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Physiotherapy

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What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a primary care, autonomous, client-focused health profession dedicated to improving quality of life and performance by effectively restoring function. With our Physiotherapists, we can help you get back to your best.

Using our holistic approach to each injury, we offer a complete evaluation of the injury and surrounding areas, looking for deficiencies and weaknesses that could have factored into the cause of the injury.  

After an extensive evaluation, a certified Physiotherapist will provide one-on-one care designed to treat not just the injury but also the overall person. This approach can incorporate a broad range of physical and physiological therapeutic interventions and aids. By working with a physiotherapist who understands each person’s unique physical challenges, better, quicker results are possible, as well as a reduced risk of future injury.

At Prime’, each Physiotherapist has the opportunity to work with a broader performance team. This interdisciplinary team work takes place under one roof here at Prime’, meaning no minor detail is missed. 

A Doctor’s referral is NOT required to directly access physiotherapy services.

 

Or contact our front desk to book:

+1 (250) 591-9950

ICBC Coverage

If you were involved in a MVA, and are covered by ICBC, you could be entitled to certain benefits.

Mike Armet

MPT, BSc, IMS

Physiotherapist

Mike completed his Masters of Physical Therapy in 2014 at Western University in London, Ontario. Prior to becoming a Physiotherapist, Mike completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry. Mike has a keen interest in research and education and strives to perform the most evidence-informed practice with his patients.

Mike was born in Nanaimo and has made it his home base since 1998, with the exception of a few years spent in other areas of the province in his younger years. He is an avid athlete and grew up playing team sports at a high level. Mike currently competes in road and trail running races ranging from 5 to 50km.

Mike utilizes a wide range of clinical skills including intramuscular stimulation, joint manipulation, and therapeutic exercises. His philosophy is to master the basics and save the complex stuff for later, if necessary. He believes it’s important to understand all contributors to your pain and find solutions that help you manage, recover and deal with future problems.

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  • Techniques:
    · Intramuscular stimulation/dry needling (IMS)

    · Soft tissue release and manual therapy 

    · Joint mobilization and manipulation

    · Trigger point release 

    · K-Taping

Kirstin Mitchell

MPT, BA, IMS

Physiotherapist

Kirstin completed her Masters of Physical Therapy at the University of Alberta in 2011. Before becoming a fully certified Physiotherapist, Kirstin obtained her Bachelor’s degree with a major in Sport, Health and Physical Education. She continues to pursue post graduate courses to enhance her skill set in various areas of physiotherapy.

Kirstin was born and raised in Nanaimo.  She grew up playing all sorts of sports and has always followed an active lifestyle. She played soccer competitively, including two seasons with the VIU Mariners. It was throughout this time she knew she wanted to find her way in becoming a physiotherapist and helping others.

Kirstin optimizes her clinical outcomes by utilizing a diverse skill set in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. Treatment options include Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS), joint mobilizations, soft tissue manual therapy, therapeutic modalities and individualized home exercise programs. Kirstin believes an active approach is key to improving function.

Kirstin is experienced in working with a wide variety of populations including athletes and geriatrics. She thrives off the effect that physiotherapy can have on one’s quality of life and is empowered by clients achieving their goals. If she’s not found at the clinic, she’s most likely climbing hills on her bike, hiking nearby mountains or soaking in the ocean breeze. 

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  • Techniques:
    · Intramuscular stimulation/dry needling (IMS)

    · Soft tissue release and manual therapy 

    · Joint mobilization and manipulation

    · Trigger point release 

    · K-Taping

Nathan Bourassa

 

MPT, BSc. Kin

Physiotherapist

Nathan was born in Saskatchewan and grew up playing high level sports; including participating in the 2005 Canada Summer Games for Baseball. He made the move to Nanaimo in 2017 and has been involved in the community coaching both hockey and baseball.

Nathan received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (2009) prior to attaining his Masters of Physical Therapy in 2011 at the University of Saskatchewan. He enjoys continuing to grow his practice by attending post-graduate courses, which includes all body parts, populations, and types of injuries.

 Although Nathan has spent a great deal of his life involved in sport (both coaching and playing). He also enjoys working with the general population and has a soft spot for the elderly.

 

He enjoys being a Physical Therapist because he gets to connect with individuals and help them achieve their rehabilitation goals using an individualized approach.

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  • Techniques:
    · Joint Mobilizations and Manipulation (Level 3 Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy Course).

    · K Taping

    · Muscle Mobilization

    · Trigger Point Release

    · Soft Tissue Release

    · Exercise prescription and active rehabilitation.

If your Injury affects:

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Seeing a Physiotherapist, will help get you back to work and play.

Or contact our front desk to book:

+1 (250) 591-9950