston Group
  • LiUna Local 183
  • LiUna Local 506
  • Maximum Benefit
  • TELUS AdjudiCare
  • RWAM Insurance Administrators
  • Union Benefits

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